Primarily responsible for the overall supervision and management of the child development program for the Caroline County Early Head Start Program (FSC & FJC sites). Serves as the EHS supervisor of Child Health, Mental Health and Disabilities. Provides supervision of the Child Development Teachers and parent and community volunteers in the child development area. Coordinates early childhood development activities with adult education and family services. Other duties include insuring that MD Office of Child Care regulations are maintained, accreditation by MSDE or NAEYC is maintained and child development staff and center are credentialed through MSDE. Provides training on child development to all program staff, and acts as liaison with the local Head Start agency and the local Maryland Infants & Toddlers Program. Reports to the Supervisor of JC’s/FSC and receives technical assistance and support from other Delegate and Grantee staff as needed. This is an exempt position and has responsibilities of over sight at all EHS locations.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES Other duties may be assigned.
•Provides primary early care and education services for infants and toddlers in child development areas at both EHS sites.
•Oversees the care, safety, and well-being of all EHS enrolled children at all EHS locations.
•Provides over sight and direction to CD staff to ensure implementation of a quality developmentally appropriate program for infants and toddlers at both EHS sites.
•Ensure maintenance of an appropriate physical environment for infants and toddlers at both EHS sites utilizing the ITERS-R as a guide.
•Facilitates parents’ interaction with children in the centers and ensures that parent/teacher conferences and teacher home visits occur in a timely manner.
•Monitors children’s files for accurate completion of required documentation and appropriate individualization of curriculum.
•Demonstrates verbally and by role-modeling, quality early care and education practices and a sound knowledge of child growth and development.
•Develops and implements parenting education and parent/child activities, including weekly responsibilities for parent education for groups of parents, including the Nurturing Parenting Program and training for parents on our screening, assessment system and curriculum.
•Ensures that all EHS children are screened for developmental delays and referred as needed to the appropriate services.
•Provides guidance and supervision of staff in implementing the selected curriculum and assessment system.
•Conducts effective implementation of special initiatives and program improvement activities as they relate to the early care and education component (i.e., CCS, SEFEL, accreditation, etc. ) by planning, coordinating, implementing, evaluating and documenting as necessary to ensure success.
•Creates and maintains good working relationships with EHS staff and Maryland Family Network’s Early Head Start staff as well as collaborating outside agency representatives.
•Orientates and trains child development staff on all required documents, policies, procedures, rules and regulation as established by EHS, MFN, OCC, CCPS, and other governing entities.
•Ensures that child development activities appropriately include other support providers (Health, Mental Health, and Family Services) as necessary and in accordance with established systems of referrals.
•Reviews immunization and EPSDT well child visits data for timeliness, accuracy, and completeness and inputs into database.
•As a member of the EHS Management Team, assists in developing strategies to improve and provide over sight to the overall program.
•Makes or facilitates CD staff making home visits as needed to assess or screen children.
•Implements effective problem solving techniques in participant relationships in order to enhance, enrich, and help in the achievement of socially desirable ends.
•Submits reports and other documentation as required.
•Attends staff meetings, management meetings, and training as required.
•Assists in the recruitment and interview process in the hiring of child development staff and evaluation of CD staff.
•Other related duties as assigned.
•Utilizes effective supervisory techniques in a timely fashion to facilitate child development staff’s capability in providing quality early care and education services and in engaging with families; to obtain required documentation; and to ensure that agency policies and procedures are followed.
•Conducts component staff meetings with appropriate documentation.
•Conducts and documents ongoing Reflective Supervision with Child Development staff.
•Ensures the confidentiality of all records and communications regarding enrolled children.
•Participates in monthly case review meetings with all appropriate staff to assess progress on participants’ goals and services and in planning for the modification of participants’ behavior as needed.
•Serves as member of Early Head Start management team and as such provides leadership to program staff as requested by Coordinator of FJC/FSC.
•Attends and participates in applicable Federal, State and local collaboration activities which includes training, meetings, grant writing and reporting requirements, etc.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE:
Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education preferred. Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education, Special Education, Child Development or related field accepted. Must have experience working with young children from birth to three years old with at least three (3) years experience as a teacher or child care provider, with two (2) years being in a supervisory capacity. Must be able to relate to children and parents in a warm, caring and considerate manner.
•Posses the ability to relate to people of diverse educational, cultural and economic backgrounds.
•Model appropriate interactions with young children and parents.
•Effective verbal and written communication skills.
•Ability to read and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures or governmental regulations. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of administrators, staff, participants and the general public.
Ability to work with mathematical concepts such as probability and statistical inference. Ability to apply concepts such as fractions, percentages, ratios and proportions to practical situations and to draw and interpret graphs. Able to calculate figures and amounts in all units of measure.
Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts and draw valid conclusions. Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematical or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables. Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations when only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in writing, orally in diagrams or in schedule form.
OTHER SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
•Successfully complete ASQ3/SE certification upon hire.
•Successfully complete Medication Administration & Emergency Preparedness training upon hire.
•Successfully complete and maintain First Aid and CPR training.
•Successfully supervise implementation of the Teaching Strategies GOLD assessment system with infants and toddlers upon hire.
•Successfully mentor Child Development staff through the Child Development Associate 0-3 Center Credential.
•Understand and be committed to the overall philosophy of the Early Head Start Program.
•Possess the ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with children, participants and the community.
•Be willing and able to engage in outreach and recruitment.
•Project energy and optimism.
•Possess excellent planning and organizational skills.
•Possess the ability to assume leadership role in training as it pertains to child development.
•Possess excellent record keeping and report writing skills.
•Possess the ability to develop effective working relationships with staff and participants.
•Possess knowledge and experience in working with adolescents and very young children
•Be willing to submit to a criminal background investigation.
•Possess verification of current screening for tuberculosis and be willing to submit to a physical upon hire and biannually thereafter.
PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job the employee is regularly required to sit and talk or hear. The employee is required to use hands to finger, handle, operate tools or controls and to feel and reach with hands and arms. Occasionally the employee will frequently repeat the same hand, arm or finger motions such as typing for long periods of time. The employee is occasionally required to stand; walk, climb or balance; and stop, kneel, crouch or crawl. The employee must occasionally lift, carry, and/or move up to 50 pounds. The employee must occasionally push items of 50 pounds such as pushing children on a tricycle or moving/rearranging furniture. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.
WORK ENVIRONMENT: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The noise level in this work environment is usually loud and is a standard acceptable level for this environment. The employee is directly responsible for the safety and well-being of children and parents.
The information contained in this job description is for compliance with the American Disabilities Act (ADA) and is not an exhaustive list of the duties performed for this position. Additional duties are performed by the individuals currently holding this position and additional duties may be assigned.
Location/Region: Caroline County, MD