Child Start

  • Early Childhood Specialist 0-5

    Job Locations US-KS-Wichita
    Job ID
    # of Openings
    Salary Range
    to USD $13.54/Hr.
    Hours Per Week
    Weeks Per Year
  • Overview

    Work with Mental Health/Disabilities Senior Manager to prepare and track disabilities and mental health referrals. Establish rapport with staff to assure appropriate screenings and services for children with disabilities and/or mental health issues are provided. Conducts classroom and/or home observations to provide recommendations to staff and families.  Provides direct support of children and families, as needed. Monitors classrooms for preschool, infants and toddler development; support the part C referral for infants and toddlers with parents and staff, and part B referrals for preschoolers.



    • Tracks initial concerns of children and ensures on-going follow-up using Child Plus.
    • Assists parents and staff to identify development concerns of children and give recommendations using a mentoring model
    • Supports parents and staff with completion of referral forms to appropriate LEA for possible evaluations and services.
    • Assists with mental health referrals for children as needed.
    • Monitors progress of disability and mental health referrals.
    • Attends monthly case review meetings at centers as assigned.
    • Reviews IFSP’s to mentor Family Educators and KEHS Specialists for implementation in home visits/child care settings.
    • Works cooperatively with the community mental health consultants to obtain mental health services for children.
    • Assists with providing services to children in the interim period while children are in the disabilities and/or mental health referral process.
    • Imparts recommendations to staff regarding requirements of children with mental health needs.
    • Works with individual children to implement IFSP, IEP or PIP recommendations.
    • Supports the development of behavior plans for children through observations and recommendations.
    • Serves as a mentor and support person for staff.
    • Works with Mental Health consultants to ensure implementation of social-emotional training.
    • Notifies staff of mental health resources in the community.


    Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Social Work or related degree.

    Two to three years experience in early childhood. Experience with children with disabilities and/or experience in a mental health setting, preferred.

    Ability to impart developmentally appropriate practice to others.

    Ability to handle confidential and some complex matters.

    The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 30 pounds for various classroom and event needs or put a child on a changing table.


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