Infant Toddler Specialist
Reports to Site/Education & Disabilities Manager
Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
The Infant Toddler Specialist will manage the education and disabilities components for 0 to 3. In this role, the IT Specialist will collaborate with the Site/ Education and Disabilities Manager and Home Visiting Program Manager to ensure quality and compliance in education and disabilities services in the 0-3 programs. The Infant Toddler Specialist will provide observations, guidance and coaching to the 0-3 Children’s Services education staff as well as assist with the implementation of Creative Curriculum and the Parent as Teachers Curriculum.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Recruitment and Enrollment
- Collaborates with assigned GHC personnel to ensure full program enrollment and develop a recruitment plan.
- Collaborates with managers to create and implement a recruitment plan and efforts and is fully engaged in recruitment efforts agency-wide.
- Makes recommendations to Children’s Services Managers to ensure full contract enrollment.
- Collaborates with Parent Engagement Specialist to develop recruitment strategy to identify children with special needs and meet requirement 10% requirement.
- Adheres to the systems whereby necessary records pertaining to services and program participants served are created and preserved.
- Ensures collection of data and entry of required data into appropriate database(s) and monitors to ensure data accuracy.
- Enters or modify data into the appropriate database(s) under guidance of the appropriate GHC staff.
- Perform other data entry as needed.
Infant Toddler Oversight
- Observes 0-3 education staff in each education environment and provides feedback and guidance. Collaborates with supervisors to monitor for improvement and provide consultation and problem solving with teachers as needed for classroom management and curriculum implementation.
- Visits Early Head Start partner sites to provide education training and technical assistance. Provides monitoring feedback to Education and Disabilities manager and strategizes to improve service quality.
- Communicates program curricula to families in concrete and meaningful ways. Collaborates with education and support services staff to strengthen “home-school” connection in all programs.
- Responsible for monitoring the implementation of (0-3) Coaching to Fidelity Tool.
- Monitors education folders and data in Teaching Strategies.
- Maintains agency relationship with Child and Family Connections.
- Review and monitor all screenings, assessments, and evaluations of children in 0-3 programs.
- In collaboration with the Education and Disabilities Manager conducts ongoing monitoring of the education component for (0-3).
- Provides regular written or oral reports on education or disabilities components of program as assigned.
- Provide support to (0-3) classroom teachers in the implementation of the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Two’s, and developmentally appropriate practices according to Prevention Initiative, Early Head Start education and NAEYC standards.
- Provide support to (0-3) Home Visitors in the implementation of the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Two’s, and Parents as Teachers as well as the developmentally appropriate practices in accordance to Prevention Initiative, Early Head Start education and NAEYC standards.
- Assists maintaining compliance with DCFS licensing standards and NAEYC accreditation standards at all times.
Program Monitoring and Management
- Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of Head Start standards and Prevention Initiative and disability requirements and implements them in all aspects of work to maintain compliance.
- Contributes to the development and up keep of an agency Disabilities Service Plan.
- Conducts regular education and disabilities monitoring for compliance according to on-going monitoring plan.
- Conducts ongoing electronic and file monitoring pertaining to education and disabilities and works with program managers to resolve issues. Documents monitoring and findings.
- Supports family support workers in referring children to outside services and resources and supports the education staff in all programs to obtain documentation for referral.
- Ensures that prospective participants receive timely follow up from disability referrals across programs.
- Provides regular written and oral reports on program as assigned.
- Guides and supports education staff in documenting concerns to support referral and individualizing classroom/visit activities and environments to support the needs of children.
- Collaborates with other CSD leaders to plan and coordinate professional development in-service trainings for
- (0-3) Children’s Services staff members.
- Together with the appropriate manager, represents (0-3) programs at appropriate monitoring visits and program audits. Assures compliance with (0-3) for All and general child development standards.
- Provide regular written and oral reports on program as assigned.
- Makes recommendations to Children’s Services leadership to resolve problems and determine the strategic direction of Children’s Services.
- Maintains agency relationship with Child and Family Connections.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
- Participates in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
- Participates in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
- Participates in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
- Advance parent leadership development.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
- Bachelors of Arts in Early Childhood or a related field required.
- Infant Toddler Specialization Certificate from Erikson Institute or an Illinois Gateways Level 5 Infant and Toddler Credential required. (Applicants without this credential will not be considered)
- Previous managerial and (0-3) program experience preferred.
- Must have a valid Driver’s License and be willing to travel locally.
- Experience with multi-cultural programming preferred.
- Previous direct early childhood classroom experience with low-income families,
- Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills.
- Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
- A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Entry Salary Range: $35,000
Location: GHC Child Development Center, 2653 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
Schedule: Full time
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts by e-mail to:
Human Resources Assistant
Phone: 312-226-0963 x 239