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Early Childhood Navigator

General Description of Position:

Early Childhood Navigator will act as the main liaison for family child care providers in Summit County. The EC Navigator will connect family child care providers with quality improvement supports that are offered within the area to set and support their continuous quality improvement goals. This position will also provide information about connections to other existing supports such as professional development, shared services, and benefit opportunities.


The EC Navigator will track and report real-time availability and affordability of child care in the community. This will be done by connecting with all community providers to track enrollment data, including but not limited to enrollment count, age of children served and available openings. The EC Navigator will connect families to ECO’s Child Care Marketplace as appropriate.


Early Childhood Navigator Duties:

• Participating in cross-training in coaching approaches to technical assistance and support with other local consultative roles.

• Providing technical assistance to new family child care home providers as they move through the licensing process in their community.

• Providing technical assistance to existing family child care home providers in completing applications for grants and other opportunities.

• Developing and sharing information with family child care home providers around legislative changes impacting their operations. • Connecting family child care providers with quality improvement navigators and coaches to ensure family child care providers understand the Colorado Shines Quality Rating and Improvement System.

• Assisting new and existing family child care providers to understand the Colorado Child Care Assistance Program (CCCAP).

• Helping new and existing family child care providers access important program benefits and consultative supports.

• Recruiting new family child care home providers in their communities.

• Becoming trained as health insurance navigators to ensure that family child care homes and small child care centers that do not offer health care benefits know how to enroll individuals in the Connect for Health Colorado Exchange.

• Participate in ongoing technical assistance and training opportunities, including around equity, diversity and inclusion, and a community of practice with other family child care home navigators, led by the Colorado Community of Practice.

• Develop a variety of methods for their local child care providers to report open child care slots.

• Utilize of multiple database platforms including but not limited to, Colorado Shines Salesforce, UniteUs, OneDegree, and LegUp.


Desired Qualifications:

• A minimum of an associate degree, BA or a BS preferred, from an accredited university or college in early childhood education, child development or related degree.

• A minimum of 2 years working with young children.

• Bilingual preferred.

• Knowledge and education regarding Developmentally Appropriate Practice.

• Familiarity with Head Start Program Performance Standards, state child care licensing standards and regulations, and Colorado’s Quality Rating Improvement System (Colorado Shines).

• Demonstrated knowledge of and experience in developing successful collaborations.

• Strong interpersonal organizational skills.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate clearly, both orally and in writing to various audiences.

• Demonstrated ability to communicate using technology, develop reports and track data.

• Successfully pass required background checks.

• Ability to travel to appointments, meetings, and training sessions which may require an overnight stay.


Salary and Benefits: This is a full-time, year-round exempt position. Salary range between $19-24/hour, dependent on education and experience. Benefits include health, dental, vision, wellness, and PTO.


How to Apply: Qualified candidates should submit a letter of interest outlining relevant experience and a resume to catherine@earlychildhoodoptions.org. Please include “Early Childhood Navigator" in the subject line. Candidates invited for an interview will be required to provide three (3) references, including one current professional reference. Applications will only be accepted via email. All permanent employment is dependent on the results of background checks.


*ECO follows all Public Health guidelines to protect staff and others during the COVID-19 pandemic. All persons accepting a position within Early Childhood Options will be required to provide valid proof of COVID-19 vaccination or qualify for medical or religious exemption. Early Childhood Options is an equal opportunity employer, hiring and promoting staff, recruiting volunteers, and providing services to individuals without regard to race, creed, ethnicity, gender, gender expression, sexual orientation, marital status, military status, national origin, age, weight, height or physical ability.


For more information about Early Childhood Options, visit www.earlychildhoodoptions.org