• Preschool/Infant Toddler Child Enrichment Specialist

    Posted Date 2 weeks ago(12/5/2018 3:09 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    COM Head Start Kennedy
    Post End Date
  • Overview

    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.


    Preschool/Infant Toddler 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, documentation of 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 1-4 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


    • Models appropriate language and behavior for children and parents in all situations
    • Guides learning through discovery in the environment
    • Utilizes curriculum for developing age appropriate activities
    • Listens to the children and to the parents
    • Shares learning activities of the children with the parents through home visits and classroom parent-teacher conferences
    • Assesses children’s developmental levels of learning and plans activities in accordance with developmentally appropriate practices
    • 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
    • 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
    • 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 computer literate (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 skills (English/Spanish) 

    Work/Physical Requirements:

    • Ability to lift 40 lbs. from floor to chest
    • Constant standing, bending, and sitting for extended periods of time including repetitious movement
    • Must be able to work 40 hours a week (7:00a-3:30p)
    • Ability to work collaboratively as a team at any location assigned with good attendance


    This is a provisional position.  Provisional positions are funded by external grants or contracts with established end dates.  When the grant expires or is not extended, the provisional position will be eliminated.  Employees in provisional positions may apply for other positions at UAMS when their provisional position ends.


    This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity. The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law. 


    UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.



    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Continuously
    Sit: Continuously
    Walk: Continuously
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Continuously
    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: Loud
    Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: None


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