Early Childhood Specialist


  • DATES OF POSTING: 11/02/2022 – 11/14/2022, open until filled
  • POSITION: Early Childhood Specialist
  • LOCATIONS: Barre-HS/Berlin
  • PROGRAM: Head Start
  • SCHEDULE: Full-time Regular
  • CLASSIFICATION: Exempt (Salaried)
  • WAGE: $38,000 - $48,000, annually

Capstone Community Action is an Equal Opportunity Employer and Provider. Applications from women, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and people from diverse cultural backgrounds are encouraged.

Only those applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.

Send cover letter and resume to: jobs@capstonevt.org


  • Program: Head Start
  • Job Title: Early Childhood Specialist
  • Last Review Date/Update/Change of Job Description: 11/15/2022
  • Pay Grade: Exempt

A. General Statement: The Early Childhood Specialist provides coaching, training, mentoring and monitoring to the EHS-CC Partners to ensure best practices in early childhood education and compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards and Vermont State Child Care Licensing Regulations. The position is responsible for supporting licensed child care centers and registered family child care providers in the planning, implementation, and assessment of educational services that build on a child’s and family’s strengths to support school readiness and child and family outcomes. The Early Childhood Specialist also works in conjunction with families to support family well-being, strong relationships between parents and their children, and ongoing learning and development for both families and children. The Early Childhood Specialist is responsible to the Head Start director and is supervised by the Early Head Start Care manager.

B. Essential Functions:

  1. Provides support and training to partners and their staff in planning and implementing learning experiences that support Capstone’s School Readiness goals and encompass the domains outlined in ELOF and the Vermont Early Learning Standards (VELS).
  2. Ensures all education and child development activities are developmentally appropriate, centered in nurturing relationships and responsive care, reflective of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF) and in compliance with the Head Start Performance Standards and Vermont State Child Care Licensing Regulations.
  3. Reviews and evaluates lesson plans and activities to ensure services provided are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate, inclusive of individual levels of ability, interest and developmental skills. Provides coaching, mentoring and training to child care staff and family child care providers as needed to support the growth of these competencies.
  4. In collaboration with EHS-CC partners and their staff, develop and implement individualized coaching and training plans to assure all partner staff acquire and enhance the skills needed to implement education services, goals and objectives, comply with Head Start performance standards, plan and provide daily experiences, activities and routines that achieve the goals of all children, including children with disabilities.
  5. Assist child care providers with training and technical assistance. Support providers in the creation of individual professional development plans, improving credentialing and participation in the provider quality rating system
  6. Provide each child care provider with both announced and unannounced visits and observations to ensure that indoor and outdoor environments are safe, clean, healthy, well-organized and have sufficient developmentally and culturally appropriate materials and planned activities to support progress and achievement of the child’s goals and objectives., as specified in the EHS-CC grant. Provide each EHS enrolled family with regular home visits, as required in the EHS-CC grant, to support family well-being, relationships between parents and their children, and achievement of the families’ goals and objectives.
  7. Coordinate support from program content area managers, consultants and community support services as necessary.
  8. Perform record-keeping documenting the provision of content area services to enrolled Early Head Start children in health and nutrition, social services, family engagement, parent education and training and disabilities and mental health in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and Capstone Head Start content area plans. Enter family and child data on the management information software and keep it current. Provide statistical, analytical or other information reports as requested. Maintain confidentiality of all Head Start child and family information.
  9. Promote parent engagement by providing or inviting parents to opportunities for socialization (family outings), participation in policy council, and offering a research-based parenting curriculum to strengthen parenting skills. Encourage partners to share responsibility in hosting family events.
  10. Participate in the recruitment of providers and EHS age and income eligible children and families for the EHS Care option; maintaining full enrollment and wait lists.
  11. Provide EHS orientation with providers and their staff.
  12. Work with the providers to adapt program services to the needs of families with a child or member with disabilities. Initiate services or join the on-going efforts of other providers who are engaged with the family.
  13. Identify strengths and work toward each family’s self-assessed goals as documented in the Family Partnership Plan. Determine the existence of other plans and coordinate with other service providers accordingly.
  14. Participate in professional development and collaborative activities including monthly in-service training, local child care provider networks, early education networks, basic staffing teams, One Plan meetings, etc. Participate in inter-program and interagency team activities in accordance with job expectations.
  15. Meet with EHS Care manager monthly to review work, goals and professional development. Create an individual professional development plan annually. Promote Capstone Head Start positively and proactively in the community at meetings and initiatives.
  16. Other duties as assigned.

C. Other Duties as Assigned

D. Qualifications:

  1. B.A. in Early Childhood Education or human/child development with a focus on infant/toddler development with 3 or more years’ experience in the early childhood classroom.
  2. A strong background in social work, human services, family services, counseling or a related field, or willingness to obtain a credential or certification in these fields within eighteen months of hire.
  3. Prior Head Start, coaching, and training experience preferred.
  4. Strong problem-solving and organizational skills, with the ability to use discretion and independent judgement.
  5. Ability to establish collaborative and supportive relationships with partners.
  6. Willingness to commit to a flexible work schedule that includes evening and weekend hours.
  7. Excellent written and verbal communication skills.
  8. Understanding of child care and parenting issues, adult learning styles and sensitivity to the needs of low-income families.
  9. Commitment to working as part of a local team.
  10. Valid driver’s license, reliable vehicle and proof of insurance required.

Location: Barre/Berlin, VT 

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