The Quality First Coach position provides coaching and mentoring to early childhood programs that are participating in the quality improvement process of Quality First.
Quality First Coaches are assigned a caseload of center-based and family child care programs throughout the state of Arizona and are required to meet monthly visit and other expectations in an effort to support quality improvement as determined by program assessment results and provider priorities.
1. Maintain professionalism in manner and in appearance as a representative of ASCC, Quality First, and First Things First in individual, group and community settings and trainings.
2. Know and practice the values of ASCC including Excellence, Relentless Pursuit of Challenge and Humility.
3. Be an active participant in Continuous Quality Improvement.
4. Implement policies and procedures as required for ASCC and the Quality First Program.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of early childhood evaluation, assessment and self-study processes, excellent knowledge of developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood care and education settings, and a thorough understanding of child development and family dynamics and management in early care and education settings.
6. Orient and enroll new participants.
7. Provide onsite coaching and training to participating programs at the intensity hours per month as required by First Things First using various coaching strategies to meet the needs of the program and attain the participant goals.
8. When necessary, complete and support participants through Expectations of Progress, Corrective Action Plans and Regulatory Status plans.
9. Maintain an established work schedule, keep appointments, and adapt schedule to meet unexpected needs and utilize time effectively. Use Outlook for scheduling as a means of communication with the team.
10. Provide technical assistance including but not limited to modeling, training, observation and feedback, practice a variety of other coaching strategies and develop and facilitate trainings and workshops to participating programs.
11. Complete all required paperwork in a timely manner and keep an up to date permanent file for all participants.
12. Collaborate with assigned Child Care Health Consultant, Inclusion Coach, Mental Health Consultant and other external support systems on a quarterly basis. Lead and facilitate planning of the quarterly Collaboration Meetings.
13. Write onsite reports and summary logs following onsite visits noting observations, discussions and recommendations using correct grammar and punctuation. Write monthly and / or quarterly reports as required. Submit all reports in a timely manner.
14. Assist programs in the development and implementation of a Quality Improvement Plans (Goals).
15. Assist programs with the creation of Incentive Orders to purchase materials that will support quality improvement efforts and that follow the Incentive Management Policy set forth by Quality First.
16. The ability to maintain objectivity. Includes the knowledge and ability to maintain confidentiality and high ethical standards.
17. Knowledge, understanding and ability to respect diversity represented in cultural and linguistic populations served by ASCC.
18. The ability to communicate professionally and effectively both verbally and in writing.
19. Participate in semi-monthly reflective supervision, through individual and small group meetings.
20. Participate with supervisor in shadow visit and feedback sessions for continuous professional development.
21. Co-create professional development plans with a supervisor for continuous professional growth.
22. Maintain current knowledge of the early childhood field and research.
23. Develop a cooperative working relationship between the child care staff of participating programs, Quality First funders, Quality First partners, and other agency staff working with Quality First.
24. The ability to work independently and as team member and the ability to work cooperatively with other staff members and the community.
25. Maintain eligibility for an Arizona Fingerprint Clearance Card throughout employment.
26. Ability to travel throughout the state, have a current and valid Arizona Driver’s License, current vehicle insurance, and have reliable transportation, by automobile, available at all times.
27. To meet the agency insurance requirements, a copy of your most recent 39-month Motor Vehicle Record is required to be submitted upon hire. No more than one (1) at-fault accident or two (2) moving violation tickets that are not listed under the “major ticket” category, as defined by the ASCC insurance company (list available upon request) may be on your 39-month driving record.
28. Knowledge and comfort in the use of computer technology, including but not limited to Microsoft Office and the Internet.
29. Attend all staff and agency meetings via remote connection or in person as required.
30. Physical Requirements:
31. Ability to climb and descend a flight of stairs.
32. Other duties as assigned by the Program Coordinator, Coaching Supervisor, Program Manager and Executive Director.
1. Minimum of a Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, child development or a closely related field and / or a minimum of 24 credits in Early Childhood Education.
2. Five years of related work experience as a teacher or primary care provider in an early care and education setting with infants, toddlers or preschoolers.
3. Register with the Arizona Early Childhood Workforce Registry and, at a minimum, meet Lattice Level criteria F3 for the position per funding requirements.
4. Excellent knowledge of the early childhood field, including center-based and family child care programs.
5. Excellent knowledge of the dynamics of child development, developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive practice, and child-centered approaches.
6. Excellent knowledge of adult learning principles to build sustainable learning with adults.
7. Thorough understanding of child development, family dynamics and management in early care and education settings.
8. Ability to prioritize multiple responsibilities and maintain excellent time management skills.
9. Excellent knowledge of early childhood assessment / evaluation tools including: ITERS, ECERS, FCCERS, CLASS and Points Scale assessment tools.
10. Previous experience in and / or knowledge of training, coaching or mentoring mechanisms.
11. Knowledge of community resources and how they impact early childhood programs.
12. Knowledge of the Arizona Early Learning Standards, Arizona Infant and Toddler Guidelines, ADHS and DES state licensing, certification, adult learning principles and accreditation standards.
13. The ability to work independently and as a team member.
14. Demonstrate passion and commitment to the agency’s mission in early childhood.
15. Ensure the professional appearance of the office environment is maintained.
16. Knowledge and skill in Microsoft Office, Outlook and comfort with technology.
The Association for Supportive Child Care (ASCC) was founded in 1976 as a private, non-profit corporation dedicated to shaping the future of AZ. Every program at ASCC meets a unique set of needs within the child care and early education field. The need for child care continues to be critical. Today, ASCC staff continue to improve the quality of care for Arizona children and families. We shape the communities, who shape the children, who shape our future.
At ASCC We:
• Provide training and education to individuals in the child care field
• Support quality child care through accreditation programs
• Offer support and training to those who care for the children of family and friends
• Encourage child care professionals to continue their education
• Assist family child care providers with state certification
• Assist refugee families settling in AZ with starting a child care business in their home