Early Head Start Home Educator I
Job Details
Early Head Start - El Centro - El Centro, CA
Full Time
2 Year Degree
Nonprofit - Social Services



Volunteers of America is a federally and stated funded comprehensive early childhood education program with a focus on child development that includes a child’s cognitive, physical and social emotional growth and development.  The program fosters Family Engagement in all areas of a child’s development and provides comprehensive resources to low income families in the areas of health, nutrition and community resources.




Under the Supervision of the Home Base Coordinator provides an educational program for infants and toddlers consistent with the Volunteers of America Southwest Child Development program’s philosophy and goals. Develops and maintains an educational environment conducive to effective learning.




  • Recruits, selects and enrolls qualified families for Home Visitor services.
  • Provides a structured child-focused home visiting that promote parents’ ability to support the child’s cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development.
  • Assist family in establishing and meeting obtainable family goals.
  • Assist in promoting interest in parent and community volunteers.
  • Follows and adheres to Standard Code of Conduct at all times when representing the district as an employee to ensure for the safety and wellbeing of all children.
  • Plans and implements differentiated lesson plans.
  • Using technology accurately maintains and updates required records, assessment data, reports, and contact logs.
  • Ability to use time wisely and manage schedule.
  • Provides parents with necessary skills and support to help them prepare their children for preschool.
  • Assist parents in planning and implementing activities for the Early Head Start home visits.
  • Assists parents in promoting emergent literacy in their children from birth through age 3, including use of research-based strategies to support the development of literacy and language skills for children who are limited English Proficient.
  • Ascertain what health and development services the family receives and working with providers of these services to eliminate gasps in service by offering annual health, vision, hearing, and developmental screening for children from birth to entry into preschool when needed.
  • Serve as a resource for parents in the area of curriculum, parent involvement and community resources in order to help families’ access resources for all the elements of the Early Head Start program.
  • Implement comprehensive services in the Head Start/Early Head Start program Performance Standards in the areas of education/child development, health, nutrition, and family and community engagement.
  • Conduct a development screening (within 45 days of entry into the program) for each child to identify any concerns about a child’s developmental functioning.
  • Administer three (3) ongoing assessments annually. The first to be within the first 60 days of entry into the program.
  • Communicates with parents by holding two (2) conferences in addition to the two (2) home visits, in an effort to discuss the child’s individual progress.
  • Plans and implements activities that are developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate, recognizing individual interests, temperaments, languages, cultural backgrounds and learning styles.


Equal Opportunity Employer


Applications are only accepted online. This employer participates in e-Verify.





  • Associate of Arts in the following: Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Human Development, or related field.
  • Process 6 units of Infant/Toddler coursework
  • Process the appropriate California Child Development Teaching Permits, Master Teacher, or Site Supervisor.



  • At least one year of experience working in an Early Head Start Program, or an infant toddler setting.
  • Previous working experience with families in planning family goals and child educational goals.
  • Bilingual in Spanish preferred.
  • Experience with effective communication, working with parents in a multi-ethnic setting.


Knowledge and Skills:

  • Implements Child Development Social Emotional Curriculum.
  • Perform other duties assigned



  • First Aid Pediatric CPR Certification
  • Teacher Permit Preferred



  • Supervised by the Home Base Coordinator for organizational guidance, performance evaluation, and professional development planning.



  • Staff & Parents



Prior to hire, the following must be assured:

  • All potential employees will be subject to obtain fingerprint clearances from the Department of Justice (DOJ), the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), and the Child Abuse Index prior to starting work.
  • Completed and signed statement of any pending and prior criminal arrests/charges/convictions related to child sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, and/or violent felonies
  • Successful completion of an initial health examination, performed by or under the supervision of a physician, to determine, at a minimum, if the prospective employee can perform the duties outlined in the position description
  • Proof of the absence of Tuberculosis, from a physician, to show that the prospective employee is cleared to work with children and families.
  • Must present documentation of current immunization against Influenza, Measles (MMR), and Pertussis (TDAP).
  • Use of an automobile with proper insurance coverage and valid California driver’s license.

*Failure to meet medical standards and/or criminal record clearance may result in withdrawal of job appointment.



The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be done by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Ability to lift 30 pounds if required.
  • Ability to squat, bend, stoop, sit on floor, stand, and walk for required periods of time.
  • Use close vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception along with the ability to focus vision.
  • Reach with hands and arms and use hands and fingers to handle objects and operate tools, computers, and/or controls.