Early Childhood Coach (English/Spanish Bilingual)
The Early Childhood Coach will have expertise and professional background in strategies for maintaining high quality within early childhood settings. The Coach will demonstrate an understanding of early childhood development from age 0 - 5, continuous quality improvement, as well as a first-hand understanding of the impact of early childhood education (ECE) on student and family trajectories. In addition, the Coach will work in conjunction with external ECE partners and local childcare centers to expand access to high quality early childhood programming. The Coash also works with childcare directors and teachers to provide training and technical assistance to ensure effective coordination, implementation and monitoring of childcare centers participating in the Bright Beginnings program.
PRINCIPAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
- Provides coaching and professional development for Early Childhood Directors and Teachers. Manages a portfolio of early childcare education centers, located in United Way of Greater Houston’s four county service area, prioritizing individual educator and child needs to meet program outcomes. Provides guidance to educators in executing the Reggio Emilia Approach in an ECE classroom environment that leads to positive child outcomes. Assists with developing classroom improvement plans in partnership with childcare center teachers and directors to support high quality child outcomes. Conducts individualized professional development to providers, and other training to meet program goals.
- Monitors investments and promotes excellent program service. Conducts bi-monthly center and home-based site and/or virtual observations to support NAEYC accreditation standards and developmentally appropriate practices. Works with center staff and external assessors, to conduct and support teachers in their creation of CLASS© assessments and classroom baselines. Develops CLASS© action plans and partners with Director and staff with the implementation of the action plan. Provides support to Child Development Associate (CDA) candidates through completion of credential. Provides support to Director and staff through NAEYC accreditation process. Provides one-to-one reflective strategies utilizing Touchpoints model.
- Serves as subject matter expert in early childhood education. Develops and maintains current information on needs of community as well as best practices to address needs. Develops in-depth understanding of community resources through research, involvement in community planning and advocacy groups and other activities. Uses knowledge to make recommendations about funding priorities, new activities, and direction. Participates in community collaborations, partnerships, and national and state organizations involved in community impact work, identifying appropriate roles for United Way. Conducts regular surveys of the national best practices and determines likelihood of successful implementation in greater Houston region. Develops expertise of initiative partners by planning trainings, sharing information, and other activities.
- Builds and maintains partnerships with early childhood professionals and networks. Collaborates with individuals, public and private sector community institutions and nonprofit organizations to identify local early childhood needs, develops approaches to meeting needs, and ensures successful implementation of United Way’s mission in the community and early childhood sector. Establishes and build relationships with expert community stakeholders to determine the best practices for achieving highest impact results, identify effective program investments and analyze results of programming. Conducts outreach as needed to communicate services available through early childhood initiatives and ensures program information is regularly updated on agency website and with 2-1-1 Texas/United Way HELPLINE.
Bachelors or better in Early Childhood Education or related field.
3-5 years: Must be bilingual in English/Spanish. Must have proven experience working in an early childhood setting. Demonstrated knowledge of Texas Minimum Standards, NAEYC Accreditation process, Professional Development Standards, Texas Core Competencies, Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA), and the Reggio Emilia Approach. Ability to work collaboratively with adults in teaching/learning situations.
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