Ensures Head Start/Early Head Start programs are developed with adherence to performance standards and the state and local requirements for Mental Health and Special Needs for young children. Implements systems and procedures, develops training, and provides technical assistance for the delivery of quality services to young children with diverse needs within the Grantee Mental Health and Special Needs.
Essential Job Duties
Ensure Head Start/Early Head Start programs actively track program effectiveness on meeting the 10% enrollment performance standard of children with disabilities in the Grantee Head Start/Early Head Start Program.
Monitor the quality of service provided by the Grantee Head Start/Early Head Start programs focused on Disabilities and Mental Health.
Develop trainings, resources and procedures and provide technical support to ensure cohesive and quality service.
Schedule and conduct monitoring visits to review disability documents and plans; including Part C and LEA agreements and mental health services provided contracts.
Promote coordination and integration of Education, Disabilities, Mental Health, and Health services and systems for the most cohesive and beneficial programs.
Work in collaboration with Part C and LEA stakeholders to create collaborative agreements to access services and support children with suspected and/or identified disabilities.
Conducts monitoring visits where disabilities folders, plans, Part C & LEA agreements, and mental health service provider contracts are reviewed.
Performs other job-related duties as requested.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
Master Degree in Special Education (or related field).
Minimum of three years experience in program development/program management.
Prior experience working with children with disabilities preferred.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Knowledgeable of theories and principles of child growth, development and early childhood education.
Knowledge of local and federal regulations and referral procedures for children with disabilities.
Knowledge of Part B & C of Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).
Familiarity with various preschool curriculums and assessment systems.
Communicate effectively and function well with parents, staff and various professional community groups.
Experience in working with culturally diverse populations.
Strong analytical, communication (both written and verbal), interpersonal, and organizational skills.
Ability to work independently and as a member of a team.
Must understand Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards and local licensing requirements.
Responsible for the planning, implementation and evaluation of the CPS Disabilities Pilot program.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
Required to use close vision and be able to focus.
Regularly required to talk and hear; frequently required to sit, stand and bend at the knee and waist, and walk.
Must be able to have repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement to type and work on computer.
Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment.
Must be a licensed driver and have ongoing access to an insure vehicle.
Must be able to lift up to 5 pounds.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.