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Early Childhood Navigator, Growing Up Healthy

September 26, 2019

20-40 hours per week, serving families in Faribault and Northfield

Established in 2007, Growing Up Healthy (an HCI-supported program) works with partner organizations and Latinx, immigrant families to transform communities through cultivating neighborhood leadership, fostering social connectedness, and collectively advocating for change within neighborhoods and systems. A team of Growing Up Healthy coordinators guide this work.

Growing Up Healthy is seeking a bilingual individual who will focus work with families of preschool-age children in Faribault and Northfield to overcome obstacles that prevent kindergarten readiness. The person in this role will support efforts to increase the number of children who complete early childhood screening by age 4, and enroll/persist in preschool. One or two Early Childhood Navigators will be hired. Hours will range from 20-40 per week, depending on the candidate pool and qualified candidates’ preferences.

Tasks: 

  • Reach out to and support caregivers/parents of preschool-age children from prioritized low-income neighborhoods in Faribault and Northfield
  • Listen for, identify and document barriers and challenges families face to accessing preschool, and help families troubleshoot barriers to preschool enrollment and persistence. Engage families as much as possible in the process of identifying collaborative solutions
  • Assist with preschool/early childhood program and scholarship applications
  • Complete home visits and individual meetings with families
  • Connect families with early childhood screening; follow-up with children who attend screening and report they are not enrolled in preschool and/or accessing early childhood learning opportunities
  • Refer families to community resources and services; assist families to complete application forms or other paperwork (as needed) in order to receive services; follow up with families to ensure services were received
  • Provide follow-up connections after well-child checks
  • Assist with childcare assistance applications
  • Build positive working relationships with agency and program partners, and ensure effective, timely communication with individuals and organizations central to this work
  • Track data in CitySpan
  • Serve on the Rice County Ready for Kindergarten team
  • Support other HCI-supported programs when needed; demonstrate ability to be flexible and adapt as part of a team; maintain consistent communication with team members, families and community partners

Required qualities/abilities: 

  • Bilingual in English and Spanish or Somali
  • Valid Minnesota driver’s license and the ability to travel within Rice County
  • Experience working with diverse populations
  • 2-5 years of experience in family home visiting, early childhood education, individual family support, or a related field
  • Proficient in Microsoft Office (PowerPoint, Word, and Excel) and Google Suite
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Highly organized with superior attention to detail
  • Excellent ability to multi-task and troubleshoot issues
  • Ability to work with minimal supervision and as a member of a team
  • Capable of completing work on time in a fast-paced environment while maintaining a positive attitude
  • Ability to work some evening and weekend hours
  • Passion for equity and social justice
  • Willingness to maintain the standards, carry out the purpose, and adhere to the policies of the Healthy Community Initiative
  • Maintenance of a cell phone is an expectation of employment

Preferred qualities:

Familiarity with Rice County organizations and resources.

To apply:

Please submit a cover letter, résumé, and the contact information for three professional references to: sandy@northfieldhci.org. Application review will begin January 20, 2021.