Child Care Specialist I

Fairfax, Virginia
$49,380.03 - $82,299.15 Annually
Nov 21, 2020
Nov 28, 2020
Full Time
Job Announcement

Looking for a self-motivated and organized individual with early childhood experience who is ready to apply that knowledge to the family child care setting by coaching and mentoring family child care providers, working with families to achieve their goals, and helping children and families be school-ready. Provides support through bi-weekly visits to family child care provider homes that serve infants and toddlers. Individualizes support to fit provider's unique strengths, needs, and learning style, focusing on such areas as Creative Curriculum implementation, positive adult-child interactions, and healthy and safe environments ensuring that providers follow the Head Start Program Performance Standards. Establishes family partnership agreements that identify family goals in order to connect families to community resources that move them toward self-sufficiency. Implements parenting curriculum that strengthens positive parent-child relationships. Encourages parents to take a leadership role in the Early Head Start program and in their child's education. Duties are performed under the supervision of the Head Start Coordinator.

Note: The salary will not exceed the midpoint of the advertised salary range.

Schedule: Some evening and weekend work may be required to satisfy program requirements.

This opportunity is based in the Pennino Building in Fairfax, Virginia.

Illustrative Duties

  • Assists providers with improving the quality of their child care environments by providing them with information on child development and child care issues;
  • Provides training and technical assistance to family day care providers;
  • Monitors education screening and assessments of children;
  • Conducts research and gathers data for the development of training and program materials;
  • Recruits new family day care providers to meet child care needs throughout the county;
  • Provides orientation sessions for program participation;
  • Educates parents on types of available care and assists with placements in family day care;
  • Prepares monthly reports for assigned geographic area;
  • Participates in gathering information for grant proposals;
  • Assists with special programs that foster Office for Children programs.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of the basic principles, concepts, and methodology of assigned area of accountability;
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing;
  • Ability to keep current on the latest theories of early childhood development and education;
  • Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.

Employment Standards


Any combination of education and experience and training equivalent to the following:
(Click on the aforementioned link to learn how Fairfax County interprets equivalencies for "Any combination, experience, and training equivalent to")
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education, psychology, social work, or a closely related field; plus one year of experience in school age and/or early child development programs.

Valid driver's license.


The appointee to this position will be required to complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry, and a driver's license check to the satisfaction of the employer. Appointee must also complete a Tuberculosis Test at time of employment and every two years thereafter.

Additional Work Schedule Requirements: Some evening and weekend work may be required to satisfy program requirements, flex or comp time.

  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a baccalaureate degree in one of the following disciplines:
    • Child and family studies;
    • Early childhood development;
    • Early childhood education;
    • Human services;
    • Psychology;
    • Social work.
  • Experience working with infants and toddlers (children ages birth through 36 months).
  • Experience in child care administration, early child development programs and working with families with low incomes.
  • Experience providing training and guidance to child care center staff and/or family child care providers.
  • Experience in adult learning.
  • Experience with research-based curricula.
  • Experience working with subsidy programs.
  • Demonstrated experience in caseload management.
  • Proficiency in using human services database(s)/automated system(s).
  • Excellent oral and writing skills.
  • Fluent in written and spoken Spanish.

Must have sufficient mobility to allow for home visits. Ability to attend meetings at various locations and make presentations to county staff and community. Incumbent may be required to do some walking, standing, bending, and carrying of items up to 25 pounds. Ability to operate keyboard-driven equipment and effectively communicate verbally and in writing. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.


Panel interview and may include exercise.

Fairfax County Government prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions, age, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetics, political affiliation, or status as a veteran in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314. EEO/AA/TTY.

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