• Early Childhood Development Spec. II

    Posted Date 3 weeks ago(7/30/2019 4:43 PM)
    Requisition ID
    Patient Care
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    COM Kids First Newport
    Post End Date
  • Overview

     This position is located in Newport, AR 


    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:

    • 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 offered commensurate to experience



    • Ensures quality of individualized developmental services provided at KIDS FIRST.
    • 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.
    • Establishes rich learning environments for young children and utilizes curriculum to address the objectives contained in each child’s treatment plan.
    • Assures continual supervision of children assigned to his/her care and compliance with daily ratio.
    • Assures developmental services and documentation are compliant with the guidelines set forth by KIDS FIRST, UAMS, Child Care Licensing, AFMC, EIDT, DDS, Arkansas Department of Health, CARF and other accrediting organizations.
    • Works collaboratively and communicates effectively within the team; engages families as members of the treatment team.
    • 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.
    • Encourages families to take an active role in supporting their child’s development using the principles of Family Centered Care.
    • Supports the academic mission of the Kids First program. This includes participation in the training of students and pre-service professionals, education and outreach to stakeholders, families served, and community partners. 
    • Interacts with and assists the public in a professional and friendly manner as needed.
    • Demonstrates effective communication skills; communicates accurate and complete information; maintains strict confidentiality when necessary.
    • 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.


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • Bachelor's Degree with documentation that 12 hours of coursework in Early Childhood, Child Development, Special Education, Elementary Education, or Child and Family Studies has been completed PLUS six (6) months documented experience working with children.
    • Good communication skills with adults and children is required.

    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 in Early Childhood, Child Development, Special Education, Elementary Education, or Child and Family Studies.


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


    This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen. 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: 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: Frequently
    Taste or smell: Occasionally
    Read, concentrate, think analytically: Frequently
    Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Outdoor Weather Conditions
    Noise Level: Quiet
    Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: Biological


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