SCO Family of Services Early Childhood - Family Support Specialist in Brooklyn, New York

*FirstStepNYC at PS/IS41:

FirstStepNYC at P.S/I.S. 41 is a new high quality, state of the art birth-5 early childhood center collocated at P.S./I.S.41, a K-8 elementary school in one of the most at-risk neighborhoods - Brownsville, Brooklyn. The model affords an exceptional opportunity to change the life paths of New York City’s most vulnerable, at-risk children and tackle the achievement gap before it begins. This unique public-private partnership brings together the NYC Department of Education (DOE), NYC Administration for Children Services (ACS), SCO Family of Services, and a wide range of local organizations. FirstStepNYC, a demonstration project with an emphasis on both early childhood and adult leadership development, will advance citywide efforts to ensure all children enter kindergarten on a path to be college and career ready by the time they graduate our schools. **


  • Use the Powerful Interactions Approach to build relationships with children, families, and staff at FirstStepNYC
  • Manage eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance meeting the needs of income-eligible families and in response to community assessment.
  • Ensure program maintains funded enrollment level and waiting list, fill vacancies as needed at the individual sites and analyze enrollment data to inform the planning process
  • Develop and maintain a system through which eligibility, recruitment, selection, enrollment, and attendance is managed.
  • Collaborate with classroom teachers to facilitate children's transitions and progress in the classroom
  • Provide classroom support to teachers in infant/toddler, preschool and pre-k classrooms.
  • Develop and maintain meaningful, productive relationships with families
  • Assess strengths and needs of the program’s families utilizing the Family Strength Assessment
  • Refer and link children and parents to needed services including health and social services, disabilities, early childhood education and care services, and a range of parent development training opportunities
  • Assist parents with understanding and implementing the Family Partnership Agreement in order to encourage and promote their overall development including achievement of self-sufficiency as well as positive developmental outcomes for their children
  • Assist in planning parent activities, encourage parent participation in program activities and obtain feedback from parents regarding the level of satisfaction with the services they receive
  • Promote and maintain parent involvement in program governance, activities, and services
  • In collaboration with Director of Family Support, facilitate parent committee meetings
  • Attend family support team meetings, staff meetings, staff trainings, collaborations and planning meetings
  • Collaborates with Master Teachers to meet the needs of children and families from both a family support and school readiness perspective
  • Assist program leadership in implementation of all program requirements in adherence to performance outcome standards as prescribed by the multiple funding model requirements—includes attendance of recruitment activities, maintaining the wait list, implementing ERSEA policies, attending necessary trainings, using ChildPlus for ongoing monitoring reporting and maintaining child/family files.
  • Develop relationships with other community-based service providers that provide needed services to families
  • Enter service data into the management information system
  • Reports to the Director of Family Support
  • Perform other duties as assigned

QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS: * Bachelor’s Degree or higher in social work or a related field * Relevant experience working with children and families in a community-based Head Start or family support program * Knowledge of Head Start and Early Head Start program standards * Knowledge of city and state licensing requirements and learning standards * Demonstrated ability to stay abreast of developments in best practice and research relating to early education and family engagement * Ability to establish supportive relationships with children and families from diverse backgrounds * Knowledge of community resources and capacity to develop community cooperation to ensure that families receive comprehensive services * Ability and willingness to work in a program located in a high-risk, low-income community * Experience in multi-cultural environments serving vulnerable or underserved populations * Ability to work within an interdisciplinary team as a cooperative and supportive team member * Ability to utilize and provide reflective supervision * Proficiency in multiple software applications, including most Microsoft Office products * Commitment to the mission and programs of SCO Family of Services * Possess a strong belief in people’s ability to grow and change; forge a mutually respectful partnership with persons served and their families * Excellent interpersonal and communications skills, both oral and written * Diligent; Strong time management skills * Team player


Organization: *SD015

Title: Early Childhood - Family Support Specialist

Location: New York-Brooklyn-Brownsville

Requisition ID: 32296