Crystal Stairs
  • 19-Jun-2017 to 30-Sep-2018 (PST)
  • Early Head Start
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

Early Head Start Child Development Specialist

Location: South Los Angeles and Compton Area

The following job summary is for descriptive purposes only.  Actual job descriptions and job title is subject to change

What We're Looking For: 

We are seeking a Child Development Specialist to coordinate, design, organize, deliver and evaluate high quality services to Family Child Care Home (FCCH) programs serving children birth-kindergarten age. Provides training and professional development to family home providers to increase the capacity and strengthen practices that enhance the healthy growth and development of young children.  The EHS Child Development Specialist is responsible for working with Family Child Care Providers in their role as the primary educator of the children they service in the FCCH program.  The Child Development Specialist is responsible to ensure all comprehensive Head Start Services are integrated with the FCCH and approaches the families' needs holistically ensuring full integration of health, nutrition, mental health, disabilities, parent involvement and social services that reflect and respond to their unique culture, roles, values and beliefs. The ideal candidate will have the following responsibilities: 

  1. Responsible to provide Early Head Start services to 12 children in a family child care home setting.
  2. Responsible for all documentation related to providing services in the areas of education, social services, disabilities, mental health, nutrition, and health.
  3. Responsible to work with family child care provider collaborative to ensure the family child care home meets all Head Start and State Standards.
  4. Responsible to ensure the systematically enrollment of eligible children, including those with disabilities into both the State and Head Start program.
  5. Provides direct services to children as needed in the Family Child Care home.
  6. Works with each family to ensure that child meets all the State Well Child Standards.
  7. Works in collaboration with the Family Child Care Home Providers for the completions of the Head Start documentation, reports, tracking, and services.
  8. Supports Head Start families in making choices and decisions that will improve the conditions and quality of life for all family members.
  9. Engages each family in a goal setting process leading to a family partnership agreement and provides for collaborative planning.
  10. Collects and disseminates information and materials regarding local services available to families.
  11. Establishes and maintains direct communication channels between the family, site supervisor, coordinators, managers, and all members of the Early Head Start team.
  12. Participates on the multi-disciplinary team for case management approach to holistic service provisions.
  13. Establishes trusting and culturally responsive relationships with Family Child Care Providers and works with families to engage them in a family goal setting process including family partnerships supported by resources that meet their diverse needs including health, nutrition, mental health, social services as well as job preparedness, crisis intervention, family support services and other special needs.
  14. Maintains confidentiality and trusting relationships that are culturally responsive.
  15. Responsible for the completion of each child ongoing assessment including the completion of child portfolio, DRDP-R, Individual Developmental Plan.
  16. Responsible to conduct 2 home visits and 2 parent conferences to each family.
  17. Responsible for the collection of non-federal share documentation
  18. Responsible for the submission of monthly attendance documentation.
  19. Maintains both child and Family Child Care home providers records, notes, and information and adhering to confidentiality policies.
  20. Researches and prepares recommendations on instructional materials, teaching methods, and related equipment for the purpose of providing high quality services to children.
  21. Works with a team to plan and implement a comprehensive child development program that meets the Head Start definition of curriculum in all program options and settings.
  22. Inspects Family Child Care Homes for health, safety, fire, and occupancy violation for the purpose of recommending necessary corrective action to assure environmental health and safety.
  23. Communicates effectively with others including giving and receiving feedback on the quality of services.
  24. Follows-up regularly to ensure the referrals and resources met the expectations and needs of the family. 
  25. Provides leadership and support to Family Child Care Providers in implementing research based teaching strategies in early literacy. Enhance Head Start's capacity to deliver a quality early literacy program to all enrolled children
  26. Other duties as assigned


  • Three or more years experience working with families in a supporting and empowering environment with knowledge of working with children from 0 to 36 months. 
  • Two (2) or more years of experience in a State funded child care program, Head Start, or Early Head Start program. 
  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Work, Human Development or related field.  California Commission of Teachers Teacher's Permit or be eligible to obtain. 
  • Knowledge of Head Start and Early Head Start Performance Standards
  • Knowledge of state funded FCCH programs
  • Knowledge of community resources and links families through referrals with services that meet their unique circumstances. 
  • Knowledge of Community Care Licensing Regulations and Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to education and early childhood development, family involvement and ERSEA.
  • Knowledge of Community Care Licensing and California Child Care requirements.
  • Knowledge of administrative basics.
  • Knowledge of adult learning principles and leadership competencies.
  • Ability to communicate, both oral and written, to individuals with diverse backgrounds.
  • Ability to speak, read and write English well enough to understand and be understood by others; bilingual skills are helpful
  • Ability to speak before groups of individuals
  • Ability to accept, reflect and act upon feedback.
  • Ability to relate to diverse groups of people including low-income families.
  • Ability to develop warm, open relationship with children, parents and staff.
  • Ability to promote Head Start to children, families, co-workers and community.
  • Ability to work as a team member with other staff and parents.
  • Ability to coordinate projects, work independently and follow through with project completion.
  • Must have a working knowledge of various computer programs including Microsoft Word, and Excel.
  • Excellent computer skills required.
  • Experience in statistical analysis and working with social services or related community activities preferred.
  • Must facilitate and model respectful, professional communication and teamwork, demonstrating a positive attitude.
  • Some knowledge of Child Care Licensing Regulations and Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to education and early childhood development, staffing and program options as well as services to children with disabilities.

Special Requirements

  • Must have reliable transportation and possess a valid California Driver License in good standing with DMV required; current liability insurance
  • Must meet State health requirements to include passing a physical examination as condition of employment, Live Scan, and TB clearance.


Crystal Stairs is committed to building and sustaining a diverse workforce and culture. As part of this commitment, Crystal Stairs provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, medical condition as defined by state law, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other legally protected status.

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All Head Start positions are implemented in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards in each service area.

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