Parent Educator

Position Description:

A Parent Educator assists families who are experiencing various struggles, visiting them regularly to offer practical help and emotional support. The aim is to teach and equip families with the goal of allowing children to remain with their families rather than being taken into care.

Families are referred by social workers, and the work will vary depending on the particular needs of the family.

Parent Educators plan the type and length of support needed with the social worker and their own supervisor. They support parents in acquiring parenting and home management skills, such as physical and emotional care, playing with the children, dealing with discipline, and behavioral difficulties.

Parent Educators keep records of their work, and these reports may sometimes be used in evidence in court if it becomes necessary to take out a court order on the children. They may also be required to attend staffings and other meetings.

Minimum of 20 hours per week.

Working days/hours vary according to service needs. Must be available days/evenings and weekends.

Services are provided in multiple counties, including: La Crosse, Monroe, Jackson and Trempealeau.

The work is mainly in families’ homes, but there will be an office base where workers meet with supervisor to share information and write reports. Parent Educators may have to attend court if care orders are being taken out.


Successful candidates will possess:

• the ability to communicate sensitively and effectively with children and adults

• the skill set  to work collaboratively with social workers and other professionals

• practical knowledge and understanding of child development and the needs of children

• professional boundaries

• the ability to assist in parenting and the running of a home

• a non-judgmental stance and commitment to supporting people in difficult circumstances

• empathy and the ability, patience and understanding to build good working relationships with families

• good listening skills

• good organizational skills and the ability to work both independently and as part of a team

• resilience, assertiveness and the ability to stay calm under pressure

• a flexible approach to working hours and to the range of tasks undertaken.


Bachelor’s degree preferred in psychology, social work, child development or related field. Experience with youth from ages birth to twelve required. Experience in working with children and families preferred. Examples could include work in children’s homes, nursery, nursing, probation, community or mental health work. Volunteer work may be acceptable, providing that this has been extensive enough to demonstrate your suitability for this type of work. Flexible schedule a must and wiling to meet the needs of the youth/family with scheduling. Must have reliable transportation and own auto insurance as there is client transportation involved.

Salary and Benefits:

Full time benefits include flex-spending account (cafeteria plan), 401k + 4% match, personal time off and paid holidays.

Full and Part time benefits include salary reduction plan for work related expenses – non-reimbursed, and continuing education dollars. Onsite parking. Objective evaluations based on feedback from clients, referral sources, and peer evaluations.

Mileage reimbursed.

Pay range is hourly commensurate with experience and educational background.


Once you are employed, training will be available in all aspects of the job including the legal framework, the assessment of families and child protection. This may be provided by in-house or external courses.

On-going training is often provided to keep workers’ skills and knowledge up-to-date.


Stein Counseling is an EOE.



Rebeka Tenner de Rocha, Human Resources Manager


571 Braund Street

Onalaska WI 54650

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