Early Head Start Health and Nutrition Specialist

Atlanta, Georgia
Based on experience – Salaried, Exempt  
Apr 26, 2021
May 29, 2021
Focus Areas
Education, Human Services
Position Type
Full Time
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 Health and Nutrition Specialist                     

Department:  Early Head Start 

Salary: Based on experience – Salaried, Exempt 

Position Summary: The EHS CCP Health and Nutrition Specialist will track and monitor the health care of infants and toddlers including those with disabilities. He/She will plan and support child and family activities to support healthy weight and moderate to vigorous movement. He/She will, provide health and nutrition education to staff, enrolled parents and family members. He/She will utilize the data management system to track immunizations, EPSDT, developmental screening, and all child health and nutrition requirements as indicated in the Head Start Performance Standards.  

Specific Responsibilities: 

  1. Ensure that all enrolled children are screened and on a schedule or age appropriate preventive and primary health care within 45 days of the child’s entry and as services become due. 
  2. Ensure all Health related mandates are met yearly and implement a system to proactively address any health barriers for children and families. 
  3. Works collaboratively with the Family Services Specialists. 
  4. Develop and implement a process of on-going monitoring, including regular and frequent site visits to assure each enrolled child receives required health, dental examinations and sensory screenings as required by Head Start Performance Standards. 
  5. Collaborate with other hub specialists to partner with parents to arrange re-screening and further diagnostic testing, examination and treatment for each child found to have medical or dental problems.  
  6. Responsible for recording the health progress of each child enrolled in the Child Plus web-base management system. 
  7. Provide monthly health tracking data and progress reports on children for all required deadlines to each provider for review. 
  8. Collect and analyze health data for use in program planning and decision making 
  9. Perform regular monitoring and review of children’s files. 
  10. Serve as a liaison with community programs providing health related services Support each site in developing community resources in the area of child health. 
  11. Assist families in accessing and navigating the Affordable Health Care Act system.  
  12. Provide onsite consultations to project directors/coordinators and Family Support Specialists as it relates to the delivery and record keeping of the child health and nutrition services. 
  13. Monitor and track the provision of health care services to children. 
  14. Coordinate and participate in DECAL’s Health Services Advisory Committee. 
  15. Coordinate menu reviews and meal observations with Nutrition Consultant. 
  16. Oversee the process of managing and dispensing of medication, acquiring doctor’s instructions and parental consent to administer.  
  17. Coordinate with a registered dietician to support each child’s nutritional needs. 
  18. Maintain records of medications dispensed and review these records with providers. 
  19. Assure all medication is properly labelled and stored.  
  20. Conduct annual Medication administration training. 
  21. Accept other duties as assigned. 


  • Baccalaureate in Public Health, Health Administration, Nursing, Child Development or related field 
  • Minimum of three years with public health or in an Early Childhood Setting, preferably Head Start/Early Head Start. 
  • Knowledge of Head Start/ Early Head Start program model; regulations and Standards in early child development preferred
  • Current CPR and First Aid certification 
  • Have an understanding and knowledge of the Family Child Care standards, 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 Family Child Care providers, center staff, parents, children, 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 

TO APPLY: Please e-mail your resume and a 1-page cover letter to HR@qualitycareforchildren.org (list EHS Child Development Health and Nutrition Specialist 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. 

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