The Sheltering Arms Early Head Start Child Care Partnership is one of two Hubs in a bold initiative led by the Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL). DECAL will serve as the lead agency for this project and will work with the Hub sites to create a system of comprehensive shared services around early care and learning in two high-poverty areas of the state. The project is aligned with nationally recognized Programs for Infant and Toddler Care, Quality Rated, Georgia’s successful Pre-K model, and the Early Education Empowerment Zone initiative. Sheltering Arms will serve 144 infants and toddlers through five child care centers.
The Early Head Start Child Care Partnership Curriculum Specialist will provide coordination and direction for all the Hub sites in the area of early childhood education for infants and toddlers. He/She will function as a resource and coach for classroom staff, interns, and volunteers. He/She will observe and monitor classroom activities and children’s records; review and analyze data on child outcomes to ensure the effective integration and interdisciplinary work of all aspects of the program. 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.
PERFORMANCE RESPONSIBILITIES: (Asterisk for essential job duties.)
- Provides reflective supervision, coaching and mentoring for the teaching staff to ensure the implementation of the education program reflects Creative Curriculum and the philosophy of Sheltering Arms.
- Establishes educational staff schedules, including approval of time off requests and coordinates placement of classroom substitutes and floaters and ensure appropriate classroom coverage.
- Ensure the use of child and classroom data in lesson planning and individualization.
- Conducts data review meetings with teaching teams and develop plans for use of data.
- Ensures all assigned program reports are completed and submitted on a timely basis.
- Coordinates evaluations and outcomes assessments with the evaluation team, and coordinates feedback back to the teaching teams.
- Ensures all mandates of Head Start performance standards, State and local licensing are met.
- Maintains inventory of all classroom equipment.
- Ensures all confidential information is protected.
- Participates in recruitment efforts of program to help maintain full program enrollment.
- In conjunction with the Project Director, recruits and hires educational staff and ensures hire approval from the Site Manager and Head Start Parent Policy Council.
- Guides the teaching staff to identify and achieve professional development goals.
- Follows up on Hub Specialists and outside consultant's recommendations and training.
- In conjunction with the Family Support Supervisor and Hub Specialists, ensure Family/Child reviews are held and monitor follow-up process.
- Provide supervision of the Floater and Substitute Teacher
- Routinely observes in classrooms using Sheltering Arms classroom observation forms, monthly focus checklists, NAEYC, ITERS, and other related curriculum observation checklists.
- Assists teachers in self-evaluation and goal setting; follow up on previous goals.
- Serves as a mentor teacher working in classrooms when there is a teacher shortage or when there is a need for technical assistance.
- Models developmentally appropriate practice for teachers in the classrooms.
- Meets regularly as part of the management and Hub team to share concerns and progress.
- Conducts lead teacher meetings at least twice a month.
- Assists Center Director and Lead Teachers in conducting new teacher orientation.
- Assists Center Director with classroom teacher performance appraisals.
- Ensures that resource and supply areas are organized and orderly.
- Checks classroom inventories and assists in ordering appropriate materials.
- Provides on site staff training for teachers and parents and assists with area and Hub training.
- Trains staff in the use of the Teaching Strategies Gold developmental assessment data entry.
- Meets regularly with the Hub Specialists to plan support, training, coaching, and interventions with the teaching staff to facilitate child outcomes
- Participates in staff and parent meetings as needed.
- Maintains a commitment to professionalism by staying informed on current research and best practice as it relates to infant and toddler care and education.
- Accept other duties as assigned.
KNOWLEDGE, ABILITIES, AND SKILLS:
- Must be pro-active to the needs of the program.
- Excellent interpersonal skills
- Public Speaking skills
- Prior early childhood, birth to age five experience required
- Prior experience in working with families
- Excellent communication skills, both written and oral
- Ability to work effectively with a diverse population
- Spanish language ability helpful but not required
- Willingness and ability to travel (locally, statewide and nationally) and able to work a flexible schedule, independently and self-directed.
- Must pass a criminal background check and also a drug screen.
EDUCATION, TRAINING, AND EXPERIENCE:
- Master's degree in early childhood education
- Minimum of two years of experience in an early childhood setting with experience working with infants and toddlers
- PITC or other infant/toddler professional development
- Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
- Proven ability to develop collaborative partnerships and work on a team
- Demonstrated track record working and supporting the needs of low-income families and young children
- Knowledge includes: thorough understanding of the Head Start/Early Head Start program model;regulations and standards in early child development; teaching strategies; and the critical contributing components of a high quality learning environment for infants and toddlers
- Training, education or experience may be substituted for certain minimum qualifications
CERTIFICATE AND LICENSE REQUIREMENTS:
- Must be able to visually observe and hear children from all areas of the classroom and playground from a distance of at least 70 feet.
- Must be able to lift 50 lbs, 35 lbs without assistance
- Must be able to sit on the floor to interact with children.
- Must have a valid Georgia Driver’s license and reliable transportation
Performance of this job will be evaluated consistent with Sheltering Arms evaluation policy.
Date(s) Revised: 9/7/16
This description may be changed at any time. This job description in no way states or implies that these are the only duties to be performed by the employee. The employee will be required to follow any other instructions and to perform any other related duties as assigned by leadership. Sheltering Arms reserves the right to update, revise or change this job description and related duties at any time.
(*) Essential job duties -the basic job duties that an employee must be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodation.