YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

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Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist

Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist

Job ID 
Garfield Children Services
Posted Date 
7 N Homan Ave
# Positions 
Early Learning/Child Care
Hours per Week 
Variable Schedule 
Monday - Friday
9:00 am - 6:00 pm

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Responsibilities & Requirements

Be a part of our mission.


The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. We rely on the expertise, passion, commitment and energy of our teachers and other team members to help us achieve our mission one child, one family, and one team member at a time.  


Our early learning programs create a child-centered environment that promotes learning, character development, healthy living and positive, nurturing relationships. With a commitment to meeting accreditation standards and extensive training and development in research-based practices, you’ll also learn and grow and positively impact our children, families and communities.


Job Summary:


The Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist provides direct support to 3 -5 year old classroom staff in effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning, assessment, evaluation and related research.  Develops and provides related training, conducts classroom observations, monitors implementation and fidelity of curriculum, assessment and delivery of high quality educational planning and programming,  and provides coaching/mentoring and feedback and for teachers to improve teacher-child interactions and child outcomes toward school readiness. The Early Childhood Coach supports advancement of the vision, mission and values of the YMCA;  and adheres to city and state regulations and all contractual obligations.


Scope and Responsibilities:


  • Provides leadership and support to Head Start Teachers in the area of Early Childhood Education and curriculum implementation.
  • Promote best practices in early childhood development based on Head Start Performance Standards, Creative Curriculum, NAEYC and city and other prescribed curricula used at the YMCA.
  • Develops a rapport with Site Manager and classroom staff.
  • Provide strategies which connect curriculum, instruction, assessment and professional development to improve teaching and child outcome.
  • Creates schedule and conducts regular site on-site visitations:  model coach and/or demonstrate as needed and provide feedback to teachers and other classroom staff.
  • Monitors and assists staff with interpretation and implementation of the curriculum and documents individual and classroom team provisions and progressions in the area of Early Childhood Education and School Readiness.
  • Develop and execute individualized coaching strategies for teaching staff.
  • Facilitate a process to help staff develop individual plans to improve their environments, teaching practices to support young children’s growth and development, and overall program quality.
  • Extend guidance to teachers on how to establish a nurturing, supportive, and positive classroom climate that encourages responsibility, using positive motivation, clear classroom routines, challenging instructional strategies, and effective classroom management techniques.
  • Reviews child assessments and guides staff in integrating results into ongoing program and individualized curriculum for increasing child outcomes, setting improvement goals, and monitoring and evaluating results.
  • In collaboration with ECE Operations Director, compiles and completes comprehensive analysis report.
  • Designs and implements staff training to address continuous improvement in curriculum, instruction and child readiness outcomes based on observations and data collected from classrooms, current research and to ensure comprehensive programming.
  • Ensures professional development opportunities for staff are developed based on observations of classrooms, staff surveys and assessment data.
  • Participate in interviews and selection of classroom teaching staff and provides input and recommendations on staff performance to Site Manager for corrective action purposes.
  • Delivers initial training to new personnel and ongoing training and technical assistance to identified staff regarding program philosophy, policies, procedures and other topics as requested to ensure the uniform delivery of quality; and other support systems including annual Head Start Self-Assessment, All Staff Training, and Management Plan, to address identified needs and services.
  • Support teachers in improvement on CLASS dimensions and curriculum objectives for development and learning.
  • Regularly review lesson plans for appropriateness and staffs entry of child observations for timeliness, quality and quantity; and to ensure documentation is sufficiently supported to meet the close of each checkpoint.
  • Monitor accurate completion of Screening, Assessment, Home Visits and Parent/Teacher Conferences, within timeframes and for compliance.
  • Provide guidance and support to teachers in meeting and completing requirements for children’s referrals and transition into kindergarten.
  • Participates in curriculum and program development, and provides guidance in the selection of materials and equipment to support instruction and children’s learning.
  • Meets regularly with immediate supervisor, completes work activities and reports, and attends all meeting and training sessions as requested.  
  • Continues to grow professionally through collaboration and professional growth experiences.
  • Immediately notifies appropriate personnel of evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide or individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol or controlled substances.
  • Follow all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children.
  • Complete all child abuse prevention training as required.
  • Accept special assignments and perform other duties as assigned for the purpose of ensuring efficient and effective functioning of the work unit.
  • Follow all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children.
  • Report any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor.
  • Complete all child abuse prevention training as required.
  • Other duties as assigned.



  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood education or related field.
  • Ability and willingness to travel to YMCA child care sites located in high-risk low income communities.
  • Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of early childhood education, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning and assessment.
  • Knowledge of and ability to read, understand, interpret and implement Head Start Standards, State and local child care licensing requirements and the YMCA philosophy.
  • Communicate and respond accurately, clearly and professionally in written and verbal forms and in a manner that consistently demonstrates respect and concern;
  • Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with children, staff, administration, parents, and the community.
  • Ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
  • Demonstrate ability to use electronic equipment for data management, information retrieval, visual and audio presentations and telecommunications.
  • Intermediate knowledge of computer applications, including word and excel and the ability to learn and master other computer technology/software programs as needed.
  • Must have excellent command of English language and grammar, both verbal and written.
  • Must be able to remain abreast of developments in the child development field to enhance professional growth and development.
  • Must have experience with office equipment and able to manually operate and use a computer.
  • Bilingual is Spanish strongly preferred