Child Care Specialist I

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Published date: November 21, 2020 3:51 am

Location: Fairfax, Virginia, United States

Looking for a self-motivated and organized individual with early childhood experience who is ready to apply that knowledge to the family child care setting by coaching and mentoring family child care providers, working with families to achieve their goals, and helping children and families be school-ready. Provides support through bi-weekly visits to family child care provider homes that serve infants and toddlers. Individualizes support to fit provider's unique strengths, needs, and learning style, focusing on such areas as Creative Curriculum implementation, positive adult-child interactions, and healthy and safe environments ensuring that providers follow the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Establishes family partnership agreements that identify family goals in order to connect families to community resources that move them toward self-sufficiency. Implements parenting curriculum that strengthens positive parent-child relationships. Encourages parents to take a leadership role in the Early Head Start program and in their child's education. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Head Start Coordinator.

Note: The salary will not exceed the midpoint of the advertised salary range.

Schedule: Some evening and weekend work may be required to satisfy program requirements.

This opportunity is based in the Pennino Building in Fairfax, Virginia.

Illustrative Duties
Assists providers with improving the quality of their child care environments by providing them with information on child development and child care issues;
Provides training and technical assistance to family day care providers;
Monitors education screening and assessments of children;
Conducts research and gathers data for the development of training and program materials;
Recruits new family day care providers to meet child care needs throughout the county;
Provides orientation sessions for program participation;
Educates parents on types of available care and assists with placements in family day care;
Prepares monthly reports for assigned geographic area;
Participates in gathering information for grant proposals;
Assists with special programs that foster Office for Children programs.
Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities
Knowledge of the basic principles, concepts, and methodology of assigned area of accountability;
Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
Ability to keep current on the latest theories of early childhood development and education;
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

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