Crystal Stairs
  • 03-Dec-2019 (PST)
  • Headstart
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Full Time

Head Start - Health Services Coordinator

What We're Looking For:

We are seeking a Health Services Coordinator who is responsible for ensuring that program services are provided to families with children with health needs. The Health Services Coordinator develops, implements, coordinates and evaluates services and methods for both staff and families in providing the overall health approach in the program. This position works within an interdisciplinary team setting with other Head Start staff, using case-management protocols that integrate service areas, to address identified concerns for children. The ideal candidate will have the following responsibilities:

  1. Ensures that children receive necessary services offered both by the program and outside organizations
  2. Must be well versus with all 45 day and 90 day timelines to ensure every child's medical determination.
  • Ensure that all children enrolled into the Head Start program have a physical exam prior to 30 days of entry into the program
  • Ensure that all information on the EPSDT schedule has been completed and meet the timelines for completion and frequency.

Supports Health Assistants in the review and tracking of referrals for health, food allergies, pending immunizations and other concerns identified on the physical exam. Supports the Health Services Manager with developing, training, implementing and evaluating a formal referral and follow-up system for all children requiring health and nutrition services. Supports the Health Services Department with developing, training, implementing and evaluating written procedures for the area of health and nutrition services. Provides support to Health Assistants in ensuring that all 45 day and 90 day timelines have been met. Follow up with families and/or doctors to ensure that all services have been provided to every child in accordance with all regulations. The Health Service Coordinator will monitor and review the electronic data systems reports for trends, program improvement needs, parent training needs, staff training needs and compliance. Coordinates the preparation and updating of the Nutrition and Health Service Area Plans Skill in the operation and maintenance of basic instruments and equipment used in patient care (e.g. items commonly found in a first aid kit). Ability to recognize problems in the area of health, nutrition and/or child safety and determine the best possible solutions Primary supervisor for the Health Assistants including scheduling, performance appraisals and day to day oversight Supports the Health Service Manager with developing relationships with community agencies to establish interagency agreements and/or MOU's. Provides onsite observations, training and follow-up with identified children as needed Supports and participates in the planning of the Health Services Advisory Meetings and School Readiness Advisory Committee meetings on a quarterly basis Participates in leadership meetings with the Health Services Manager Produces reports at least monthly on the status of services provided Participates in agency's annual Program Information Report (PIR) process       Develops scope of work for relevant contracts, and monitors the provisions of such services Implements active participation through the development of a broad community-based network of child development and health partnerships that foster applications to the program Orders Health and Nutrition Office Supplies Conducts Quarterly Health and Safety Reviews using Health and Safety Monitoring Tool and determines trends and patterns Organizes and schedule training sessions for Head Start staff and teachers on health and nutrition topics Attends home visits as needed for health related concerns Develops and updates the list of local health related resources and defines procedures for effective use of these resources. Initiates and establishes working relationships with local providers Works collaboratively with the Health Service Manager with the development and maintenance of individual health records for children in conjunction with family services staff. Ensures that health records are reviewed, evaluated and interpreted.       Maintains vital statistics and other data affecting health services. Reviews and updates Health Services and Nutrition Area Plan annually Ensures all health determinations are completed in a timely manner Works with the registered dietitian and the health services consultant to ensure all nutrition and health timelines are met. Monitors Food Service supplies at the site level and works with the maintenance team to ensure inventory at the warehouse is appropriate Track the number of incidents and accidents of children in the classroom and determine the trends and patterns. Complete and submit immunizations report to the state in a timely manner Plan and organize health fairs at the beginning of the year Other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor degree in sociology, health education guidance and counseling, or social work. Medical Assistant or LVN preferred.
  • Two (2) years experience as a paraprofessional in a preschool, mental health or social services agency. Two (2) years administrative, leadership and training supervisory experience is highly desirable.
  • Knowledge of Child Care Licensing Regulations and Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to special education, early intervention and early childhood education.
  • Knowledge of public health programs and other resources and the availability of such programs in the community.
  • Knowledge of general business practices such as supervisory practices, administrative basics, general financials, and risk management.
  • Knowledge of local resources, services, and networks
  • Ability to know and implement Head Start Performance Standards, Child Care Licensing Regulations and agency policies and procedures
  • Skill in the operation and maintenance of basic instruments and equipment used in patient care (e.g. items commonly found in a first aid kit). Ability to recognize problems in the area of, health, nutrition and/or child safety
  • Ability to effectively plan, coordinate and evaluate the nutritional and health requirements for children and families.
  • Ability to exercise professional judgment in evaluating before making decisions
  • Ability to communicate, both oral and written, to individuals with diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to speak, read and write English well enough to understand and be understood by others; bilingual skills are helpful
  • Ability to speak before groups of individuals
  • Ability to stay current of Head Start and other applicable regulations/compliance requirements and provide timely updates on program procedures and ensure application.
  • Ability to have a working knowledge of recent research and developments in health and nutrition fields as they pertain to early childhood development.


    • Must possess a valid California driver's license, have use of a motor vehicle and provide evidence of automobile liability insurance.
    • Must meet State health requirements including passing a physical examination as a condition of employment, and must provide verification of immunization clearances at the time of employment.
    • Mandatory CPR and Basic First Aid certificate, which employee is responsible to maintain for the duration of their employment with Head Start.

Crystal Stairs is committed to building and sustaining a diverse workforce and culture. As part of this commitment, Crystal Stairs provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, medical condition as defined by state law, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other legally protected status.           

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