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CART Service Provider

Reports to: Regional Administrator
June 2010

Classification: Contracted

Job Summary:

As a member of the Childcare Alliance Resource Team (CART), partners with childcare providers, preschools, families, educators, and community resources to provide effective learning environments for all children.  Helps ensure success for all learners.  Provides intensive support for those working with children ages 0-5 with exceptionally challenging behavioral, emotional or mental health issues.  Assists in the implementation, development and assessment of behavior plans through consultation, coaching, modeling and use of performance measures.  Provides appropriate referrals to other educational and/or community-based services for more specialized services to meet individual needs.


  1. Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, child development, human services or related area.

  2. Advanced training or knowledge in behavior strategies.

  3. Prior experience working with young children or community programs.

Essential Functions:

  1. Supports school and community efforts to enhance the quality of early childhood settings and create positive learning environments for young children.

  2. Serves as liaison among childcare providers, preschools, families, AEA and community resources and collaborates with various teams to assure positive outcomes for all learners.

  3. Models, implements and assesses strategies related to learning, social, emotional and behavioral needs and monitors behavior intervention plans to enhance learning environments for young children.

  4. Identifies, implements and supports research-based behavioral approaches.

  5. Consults with childcare providers, preschool teachers and families to build capacity for best practices in behavior strategies and positive behavior intervention supports (PBIS) and provides on-site assistance for participating providers.

  6. Follows policies, procedures, standards and rules in accordance with national and state laws, the Iowa Dept of Education and GWAEA, which includes, but is not limited to, developing and maintaining proper and adequate records and documentation.

  7. Provides functional analysis of child behavior.

  8. Assists providers with development and implementation of improvement plans and progress monitoring through quality assessments. 

  9. Provides and/or links providers with professional development opportunities in the community.

  10. Provides information and support to families regarding young child’s development and appropriate activities and strategies.

Additional Responsibilities:

  1. Participates in projects, committees or activities to support the Agency’s mission, goals and priorities.

  2. Demonstrates self-discipline and initiative to produce high-quality, organized and dependable results.

  3. Conveys a positive and professional image to staff and public.

  4. Handles information in a confidential manner in accordance with established policies and legal requirements (FERPA, HIPAA, etc).

  5. Pursues professional growth opportunities and relationships to keep current with and influence educational directions.

  6. Performs such other duties as may be assigned.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

  1. Ability to communicate effectively and maintain effective working relationships.

  2. Ability to function effectively as a team member and work collaboratively with others and independently as appropriate.

  3. Ability and willingness to be flexible and respond to the changing needs of clients and the Agency.

  4. Ability to integrate and apply theory, research and expertise into appropriate practices for local contexts, in a service style that facilitates positive change and continuous improvement.

  5. Effective presentation and group facilitation skills.

  6. Ability to use data to make educationally sound decisions.

  7. Knowledge of applicable rules and laws that govern decisions.

  8. Ability to read and interpret documents, write reports and correspondence, and apply appropriate mathematical concepts.

  9. Ability to use and integrate technology appropriately in daily work which includes, but is not limited to, efficient operation of telephone and voice mail systems and application of basic computer skills to effectively use e-mail, internet and word processing.

  10. Knowledge of special needs and early childhood development.

  11. Knowledge of behavioral analysis in natural environments.

  12. Understanding of diverse parenting styles and family dynamics.

  13. Ability to adapt and exercise flexibility regarding internal and external client schedules, work environments, and family and cultural issues.

Physical Requirements:

  1. Ability to travel between schools/sites served.

  2. Normal, routine levels of activity related to bending, carrying, climbing, hearing, lifting, reaching, sitting, standing, vision and walking, and may also involve above-average levels of activity at times that can’t always be anticipated.