HIRE AND TRAIN EARLY LEARNING SPECIALISTS

Early Learning Specialists (ELSs) are hired by the replication site from the community being served to conduct twice-weekly home visits with the families.  They should speak the native languages of the families being served; share a community and/or cultural background; enjoy playing and reading with young children; relate to parents/caregivers as equal partners; exhibit warmth and patience; and be nonjudgmental and flexible in adapting to the home setting.  ELSs must participate in a minimum of 16 hours of training and go through a background check before serving families.  They must complete written reports after each family visit. Their job also includes participation in weekly staff supervision meetings and trainings led by the Site Coordinator.