In the Office of Early Childhood this class is accountable for independently performing a full range of technical duties involved in the licensing and regulation of child care programs and providers.
Works under the general supervision of the Child Care Licensing Supervisor or other employee of higher grade.
May lead lower level employees as assigned.
EXAMPLES OF DUTIES
Conducts on-site regulatory inspections and interviews of potential and existing child care providers to determine initial and continuing regulatory compliance and health, safety and welfare of children;
Performs inspections of total facility (e.g. health and sanitation, food service, space, staffing, etc.);
Reviews required program documentation, observes program operations and conducts interviews with program staff, parents and other interested parties;
Reviews applications for licensure from prospective child care programs and providers;
Documents all pertinent information regarding regulatory compliance for formal and informal compliance conferences, negative actions against a licensee, hearings and/or court proceedings;
Investigates complaints of non-compliance with child care regulations, mistreatment of children and illegal practices by child care programs and providers;
Provides guidance and consultation regarding child care regulations and program practices to providers, parents and other interested parties;
Maintains case records and prepares reports;
Coordinates services with other state and local agencies;
May appear before professional organizations and the public to educate on child care regulatory issues;
Performs related duties as required.
KNOWLEDGE, SKILL AND ABILITY
and ability to interpret relevant state and federal laws, statutes, regulations, policies and procedures related to child care programs;
principles and techniques of operating child care programs;
various economic, emotional, medical, psychological and social factors influencing attitudes and behavior of individuals and families;
community resources available to individuals and families;
oral and written communication skills;
determine child care program and provider compliance with governing statutes and regulations;
obtain, organize, assess and present evidence related to program provider compliance with regulations;
maintain records and prepare reports;
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - GENERAL EXPERIENCE
Six (6) years of experience in the provision of professional child care services with involvement in program development and operational policy.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS - SUBSTITUTIONS ALLOWED
College education may be substituted for the General Experience on the basis of fifteen (15) semester hours equalling one half (1/2) year of experience to a maximum of four (4) years for a Bachelor's degree.
A Master's Degree in child development, early childhood education, public health, social work or other related area my be substituted for one (1) additional year of the General Experience.
Incumbents in this class may be required to travel.
JOB CLASS DESIGNATION
(12)-SOCIAL SERV (P-2)
As defined by Sec. 5-196 of the Connecticut General Statutes, a job class is a position or group of positions that share general characteristics and are categorized under a single title for administrative purposes. As such, a job class is not meant to be all-inclusive of every task and/or responsibility.
This replaces the existing specification for the class of Child Care Licensing Specialist in Salary Group SH 23 approved effective July 01, 2014. (Reviewed for content, revised to modernize format and add Acknowledgement section) Final No. 24-027