Under the direction of the Early Childhood Education Program Director, directs, manages, supervises, plans, and coordinates the education services programs and activities of the Early Head Start programs. Directs, manages, supervises and coordinates the transition of children into and out of Early Head Start; coordinates assigned activities with other Head Start and Early Head Start service areas, and with outside agencies. Additionally, is responsible for coordination with program managers for supportive services provided to parents in health, nutrition, social services, and mental health; and provides highly responsible and complex administrative support to the Early Childhood Program Director. Supports and applies the mission and goals of Dominican Women's Development Center.
Master's degree in Early Childhood Education and at least two years experience working in an Early Head Start or Head Start Program. Must have at least two years supervisory experience. Prefers experience in working with Latino families and working with community-based programs. Knowledge of Creative Curriculum for Infant/toddlers is a plus. Bilingual/Bicultural.
DUTIES & RESPONSIBILITIES
► Assumes management responsibility for the child development and educational program in the Early Head Start home base programs.
► Participates in the selection and training of assigned staff. Supervises and evaluates home base visitors and other assigned staff.
► Writes the integrated education and early childhood development plan for Early Head Start in consultation with other EHS staff and home base staff, parents and representatives from community-based partners. Reviews and evaluates infant, toddler, and child development plans and activities to assure services provided are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate and inclusive of individual levels of ability, interests and developmental rates and children with special needs.
► Plans and oversees the implementation of activities to involve parents to the greatest degree possible in planning the EHS program approach to child development and education, individualized planning for the parent's own child, opportunities to gain skills and knowledge about infant, toddler, child growth and development, and regular communication with program staff.
► Develops and/or selects with input from staff and parents, curriculum appropriate to the needs of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. Makes regular observations of home base socializations to assure environments both indoors and out are clean, healthy, well-organized and have sufficient developmentally and culturally appropriate materials and planned activities to support achievement of goals and objectives.
► Creates and implements a disability service plan that meets the individual needs of each child through a team that consists of parents, teachers, coordinators of other program components, and the Director. The strategy must include documentation assignments for each team member and instructions for case folder maintenance.
► Develops and implements a process of on-going monitoring to assure each enrolled infant, toddler and child receives required developmental screenings within 45 days of enrollment; assures that on-going assessments of each child's growth and development is utilized to record achievement of Desired Results and Outcomes; and that individual learning plans are created for each child and updated on a regular basis.
► Establishes and maintains procedures to support successful transitions for enrolled children and families from previous child care programs into Early Head Start or from Head Start into elementary school or other child care settings.
► Participates in the development of the annual Early Head Start budget by establishing priority expenditures and maintaining records of costs. Reviews financial transactions and monitors the educational services budget to ensure efficient operation and to ensure that expenditures remain within budget limitations. Prepares specifications for all educational services equipment and supplies; orders and oversees the distribution of educational materials and supplies.
► Arranges for the collection of data as needed to ensure compliance with pertinent legislation, regulations, and laws; ensures timely and accurate reporting of data to Federal and State authorities. Analyzes data for evaluating, planning, and improvement of services.
► Develops and oversees the implementation of a training plan to assure all EHS educational staff acquire and enhance skills needed to implement education services goals and objectives, complies with Performance Standards, plans and provides daily experiences, activities and routines that achieve the goals of the IFSP and IEP, and provides a quality experience for infants, toddlers, children, and their parents.
► Develops and oversees a parent education plan to provide opportunities for parents to obtain a greater understanding of child growth and development and gain the skills needed to support the child' s growth and development.