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Early Childhood Education Specialist

Children First, Inc Sarasota, FL

  • Expired: over a month ago. Applications are no longer accepted.
Job Description: Summary: The Early Childhood Development Specialist (ECDS) assumes responsibility, supervision, oversight, and guidance for the provision of high-quality early childhood development services that embed responsible and effective teacher-child interactions; the facilitation and implementation of a research-based curriculum; and screening and assessment procedures, to promote school readiness and align with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth-Five (HSELOF). The ECDS follows Children First, Inc. policies and procedures for the adherence to and implementation of the Head Start Program Performance Standards, Florida Early Learning Standards, state and local licensing requirements. The ECDS plans for the professional development of instructional staff and delivers education and training as required. The ECDS works in collaboration with Service Area Managers/Coordinators, the Regional Manager, Director of Programs and community partners for the coordination of comprehensive program services. Position: Early Childhood Development Specialist (ECDS) Grade/Salary: (4) $42,000- 57,616 annually / 12 month / Salaried FT **pay determined by relevant experience, length of experience, and education/credentials Location: 1723 N Orange Ave Sarasota, FL 34234 Reports to: Regional Manager Qualifications Education / Equivalent Experience: Baccalaureate or Advanced Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field with 18+ semester hours in ECE/Child DevelopmentState mandated 45-hour coursework completion or ability to complete within established timeframesFlorida Director Credential – VPK Endorsed, preferredFive (5) years direct teaching experience with children ages Birth-FiveThree (3) years direct supervisory experience in an early childhood setting, preferably Early Head Start/Head StartProfessional experience related to child development, early childhood education, inclusion, early intervention and curriculum implementationValid Driver’s License and acceptable driving record – proof of auto insurance within agency limits, or access to transportationImmediate/continued enrollment in the Criminal History Registry-Child Care DivisionCurrent Health Appraisal, updated every two (2) yearsCertification in First Aid and Adult/Child/Infant CPR within 90 days of hire Day to Day Duties and Responsibilities: Service Delivery – Ensure the delivery of high-quality program services that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate. Support school readiness in a coordinated approach to comprehensive services, aligned with the Head Start Program Performance Standards, State and local licensing regulations, and Children First, Inc. policies and procedures. Provide management and oversight to all education staff to ensure the delivery of high-quality early education and child development services;Observe, support, and guide education staff to promote children’s cognitive, social, and emotional growth for positive outcomes and school readiness;Observe, support, and guide education staff to embed responsive and effective teacher-child interactions; Observe, support, and guide education staff to implement a research-based curriculum, and screening and assessment procedures that support individualization and growth in the areas of development described in HSELOF;Observe, support, and guide education staff in the delivery of developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences in language, literacy, mathematics, social and emotions functioning, approaches to learning, science, physical skills, and creative arts, as outlined in HSPPS #1302.31 through 1302.34;Conduct regularly scheduled site visits at assigned locations to observe classrooms and facilities, to support and guide education staff in meeting federal, state, local and accreditation (if applicable) compliance measures;Provide written documentation of all classroom observations. Develop written action plans when necessary and provide education staff with reflection and feedback regarding recommendations to support continued quality improvement;Collect, review, and provide feedback to education staff regarding lesson planning and individualization, including children with disabilities who hold an IFSP/IEP, to ensure curriculum implementation and fidelity and progress toward goals and objectives;Review child and classroom assessment results monthly and assist education staff in documenting child progress, plans for progression, individualization; noting any concerns, for continued school readiness;Participate in agency committees designed to enhance service delivery related to education, child development, transitions, health and safety;Schedule, and facilitate in coordination with regional manager as appropriate, regular staff meetings (e.g., team, cluster) to provide agency updates and build team. Family and Community Engagement – Integrate strategies into all systems and program services to support family well-being and promote children’s learning and development. Work in collaboration with family services staff to offer opportunities for parents and family members to be involved and engaged in the program’s education services;In coordination with disabilities and mental health services staff, ensure education staff properly refer children, according to agency protocols, to the local agency responsible (Sarasota County School Board) for implementing IDEA for a formal evaluation to assess the child’s eligibility for services under IDEA;In coordination with health services staff, ensure education staff refer and follow-up on referrals for children with health and/or nutritional needs;In coordination with family services staff, ensure education staff document any family and/or child concerns, following Children First, Inc. established protocols. A child cannot be expelled or unenrolled from Early/Head Start because of his/her behavior;When possible, collaborate with community organizations via participation at local and/or state leveled action committees to remain current on trends, resources, policy affecting children and families to meet identified needs;Develop positive relationships and maintain open communication with community partners to provide comprehensive services to children and families;Adhere to protocols outlined in HSPPS #1303.22 regarding disclosure of PII with and without parental consent, parental notice and opportunity to refuse;Adhere to protocols outlined in HSPPS #1303.23 regarding a Parent’s Right to inspect, amend, and obtain a hearing, copy of record and right to inspect written agreements. Education, Training and Professional Development –Systematic approach designed to assist staff in acquiring, increasing and sharing the knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality services within the scope of their job responsibilities COACHING Deliver research-based, coordinated coaching strategies as outlined to include observation, feedback and modeling of effective teacher practices directly related to program performance goals; Assess all education staff to identify strengths, areas of needed support, and which staff would benefit most from intensive coaching;Provide opportunities for intensive coaching to those education staff identified through the assessment process;Facilitate opportunities for education staff not identified for intensive coaching to receive peer-based coaching;In collaboration with the coachee(s), develop clearly articulated, individualized goals and a process for achieving those goals;Utilize assessment data to drive coaching strategies aligned with program performance and school readiness goals;Provide on-going communication between the Regional Manager, Director of Training & Quality Assurance, Director of Programs and Vice President of Programs;Ensure coaching assessment results do not solely determine punitive actions for staff identified as needing support, without providing them time and resources to improve. SUPERVISORY In collaboration with education staff, as outlined in agency protocols, develop and support the implementation of individual Professional Development Plans and complete probationary and annual Performance Appraisals;As outlined in agency protocols, deliver professional development to education staff focused on: Effective curricula implementation, knowledge of the content in HSELOF, state early learning standards, licensing standards, partnering with families, supporting children with disabilities and their families, providing effective and nurturing adult-child interactions, supporting dual language learners as appropriate, addressing challenging behaviors, preparing children and families for transitions and use of data to individualize learning experiences to improve outcomes for all children;Provide regular and ongoing communication and supervision to support individual staff professional development and continuous program quality improvement. SELF Participate in new employee agency and program orientations to become familiar with the agency’s goals and underlying philosophy and how they are implemented;Obtain 15-clock hours minimum of professional development per program year (Children First, Inc. Training & Professional Development System provides opportunities for education staff to obtain over 45 clock-hours per year);Attend and participate in agency sponsored training and professional development opportunities designed to assist in acquiring and/or increasing the knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality, comprehensive services within the scope of job responsibilities;Participate in the development of an individualized Professional Development Plan in collaboration with direct supervisor;Participate in the Children First, Inc. Performance Management Cycle which includes

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MISSION STATEMENT Strengthening children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being. Children First is a private, charitable, non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. We deliver a variety of critical services for children in need, from pre-natal to five years of age. Our children primarily come from families with incomes below the Federal Poverty Level Guideline; yet still receive the highest quality care available. For families above this level, yet with low incomes, we provide the same high quality, comprehensive service at very affordable rates. Our goal is to provide children with what all children deserve – a safe place to learn, nutritious meals, and a nurturing environment. We also offer support services to all of our families to help each parent reach his or her goals.

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