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Mental Health & Disabilities Specialist - Early Childhood Education (Northwest Suburbs)

Company: Children's Home & Aid
Location: palatine
Posted on: May 3, 2021

Job Description:

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Mental Health & Disabilities Specialist Early Childhood Education (Northwest Suburbs)

At Childrens Home & Aid, we believe that quality early childhood education can build the foundation for a lifetime of learning. Families count on us to help put their children on the path to a better futureand keep them there with early childhood education that reinforces childrens social and emotional growth and stability.

Children with special needs and their families need extra attention to ensure that they are identified early and their needs are met. As the Early Head Start Disabilities and Mental Health Specialist, you will provide that extra level of comprehensive, holistic, family-centered support. You will manage all phases of the disabilities/ mental health services program and work with other content area coordinators to ensure that children receive comprehensive and integrated services. You will work collaboratively with internal and external partners to ensure the appropriate and timely identification of children with special needs. You will support and train families and staff to work effectively with these children. Families served will reside in Chicago's Northwest Suburbs.

Responsibilities include:

  • Develop collaborative, trusting partnerships with families; identify family goals, strengths, and opportunities for additional support.
  • Maintain and regularly review disability folders on all identified families.
  • Attend IFSP/IEP development meetings and coordinate Part C services for identified families.
  • Collaborate with program staff to recruit families with children with special needs.
  • Coordinate therapeutic services for identified children.
  • Attend client staffing and grantee meetings.
  • Support and train staff and family members to work effectively with children with special needs.
  • Complete documentation, tracking, and reporting as required by funder.
  • Establish working relationships with Early Childhood Site Managers, education and support staff, parents, family partners, and community schools and agencies regarding children with special needs.
  • Work with other content area coordinators/managers to ensure that children receive comprehensive and integrated services.


  • Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Special Education, Psychology, or a related field required.
  • A minimum of one year of experience working with children with special needs.
  • Must be attentive to detail, resourceful, self-motivated, flexible and have initiative.
  • Must have valid drivers license, auto insurance and reliable transportation.

Childrens Home & Aid offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: Traditional PPO, or PPO w/health savings contributions.
  • Dental and Vision Insurance Options
  • 11 paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Flexible Spending
  • Opportunities for Student Loan Forgiveness
  • 401K Plan
  • Training and Professional Development Plan

Keywords: Children's Home & Aid, Naperville , Mental Health & Disabilities Specialist - Early Childhood Education (Northwest Suburbs), Other , palatine, Illinois

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