The EHS-CCP Child Development Specialist provide coaching, training, resources, mentoring and monitoring to the EHS-CCP Contractors to ensure best practices in early childhood and compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards and LAUP’s educational philosophy. The position is responsible for supporting the planning, implementation and assessment of education services that build on a child and family’s strengths and support school readiness and child/family outcomes.
Supports LAUP vision of Education Justice: Every child will succeed in school and life.
Supports LAUP mission of advance early education program quality and capacity by supporting the development of the whole child, growing a qualified and diverse workforce, and strengthening family engagement. Create and sustain strategic partnerships and advocate for policies that promote access and program excellence.
- Ensures all education and child development activities are developmentally appropriate, centered in nurturing relationships and responsive care; reflective of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and in compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards
- Provides support and training to Child Care staff and Providers in planning and implementing learning experiences in the Central Domains of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and School Readiness Goals
- Reviews and evaluates child development plans and activities to ensure services provided are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate, supportive of Dual Language Learners and inclusive of individual levels of ability, interests and developmental skills. Provides coaching, mentoring and training to child care staff and family child care providers as needed to support the growth on these competencies
- Conducts regular observations of centers, classrooms and FCC Homes to ensure environments both indoors and outdoors are safe, clean, healthy, well-organized and have sufficient developmentally and culturally appropriate materials and planned activities to support progress and achievement of the child’s goals and objectives.
- In collaboration with the EHS-CCP Contractors, develops and implements the individualized coaching and training plan to assure all educational staff, and partners acquire and enhance the skills needed to implement education services, goals and objectives, comply with Head Start performance Standards, plan and provide daily experiences, activities and routines that achieve the goals of all children, including children with disabilities
- Monitors and analyzes data and complete reports as it relates to Educational Services, child outcomes and school readiness
- Conducts announced and unannounced visits to child care partner sites
- Coaches and trains education staff and providers on principles of responsive care, effective teaching, and an organized learning environment that promotes healthy development; curriculum implementation with fidelity; working with children with special needs and dual language learners
- Conducts regular visits at least once every two weeks to each of the FCC or Partner Centers assigned to the Coach’s caseload
- Works in collaboration with the Family Advocates to ensure the implementation of the parent, family and community engagement plan and assists with the family’s involvement in program activities, program governance, advocacy while at the same time ensures the family’s are involved in their child’s education
- Plans workshops and trainings that lead to strengthening of parenting skills, parent’s role as their child’s first and most important teacher and school readiness
- Establishes and maintains procedures to support successful transitions for enrolled children and families from previous childcare programs into EHS-CCP and from EHS-CCP into Head Start or other childcare settings
- Uses the data obtained from the QSLA staff to plan the coaching, mentoring, training and technical assistance for each of the FCC and/or center Partners in the caseload
- Analyzes data for progress on site specific and program-wide school readiness goals for continuous quality improvement
- May be required to travel within Los Angeles county up to 80%
Some work may be sedentary in nature; driving and travel are required. May be expected to lift boxes up to 20 lbs
- Other duties as assigned.
· Adheres to LAUP general safety practices and any unique safety practices for the department and/or building.
Knowledge and Skills Requirements:
· Comprehensive understanding of Early Head Start/Head Start programs, philosophy and Head Start Program Performance Standards
- Strong foundation and knowledge of early childhood education, family engagement and best practices in the field of early education
- Experience in program management and planning, operations, evaluation and the use of management information systems.
- Ability to learn and apply routine office policies and procedures
- Expertise in adult learning techniques
- Strong practices in using data to plan
- Knowledge of business vocabulary and composition of business documents
- Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Outlook
- Knowledge of correct English grammar, spelling and punctuation; ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing
- Ability to learn moderately complex computer systems and adapt to changes in such systems
- Strong interpersonal skills for interfacing with staff, providers and stake holders
- Strong problem-solving and organizational skills. Must be detail-oriented, flexible, and decisive
- Strong computer skills for budgeting and development of quantifiable models for measuring outcomes
- Excellent problem analysis/solution development skills
- Planning skills to attain goals and objectives and attention to details
- Project and time management skills to meet deadlines and project outcomes
- Human resources skills and ability to identify strengths and needs for improvement
- Ability to think strategically to make informed decisions that may have broad policy consequences
- Ability to develop multiple options or solutions to reach goals
Preferred Experience: 3-5 years in a management role within an Early Head Start/Head Start program[AH1]
Formal Education: Minimum BA/S degree in early childhood, special education, child development or related field. 2-5 years of early childhood education teaching, management or coaching experience, including working with children with disabilities,.
Language proficiency required/preferred: English/Spanish required
I think this experience should mirror the Program Coach within an EHS/HS program. Since the management role the consultant suggested is not a requirement I would recommend not including it. Just my 2 cents J