Early Head Start Child Development and Education Specialist

Family Development Services
September 17, 2020
Indianapolis, IN
Job Type


Child Development and Education Specialist for Early Head Start

Responsibilities Include:
The Child Development and Education Specialist for Early Head Start will be responsible for Providing expertise and implementing quality control measures to Infant/Toddler Teachers, Preschool Teachers and Classroom Assistants in all aspects of the education service delivery areas for Head Start and Early Head Start including interactions with children, parents, and peers, Head Start Performance Standards, applicable federal and state laws and regulations and outcomes measures required by the agency.
  • Carry forth the vision and mission statement of Family Development Services
  • Assist Child Development and Education(CDE) Coordinators with training sessions to education staff regarding service area requirements and identified training needs, including New Hire Orientation
  • During selected time meet with all new hire employees in assigned classrooms and review designated areas of New Hire Observation Guide
  • Attend all meetings, trainings, seminars, conferences, etc. as assigned
  • Recommend and give input to CDE Coordinators  in developing CDE Work Plan, annual Center Operations Calendar, Standard Operating Procedures, Observation tools, forms, reports, etc.
  • Develop and follow coaching plans with teaching staff with input from Center Directors.
  • Conduct weekly classroom visits using a variety of observation tools, coaching tools, and mentoring tools.
  • Be a CLASS reliable observer in order to be better equipped to look for high quality interactions in Early Head Start (EHS) and Head Start (HS) classrooms
  • Provide feedback and guidance to education staff on Reggio-Inspired Approach and appropriate environment.
  • Provide feedback and guidance to education staff on lesson planning, classroom management, and TS Gold documentation
  • Provide feedback and guidance to education staff for classroom portfolios also changes and improvements to the portfolios as needed
  • Provide feedback and guidance to education staff in the areas of School Readiness, Family Engagement, and Indiana Foundations
  • Assist education staff and Center Directors with planning and implementing new initiatives as directed by CDE Coordinators and/or Assistant Head Start Director for Center Operations
  • Submit all required reports to CDE Coordinators monthly
  • Provide written documentation of any observed non compliances in regard to Indiana State licensing, Head Start Performance Standards, FDS Employee handbook and Union Work Rules
  • Report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect to child protective services.
  • Perform emergency first aid procedures as required
  • All other duties as assigned.
Specific Requirements
Applicants must meet the following basic qualifications for consideration:
  • Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education
  • Any Bachelor Degree from an accredited college or university with eighteen (18) credit hours in ECE with documented content relating to the needs, skills, development, or teaching methods of children age 0 to age 8 years of age.
  • Experience working with infants and toddlers.
  • Ability to collaborate, effectively facilitate change, communicate opening and effectively, delegate, be flexible, good time/project management, task driven, willingness to learn. Abilities to, with or without reasonable accommodations: talk, hear, stand, reach with hands and arms; stoop; kneel; crouch; crawl; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; regularly lift and /or move up to 10 pounds and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds; see up close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

Family Development Services is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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