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Curriculum/Assessment Specialist 

Position Prevention Initiative (PI) Supervisor  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Base Wage $19.68 - $21.63 hr based on education and experience  

SAL Community Services (SAL), home to Skip-a-Long Childhood Centers, is the Quad Cities area’s leading provider of early childhood care and education and now includes the Prevention Initiative (PI) program. We provide a safe, secure and supportive environment centered on how playing can charge the mind of the children we care for.

SAL is seeking a Curriculum/Assessment Specialist to oversee the education and early childhood development services of the Prevention Initiative (PI) and ensure compliance with applicable federal, state and local rules, regulations and contractual requirements. This position provides education resources to teachers/providers and trains, coaches and mentors staff to assure implementing of developmental and cultural best practices centered in nurturing and responsive care in the field of early childhood education.

Job Responsibilities include:

  • Oversee the professional development plans of the education staff and the contracted partners and providers.
  • Assume management responsibility for the child development and educational program aspects in the Prevention Initiative program, including school readiness, child outcomes and full implementation of the selected curriculum.
  • Develop or update the integrated education and early childhood development plan, policies and procedures for PI in consultation with the PI Director and the Illinois State Board of Education.
  • Review and evaluate child development plans and activities to assure services provided are culturally, linguistically, and developmentally appropriate and inclusive of individual levels of ability, interests and developmental rates.
  • Make regular observations of centers, classrooms and Home Child Care Network homes, to ensure environments both indoors and out are clean, healthy, well-organized and have sufficient developmentally and culturally appropriate materials and planned activities to support progress towards the program goals and objectives.
  • Implement a process of on-going monitoring to ensure developmental screens, ongoing assessment, individualization and lesson planning occurs in accordance with the program’s policies, procedures and timeliness.
  • Establish communication between EHS staff and their counterparts in other child care settings and in the Head Start and other preschool programs including, teachers, social workers and health staff to facilitate smooth, successful transitions and ensure PI children and their families are prepared for school succes.
  • Provide one-on-one training/modeling/assisting on a variety of topics as specifically needed by the HCCN providers and/or child care site teachers.
  • Perform follow-up trainings through demonstration (modeling) with children and/or observing the HCCN providers and/or child care site teachers with children and making suggestions as needed.
  • Complete the Environmental Assessment for each of the HCCN providers and/or child care site teachers, complete summary of finding, and set action plans on an annual basis with assessments submitted to the PI Director for review.
  • Train the HCCN providers and/or child care site teachers on the implementation of the selected curriculum, screening tools, child assessments, individualization, and teaching practices.
  • Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings to plan for and deliver collaborative services across all components.
  • Maintain accurate written records for site/HCCN observations, completed checklists, summary of monitoring visit forms, referrals, follow up visits, and other required forms.
  • Supervise the Family Specialist and the Mental Health Specialist.

We are looking for team members who:

  • Share a love for children and a passion for helping them learn, grow, and thrive;
  • Enjoy following a routine, and welcome the in-the-moment changes that come with each day in childcare;
  • Believe that early childhood education is the first step to a child’s successful future;
  • Are passionate about building a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment for all, and,
  • Are professional, kind, and don’t take themselves too seriously!

Salary, benefits and perks

In addition to the compensation listed above, our entire compensation package includes a comprehensive benefits package including paid time off and paid holidays; health, dental, and vision benefits; 401(k) with employer contribution; pet insurance; and tuition and education reimbursement. A full list of benefits is available on our website.


  • Bachelor's Degree in ECE, Elementary Education, or related field plus a minimum of one year related experience is  required
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Must be able to complete physical tasks such as sit, stand, lift 10 pounds
  • Must pass required background clearances. Requests for reasonable accommodation as required under applicable law will be considered
About the Organization Mission

SAL Community Services (SALCS) strengthens children, families, and individuals to build and enhance thriving communities.

About Us

SALCS operates Skip-a-Long Child Development Services - early care and education centers in Iowa and Illinois, The Home Child Care Network - a network of licensed and license-exempt home child care providers in both the Quad Cities and Peoria areas, Open Door - a crisis assistance program funded by IDHS to help individuals and families in crisis navigate local social services, SAL Child Care Connection - the child care resource and referral program in Peoria, IL, the Child Care Resource and Referral of Midwestern Illinois that serves the Illinois Quad Cities and surrounding counties, and Early Head Start Child Care Partnerships that serve Rock Island, Henry, and Mercer Counties in Illinois. SALCS is at the forefront of public policy and issues regarding early care and education and individual and family social services, and is dedicated to making sure all families have what they need to be successful, regardless of financial means.

EOE Statement SAL Community Services is an equal opportunity employer and believes in equal opportunity for all employees and applicants. Accordingly, all employment decisions are based on the principles of equal opportunity. These decisions include recruitment, selection, promotion, transfer, discipline, compensation, benefits, training and other personnel actions involving persons in all job titles and shall occur without regard to actual or perceived race, creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), color, religion (or for requesting an accommodation for a religious belief), sex, age, ancestry, national origin, genetic information (as defined in Title II of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act of 2008 (GINA)), military status or discharge status, veteran status, qualified disabled veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or gender expression, transgenderism, marital status, citizenship status, familial status, physical or mental disability (or for requesting an accommodation for a disability), association with a disabled person(s), medical condition (including HIV or AIDS status, cancer related or genetic characteristics) arrest record (unless doing so violates contractual, funding, or licensing requirements), order of protection status, pregnancy (including conditions related to childbirth or breast feeding), homelessness or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law.  
Location Prevention Initiative (PI)  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 3/27/2023  

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