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Quality Specialist  

Position Quality Specialist, Early Childhood Education  
Full-Time/Part-Time Full-Time  
Base Wage $21.63-$23.79 based on education and experience.  

SAL Community Services connects the community to services that ensure every child can succeed in school and life, and every adult has access to basic human needs like food, counseling, child care, and housing. We do this by listening, learning, and acting to help individuals and families navigate the barriers that prevent them from moving their life forward in a positive way.

The Quality Specialist position is a critical member of our Child Care Resource and Referral of Midwestern Illinois team, a program under SAL Family and Community Services. This role is relationship-based, specific, intensive consultation with child care practitioners including staff, directors and family child care practitioners. 


Essential Functions include but are not limited to: 


  • Identify quality improvement needs in the service delivery area.
  • Provide on-site community-based coaching, technical assistance and consultation based on the state designated assessments.
  • Assist child care practitioners with developing and implementing quality improvement plans.
  • Provide developmentally appropriate resources and guidance to practitioners.
  • Maintain documentation that supports work with practitioners per State contract.


We are looking for team members who:

  • Believe that early childhood education is the first step to a child’s successful future;
  • Have great attention to detail while working quickly and are great communicators;
  • 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 paid time off and paid holidays; health, dental, and vision benefits; 401(k) with employer contribution; and pet insurance. A full list of benefits is available on our website.



  • Required: Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in child development or early childhood education; OR A Bachelor’s degree in one of the following related fields with a minimum of 18 hours in early childhood coursework. A minimum of two (2) years paid experience working in a child care setting as a family child care provider, center-based administrator, center-based teacher or teacher assistant or Illinois Preschool for All teachers. Preferred: Illinois 04 Certification, Director Qualified (Illinois Department of Children & Family Services), Director Credential, and/or experience guiding a program through Accreditation or the Quality Rating Improvement System (Illinois).
  • Must obtain background clearances, and complete physical tasks such as sit, stand, lift 25 pounds, use fingers and hands to type, and communicate with individuals. Additional detail will be provided prior to an interview.
  • 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 Child Care Resource & Referral of Midwestern Illinois  
Exempt/Non-Exempt Non-Exempt  
Open Date 11/20/2023  

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