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Early Childhood Development Specialist

Early Childhood Development Specialist

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Position Type 
Regular Full-Time
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COM Kids First Lowell Staff
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This position is located in Lowell, Arkansas


KIDS FIRST serves children with special healthcare needs ranging in age from six weeks to five years. In our pediatric day healthcare clinics, children diagnosed as having a medical condition known to place them at risk for developmental delays and disabilities receive intensive intervention.


The Early Childhood Development Specialist provides an individualized developmentally based early intervention for a group of children birth-five years with special health care needs and developmental delays at a UAMS Kids First clinic. S/He works as a member of a physician directed interprofessional team to implement the planned treatment and achieve developmental services goals outlined in each child’s treatment plan.


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
  • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
  • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
  • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
  • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
  • Merchant Discounts
  • Concierge prescription delivery on the main campus when using UAMS pharmacy

Salary offered commensurate to experience.


  1. Ensures quality of individualized developmental services provided at KIDS FIRST.
  2. Provides leadership for the developmental services of assigned treatment room(s) in a manner that is child-centered, family focused, demonstrates evidence-based or best practices for early childhood, and promotes continual quality improvement.
  3. Establishes rich learning environments for young children and utilizes curriculum to address the objectives contained in each child’s treatment plan.
  4. Assures continual supervision of children assigned to his/her care and compliance with daily ratio.
  5. Assures developmental services and documentation are compliant with the guidelines set forth by KIDS FIRST, UAMS, Child Care Licensing, AFMC, CHMS, DDS, DDTCS, Arkansas Department of Health, CARF and other accrediting organizations.
  6. Works collaboratively and communicates effectively within the team; engages families as members of the treatment team.
  7. Collaborates and communicates with families, therapists, nurses, social workers, director, other clinic staff, and contractors to provide the best quality of care and optimal outcomes for each child.
  8. Encourages families to take an active role in supporting their child’s development using the principles of Family Centered Care.
  9. Supports the academic mission of the Kids First program, including participation in the training of students and pre-service professionals, education and outreach to stakeholders, families served, and community partners. 
  10. Interacts with and assists the public in a professional and friendly manner as needed.
  11. Demonstrates effective communication skills; communicates accurate and complete information; maintains strict confidentiality when necessary.
  12. Demonstrates positive working relationships with co-workers, management team, and ancillary departments; follows the Core Concepts of Patient and Family Centered Care and the Basic Code of Conduct Guidelines.
  13. Assists internal and external stakeholders as needed with exceptional customer service.
  14. May perform other duties as assigned.


  • Bachelor's Degree with documentation of 12 hours of completed coursework in Early Childhood, Child Development, Special Education, Elementary Education, or Child and Family Studies PLUS six (6) months of experience working with children (State accreditation in Early Childhood Special Education OR current Child Development Associate Certificate may be substituted in lieu of the documented 12 hours of coursework)
  • Good communication skills with adults and children. 

Candidate must pass state abuse registry checks, drug screen, submit to a TB skin test and required immunizations or provide proof of immunizations.

Physical Requirements

Stand: Frequently
Sit: Occasionally
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: Frequently
Talk: Frequently
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Occasionally
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Inside Office Environment, Outdoor Weather Conditions
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: Biological