Virginia Quality (VQ) is the state's Quality Rating and Improvement System (QRIS). QRIS is a method used nationally to define, measure, and improve the level of quality in early childhood programs. ACPS serves as a Local Coordinator for the City of Alexandria and is a part of the VQ Northern region. The VQ Mental Health Specialist will increase caregivers/teachers/directors use of strategies and practices to promote the social emotional development of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children.
This is a grant-funded position.Qualifications: Education:
Bachelor's degree in early childhood education, early intervention, educational psychology, developmental psychology, or a related field. Master's degree highly preferred. Experience:
Experience working in early childhood or a related field for five or more years. Experience working with adults (e.g. training, mentoring, or leading caregivers/teachers) Licensure:
Currently holds a Virginia Infant Mental Health Endorsement
Have transportation and be able to travel throughout the Alexandria region.Essential Functions:
- Provide training sessions on social emotional topics, ASQ:SE-2, Parents Interacting with Infants, and other approved training topics to child care providers and families of infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.
- Provide coaching on identifying, managing, and screening social emotional problems.
- Assess quality of social emotional environments and identify strengths and areas for improvement.
- Work collaboratively with the program director, caregivers to develop a written Quality Improvement Plan (QIP).
- Provide on-site coaching; training; mentoring; modeling; problem-solving; and materials and resources to reach goals and outcomes specified in written plans.
- Provide ACPS with written reports outlining the results of assistance of the assigned programs(s) or class(es).
- Attend regional meetings and local meetings.
- Criminal Justice Fingerprint/Background Clearance
- Tuberculosis Skin Test