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Early Head Start Curriculum & Parent Engagement Specialist

Early Head Start Curriculum & Parent Engagement Specialist

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Regular Full-Time
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COM Head Start
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The Early Head Start Curriculum and Parent Engagement Specialist is responsible for interpreting changes to the Curriculum, informing teachers and site managers of the implications of those changes, and ensuring that instruction is aligned with curriculum goals. S/He assists teachers with developing strategies and techniques for assessing and fulfilling the needs of young students. S/He also assists teachers with textbook and other materials selection and provides teachers various tools and materials to aid instruction. S/He assists administrators with evaluating the effectiveness of early childhood education programs in the school system and develops strategies for improvement.


The Early Head Start Curriculum and Parent Engagement Specialist also assists the Head Start Parent Engagement Specialist in planning, facilitating and implementation of evidence based Parenting Curriculum and with parent events throughout the school year.  Under general supervision, performs a variety of administrative tasks in coordinating the successful implementation of early childhood education programs for UAMS Early Head Start Child Care Partnership between local child care centers.


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS.
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only).
  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family.
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000.
  • Leave Time: 11 paid holidays annually, up to 22.5 days of annual vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave.
  • Career Training Opportunities.

 Salary offered commensurate to experience.


  1. Supports teachers in providing safe and developmentally enriching caregiving which promotes the physical, cognitive, social and emotional development of infants and toddlers, and prepares them for future growth and development.
  2.  Assists teachers in acquiring the necessary skills to:  implements the “Creative Curriculum for Infants and Toddlers” demonstrates responsive relationships with infants and toddler’s-provide positive guidance-support children in reaching IFSP goals -incorporate health and safety regulations (ie. tooth brushing, supervision protocol)  institute family style meals o plan for transitions o encourage family engagement
  3. Evaluates the classroom/outdoor environment and provides feedback to teachers in a supportive, capacity building manner
  4. Models appropriate, culturally sensitive interactions with children, staff, and parents
  5. Collaborates with county coordinator, disabilities coordinator, and nurse to ensure that children have coordinated and comprehensive services. Supports teachers in implementing a portfolio-based assessment with each child
  6.  Assists teachers in understanding how to complete the TS Gold assessment for each child
  7. Tracks the completion of children’s assessments at designated points of the year by classroom
  8.  Aids teachers in preparing for home visits and parent conferences.
  9. Coordinates parent orientation, parent trainings/events and facilitates parent curriculum. Supports the formation and training of the Policy Council Members, other advisory committees, center parent committees, and any other policy or advisory groups relative to the Head Start Program; Designs and provide appropriate training for staff and parents in the area of Family and Community Partnerships. Works closely with Site Manager and staff and provides direction around parent engagement and volunteering to staff and parents.  Monitors program activities by conducting scheduled on-site visits to centers. 
  10. Prepares and submits contact documentation containing monitoring reports and recommendations relative to parent engagement and volunteers; Ensures the involvement of parent and community volunteers in all areas of the program.
  11.  Uses effective leadership and management skills that draw on the "disciplines" of systems thinking, team learning, personal mastery, mental models, and shared vision reflective of practices within a Learning Organization Approach to Management. 
  12. Ensures program accountability by promoting evidence-based and promising program practices and systematically monitoring activities within the program.
  13. Keeps the Project Coordinator & Program Director abreast of program activity, seeks out necessary information to make informed decisions and uses guidance/feedback prior to acting.Monitors all aspects of the program to ensure program compliance with federal, state and other funding source requirements and guidelines all in a manner consistent with EHS’ mission and philosophy, policies and procedures
  14. Meets with teachers on a regular basis 
  15. Builds respectful relationships with teachers & parents. Uses adult learning strategies. Uses an asset-based approach to identify teacher and parents abilities. Uses their strengths to help them achieve desired outcomes. Assists teachers in creating individual professional development plans. 
  16. Must be able to attend night meetings and training if necessary.  Must be able to travel out of town to attend training and conferences that could require overnight stay for up to one week.
  17. May perform other duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Bachelor's Degree (B.S.E.) in Early Childhood Education or related degree and minimum of 5 years’ experience working in early childhood field OR Associates (AA) Degree in Early Childhood Education with a minimum of 7 years working in early childhood field. 


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Training and experience that include:  the theories and principles of child growth and development, early childhood education and family support. 





Physical Requirements

Stand: Continuously
Sit: Continuously
Walk: Frequently
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Frequently
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Continuously
Talk: Continuously
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Continuously
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Inside Office Environment, Outdoor Weather Conditions
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: None