- Child Care Facility Specialist I
- What will I be doing?
- Do I qualify?
- Can I be successful?
- How do I apply?
This is entry-level professional work for the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services in evaluating child care homes and centers, and assisting in the development of child care staff and facilities through consultative services and training.
Receives planned orientation and training; participates in on-going staff development activities in order to become acquainted with state laws, rules, and associated procedures pertaining to the regulation of child care homes and centers; with prospective providers, concerned members of the community, and public officials.
Performs limited work with owners, administrators, boards, and staff of child care facilities for infants, pre-school, and school age children in an assigned geographic area to ensure conformity with child care regulation requirements.
Assists in consultations with licensing applicants on requirements of licensure.
Assists in processing applications for initial issuance or renewal of child care licensure for homes and centers.
Assists in the professional development and improvement of the technical competence of owners and staff of child care homes and centers.
Assists in investigations and evaluations of child care physical plants, planned activities, developmentally appropriate curriculum, credentials of staff, and health of staff and children, for conformance to licensing rules and assists in making recommendations for issuance or reissuance of license.
Assists in consultations with owners and staff of child care homes and centers to improve technical competence, provide educational materials, and resolve non-compliance issues.
Observes child abuse and neglect co-investigations of child care facilities; prepares reports of findings regarding rule violations and makes recommendations.
Prepares and maintains required records pertaining to child care licensing activities and prepares reports as required.
Assists in investigations of operational unlicensed child care facilities to bring them into compliance with licensing standards and/or makes referrals to legal section for necessary action.
Assists in investigations of complaints and allegations from parents or other concerned citizens concerning possible violations of laws and rules governing licensure of child care facilities.
Provides consultation on problems related to child development, behavior, and health services.
Participates in working cooperatively with community officials in developing local child care ordinances or related matters.
Travels extensively in the performance of assigned duties.
Attends meetings and seminars relative to child care regulation problems and issues.
Receives close supervision from child care supervisory staff.
Performs other related work as assigned.
(The following minimum qualifications will determine merit system eligibility. Allowable experience and education substitutions are provided in italics below the corresponding minimum qualification statement; no other substitutions will be permitted. These minimum qualifications may also be used to evaluate applicants for Missouri Uniform Classification and Pay System positions not requiring selection from merit registers.)
A Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university with a minimum of 15 earned credit hours in one or a combination of the following: Elementary or Early Childhood Education, Sociology, Psychology, Child Development, Social Work, Nursing, or a closely related field.
(Professional experience in the licensing of child care facilities, elementary or early childhood education, social services for children, (e.g., child abuse and neglect complaint investigations, foster child care, resource/referral, etc.), child health services, or experience in the provision of child care in a licensed child care home or a licensed or regulated child care facility may substitute on a year-for-year basis for the required education.)
Please note that documentation that supports your eligibility (i.e. transcripts, employment records, etc.) may be required at any time during the application and hiring process. If you do not possess the minimum qualifications, please consider one of many other employment opportunities with the State of Missouri.
Do you possess the key skills which are considered essential for successful employment in this classification?
Introductory knowledge of statutes, rules, policies, and procedures gov erning the regulations of all types of child care facilities.
Introductory knowledge of the organization, operation, and general administration of child care facilities.
Introductory knowledge of the principles, policies, and objectives of child care programs.
Introductory knowledge of community resources and organizations as related to the child care program.
Introductory knowledge of the socio-economics involved in opening and operating a child care facility.
Introductory knowledge of local gov ernment processes and ordinances relating to child care programs and licensing.
Introductory knowledge of infant care, child psychology, and early childhood behavior, growth, and development.
Introductory knowledge of interviewing methods and techniques related to conducting interviews and environmental investigations of child care staff and facilities.
Introductory knowledge of educational methods and developmentally appropriate practices necessary to enhance the emotional, social, and intellectual growth of young children.
Introductory knowledge of public relations techniques as employed in community information and education programs concerning child care programs and the licensing of facilities.
Introductory knowledge of child abuse and neglect, and the assessment and documentation as it applies to child care rules.
Ability to use conflict resolution techniques with a variety of circumstances and individuals.
Ability to accurately interpret child care rules, policies, and procedures.
Ability to communicate effectively.
Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with employees, child care operators, other agencies, and the public.
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