VTAEYC is seeking 6 full-time Early Childhood Education Program Quality Support Specialists (QSS) for the newly created Vermont System for Program Access to Resources for Quality Supports (SPARQS) Program. These positions offer an exciting opportunity for experienced and passionate mentors and coaches to implement valuable new support for Vermont’s early childhood educators.
Reporting to the Associate Director for ECE Program Quality, you’ll provide consultation, coaching, mentoring, and technical assistance in continuous quality improvement to regulated early childhood and afterschool programs and Vermont Early Childhood Networks. Individuals in this role will be specialists in:
- Family Child Care
- Preschool including Universal Prekindergarten
- Infants and Toddlers
- Inclusion and Specialized Child Care
- Family Engagement
- Pedagogical Leadership
While primarily providing phone, virtual, and in-person coaching, technical assistance, and mentoring for all the different types of regulated programs in one assigned region, QSS staff will together serve the entire state, supporting each other in their various areas of expertise.
In March of 2022, the Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children Board of Directors adopted a Commitment on Justice, Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging:
The Vermont Association for the Education of Young Children (VTAEYC) commits to advancing Justice, Equity, Inclusion, Diversity and Belonging in all of our work and the early childhood education system overall. In addition, the board and staff developed goals and have been actively working on 1. increasing diversity on the board and staff to recruit from underrepresented communities, and to structure inclusive practices in hiring. As an organization, we affirm the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) position statement on Advancing Equity in Early Childhood Education: “All children have the right to equitable learning opportunities that help them achieve their full potential as engaged learners and valued members of society. Thus, all early childhood educators have a professional obligation to advance equity. VTAEYC commits to:
- Recognize and honor differences
- Continually educate ourselves on the impact of racism and bias on children, families, and educators and actions to address it
- Embed anti-bias education principles into our work and the early childhood system overall
- Actively work to remove barriers to fair and equitable access to education and employment
Our organization plans professional development for Vermont's early childhood educators and over many years we have increased the diversity of our speakers and include anti-bias education. In addition, we actively engage and advocate for policies that align with our JEDIB commitment and we continue to encourage elevating the voices and participation and opportunities to increase diversity of representation in policy analysis and impact for early childhood educators, the children they serve and their families.