The Site Manager/Child Development Specialist promotes school readiness integrated service delivery of child development, disabilities, and mental health. Will supervise, administer and coordinate 0-5 school readiness curriculum with a focus on Head Start component integration in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards (HHS), NAEYC, the Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), The Illinois Department of Children & Family Services Licensing Regulations, and Pillars Child & Family Development Center’s program policies and agency policies. Provides supervision, management support, and technical assistance to staff in coordination with CFDC Director and with support from the Pillars Head Start Management Team. Site Manager/Child Development Specialist will oversee and directly supervise the day-to-day operation of the site within the Grantee program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Develops classroom curriculum in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards.
- Completes required program reports, and facilitates regular, consistent education staff meetings.
- Provides regular supervision/ coaching, through classroom/socialization and home visit observation and consultation to education staff concerning implementation of age appropriate activities to challenge children cognitively, socially, emotionally, and physically.
- Ensures that home base program model, supports and enhances the parenting abilities of the program participants in a culturally sensitive, developmentally appropriate and respectful manner.
- Oversees, evaluates and plans for the daily operations of the site.
- Supervises/ coaches staff in order to maintain compliance in the education, disabilities, health, nutrition, mental health, social services and parent involvement components of the Head Start Performance Standard Components, IDHS guidelines, Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), NAEYC, and DCFS licensing regulations.
- Hires and maintains staff appropriate to meet the needs of the CFDC, the expectation of the funding bodies and within the guidelines of Pillars policies and procedures.
- Completes annual performance appraisals for supervisees.
- Assures children in need of special education services are screened, referred, evaluated and able to access services in a timely manner. Monitors disability services and timelines.
- Coaches teaching staff in identifying children and families who may need additional assistance and individualized services as mandated by the Head Start performance standards, Scope of Services for children with disabilities or exceptional needs; especially children and families with special needs or at high risk of developing problems i.e., physical, cognitive development or problems of neglect, abuse or chaotic home life.
- Participates in the developing and updating of the program’s education plan.
- Maintains and ensures a staffing plan that allows for adequate and qualified staff coverage during the childcare work day that meets accreditation overall group size and staff child ratio guidelines.
- Demonstrates knowledge of childcare site operation, philosophy and goals and how the site interrelates with the agency i.e., Pillars and Pillars Child & Family Development Center.
- Demonstrates compliance with all licensing, health and funding source regulations i.e., The Illinois Department of Human Services (IDHS), Health and Human Services (HHS), The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) and the Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP).
- Conducts workshops and in-service training for staff and parents on the screening assessment tool. Conducts educational child staffing cooperation with other specialist and parents. Refers children who are in need of further evaluation as indicated by the staffing, to appropriate agencies (Local Education Agency or Early Intervention Program) and secures proper documentation is maintained in files.
- Attends Department training’s and meetings, as well as other meetings and training’s that may be required.
- Maintains consistent and open communication with all staff.
- Ensures the compliance to any other duties that may be assigned.
- Assists in maintaining appropriate range of services based upon the Head Start performance standards, NAEYC standards and designated curriculum. Ensures that the program is in compliance with the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Licensing Standards for childcare facilities.
- Completes required program reports, and facilitates regular, consistent staff meetings. Attends Head Start trainings and meetings, as well as other meetings and trainings that may be required.
- Participates with Pillars Head Start Management Team, classroom staff and agency administration in establishing, implementing, and evaluating professional practices in order to meet and maintain continuous quality improvement according to accreditation guidelines and Head Start Performance standards.
- Increases leadership abilities, knowledge and skill by facilitating/participating in seminars, workshops or formal education in the field of child development, early education or child care management.
- Other duties as assigned.