Early Childhood Education Specialist, Infant and/or Toddler


Posting Number: 0001641


Location: Contra Costa College


Salary: $4,848 – $5,907/month (Please see special instructions for salary placement)


Position Definition:


To plan, implement, and supervise a developmental curriculum for preschool children in the Early Childhood Education Laboratories; to provide learning opportunities and mentoring to Early Childhood Education students; and to discuss activities and development of children with their parents.


Distinguishing Characteristics:




Examples of Duties/Essential Functions:


Duties may include, but are not limited to, the following:

Provides learning opportunities and activities to children in a developmental children’s center/laboratory/school in such areas as art, music, language and literacy, math and science, outside activity and concept development.

Designs and coordinates lesson plans to include activities for the enhancement of the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual growth and development of children; integrates early childhood education coursework for the benefit of students.

Designs a curriculum that provides sequential materials and procedures for both student teachers and children; works with parents and/or students in preparing the daily activities before the arrival of the children.

Communicates with parents regarding behavior and activities of children, in conferences, workshops, or other forums for discussion; assesses and evaluates the developmental progress of children.

Assists early childhood education students in acquiring and developing skills and knowledge used in teaching and planning a curriculum.

Plans and assists in the preparation of snacks for children and performs clean-up duties.

Maintains and updates records, assessments, and reports.

Maintains a safe and healthy environment for children within the school setting.

Assists in identifying and ordering necessary supplies, materials, and equipment.

Provides day-to-day direction and feedback to Early Childhood Education staff and student assistants, using the laboratory as a training facility.

Assists instructors in maintaining and coordinating center programs and activities.

Performs related duties as assigned.


Minimum Qualifications:





Four (4) years of responsible work experience planning and implementing programs for preschool children.


Possession of a Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university, with a major in early childhood education or child development, with a minimum of twenty four (24) units in early childhood education (which includes the completion of six units (6) in an area of specialization and two (2) units in adult supervision), or the equivalent.

Possession of, or ability to obtain, current infant/child CPR and first aid certificates.

Fingerprint clearance for all appropriate agencies including FBI, Department of Justice, and Child Abuse Index Services.

Tuberculosis clearance form.


Knowledge Of:


Knowledge of:

Early childhood development and child psychology theories and practices.

Concepts of integrated curriculum development and implementation.

Physical, social, emotional, and intellectual needs of children and methods to identify problems and relative progress.

Health, safety and nutrition practices.

Principles and practices of effective lesson planning and designing, and observation and assessment of young children.

Culturally sensitive communication and support.

Current California State Licensing requirements

Early childhood education professional ethics; mandated child abuse reporting guidelines.

Resource and referral agencies.


Skill To:




Ability To:


Skill/Ability to:

Design and implement a model preschool program.

Communicate and assist adults in a classroom setting while overseeing activities of children.

Provide a stimulating environment for children and adults which is conducive to learning.

Assess and evaluate the developmental progress of children.

Understand and carry out both oral and written directions.

Identify needs of children and impart these to parents in an effective manner.

Communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.

Establish and maintain cooperative work relationships with those contacted in the performance of required duties.

Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff, and with all individuals encountered in the performance of required duties.


Desirable Qualifications:


· Work experience mentoring student teachers or staff in a college or university laboratory early childhood education environment (or equivalent setting).· Ability to communicate and implement current early childhood education theory and practice.· Demonstrate understanding of, sensitivity to, and respect for the diverse academic, socio-economic, race, ethnicity, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, mental or physical disability, and religious background of all students, faculty and staff, and with all individuals encountered in the performance of required duties.· Experience in parent-school relations and partnerships.· Demonstrated ability to work effectively in a team environment.· Supervised field experience in a college or university early childhood environment.· Infant/Toddler coursework.


Teacher level or higher CA ECE Permit


Special Instructions:


Note: New employees will be placed at the first step which is $4,848 per month, second step $5,093 per month or third step at $5,351 per month (depending upon experience). Based on current salary placement guidelines, all step increases for which an employee becomes eligible shall take place on July 1st of each fiscal year. These increases will occur, on annual basis, until the maximum step of $5,907 per month is reached on the salary schedule.


The Early Childhood Education Specialist at Contra Costa College serves as the Lead Lab School Teacher/Mentor for the Early Learning Center. This position is in the infant and/ or toddler classroom; therefore, the applicant is required to have at least 3 units in Infant and Toddler Development or Curriculum


Early Childhood Education Specialist, Infant and/or Toddler


The student population of Contra Costa College (CCC) reflects its surrounding diverse communities. CCC is a proud Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI) and serves predominately historically disadvantaged and under-represented student groups including African American, Asian/Pacific Islander, and Latinx students. CCC is situated in a socioeconomically diverse, resilient and culturally vibrant community. We seek candidates who operate with a growth mindset, a student-centered approach, and an unflinching commitment to equity, especially concerning the elimination of barriers to college access, success, and completion. The ideal candidate will be eager to help construct and maintain a culture of continuous improvement.

A complete application will include the following:


1. A cover letter of 300 words or less, explaining why you are the ideal candidate for the students and the Early Childhood Education Department at Contra Costa College.


2. Online application


3. Answers to the 3 supplemental questions


5. Curriculum Vitae or resume


6. Unofficial transcripts


Job Close Date: 9/26/2022


Open Until Filled: No


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