Early Childhood Specialist
Job Description Job Summary: Provide mental health consultation and support to early childhood employees in an early childhood setting with skill enhancements that will improve the quality of the classrooms and support school readiness with a focus on social emotional learning. Support early childhood employees to provide responsive care through coaching, modeling, reflective feedback, observation and discussions of teaching. Provide direct and indirect services to promote developmentally appropriate practice and full inclusion model for children's involvement in classroom. Work with families, students and employees on early childhood interventions to support the developmental progress of students enrolled in program. Budget/Asset Responsibilities: Responsible for Playworks Quality Department Job Duties:
- Provide classroom coaching, mentoring, modeling and training to employees related to developmentally appropriate interventions and classroom management strategies that enhance the emotional well-being of children.
- Support the delivery of Conscious Discipline® model
- Provide one to one reflective coaching session with teachers to assist and promote professional development and capacity for responsive care.
- Establish and maintain strong collaborative and professional relationships with employees across departments.
- Provide interventions to assist with mental health or behavioral crisis as arise, including with situations related to mandated reporting and any suspected child abuse adhering to laws and regulations.
- Support referral process for community-based services and resources, as needed.
- Support program wide initiatives to build bridge from program to home. (i.e. Readiness kits, parent support/ skills training, information nights etc.).
- Assists with & interprets observation tools uses information to plan & give employees feedback for program improvement. Complete data collection procedures and provide data reporting as requested. Support the development and implementation of program evaluation and outcome measurement procedures.
- Design & facilitate formal & informal training for Playworks employees in cooperation with Playworks Director.
- Assess classroom environments as they impact children's behavior & development including classroom arrangement of equipment, developmentally appropriate activities & materials.
- Provide early childhood employees with resources, activities, & strategies when working with children with IEP's ICCPs.
- Directly work with leadership to create ICCPs based on observations, and collaborative meetings with families and Playworks employees.
- Provide on-site individual, dyadic, small group intervention to support ICCP's.
- Must be 18 years old.
- Minimum requirements include degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Social Work, Psychology, or related field.
- Two years' experience in working with young children in a classroom setting and or in-home providing consultation, support, mentoring and training to individuals as well as small and large groups of adults.
- Knowledge in the areas of early childhood developmentally appropriate practices, knowledge of concepts of early child development and mental health disorders.
- Ability to integrate mental health services and philosophies in group settings.
- Requires excellent skills in communication, observation, interviewing and assessment.
- Ability to work with adults and children and knowledge of learning styles.
- Knowledge of and adherence to ethical standards of profession.
- Demonstrate a sincere desire to aid all students, employees, and the community, and display compassion, kindness and tolerance.
- Experience with the Conscious Discipline® preferred.
- CPR/First Aid certification required.
- Pass background check, work physical & drug test.
- Valid driver's license maybe required with good driving record.