Early Head Start School Readiness & Child Development Coordinator
- Degree Level
It is the policy of Quality Care for Children that all employees shall receive an equal employment opportunity without regards to race, color, religion, veteran status, sex, national origin, age, marital status or disability in employment.
Job Title: Early Head Start School Readiness & Child Development Coordinator
Department: Child Care Resource and Referral
Salary: Based on experience – Salaried, Exempt
Position Summary: The EHS CCP School Readiness Coach is a professional position to provide prevention services to help adults prepare children birth through age three for school readiness. The EHS CCP School Readiness will build the capacity of the center staff to nurture the social and emotional development of children, including those with special needs, birth through age three in the EHS Hub network. He/She will coordinate the intervention for children with special needs. The School Readiness will consult with the Hub team to plan for children that experience social-emotional-behavioral challenges that impact their success within care. He/she will work as a member of the EHS CCP Hub team in a cross-discipline approach to assure that all children and their families receive high quality, comprehensive services that meet their needs.
- Maintain content development expertise in the areas of child development and disabilities.
- Develop and disseminates resources and best practices for the process of implementing quality improvement efforts.
- Establish and maintain ongoing supportive relationships with the center management team staff in the network of the EHS centers and Family Child Care Learning Homes.
- Provide program-level mental health consultation and technical assistance to the EHS centers and Family Child Care Learning Homes.
- Review child assessment data, and other assessment or evaluation data to identify areas of need for technical assistance.
- Participates in site visits, classrooms observations, and work groups to assess program needs and planning strategies for system/process improvement and/or development of early childhood education, disabilities, and family support.
- Provide regular site visits.
- Assist the site management team in designing setting-based intervention strategies to enhance children’s development including social-emotional development and mitigate behavioral disruptions.
- Provide technical assistance regarding children with social-emotional challenges, including the administering of screening and assessment tools as warranted.
- Participates in staffing.
- Facilitate in partnership with the Center Director, referrals for children and families with more intensive needs to the most appropriate available health, early intervention or mental health (or other support) provider.
- Assist in the data aggregation and preparation of required reports; maintain all necessary records such as documentation of referrals, responses to those referrals, training evaluations, and reports required by regulatory agencies and/or necessary for program evaluation.
- Develop, refine and maintain a timely menu of training topics and curricula aimed at improving the competency of the child care and education staff in promoting child development, including social and emotional development of children.
- Confer with the Center Directors, Bright from the Start, Special Quest, Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS), Head Start T&TA staff, the national Strengthening Families Initiative, and other critical stakeholders to determine training needs.
- Coordinate activities with leadership team and other staff to ensure a unified service delivery system of support programming.
- Ensure confidentiality of employee, parent, and child information that is received and managed.
- Participate in regularly scheduled meetings.
- Meets regularly with the specialists to plan support, training, coaching, and interventions with the teaching staff to facilitate child outcomes
- Maintain a commitment to professionalism by staying informed on current research and best practice as it relates to infant and toddler care and education.
- Assist Hub sites in establishing relationships within their neighborhoods with the health, early intervention, and mental health field.
- Accepts other duties as assigned.
- Master’s degree in Child Development, or in Early Childhood Education.
- Minimum of two years of experience in an early childhood setting with experience working with infants and toddlers, preferable Head Start and/or Early Head Start
- Experience working with a Head Start or Early Head Start program preferred
- Knowledge of child development, including an understanding of the concepts and dynamics underlying family dynamics and the importance of attachment and the child-caregiver interaction.
- Knowledge of the Teaching Pyramid Model with the Social Emotional Foundations for Early Learning (SEFEL)
- Familiar with developmental and social-emotional screening tools, such as, the ASQ-3, ASQ SE, and DECA
- Demonstrated track record working and supporting the needs of low-income families and young children
- Must have knowledge and experience in areas that include theories and principles of child development
- Have an understanding and knowledge of the Family Child Care standards, Head Start Performance Standards, and other Early Head Start regulations
- Knowledge of community-based social service organizations and agencies
- Ability to interact effectively with parents, children, center staff, and the public in a multi-ethnic environment
- Must be comfortable working with diverse ethnic, racial, and religious backgrounds of the communities and must be able to effectively communicate with children and families of the community
- Possess a valid Georgia Driver’s License and have access to an insured motor vehicle
- Must be willing to work outside of traditional work hours (evenings/weekends)
- Must be able to lift 25 pounds and sit on the floor and interact with children
- Training, education or experience may be substituted for certain minimum qualifications
TO APPLY: Please e-mail your resume and a 1-page cover letter to HR@qccga.org (list EHS School Readiness and Child Development Coordinator in the e-mail’s subject line). Please include your name when titling e-mail attachments.
This position is subject to close at any time once a satisfactory applicant pool has been identified. No phone calls please.
Due to the volume of applications received, we are unable to provide information on application status by phone or e-mail. Selected applicants will be contacted for next steps in the selection process. Applicants who are not selected may not be notified.