Child Development Specialist (Innovations 2 Community Resilience Program)
Job Title: Child Development Specialist
Department/Location: Community Resilience/Westmoreland
Supervision: Family Resiliency Coordinator
Our Innovations 2 Community Resilience Program funded by the Department of Mental Health (DMH), will focus on building resilient families to prevent and address community trauma and provide trauma informed psycho-education and support to community residents, child care providers, early education centers, and elementary and middle schools within 12 identified zip codes.
Under the direct supervision of the Family Resiliency Coordinator and in collaboration with the Community Resilience Partnership, the Child Development Specialist will utilize professional expertise in child development in order to provide guidance and technical assistance to community residents with children 0-5 around activities that encourage caregiver and child nurturing and attachment, developmentally appropriate play and learning activities, advocacy and connection to needed developmental support, and ongoing group and family socialization activities.
Partners with community organization leadership, local stakeholders, Early Childhood leadership, local faith-based institutions, medical clinics and WIC centers to identify the needs of caregivers with children 0-5 to develop and integrate relevant programs and services that focus on trauma and resilience.
Conducts developmental screenings with caregivers for children 0-5 years of age such as the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ and ASQ-SE) and reviews them with caregivers and creates ongoing strategies for additional support where necessary.
Evaluates children to determine physical and mental development, including social, motor development, cognitive and language skills, and develops activities that encourage continued development of these skills by children.
Understands the challenges facing children with developmental disabilities and their families and can make appropriate referrals and provide ongoing support.
Develops developmentally-appropriate activities for children who are experiencing trauma.
Interacts with parents and families individually or in a group setting.
Develops age-appropriate curriculum for children involved in weekly respite care and parent/child led psycho-education and support classes.
Develops and facilitates caregiver/child (day, evening, and weekend) classes on specific
child development topics i.e. developmental milestones, behavior modification,
Develops parent child attachment and bonding activities.
Provides expertise and support in developing high quality childhood educational
environments, materials and practices during day and evening respite care.
Provide mommy and me, toddler and me, daddy and me groups for parents to learn how
to bond with their child and build attachment.
Provides parent/child psycho-education and support classes.
Coordinates efforts to link staff and families with appropriate community resources to
support early childhood development particularly families experiencing high levels of
toxic stress as a result of multiple traumas.
Provides tools and techniques to staff and to families that focuses on fostering positive
parenting skills and appreciation of childhood.
Models child play and appropriate caregiver/child interactions to staff and parents.
Works collaboratively with Community Resilience partners in problem solving,
information exchange, and coordination of efforts.
Participates in weekly meetings, case conferences, training and professional consultation
Designs and delivers training to staff and parents when applicable; topics will include
both specialized and trans-disciplinary subject matter and promotes collaboration within
the Community Resilience partnership.
Regularly reports to supervisor to provide program status updates.
Assists in the preparation of monthly reports for the program.
Must be able to maintain positive working collaborative relationships with partner
agencies and staff.
Must be able to work weekends and evenings to accommodate for community resident
Must have the ability to nurture respectful relationship with clients and children.
Must be sensitive to the socioeconomic cultural needs of the population served.
Performs other duties assigned by direct supervisor.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities
required to perform the job successfully.
BA degree in Child Development preferred, or related field and at least 24 college credits
in Child Development Education.
Program development experience in the areas of curriculum, training, compliance, and
supervision is preferred.
At least a year of teaching or supervising in a child development or social services
Other Desired Skills
-Must have demonstrated skills in the following areas:
-Ability to work independently and as a team member;
-Experience working with parents and children ages 0-5;
-Knowledge of parent-child attachment theory;
-Knowledge regarding Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs), toxic stress,
and how trauma impacts child development;
-Knowledge about resiliency interventions;
-Possess strong creative and organizational abilities;
-Professional appearance and attitude;
-Able to communicate effectively verbally and in writing;
-Ability to prioritize and manage multiple and diverse priorities;
-Must have the ability to consistently show good judgment and decision
-Must have knowledge of principles and techniques of training, supervision, and
-Bilingual (English/Spanish) capabilities desirable.
TB test clearance to be renewed every two years.
Must have a reliable automobile for use on the job (mileage to be reimbursed), Valid
California Driver License. State required automobile insurance coverage.
Satisfactory completion of background screening requirements.
Expectations for All Para Los Niños Staff
Candidates for employment at a Para Los Niños, regardless of position, will consistently
demonstrate the following:
Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill the mission of Para Los Niños.
Deep commitment to the success of all PLN students and families
Commitment to excellence and high standards — for self, students, and colleagues.
Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual
Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement.
Ability to thrive as a member of a collaborative team.
Self-motivation and initiative with solutions-oriented disposition.
Belief in and ability to develop respectful relationship with parents and children marked
by sensitivity to the students’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to effectively handle challenging situations
Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications and a curiosity and propensity to push
own adoption of new technology and approaches.
Regular, punctual attendance and professional appearance.
To perform this job the individual must be able to carry all essential functions
Satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified
individuals with disabilities to perform the essential function of the job.
Approximately 50% of time is spent sitting, while frequently required to walk, stand and
bend. Must be able to talk and hear well. Good vision is imperative. Occasionally
required to stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl. Employee will be required to lift and/or move
unassisted up to 25 pounds.
It is the established policy of Para Los Niños (PLN) to provide equal employment and
advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination with
regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, sex stereotype,
pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national
origin (including possessing a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code § 12801.9), ancestry,
sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, transgender status, physical or mental
disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, genetic information, family care, marital
status, enrollment in any public assistance program, status as military, a veteran or qualified
disabled veteran, status as an unpaid intern or volunteer, or any other classification protected by
law. PLN also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those
characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those
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