The Regional Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Network extends the work of the Office of Head Start (OHS) to individual grantees and groups of grantees within Region III (DC, DE, MD, PA, VA, and WV).
ICF seeks an experienced Early Childhood (EC) Specialist to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in developing and implementing high quality services in accordance with federal regulations. The Specialist will provide professional-level expertise though a process consultation approach that leads to realistic and sustainable strategies for achieving program and school readiness goals.
This position is home-based in one of the Region III states and will involve extensive travel to programs within Region III.
Continue and extend the work of the OHS by targeting the work of the National Centers and Head Start initiatives to individual grantees and groups of grantees within the region.
Under the direction of the Regional Office, provide training and technical assistance related to:
o the implementation of an age, developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate curriculum and ongoing child assessment;
o the improvement of teacher/child interactions as described by the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) for center based preschool programs;
o the skills necessary to aggregate, analyze, and use data obtained through multiple sources including but not limited to ongoing child assessment, CLASS, child health, PIR, and family engagement data for the purpose of informing teaching, curriculum implementation, progress reports for parents, staff development and training, and other aspects of program improvement;
o the development and implementation of mentoring and coaching strategies; and
o the implementation of family engagement services that are systemic, integrated and comprehensive.
Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development (18 ECE credits are required, transcripts will be requested).
5+ years of demonstrated experience in the field of early childhood education.
5+ years of experience offering training and technical assistance within early care and education.
Understanding of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education and the ability to support its use in school readiness goals.
Experience with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and PowerPoint).
Must have valid driver's license and successfully pass a Motor Vehicle Records (MVR) check
Master’s Degree in Early childhood Education or Child Development (18 ECE credits are required, transcripts will be requested).
Knowledge of Head Start performance standards and all applicable federal, state and local laws, rules and regulations.
Experience working within a Head Start Program.
Knowledge of researched based curriculum and assessment.
Practice Based Coaching.
Knowledge of QRIS and data systems.
Experience working with programs serving dual language learners.
Experience collaborative early care and education environments.
Ability to maintain up to date knowledge of current child development practices and research based early childhood quality methods and approaches.
Ability to document TTA activity in a technical reporting format.
Excellent verbal and written communication skills required.
Strong analytical, problem-solving and decision making capabilities.
Team player with the ability to work in a fast-paced environment.
Ability to work with all levels of internal staff, as well as outside clients and vendors.
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