family advocate     


Department: Early Head Start Home Visiting

Essential Functions:

A Chicago Child Care Society Family Advocate provides child development services, social services, health services and parent involvement services to families including home visits, socializations, advocacy and crisis intervention in accordance with federal, state and program guidelines. The Family Advocate is responsible for delivering prenatal education and home-based services as defined by ISBE: Prevention Initiative program. Services include: planning safe, developmentally appropriate experiences for infants and toddlers in home settings that are appropriate to the needs of each family. In addition, assist families to build upon their strengths and develop plans to address areas of concern, including job market assistance and resource identification.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Maintain a caseload of twenty children/families, plan developmentally appropriate education services that are integrated with health, dental health, nutrition, parent involvement and social services.

  • Responsible for the recruitment of children and families into the PI home-base program, with a minimum of 2 children/pregnant mothers per month with successful enrollment.

  • Ensure each child enrolled on caseload is seen twice per month for 60 mins. per visit, and every family is invited and attends two parent/child groups per month.

  • Collaborate with team members to ensure developmentally appropriate activities are scheduled and coordinate the parent/child groups to ensure that parents interest is being addressed.

  • Participate in bi-weekly reflective supervision with Supervisor. Attend department staff meetings and all-staff (agency) meetings, and pre- and in-service training/conference sessions as scheduled, and additional meetings as determined by ISBE and/org BabyTalk.

  • Conduct weekly observations in every domain area with a minimum of 2 observations across areas per week, examples of children’s work, and conduct developmental screenings (ASQ 3 & ASQ:SE); assisting the parents in developing observational skills and soliciting parent observations.

  • Input (children) documentation into NewOrg and Teaching Strategies Gold requirements regarding discussions of the child’s individual development and progress.

  • Ensure files and documentation are complete on a weekly basis, accurate, and confidentially maintained.

  • Attend per- and in-service training sessions, agency meetings, All-staff meetings, training as it relates to home visiting.

  • Assist with the coordination of and actively support the disability services for children in need.

  • Responds to agency needs by performing assigned tasks which do not fall within above description.  If such tasks are not of a temporary nature, they should be added to this list of designated job responsibilities. Please note all job-related items are not specified within this job description.

Qualifications and Requirements:

  • Parents As Teachers Certified preferred

  • Excellent attention to detail

  • Good judgment and the ability to make sound decisions in complex situations

  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills

  • Flexible work schedule to accommodate weekends and evenings when necessary 

  • Proficient in computer skills: including but not limited to MS Word, Excel, access, power point, Microsoft office, windows,   

Job: Full Time, Exempt Position


  • A minimum of a CDA credential, preferred candidate BA/BS Degree in ECE or BA/BS in Early Child Development.


  • Two-(2) to three-(3) years’ experience in Early Childhood, social services, or a family support program.

  • Demonstrated competency to plan and implement a home visiting curriculum and promote children’s progress across the standards described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five, including children with disabilities and dual language learners.  

  • Knowledge of community resources. Knowledge of COPA is a plus.


  • Daily driving is required. Must provide own vehicle, valid Driver's License and proof of full insurance coverage

Qualified candidates are encouraged to submit an updated resume and cover letter to Cerryn Lyles via email at NO phone calls, please.