Education Specialist

These general functions will be carried out in keeping with the Goals, policy and Mission of the YMCA of the East Bay. The Education Specialist monitors compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, reports on progress and performs other related work as required.


  • Monitor center compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, California Department of Education Funding Terms and Conditions, and the California Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing in the area of Education Services. This includes but is not limited to: early childhood development and education, implementation of curriculum fidelity, planning and connect outcomes to professional development.
  • Conduct site visits to ensure that all centers are compliant with implementing curriculum per the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
  • Prepare regular reports based on monitoring findings, including an analysis of the findings.
  • Create and follow-up on corrective action plans which corresponds to monitoring findings.
  • Work in conjunction with the Program Manager-Education and Center Directors to train, mentor, center staff, identify appropriate resources to improve their skills and knowledge, develop new and innovative ways of training staff.  Participate in staff training.
  • Investigate products and services such as educational materials related to outcomes
  • Participate in Quality Counts and other relevant committees
  • Review current research in the area of Education and attend classes and workshops for professional development.
  • Assist in the implementation of the annual Self-Assessment.
  • Communicate effectively both verbally and in writing and interact with staff, children and parents in a positive manner.
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Must possess one of the following: Child Development Permit at the level of Associate Teacher or higher, or qualify for one: OR a credential authorizing teaching in elementary school including 12 units of early childhood education; OR a single subject credential in Home Economics including 12 units of early childhood education; OR Child Development Associate credential; OR meet qualifications as specified for a Head Teacher by Community Care Licensing regulations, depending on the program for which employed
  • Permits must be renewed and remain valid to maintain employment at the Teacher level
  • Must have knowledge of components of quality early childhood education and State of California Head Start Performance Standards
  • The ability and sensitivity to work with a multi-ethnic community
  • Upon initial hiring, employee must be fingerprinted according to rules for Community Care Licensing for a criminal record clearance
  • Criminal record clearance and health requirements that include physical exam, TB and immunizations
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Word, Outlook and other computer programs

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