Early Childhood Development Specialist

at UAMS (University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in Morrilton, Arkansas, United States

Job Description

Early Childhood Development Specialist

Requisition ID




Position Type

Regular Full-Time


COM Peds Kids First Morrilton

Post End Date






This position is located in Morrilton, Arkansas.


KIDS FIRST serves children with special healthcare needs ranging in age from six weeks to five years. In our pediatric day healthcare clinics, children diagnosed as having a medical condition known to place them at risk for developmental delays and disabilities receive intensive intervention.


The Early Childhood Development Specialist provides an individualized developmentally based early intervention for a group of children birth-five years with special health care needs and developmental delays at a UAMS Kids First clinic. S/He works as a member of a physician directed interprofessional team to implement the planned treatment and achieve developmental services goals outlined in each child's treatment plan.


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family

Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave

Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)

Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS

Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000

Career Training and Educational Opportunities

Merchant Discounts

Salary offered commensurate to experience









Ensures quality of individualized developmental services provided at KIDS FIRST.

Provides leadership for the developmental services of assigned treatment room(s) in a manner that is child-centered, family focused, demonstrates evidence-based or best practices for early childhood, and promotes continual quality improvement.

Establishes rich learning environments for young children and utilizes curriculum to address the objectives contained in each child's treatment plan.

Assures continual supervision of children assigned to his/her care and compliance with daily ratio.

Assures developmental services and documentation are compliant with the guidelines set forth by KIDS FIRST, UAMS, Child Care Licensing, Arkansas Department of Health, and other accrediting organizations.

Collaborates and communicates with families, therapists, nurses, social workers, director, other clinic staff, and contractors to provide the best quality of care and optimal outcomes for each child.

Supports the academic mission of the Kids First program. This includes participation in the training of students and pre-service professionals, education and outreach to stakeholders, families served, and community partners.

May perform other duties as assigned.









Minimum Qualifications:

Bachelor's Degree with documentation that 12 hours of coursework in Early Childhood, Child Development, Special Education, Elementary Education, or Child and Family Studies has been completed PLUS six (6) months documented experience working with children.

Good communication skills with adults and children is required.

State accreditation in Early Childhood Special Education OR current Child Development Associate Certificate may be substituted in lieu of the documented 12 hours of coursework in Early Childhood, Child Development, Special Education, Elementary Education, or Child and Family Studies.


Candidate must pass state abuse registry checks, drug screen, submit to a TB skin test and required immunizations or provide proof of immunizations.

This position is subject to a pre-employment criminal background check and drug screen. A criminal conviction or arrest pending adjudication alone shall not disqualify an applicant. Any criminal history will be evaluated in relationship to job responsibilities and business necessity. The information obtained in these reports will be used in a confidential, non-discriminatory manner consistent with state and federal law.







Physical Requirements



Stand: Frequently

Sit: Occasionally

Walk: Continuously

Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Occasionally

Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs

Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Continuously

Talk: Continuously

Hear: Continuously

Taste or smell: Continuously

Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously

Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Outdoor Weather... For full info follow application link.


UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.  If you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please contact us by telephone at (501) 686-6432 and let us know the nature of your request. We will only respond to messages left that involve a request for a reasonable accommodation in the application process. We will accommodate the needs of any qualified candidate who requests a reasonable accommodation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

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Job Posting: 2991899

Posted On: Jul 22, 2021

Updated On: Aug 21, 2021