The Child Care Quality Improvement Specialist assists child and school age formal (licensed) and informal (family, friend and neighbor) care providers in providing higher quality care. Role includes: identifying providers, making and maintaining contact, establishing and implementing quality improvement processes, recruit providers to receive Colorado Child Care Assistance Program subsidy, etc. This position works closely with Promises for Children (PFC) staff and Weld County Department of Human Services (WCDHS) for ensuring that provider activities are of sufficient quality to qualify for Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP) through WCDHS.
Responsibilities Provider Quality Improvement Identify existing family, friend, and neighbor (FFN) and school age providers. Create/maintain a database of FFN and school age providers. Survey FFN and school age providers to determine interest in professional development. With WCDHS, Promises for Children (PFC) staff, and an existing task force of community stakeholders, develop quality improvement systems for FFN and school age providers. Introduce FFN and school age providers to the quality improvement process; recruit them to accept CCCAP through WCDHS (including tiered reimbursement). Research, including outreach to community partners, to identify existing FFN and school age provider professional development offerings. Coordinate child care provider trainings by arranging speakers, room scheduling, promotion, taking registrations, and creating certificates and evaluations. Create/maintain a database for quality improvement processes, procedures, and trainings. Manage quality improvement and certification processes for FFN and school age providers, including the offering of quality improvement trainings and coaching. Support annual Love to Learn Child Care Professional Development Series for FFN child care provider involvement. Create awareness of and promote to providers local and surrounding area professional development opportunities (i.e. EQIT, Mile High United Way conference for Spanish-only speaking providers, etc.). Develop and maintain relationships with local child care licensure staff. Identify providers interested in the licensure process, including referrals from WCDHS and other sources, and connect them to licensure resources. Participate in appropriate child care associations, Promises for Children Professional Development Committee, and applicable statewide meetings and events. Increase provider involvement in child care associations, including developing provider support and growth groups, with the aim of maintaining and developing their business practice and efficacy of product delivery. Submit reports on trainings, conferences, and meetings attended, as well as other activity for monthly accomplishments reports. Responsible for developing and managing program budget. Financial management and monthly reporting; insure expenditures do not exceed budget amounts and purposes specified in funder contracts, agreements, grants, or memorandums of understanding. Develop and maintain positive relationships with agencies, organizations, volunteers, funders, and community members throughout Weld County. Remain current with children’s issues in Weld County, Colorado, and nationwide. Increase knowledge of Early Childhood Education (ECE) theory and best practices.
United Way of Weld County General • Support and promote the mission, values, goals and objectives of UWWC, including representing UWWC in professional organizations and the community (as assigned). • Support fundraising efforts of UWWC and activities that support UWWC. • Support UWWC annual events, UWWC disaster response, and other activities as assigned. • Attend weekly staff meetings and in service opportunities. • Other duties as assigned. Skills/Qualifications/Experience Project management experience and ability to manage cross-functional teams and contractual relationships between contractors. Experience with creating data reports to analyze activities and identify areas of strength and opportunities for improvement (Salesforce, Sugar and Colorado Shines). Ability to multi-task and prioritize multiple deadlines. Ability to navigate and learn new information systems. Extremely well organized and ability to work with minimal supervision at high level of effort. Ability to manage budgets, analyze actuals, and project changes throughout the year. Working knowledge of the Microsoft Office suite with special emphasis on Excel and Word; additional software proficiency a plus. Knowledge and skills regarding the principles and components of high quality child care. Knowledge and skills of child care QI activities. Interest in innovative, creative and specialized early care and education programs. Ability to work in collaborative efforts to effectively engage multiple stakeholders. Ability to work effectively with groups and individuals that represent a variety of needs, abilities, socioeconomic backgrounds, educational and early childhood philosophies. Ability to understand and interpret financial reports and legal documents. Excellent verbal and written skills, including the ability to write reports. Ability to present information to a variety of audiences including child care providers, public groups, executive management, and/or board of directors. Effective problem solving and customer service skills, including demonstrated skills in successful conflict resolution. Willingness to work collaboratively with other employees and supervisors.
Position Status Full-time salary non-exempt – EOE – Background check required Salary Range: $33,000-$38,000 annually depending on experience