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The Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc.

LIHEAP Energy Fair – Indiantown, FL

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Representatives from The Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc. will be present to accept and process applications.

Date:   Thursday, February 13, 2020  | Time: 10 am to 1 pm |  Location:  14759 SW Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive  |  Indiantown, FL 34956

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that provides critical home heating and cooling help to millions of vulnerable American families. When struggling families can afford energy, they remain in their homes, children are stable in school and seniors and veterans maintain access to service providers.

LIHEAP Energy Fair – Stuart, FL

energy assistance mom and baby

Representatives from The Agricultural and Labor Program, Inc. will be present to accept and process applications.

Date:   Wednesday, February 12, 2020  | Time: 12 pm to 5 pm |  Location:  St. Paul AME Church, 900 SE East Avenue  |  Stuart, FL 34994

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federal program that provides critical home heating and cooling help to millions of vulnerable American families. When struggling families can afford energy, they remain in their homes, children are stable in school and seniors and veterans maintain access to service providers.

2019 FL Statutes, General Standards for Directors and Conflicts of Interest

In previous entries during 2019, I summarized the legal duties of Directors and applicable State law on conflicts of interest. At those times, the Florida Legislature was considering the major overhaul and updating of the corporation laws. Since then, the Florida Business Corporation Act, Chapter 607, was enacted and is now effective. The Florida Corporation Not For Profit Act, Chapter 617, was amended only in limited ways.

The actual legal duties of Directors, as stated in Section 617.0830, General Standards For Directors, should be read by you from time to time in your capacity as ALPl’s Board. This Section was left unchanged by the 2019 Legislature.  

Also left unchanged was Section 617.0832, of the Florida Not For Profit Corporation Act, on Conflicts of Interest.  This Section suggests that a contract may be entered into between a corporation and another entity, in which a Director may have some financial interest. The contract is nevertheless not void or voidable, so long as the terms of the contract are fair and reasonable to the corporation. If the Board votes to approve the contract, then procedures are detailed in the statute for disclosing those financial interests, for voting, and for the required quorum. This Section of the Florida Statutes should be read by you whenever you might have a financial interest in an entity which contracts with ALPI.

You may view a copy of the statute by clicking here.

Early Childhood Education Coordinator | Ft. Pierce, FL

The Early Childhood Education Coordinator reports to the Program Operations Director. Works closely with the Child Development Services Managers to ensure that agency’s (directly operated and contracted) curriculum and curriculum support materials are aligned with the Head Start/Early Head Start Domains and consistent with the framework of the Head Start/Early Head Start Curriculum. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports and program achievements.

This work is performed under the supervision of the Program Operations Director and reviewed through monitoring, conferences, reports, and evaluation of program area effectiveness.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Serves as mentor in working one-on-one with protégé teachers, contracted center teaching staff and delegate agency teaching staff to support their professional growth, their knowledge and skill, problem-solving, decision making and promoting reflective practice.
  • Works cooperatively with the Child Development Services Manager and all other staff members in planning for the implementation of the objectives of the program.
  • Conduct classroom visits/monitoring to ensure that all teaching staff are meeting the requirements under Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards, NAEYC and the State of Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten.
  • Plans and assists teaching staff with training in implementing an educational curriculum.
  • Demonstrates/Model teaching techniques in the classroom and provide training and technical assistance to the teaching staff.
  • Assist teaching staff to enhance parent involvement in their child’s education by promoting parent education workshops on topics relating to early literacy and language development.
  • Encourages teaching staff to work as a team in developing and implementing strategies to assist children and families.
  • Monitors and provides feedback to teaching staff on written lesson plans, use of time for staff planning, collecting and analyzing assessment information.
  • Assists teaching staff in arranging classrooms and establishing a consistent daily routine.
  • Develops with teaching staff, home learning activities designed for the individual child.
  • Monitor child assessments and ensure that data is entered in a timely manner to appropriate programs in order to produce child outcomes reports three times per year.
  • Initiate purchase orders; Coordinate and distributes educational materials/supplies relevant to the ongoing operations of the Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms.
  • Assists teaching staff in planning for home visits and/or parent conferences; review reports from these visits for compliance with standards.
  • Conduct and complete periodic assessments of children in the area of childhood development.
  • Initiate, plan, and participate in pre-service and in-service workshops with educational consultants. Participate with the design, development, and delivery of training for Head Start/Early Head Start teaching staff and volunteers.
  • Assists the in identifying and assessing the training needs of parents. The purpose of this assessment is to properly train and educate parents in supporting the child’s total development. Also requires counseling parents in meeting their social and educational development goals.
  • Maintains confidentiality of information, records and documents related to children, families and staff members.
  • Participates in pre-service and on-going in-service training, agency events, workshops and educational classes for personal development, as assigned or requested to keep abreast of educational trends and enhance knowledge and skills.
  • Reports suspected child abuse/neglect situations.
  • Assist in garnering in-kind contributions.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; complete written reports and monthly narratives; Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree from four-year college or university in the field of Early Childhood Education or an advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education, with experience teaching preschool-age children.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Florida drivers license.

Job Type: Full-time

Head Start/Early Head Start Family Services Worker | Ft. Pierce, FL

The Head Start/Early Head Start Family Services Worker reports to the Child Development Services Manager; assist in the maintenance of a cumulative file that documents services delivery in the areas of health (medical, dental), mental health, disabilities, family partnerships, and nutrition.

Work is performed under the supervision of the Child Development Services Manager and the general guidance and is reviewed through monitoring, conference, reports and results obtained.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Build nurturing relationships with families to identify barriers to self-sufficiency, establish goals for independence from public assistance, facilitate mobilization and serve as a source of support.
  • Under the direction of the Child Development Services Manager, collect data to identify family’s strengths, weaknesses and stages of development.
  • Interviews selected families to obtain pertinent data; i.e., family history, health, mental health, developmental, nutritional, parent interest and submits to the Child Development Services Manager for review and forward for input into the agency’s Management Information System.
  • Responsible for recruitment, enrollment and attendance.
  • Refers clients to other organizations to obtain needed resources to meet the needs of families.
  • Provide intake services for children for Head Start/Early Head Start Centers within the target community.
  • Provides orientation for parents on the agency and the Head Start/Early Head Start program and other available community resources.
  • Maintains cumulative file on all assigned families in accordance with program’s established record keeping system including: (a) emergency or crisis assistance; (b) education and other appropriate interventions; and (c) opportunities for continuing education, employment training, and other employment services through formal networks in the community.
  • Provide access for the delivery of prenatal and postpartum care services for pregnant women to include but not limited to: (a) early and continuous risk assessments and (b) mental health interventions and follow-up.
  • Tracks attendance, secure referrals, provide follow-up to identify social service needs of children and families.
  • Provides supportive services to parents, i.e., transportation, babysitting, making and accompanying children and parents to appointments.
  • Make follow-up visits to homes of Head Start/Early Head Start families to (a) assess social service needs affecting the child’s attendance patterns and (b) provide support to strengthen the family unit.
  • Maintains and follows program confidentiality policies concerning information about children, families, and other staff members.
  • Assist in getting parents at Parent Meetings, workshops, training and conferences.
  • Attends and participates in staff/department meetings when required.
  • Assists in garnering in-kind contributions.
  • Participates in on-ongoing pre-service and in-service training, agency events, workshops and educational classes for personal development, as assigned or requested.
  • Covers front desk/office as needed.
  • Reports suspected child abuse and neglect situations.
  • Serves as a bus monitor as needed. Assist with loading and unloading of children from buses.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
None

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos. Ability to write simple correspondence. Ability to effectively present information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers,clients, and other employees of the organization.

Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
A minimum of high school diploma or GED; with two years casework or social work experience or related field and documentation of ability to work effectively with others. Bilingual preferred.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out detailed written or oral instructions. Ability to deal with problems involving a few concrete variables in standardized situations.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Florida Driver License
Social Service Competency based training Certificate OTHER

Job Type: Full-time

Head Start/Early Head Start Health Services Manager | Frostproof, FL

The Head Start/Early Head Start Health Services Manager reports to the Program Operations Director. Responsible for the leadership, direction, and oversight in the areas of planning, development, and implementation of operational policies and procedures for health, including child medical, dental, mental health, and child nutrition for all children including those with disabilities. Implements the program’s management systems and procedures; i.e., involving families, planning, communication, record keeping and reporting, ongoing monitoring and self-assessment. Works closely with the agency’s Food Services Coordinator to ensure nutritious meals are served to the children, and families have input into meal planning.

This work is performed under the supervision of the Program Operations Director and reviewed through monitoring, conferences, reports, and evaluation of program area effectiveness.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Schedules comprehensive screenings within forty-five (45) days and ninety (90) days and implement follow-up treatment services, as necessary.
  • Assures that all children maintain up-to-date age-appropriate schedule of well child care by obtaining or arranging treatment for all health problems detected on enrolled children.
  • Ensure compliance with local, state, and federal regulations are followed.
  • Assists in the annual updates and revisions of health, nutritional, disabilities, mental health and nutrition plan and procedures in conjunction with the Health Services Advisory Committee, Policy Council and parents.
  • Ensures the maintenance of individual health records of all children and maintains a health tracking system. Analyzes HSFIS reports and follow-up or through on identified needs.
  • Organizes a Health Services Advisory Committee for input, recommendations into the comprehensive delivery of health care services to include medical, dental, mental health and nutrition.
  • Reviews, evaluates and interprets health records in conjunction with the SDT and MDT to determine appropriate health services.
  • Plans and assists teaching staff in implementing a health/nutrition education and safety curriculum obtaining input from other staff and parents.
  • Counsels parents regarding the health/nutrition problems of their children, designs and conducts health/nutrition education for parents and staff. Develops Individual Health Care Plans as needed.
  • Develops a list of local health/nutrition resources and establishes working relationships with local providers through contractual agreements, as appropriate.
  • Maintains an accurate record of the children needing special diets and ensures that the agency’s Nutritionist adjust menus to meet those special dietary needs.
  • Health Services Manager or designee will monitor and provide training on the administration of all medication, in accordance with State requirements and agency’s procedures.
  • Maintains confidentiality of all health records.
  • Works with center staff and parents to implement short-term exclusion policy.
  • Monitors food services facilities and serving areas to ensure compliance with good health and sanitation conditions.
  • Monitors food preparations, meal services, storage areas, equipment and supplies (including vehicles used to transport food).
  • Assures the proper portions of food are delivered to all classrooms.
  • Advise parents on the nature of the data being collected and its usage as it relates to transition and services.
  • Reports suspected child abuse and neglect situations.
  • Provides input regarding the budget, which includes allocating of funds for medical, nutritional and dental treatment services, supplies and equipment.
  • Completes all written reports necessary i.e., monthly narrative, Head Start
  • Ensures that program staff has an initial health examination and periodic checkups as required by state or federal agency health requirements.
  • Purchases and distributes medical supplies needed to maintain first aid kits/fanny packs.
  • Refers regular volunteers as required by local and state regulations for TB screenings.
  • Attends all pre-service, in-service training, management meetings, agency events and appropriate professional and educational conferences and meetings to develop and enhance knowledge and skills as requested.
  • Assist garnering for in-kind for health/nutrition services.

SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES
Mental Health/Disabilities Specialist
Facilities Specialist
Contracted Services (Nutritionist Consultant)

QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactory. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present assembled information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, and the general public. Work well without supervision.

EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
B.S., B.A. in Health RN/LPN/CNA/EMT and one-year experience in health related field.

REASONING ABILITY
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule form.

CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Florida License as a Registered Nurse or Practical Nurse
Valid Florida Driver’s License

Job Type: Full-time

Teacher Assistants – HS: Fort Pierce, FL | 2019-2020 School Year

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • High School Diploma or General Development Diploma (GED) and one or more years child care experience in a school setting and 45 hours of DCF training requirements.    OR
  • High School Diploma or General Development Diploma (GED) and a Child Development Associate (CDA) or additional education in an accredited institution of higher learning, such as an Associates of Arts Degree in Early Childhood, may be substituted for experience. 45 hours DCF training requirements.

Read moreTeacher Assistants – HS: Fort Pierce, FL | 2019-2020 School Year

Teacher – HS/EHS: Fort Pierce, FL | 2019-2020 School Year

EDUCATION/EXPERIENCE

  • Level I:   A minimum of an Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or an Associates Degree in a related field or Child Development Associate (National CDA) Certification with 30 hours of college credits, preferably in education/early childhood development.
  • Level II:   A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education with two (2) years of teaching experience or a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education or related field.
  • Level III:   A minimum of a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field with a state teacher certification.

Read moreTeacher – HS/EHS: Fort Pierce, FL | 2019-2020 School Year

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