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Early Childhood Specialist

Department: Child Care Partnership
Location: Eau Claire, WI
Shift: Days
Starting Wage: $19.78

Job Description:

Western Dairyland’s Child Care Partnership program is hiring an Early Childhood Specialist. The Early Childhood Specialist is responsible for supporting the early childhood workforce through coaching & consulting to implement quality improvement initiatives to raise the quality of care using researched tools. The Specialist will also provide support and pre-licensing services for potential family child care and group child care centers and focus on recruitment & outreach to potential and/or new child care programs.


This position requires a bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field.  A combination of credit-based education and experience equivalent to a Registry Level 13 would be considered.  Preference will be given to bilingual staff who:

  • Have a Registry Level 13 or higher and qualify to train registered tier 1, 2, and 3 training according to The Registry
  • Have three or more years of experience in the early childhood fields

 This is a full-time position. Western Dairyland is committed to employee wellness and work-life balance. We have implemented a four-day 36-hour workweek and paying our full-time employees for 40 hours! 


Starting wage is $19.78/hour negotiable based on experience. 


Primary duties include:

Coaching, Consulting, and Training for Child Care Programs:

  • Collaborate with statewide stakeholders including WECA, parents, caregivers, regulators, Head Start, CESA, school districts, Wisconsin Technical Colleges and Universities, and other agencies
  • Use Environment Rating Scales (ERS), Pyramid Model, Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards (WMELS), and other evidenced-based tools to assess centers, raise quality and identify training gaps
  • Deliver technical assistance (TA) services professionally. The TA is based on the appropriate Environment Rating Scale (ERS) according to the children's ages and the setting.

Reporting and Case Management:

  • Develop and implement workflow, timeline, and evaluation into your reporting strategies
  • Produce reports as specified for grants and updated requests from DCF
  • Communicate regularly and effectively with group and family center professionals


  • Ensures compliance with the stated requirements with applicable funding sources and contractual agreements
  • Responds to information requests from providers in a timely manner
  • Provides onsite technical assistance for potential family or group child care providers in their homes or wherever an intended child care center is to be located.

Recruitment and Outreach:

  • Provides technical assistance to providers regarding child care business practices, strategies for building relationships with families, health and safety, child development, and other issues both in person and via telephone and email to providers and families
  • Conducts recruitment meetings/events for potential childcare providers
  • As assigned, contributes information or resources related to early care and education for distribution by email and/or through social media


Required Skills

  • Possess a strong sense of customer service
  • Ability to make informed & immediate decisions or who to contact for support
  • Possess excellent listening skills
  • Be accurate and detail-oriented
  • Possess strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Demonstrate competent skills as it relates to case management entry
  • Maintain a high level of confidentiality 
  • Function well in an office, vehicle, or business environment during any given workweek


The application will remain open until filled. To apply for this position:


Western Dairyland Child Care Partnership is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.


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