Job Title: Family Child Care Home Navigator
Reports to: EC Professional Development Manager
Position Level: Program Coordinator, Fulltime (temporary), non-exempt or contract
Start Date: February 1, 2022
Salary: $35,700-$39,035 depending on experience and education.
Early childhood care providers are equipped to provide responsive, developmentally appropriate care and high-quality environments by utilizing tools and strategies that impact successful child outcomes. The Family Child Care Home Navigator is responsible for supporting Friend and Neighbor (FFN) caregivers in the following focus areas: 1) Self-care trainings and resources, resulting in a personalized self-care plan; 2) Technical support and direct connection with various resources; and 3) Assistance with grant applications and other financial resources.
Essential Job Functions:
- Participate in cross-training in coaching approaches to technical assistance and support with other local consultative roles (i.e. EQ trainers, ECMH, etc.), if available in the community, and/or directly connecting with these other consultative roles to understand their offerings.
- Provide information on and connections to existing supports, including financial, professional development, shared services, child care management software, family child care home associations, and benefits opportunities.
- Provide technical assistance to new family child care home providers as they move through the licensing process in their community (including addressing zoning issues, business codes, etc.) and in accessing financial resources to begin their business (i.e. licensing incentives);
- Provide technical assistance to existing family child care home providers in completing applications for grants and other opportunities.
- Develop and share information with family child care home providers around legislative changes impacting their operations.
- Connect family child care providers with quality improvement navigators and coaches within their service area to ensure family child care providers understand the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System and are well equipped to navigate the rating process and access quality improvement grants to support their continuous quality improvement goals;
- Assisting new and existing family child care providers to understand the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) and supporting them as they obtain a fiscal agreement to enroll children participating in this program, in addition to facilitating relationships with the county human service departments;
- Help new and existing family child care providers access important program benefits and consultative supports, such as the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), and consultative supports, including, but not limited to early childhood mental health consultation, child care health consultation, infant and toddler specialists, and coaching supports.
- Recruit new family child care home providers in their communities and connecting them with the licensing bonus program, if applicable.
- Become trained as health insurance navigators to ensure that family child care homes and small child care centers that do not offer health care benefits know how to enroll individuals in the Connect for Health Colorado Exchange.
- Act as a liaison to ensure family child care home providers are connected to the necessary resources needed to successfully operate their business.
- Participate in ongoing technical assistance and training opportunities, including around equity, diversity and inclusion, and a community of practice with other family child care home navigators, led by the Family Child Care Home Navigator Project Manager.
- Partner with Family, Friend and Neighbor (FFN) caregivers in the San Luis Valley (Alamosa, Conejos, Costilla, Mineral, Rio Grande and Saguache Counties) to implement the FREE project.
- Provide FFN Caregiver well-being intervention-to include self-care trainings and resources that will result in a personalized self-care plan.
- Facilitate FFN Supportive Caregiver-Child Relationship Intervention to include follow-up coaching sessions with FFN providers adapted from the Kindness Curriculum.
- Participate actively in a quarterly steering committee.
- Collaborate with Early Childhood Council and RMPRC staff.
- File management and clerical assignments to maintain program efficiency.
- Partners with other EC Council staff on child care provider engagement activities
- Assist as available with council sponsored workshops and events
- Attend ECC required meetings (Staff Meeting, SESB Meeting, etc.)
- Responsible for all additional job-related duties requested by supervisor
Preferred Qualification Requirements:
- Associate degree in Early Childhood, Social Work, Psychology, or closely related area. Substitution: A combination of education and related experience may be substituted for the associate degree on a year for year basis
- Experience in teaching, coaching or mentoring adults / early childhood care & education
- Use of software including Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, Power Point) and virtual communication tools (Email, Google Docs, Zoom, GoToMeeting, etc.)
- Colorado Coaching Credential & EC Professional Credential (have or willing to obtain)
In addition, the following are essential qualifications:
- Ability to interact with diverse populations
- Demonstrated commitment and leadership ability to advance diversity and inclusion
- Ability to interact with diverse populations and economically disadvantaged communities
- Strong presentation and interpersonal skills
- Excellent written and oral communication skills
- Attention to detail
- Outstanding organizational skills
- Ability to establish priorities and meet deadlines
- Assumes other tasks and projects as assigned
- Maintains confidentiality
- Professional Behavior is appropriate at ECC SLV functions and with clients
- Exhibits professional dress and demeanor at ECC SLV functions and with clients
- Maintains overall good work attitude toward supervisor, co-workers and clients
- Exhibits honesty in dealings with supervisor, co-workers and clients
- Must be willing and able to attend family or program activities in the evening and/or on weekends
- Must be willing and able to attend meetings and trainings as required, which can be located within the San Luis Valley, the state of Colorado, and out of state
- Follows the policies of Early Childhood Council of the San Luis Valley
NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive. Employee may perform other related duties as negotiated to meet the ongoing needs of the organization.