Early Head Start Family Child Care Specialist I

Fairfax, Virginia
$49,873.82 - $83,122.21 Annually
Jan 15, 2022
Jan 22, 2022
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.

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

Illustrative Duties

(The illustrative duties listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list. A complete list of position duties and unique physical requirements can be found in the position job description.)
  • 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 and day care centers;
  • 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;
  • Conducts outreach activities and holds informational sessions with potential providers and center staff;
  • 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 and writing grant proposals;
  • Assists with special programs that foster Office for Children programs.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

( The knowledge, skills and abilities listed in this specification are representative of the class but are not an all-inclusive list.)
  • 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, Child Protective Services Registry, and a driving record check to the satisfaction of the employer. TB screening at time of employment and every two years thereafter.

All newly hired employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 (two weeks after the last required dose) as a condition of employment or obtain approval of a medical or religious exemption prior to their start date. Proof of an exemption or vaccination status will be required during the pre-employment onboarding process. New employees who obtain an exemption from the vaccine mandate for medical or sincerely held religious beliefs will still be subject to the weekly testing requirement. Vaccinated employees and employees with a medical or religious exemption will complete the attestation online on their first day of employment or shortly thereafter.

  • 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

Physical requirement needed to perform essential duties. Must have sufficient mobility to interact appropriately with infants and toddlers. Ability to independently operate a motor vehicle and travel throughout the county to family child care provider homes, meet with families, and with other community agencies. Ability to use automated technology and input, access, and retrieve information from a computer. Ability to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, and type on a keyboard. Ability to lift 30-50 pounds. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel Interview and may include a practical 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 military status 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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