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Parent/Child Educator

Reports to: Regional Administrator
August 2003

Classification: Contracted

Job Summary:

Partners with educators, families and communities to provide effective learning environments for all children. Helps ensure success for all learners. Partners with parents and caregivers in promoting optimal growth and development in their young child with special needs, birth to three years. Partners with educators, families and communities to provide effective natural learning environments.


  1. Master's degree with an emphasis in early childhood special education.
  2. Two years of successful teaching experience at the early childhood level.
  3. Iowa license with one of the following endorsements: early childhood special education, PK-K endorsement plus 20 semester hours in special education, preschool handicapped, or unified.

Essential Functions:

  1. Supports total school/community efforts to create a positive learning environment for students/children.
  2. Serves as liaison among AEA, district building(s), families and community and collaborates with various teams to assure positive outcomes for all learners.
  3. Models, implements and assesses strategies related to learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs to enhance educational programming for all learners.
  4. Provides ongoing support to educational staff related to applicable rules and laws.
  5. Integrates research into the design of best practices.
  6. Consults with teachers and administrators regarding best practices for classroom and building educational programs.
  7. Follows policies, procedures, standards and rules in accordance with national and state laws, the Iowa Dept of Education and GWAEA, which includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining proper and adequate records and documentation.
  8. Provides assistance and services to families/children in natural environments.
  9. Identifies child/family strengths and needs on a continuous basis.
  10. Identifies and facilitates access to resources appropriate to meet child/family needs.
  11. Assists in developing a family service plan to meet needs of the child and family.
  12. Facilitates transitions to new settings and/or service providers.
  13. Educates parents in developing their childâs unique skills and abilities within family routines/activities.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agencyâs mission, goals and priorities.
  2. Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.
  3. Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.
  4. Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).
  5. Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.
  6. Designs and/or conducts inservice activities.
  7. Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.
  2. \Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.
  3. Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.
  4. Ability to integrate educational theory, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.
  5. Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.
  6. Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.
  7. Knowledge of best practices in curriculum, instruction and assessment.
  8. Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern educational decisions.
  9. Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.
  10. Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.
  11. Ability to organize information, forms and reports.
  12. Knowledge of special needs and early childhood development.
  13. Understanding of parenting styles and family dynamics.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Ability to travel between schools/sites served.
  2. Ability to access a variety of community settings that may not be handicapped accessible.
  3. Ability to transport materials (up to 35 lbs.) needed to provide appropriate services.
  4. Ability to engage in normal, levels of various floor activities when working with children.
  5. Normal , routine levels of activity related to bending, climbing, hearing, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can't always be anticipated.