The Early Childhood Education Coordinator reports to the Program Operations Director. Works closely with the Child Development Services Managers to ensure that agency’s (directly operated and contracted) curriculum and curriculum support materials are aligned with the Head Start/Early Head Start Domains and consistent with the framework of the Head Start/Early Head Start Curriculum. Work is reviewed through conferences, reports and program achievements.
This work is performed under the supervision of the Program Operations Director and reviewed through monitoring, conferences, reports, and evaluation of program area effectiveness.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
- Serves as mentor in working one-on-one with protégé teachers, contracted center teaching staff and delegate agency teaching staff to support their professional growth, their knowledge and skill, problem-solving, decision making and promoting reflective practice.
- Works cooperatively with the Child Development Services Manager and all other staff members in planning for the implementation of the objectives of the program.
- Conduct classroom visits/monitoring to ensure that all teaching staff are meeting the requirements under Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards, NAEYC and the State of Florida Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten.
- Plans and assists teaching staff with training in implementing an educational curriculum.
- Demonstrates/Model teaching techniques in the classroom and provide training and technical assistance to the teaching staff.
- Assist teaching staff to enhance parent involvement in their child’s education by promoting parent education workshops on topics relating to early literacy and language development.
- Encourages teaching staff to work as a team in developing and implementing strategies to assist children and families.
- Monitors and provides feedback to teaching staff on written lesson plans, use of time for staff planning, collecting and analyzing assessment information.
- Assists teaching staff in arranging classrooms and establishing a consistent daily routine.
- Develops with teaching staff, home learning activities designed for the individual child.
- Monitor child assessments and ensure that data is entered in a timely manner to appropriate programs in order to produce child outcomes reports three times per year.
- Initiate purchase orders; Coordinate and distributes educational materials/supplies relevant to the ongoing operations of the Head Start/Early Head Start classrooms.
- Assists teaching staff in planning for home visits and/or parent conferences; review reports from these visits for compliance with standards.
- Conduct and complete periodic assessments of children in the area of childhood development.
- Initiate, plan, and participate in pre-service and in-service workshops with educational consultants. Participate with the design, development, and delivery of training for Head Start/Early Head Start teaching staff and volunteers.
- Assists the in identifying and assessing the training needs of parents. The purpose of this assessment is to properly train and educate parents in supporting the child’s total development. Also requires counseling parents in meeting their social and educational development goals.
- Maintains confidentiality of information, records and documents related to children, families and staff members.
- Participates in pre-service and on-going in-service training, agency events, workshops and educational classes for personal development, as assigned or requested to keep abreast of educational trends and enhance knowledge and skills.
- Reports suspected child abuse/neglect situations.
- Assist in garnering in-kind contributions.
- Performs other duties as assigned.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable the individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing; complete written reports and monthly narratives; Ability to read, analyze, and interpret general business periodicals, professional journals, technical procedures, or governmental regulations. Ability to write reports, business correspondence, and procedure manuals. Ability to effectively present information and respond to questions from groups of managers, clients, customers, and the general public.
Ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide in all units of measure, using whole numbers, common fractions, and decimals. Ability to compute rate, ratio, and percent and to draw and interpret bar graphs.
EDUCATION AND/OR EXPERIENCE
Bachelor’s Degree from four-year college or university in the field of Early Childhood Education or an advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education, with experience teaching preschool-age children.
Ability to solve practical problems and deal with a variety of concrete variables in situations where only limited standardization exists. Ability to interpret a variety of instructions furnished in written, oral, diagram, or schedule
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS
Valid Florida drivers license.
Job Type: Full-time