Healthy Steps Specialist/ Parents as Teachers Parent Educator
The Pediatrics department at MGH Revere Healthcare Center is recruiting for a full-time team member who will work in both the Healthy Steps and Parents as Teachers programs.
Healthy Steps is a program at MGH Revere that is available to first-time parents obtaining pediatric care at this community-based health care center. A child development specialist participates in all well-child visits between birth and age 3 years. Healthy Steps emphasizes a close relationship between health care professionals and parents in addressing the physical, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of young children. The Healthy Steps Specialist partners with families during the well-child visits and provides parents with guidance, education, information, and resources that help them support their children through the different stages of development.
Parents as Teachers is an evidence-based home visiting model, which is embedded within the Pediatric practice at MGH Revere. The Parents as Teachers Parent Educator is responsible for parent education to help parents understand their role in supporting their young child's development from the beginning. The program provides services to families with children between the ages of birth and kindergarten completion. The goals of the program include enhanced parent-child interactions, improved child health and development, and increased school readiness. This program includes visits with families at home and at the health center, risk assessments for families served by the program, and connections to community resources in order to promote positive parent-child interactions, educate parents on development-centered parenting, and support overall family well-being. The position may include assistance with additional projects as assigned by the Unit Chief and/or Program Manager.
Principal Duties & Responsibilities
Conduct joint office visits with pediatricians during well-child visits for children between the ages of birth and 3.
Visit families at their homes or in the community as needed in order to discuss developmental and behavioral issues in the natural environment of the child.
Provide parents with anticipatory guidance regarding overall child development, behavioral issues and nutrition.
Screen the development of each infant or toddler during well-child visits and make referrals for early intervention services as necessary.
Visit families at their homes in order to complete screenings and enrollment paperwork for children referred to Northeast Arc Early Intervention program.
Serve as a liaison between MGH Revere and the Northeast Arc Early Intervention program.
Explore community resources available for a culturally-diverse population of families.
Answer phone calls from parents with questions regarding sleep, feeding, behavior, community resources, etc.
Train pediatric residents on topics related to early childhood development.
Become knowledgeable about the Parents as Teachers model including the Essential Requirements necessary for model fidelity.
Conduct home visits (60-75 minutes) using the Parents as Teachers curriculum on a bi-monthly or monthly basis with each family.
Plan the visit, gather materials, travel, conduct the visit, and clearly document the visit.
Provide parent group connections focusing on a minimum of one of the following areas of emphasis: parent-child interaction, development-centered parenting, or family well-being.
Complete developmental, health, vision and hearing screenings on each child every year.
Develop and maintain a community resource network in order to be able to link families with them as needed.
Maintain and submit in a timely way all required family and program documentation.
Organize and inventory supplies/materials, etc.
Meet at a minimum of twice monthly with supervisor for reflective supervision sessions.
Help parents and children transition to other services as needed, to preschool, or to kindergarten.
Complete annually required competency-based professional development hours in order to remain a certified Parents as Teachers parent educator (see Parents as Teachers Core Competencies for more details).
Work closely with medical staff to ensure these needs are being addressed.
Other duties as assigned by the Program Manager/ Unit Chief.
Bachelor's degree in early childhood, psychology, social work or a related field is required; Master's degree is preferred.
Supervised experience working with young children and/or parents is preferred.
Bilingual skills preferred (Spanish or Arabic).
Ability to work comfortably with a multidisciplinary team of professionals and support staff.
Ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing.
Knowledge of the communities served, the local health system and community resources.
Knowledge of community health and working with diverse populations.
Be highly organized and accountable.
Be an independent, self-motivated worker.
Be able to learn and understand and incorporate the three roles of a parent educator: partnering, facilitating, and reflecting into daily practice with families.
Be able to establish rapport with families and empower them by building on their strengths.
Be competent with computer skills; including web browsing, e-mail, Internet, and word-processing
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