For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence
Responsibilities: Ensure eligibility and enrollments are completed in a timely fashion and in accordance with agency, local, state and federal regulations. Maintain current knowledge of eligibility and program requirements that affect service delivery. Maintain accurate records by utilizing systems in place that can be employed by all key staff members. Seek to understand the 40 Developmental Assets approach and role model asset building behavior when interacting with participants, employees and other stakeholders.
Conduct initial family intakes ensuring families meet program eligibility guidelines prior to enrollment. Complete family enrollment ensuring all required documentation for program is collected at time of enrollment. Serve as liaison between families and program, interpreting agency and program policies to parents and family members. Assist parents in completing annual CACFP (USDA Child and Adult Care Food Program) application. Collaborate with classroom in maintaining accurate CACFP records. Complete all redeterminations ensuring eligibility requirements are met. Monitor communications with the city regarding childcare eligibility policies.
Attend workshops and trainings to maintain up to date knowledge of systems required by our funders for multiple reporting requirements, including but not limited to ETO, COPA, etc. In addition, maintain current knowledge of all policy mandates as specified by IDHS Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP), Head Start Performance Standards, and City of Chicago as it relates to enrollment and eligibility of children for program.
Compile weekly and/or monthly program enrollment status reports. Provide reports to Manager of Eligibility & Enrollment indicating trends and changes in enrollment.
Qualifications: Three years of business administrative experience in Head Start and governmentally funded child care programs preferred. Computer literate and working knowledge of Microsoft Office a must. Accuracy and attention to detail. Excellent verbal and written communication skills. Ability to effectively communicate with people of diverse socioeconomic and educational backgrounds. Bi-lingual, in English and Spanish is preferred.
Education: An Associate of Arts or Applied Science in business administration, bookkeeping or related field preferred. Demonstrated experience in detail-oriented, client service area may be substituted for education.
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Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.