Gads Hill Center, a social service organization established in 1898, creates opportunities for children and their families to build a better life through education, access to resources and community engagement.
The Infant Toddler Specialist will manage the education and disabilities components for children ages 0 to 3. In this role, the IT Specialist will collaborate with the Site/Education and Disabilities Manager and Home Visiting Program Manager to ensure quality and compliance in education and disabilities services in the 0-3 programs. The Infant Toddler Specialist will provide observations, guidance and coaching to the 0-3 Children’s Services education staff, as well as assist with the implementation of the Creative Curriculum and the Parents as Teachers Curriculum.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Recruitment and Enrollment
Collaborate with assigned GHC personnel to ensure full program enrollment and develop a recruitment plan.
Collaborate with managers to create and implement a recruitment plan and efforts, and be fully engaged in recruitment efforts agency-wide.
Make recommendations to Children’s Services Managers to ensure full contract enrollment.
Collaborate with the Parent Engagement Specialist to develop recruitment strategies to identify children with special needs and meet grant requirement of 10% enrollment of children with special needs.
Adhere to the systems whereby necessary records pertaining to services and program participants served are created and preserved.
Ensure collection and entry of required data into appropriate database(s) and monitor to ensure data accuracy.
Enter or modify data in the appropriate database(s) under guidance of the appropriate GHC staff.
Perform other data entry as needed.
Infant Toddler Oversight
Observe 0-3 education staff in each education environment and provide feedback and guidance. Collaborate with supervisors to monitor for improvement and provide consultation and problem solving with teachers as needed for classroom management and curriculum implementation.
Visits Early Head Start partner sites to provide education training and technical assistance. Provide monitoring feedback to Education and Disabilities Manager and strategize to improve service quality.
Communicate program curricula to families in concrete and meaningful ways. Collaborate with education and support services staff to strengthen “home-school” connection in all programs.
Responsible for monitoring the implementation of (0-3) Coaching to Fidelity Tool.
Monitor education folders and data in Teaching Strategies.
Maintain agency relationship with Child and Family Connections.
Review and monitor all screenings, assessments, and evaluations of children in 0-3 programs.
In collaboration with the Education and Disabilities Manager, conduct ongoing monitoring of the education component for children in 0-3 programs.
Provide regular written or oral reports on education or disabilities components of program as assigned.
Provide support to (0-3) classroom teachers in the implementation of the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Two’s, and developmentally appropriate practices according to Prevention Initiative, Early Head Start education and NAEYC standards.
Provide support to (0-3) Home Visitors in the implementation of the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Two’s, and Parents as Teachers as well as the developmentally appropriate practices in accordance to Prevention Initiative, Early Head Start education and NAEYC standards.
Assist in maintaining compliance with DCFS licensing standards and NAEYC accreditation standards at all times.
Program Monitoring and Management
Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of Head Start standards, Prevention Initiative and disability requirements, and implement them in all aspects of work to maintain compliance.
Contribute to the development and upkeep of an agency Disabilities Service Plan.
Conduct regular education and disabilities monitoring for compliance according to the monitoring plan.
Conduct ongoing electronic and file monitoring pertaining to education and disabilities; work with program managers to resolve issues; document monitoring and findings.
Support family support workers in referring children to outside services and resources, and the education staff in all programs to obtain documentation for referral.
Ensure prospective participants receive timely follow up from disability referrals across programs.
Provide regular written and oral reports on programs as assigned.
Guide and support education staff in documenting concerns to support referral and individualizing classroom/visit activities and environments to support the needs of children.
Collaborate with other CSD leaders to plan and coordinate professional development in-service trainings for(0-3) Children’s Services staff members.
Together with the appropriate manager, represent (0-3) programs at appropriate monitoring visits and program audits.
Provide regular written and oral reports on programs as assigned.
Makes recommendations to Children’s Services leadership to resolve problems and determine the strategic direction of Children’s Services.
Maintains agency relationship with Child and Family Connections.
In addition to the responsibilities listed above, all Gads Hill Center employees are responsible for the following:
Participate in agency outreach and recruitment events, including evenings and weekends.
Participate in supervision meetings and workshops within the agency and outside (if applicable).
Participate in civic engagement activities that advance the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Advance parent leadership development.
Perform other duties as assigned.
Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood or a related field required.
Infant Toddler Specialization Certificate from Erikson Institute or an Illinois Gateways Level 5 Infant and Toddler Credential required. (Applicants without this credential will not be considered.)
Previous managerial and (0-3) program experience preferred.
Must have a valid Driver’s License and be willing to travel locally.
Experience with multicultural programming preferred.
Previous direct early childhood classroom experience with low-income families.
Excellent interpersonal communication and organization skills.
Ability to pass a criminal record and child abuse/neglect registry check.
A passion for the mission of Gads Hill Center.
Entry Salary Range: $37,000
Location: GHC Child Development Center, 2653 W. Ogden Ave., Chicago, IL 60608
Schedule: Full time
To apply, send resume, cover letter and transcripts to the attention of Karina Gomez, Human Resources Assistant.
About Gads Hill Center
Gads Hill Center serves families in the communities of west and southwest Chicago with programming that provides early childhood education, academic support and enrichment, social-emotional development and family support. Our programs include home visiting for pregnant mothers and young children, center-based early childhood education, after-school academic support, middle school mentoring and STEM-focused college readiness for high school students.
Family support and parent engagement are key components of Gads Hill Center’s programs. Our staff supports parents in identifying their needs and setting goals. Through comprehensive community partnerships, we then connect them to the resources necessary to meet their needs, achieve their goals and strengthen their families. Our programs are designed to empower parents in their role as their child’s first teacher and support them as lifelong learners.
Our vision is that all individuals, regardless of where they start, will achieve their full potential. We execute this vision by providing programs that respond to the changing needs of the families and communities that we serve. Since 1898, Gads Hill Center has continued to expand and grow to better serve children, youth and families.