Health Aide

Roanoke, VA

  • Department: Head Start/Early Head Start
  • Posting Date: 08/10/2022
  • Closing Date: Open until filled
  • Salary: $11.00 - $15.90/hr
  • Code: HA-EHS/HS

JOB TITLE:                          Health Aide

COMPONENT:                    Head Start/Early Head Start

SALARY RANGE:               $22,880 – 33,072 /Annually

CLASSIFICATION:           Exempt/Administrative


Responsible for assisting the Supervisor of Health Services in all aspects of planning and implementing screenings, referrals, and follow up the Health Services Program for Early Head Start and Head Start Children and families within the service area, as well as checking medication records and delivering/re-stocking health supplies for centers.


Supervised by:      Supervisor of Health Services

Supervises:            Directly – No One
Indirectly – No One

Coordinates with:  Supervisor of Family Services, Family Services Coordinator, Early Head Start and Head Start Family Development Specialists, Home Visitors, and all Head Start Staff



  • Performs sensory screenings (hearing and vision) on all children within 45 days of enrollment, suing evidence-based screening methods

–  Plans with Supervisor of Health Services for mass screenings of children in the fall, performing non-invasive screenings as needed.

–  Provides on-site supervision of staff and volunteers for screenings as assigned of Early Head Start and Head Start centers, community and public school partner programs, and to Home Base families as needed.

– Provides screenings to newly enrolled throughout the program year.

  • Coordinates follow-up care for medical, dental, and nutritional needs of enrolled children and families.
  • Completes documentation to send to Family Development Specialists and to parents to inform them of screening results.
  • Schedules re-screenings for children unable to complete the test within one month
  • Informs FDS of children who need referrals
  • Communicates with FDS and parents as needed to assist with referrals
  • Follows up with FDS to ensure that referrals are completed and documentation of action (treatment not needed, needed, and/or received) is received and documented in Child Plus
  • Monitors Child Plus health data and reports
  • Runs and analyzes reports for expiring, missing, or incomplete children’s well child visits, immunizations, and dental visits
  • Prepares reports and reminders for Family Development Specialists and Home Visitors so that they can assist families in staying on schedule with all health and dental visits.
  • Tracks needed dental treatments and follows up with Family Development Specialists to ensure treatment and documentation are received
  • Follows up with Family Development Specialists and Home Visitors to ensure that all well child visits and dental exams as well as any needed treatment are received.
  • Prepares monthly reports for the Supervisor of Health Services and the Supervisor of Family Services of all health and dental data of what is coming due and what is overdue
  • Works with other service area coordinators to facilitate an integrated system of service delivery to children and families.

–     Attends Center Staffing/Child Development Team meetings to discuss needs of individual children and families if needed to facilitate follow up of screenings and/or treatment.

–     Documents a plan of action for children with health needs and follows up to ensure that the plan is carried out.

–     Tracks requests for information from service providers.

–     Updates the Supervisor of Health Services concerning follow up and referral.

–     Works with the Supervisor of Health Services to provide technical assistance to staff concerning health issues as requested.

–     Monitors all health and dental related referral documentation and tracking for compliance and service delivery.

–     Monitors computer data reports for accuracy for both screenings and referrals, follow-up, and treatment.

  • Monitors emergency and health plans at each center for safety and compliance.

–     Inspects classrooms and kitchens for posted information concerning allergies, emergency numbers, and photo releases.

–     Meets with center teams to plan for and monitor care plans for children with special health needs.

–     Checks each center’s first aid kits, monthly or more as needed, restocking as needed.

– Delivers supplies such as gloves and shoe covers to centers weekly and as needed.

–     Checks each center’s medication log and records monthly or more as needed..

  • Supports a team approach when working with staff.

–     Attends monthly family and health services Supervisors and Coordinators team meeting.

Attends monthly Health Services team meetings

–     Attends monthly Coordinators meeting.

–     Attends all assigned meetings.

–     Plans with appropriate staff as a team for handling health related concerns of children and families.

  • Adheres to a professional standard of work.

–     Completes documentation, recordkeeping, and reports in a timely and efficient manner.

–     Informs supervisor of health related center concerns.

–     Participates in health related community teams, events, and coalitions as assigned.

–     Adheres to all TAP and TAP Head Start policies and the NAEYC Code of Ethics as adopted by TAP Head Start.

–     Maintains confidentiality of all child, family, and staff information.

–     Adheres to the Head Start Performance Standards, Virginia Licensing, and State/Local laws and regulations.

–     Maintains state credentials for professional licensing.

  • Attends meetings, conferences, and workshops as requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and required.



  • Knowledge of community health practice required.
  • Knowledge of family and health related community resources required.
  • Experience in working with children and families required.
  • Must demonstrate proficiency in written and oral communication.
  • Must demonstrate time management and organizational ability.
  • Willing to work as part of a team.
  • Must have a history of regular work attendance and satisfactory job performance.
  • Able to self-direct and demonstrate good judgment and decision making skills.



  • Associate degree preferred.
  • Training or certification in the health field preferred.
  • One year working with children or families in a health related setting required
  • Experience in performing health screenings on children preferred



  • Must have a valid Virginia Operator’s license with a good driving record and reliable transportation.
  • TAP is a mandatory COVID vaccine employer.
  • Must be able to travel to and from centers, and deliver health supplies.
  • Must be willing to adjust work schedule as necessary.
  • Must pass drug screening.  Some positions require positive complete background screening including: criminal, sex offender and child protective services.
  • Must be able to squat, bend, and interact with children.
  • Physical activity of this position – climbing; ascending and descending ladders, stairs, scaffolding, ramps, poles and the like; balancing, stooping, kneeling, crouching, crawling, reaching, standing, walking, pushing, pulling, lifting, use of fingers for – picking, pinching and typing; grasping, feeling, talking, hearing, repetitive motion of the wrists, hands, and/or fingers.
  • Physical requirements of this position – heavy work; exerting up to 100 pounds of force occasionally, and/or up to 20 pounds of force constantly to move objects.
  • Visual acuity requirements – visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned or to make general observations of facilities or structures.
  • Conditions subject to in this position – worker is not substantially exposed to adverse environmental conditions.
  • REQUIRED TO WEAR masks with a few exceptions.

This description provides information regarding the essential functions of the designated job, and general nature and level of work associated with the job.  It should not be interpreted to describe all the duties that may be required of such employees or be used to limit the nature and extent of assignments such an individual may be given.

Every TAP employee shares in TAP’s responsibility to “Mobilize Community Resources” in support of TAP’s anti-poverty efforts.

TAP hires only U.S. Citizens and lawfully authorized aliens.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Drug Free Workplace

Bilinguals Encouraged to Apply