Agency: Anne Arundel County Community Action Agency (AACCAA)'s Early Head Start Program seeks a Child Development Specialist.

Position: Child Development Specialist

In accordance with the needs of the ages of the population served, the Child Development Specialist is responsible for the overall management, coordination and administration of the center’s early childhood development program. This includes overseeing all childcare staff, developing and implementing classroom plans that align with the center’s curriculum, and using screenings and assessment tools to track each child’s developmental progress.

This position is a full-time, 12-month position, supervised by the Early Head Start Program Director.

Interested applicants should send their resume and cover letter to

Job Responsibilities:

  • Oversee the health, safety, and well-being of all children
  • Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate program for infants and toddlers, including screenings, assessments, and
  • development of children's classroom plans
  • Demonstrate a sound knowledge of good teaching practices and of child growth and development.
  • Participates in all trainings and program staff meetings provided by Maryland Family Network or sponsoring agency
  • Provides parent support and information in their parenting role
  • Supervise all childcare staff

Reports to and works with the Program Director concerning the Child Development Program


General Qualifications:

  • Understand and be committed to the overall philosophy of Family Support
  • Maintain respect for the confidentiality of information divulged by or on behalf of participants
  • Possess the ability to relate to people of diverse educational, cultural, and economic backgrounds
  • Be willing and able to do aggressive outreach and recruitment
  • Model appropriate interaction with young children and parents
  • Have the ability to work independently and as a team member and leader
  • Be willing to submit to a criminal background investigation
  • Have current medical evaluation, including a tuberculosis screen within 6 months before the individual begins work in the Center

Supervisory Qualifications:

  • Have a thorough knowledge of growth and development for the first years of life from birth to 3 years and a demonstrated ability to evaluate child development personnel and volunteers
  • Ability to provide guidance and direction to staff in curriculum planning and implementation of children's activities.
  • Ability to make sound judgments related to interactions between staff, parents, and children and model team leadership skills on matters of child development

Education and Experience Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in child development, early childhood education or related field from an accredited institution, master’s preferred.

  • Must have experience working directly with young children from birth to 3 years with a minimum of one year of supervisory experience.