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Child Care Center Director

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Easterseals Apache Junction , AZ 85218

Posted 1 week ago


Provides leadership to the Superstition Mountain Early Learning Center in Apache Junction, which also functions as a Learning Lab for Central Arizona College students. Assists in developing procedures and policies to ensure consistently high quality early care and education programming. Administers projects, programs and budgets. Supervises the day-to-day running of the Center in accordance with the philosophy, goals, and mission statements outlined in the Parent Handbook and the Policy and Procedures Manual of Easterseals Blake Foundation as well as standards required by NAEYC Accreditation. Is responsible for recruiting, hiring, and assisting staff in succeeding in their work. Involves families in all possible ways in support of the Early Learning Centers. Seeks to develop collaborative community relationships.


  • Ensures that all aspects of program are in compliance with requirements and/or standards of the Office of Child Care Licensure, NAEYC accreditation and Quality First.

  • Prepares policy & procedure statements and manuals

  • Coordinates with Central Arizona College administrators to place student workers at the center, as well as coordinate student observation opportunities, etc.

  • Ensures that adequate quality assurance systems are in place and utilized

  • Monitors that all reporting requirements and deadlines for related programs are met including: FTF, NAEYC, DHS licensure, EBF, private donors, etc.

  • Recruits children and maintains enrollment through effective marketing strategies

  • Confers with any parent who expresses a complaint, concern or idea for improving the program

  • Administers appropriate medications at the request of parents and with proper medical documentation

  • Conducts monthly meetings for all staff, providing ongoing in-service training as required by Office of Child Care Licensure

  • Holds monthly Parent Meetings open to all parents and families

  • Conducts ongoing communication to engage families including monthly Newsletter

  • Monitors all financial matters including budgets, billing, grants and other sources of revenue

  • Writes quarterly reports for grant expenditures

  • Maintains current personnel files and current childrens files in accordance with requirements of The Office of Child Care Licensure and NAEYC

  • Coordinates the purchase and maintenance of supplies and equipment

  • Develops a staffing plan that reflects low teacher-to-child ratios as required by NAEYC

  • Ensures compliance with federal state and local laws and regulations covering equal opportunity employment, minimum wage, and benefits

  • Supervises the teaching staff in administering the day-to-day operation of each classroom

  • Provides regular reflective supervision to all teaching staff to support their work

  • Acts, along with consultants, as a resource person for teaching staff

  • Provides opportunities for staff development and sponsors staff in attending workshops

  • Assists teachers with formal parent-teacher conferences

  • Meets with and evaluates all staff members annually and develops annual professional development plans

  • Meets with all staff members at the end of their probationary period to appraise progress and plan next steps

  • Encourages and sponsors staff in obtaining higher education and job-related skills

  • Facilitates team work and seeks to develop a collaborative community of families, staff and community resources and agencies that will allow for continuing program improvements and positive outcomes for all


  • Proven knowledge of child development and high quality early care and education

  • Demonstrated ability to administer a program and budget of comparable scope and complexity

  • Demonstrated professional skills in the area of curriculum planning, in-service training, program goal setting, lesson planning and assessment procedures for evaluating the progress of individual children

  • Knowledge of and experience with:

  • ASQ (Ages and Stages Questionnaire)

  • Teaching Strategies Gold

  • NAEYC Accreditation

  • Office of Child Care Licensure Revised Requirements

  • ECERS, ITERS and CLASS assessment tools

  • Arizona Early Learning Standards

  • Quality First


  • Demonstrated ability to develop new and imaginative programs within the field of early childhood

  • Sensitive to individual and group needs of children

  • Ability to effectively communicate with parents

  • Ability to create a Center-Based Community of children, parents, and staff

  • Proven leadership skills

  • Commitment to maintain strict confidentiality regarding all children and families

  • Ability to read, write and speak English


  • Must be 21 years of age or older

  • Minimum of a Bachelors Degree from an accredited college or university in the area of early childhood education, child development, or closely related field (including at least 9 semester credits of specialized college-level course work in administration, leadership and management and at least 24 semester credits of specialized college-level course work in early childhood)

  • Proven success as an early care and education teacher in a high quality program

  • Minimum of 3 years of experience as a program administrator

  • Preference will be given to applicants with proven experience operating a high quality early childhood program including program planning and curriculum development

  • Must submit a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card on hire OR pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment and submit the Fingerprint Clearance Card after hire

  • Must pass a physical exam and have a TB skin test prior to beginning employment

Consideration may be given to applicants able to meet alternative pathways to achieve NAEYC required educational qualifications for Program Administrators.

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