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Preschool Child Enrichment Specialist

Preschool Child Enrichment Specialist

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Position Type 
Regular Full-Time
Sub Category 
COM Headstart Southwest
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Bilingual English/Spanish Preferred

Work Schedule: 7am to 3:30pm (40 hours) per week


UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start currently serves 928 children at 16 sites throughout Pulaski County.  The program’s overall goal is to increase the social competence of children in low income families and children with disabilities, while improving the chances of success in school. Head Start/Early Head Start addresses the needs of the whole child including the educational, vocational and material needs of the entire family.  The program strives to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development while enabling parents to be better caregivers and teachers to their children. Head Start/Early Head Start helps parents meet their own goals while giving children a head start in life.


The Preschool Child Enrichment Specialist prepares the classroom and curriculum for each day, greets the child and parent to ensure a welcome transition into the learning activities, and documents children’s individual learning.  S/He is responsible for the completion of developmental assessments for all children and tracking of the child’s progress during the year.  S/He provides training and supervision to the Child Care Technicians and Caregivers.  Ensures that the child/staff ration of 1-10 is met at all times.


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, 12 days of annual vacation leave, 12 days of sick leave (additional leave available depending on status).
  • Career Training Opportunities.

Salary: $11.02 hourly



  1. Models appropriate language and behavior for children and parents in all situations
  2. Guides learning through discovery in the environment
  3. Utilizes curriculum for developing age appropriate activities
  4. Listens to the children and to the parents
  5. Shares learning activities of the children with the parents through home visits and classroom parent-teacher conferences
  6. Assesses children’s developmental levels of learning and plans activities in accordance with developmentally appropriate practices
  7. Works cooperatively with other staff to ensure that children’s needs are met outside the classroom. Assists in training of Child Care Technicians and Caregivers
  8. May perform other duties as assigned to assure program standards are met


Minimum Qualifications:

  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood, Child Development, Public Health, Health or related field of study plus one (1) year experience in health related, Early Childhood Education or related field
  • Six (6) Higher educational classes in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related child educational classes and be able to provide proof of completion
  • Must be proficient with computers (MS Office preferred)
  • Must have current health and initial health examination within three months prior to employment
  • Must have a valid driver’s license, access to a vehicle with liability insurance, and be willing to use vehicle for agency related travel


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish (Read, Write, and Speak)


Additional Competencies:

  • Must be able to work 40 hours a week (7:00a-3:30p)
  • Ability to work collaboratively as a team at any location 
  • Good attendance


Physical Requirements

Stand: Continuously
Sit: Occasionally
Walk: Continuously
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: Frequently
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