Youth Policy Institute

Director of Early Childhood Education

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Regular Full-Time


The Director of Early Childhood Education provides leadership, direction, consultations, oversight and management of several key 0-5 early childhood education programs at Youth Policy Institute, including State Preschool, and other early childhood educational programs in YPI’s cradle to college pipeline. Consultation is provided on YPI’s Early Head Start program. Additionally, the Director provides strategies that engage parents as primary teachers for their children and encourages children through robust and dynamic programs to become learners.


Responsibilities of the Director of Early Childhood Education may include, but are not limited to, the following:


Essential Functions

  • Serve as agency expert in instructional, programmatic, and family support strategies related to youth 0-5 in YPI’s cradle-to-college-and-career pipeline.
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and understanding of early childhood education, curriculum development and program evaluation, child growth and development, effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning assessment and diagnosis, and research related to learning of young children.
  • Ensure the administration of early childhood education programs meet all requirements of Performance Standards, State Department of Education Funding Terms and Conditions, curriculum program standards and requirements at State Preschool, as well as future ECE sites. Provide guidance and direction to leadership team in selecting and implementing effective curricula, teaching strategies and classroom management techniques.
  • Work collaboratively with other YPI program directors, partners, and school leaders to ensure effective Early Childhood education programming in YPI’s cradle-to-college pipeline.
  • Hold team members accountable for high quality, responsive program design conforming to current State Department of Education Child Development Division standards and ensure delivery of targeted instructional and social/emotional supports via early education services at multiple sites.
  • Ensure that programs result in adequate progress being made towards meeting mandated benchmarks and strategic plan goals ensuring school readiness of all children in the YPI cradle-to-college pipeline.
  • Ensure compliance in ECE programs, including budget, recruitment, programmatic design, policies and procedures. Ensure that each child either meets benchmark requirements or there is a documented plan showing how these benchmarks will be accomplished in a timely manner.
  • Provide support to Early Head Start program to ensure progress goals are met and students can effectively transition into State Preschool Program.
  • Liaise effectively with State Department of Education Child Development Division staff along with other partnering agencies.


Other Responsibilities & Attributes 

  • Must have demonstrated knowledge of State Department of Social Services Community Care Licensing Division center-based licensing requirements.
  • Should have a successful track record of developing and starting-up licensed early childhood development infant/toddler and/or preschool centers.
  • Must have knowledge of overseeing and managing a State of California Department of Education Child Care Food Program ensuring that nutritious meals are provided to all children in the centers.
  • Knowledge and experience with training techniques and performance standards to engage staff in the implementation of a robust curriculum to ensure children and parents receives the full benefit of YPI early childhood education programs.
  • In collaboration with Youth Policy Institute’s Executive Team, ensure the development and implementation of plans and procedures to assess and monitor all directly operated and partnering agency programs, including but not limited to, environmental safety.
  • Participate as part of the agency management team to assist in agency wide strategic planning, identification and development of new projects and creation of linkages and partnerships in the community.
  • Serve as an advocate on behalf of the agency, families and children and work to expand the visibility of the agency in the community, developing formal and informal networks.
  • Represent Youth Policy Institute at local, regional and state meetings and conferences.
  • Recruit and participate in the hiring and training of staff as needed.
  • All other duties as assigned.


  • BA and/or MA degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or closely related field, with coursework and/or specialized training in infant and toddler development.  
  • Child Development Program Director Permit preferred. 
  • Advanced knowledge of theory and principles of Infant/Toddler early childhood education and developmentally appropriate emergent curriculum.
  • Combined five years relevant State Preschool work experience, with a minimum of three years in a supervisory capacity, with four years preferred.
  • Computer skills, familiarity with Microsoft Word/Windows with ChildPlus software system experience preferred.
  • Knowledge of the needs and problems of low-income families and demonstrated ability to work effectively with them.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with others verbally and in writing.
  • Experience of working effectively with an ethnically and culturally diverse workforce and client population.
  • Strong organizational skills
  • Bi-lingual skills desirable
  • Clear criminal record with the Department of Justice following a fingerprint screening with ability to complete and sign a statement of any pending and prior criminal arrests/charges/convictions related to child sexual abuse, child abuse and neglect, and/or violent felonies.
  • Successful completion of an initial health examination, performed by or under the supervision of a physician, to determine, at a minimum, if the prospective employee can perform the duties outlined in the position description.
  • Proof of the absence of Tuberculosis from a licensed physician or supervised delegate to show that the prospective employee is cleared to work with children and families dated within 60 days prior to hire date.
  • Must have access to reliable transportation to arrive to work site at scheduled time consistently.  May be required to drive own vehicle to other site locations or meetings.  Will be required to provide proof of current California driver license, acceptable driving record (current DMV H6 printout), and current auto liability insurance. 

Physical Demands

  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand, walk, sit, use hands and fingers; handle or feel objects, tools, or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; talk or hear, and taste or smell.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 20 pounds frequently, and/or up to 50 pounds occasionally.
  • Specific vision ability required for this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
  • The work environment characteristics involve a moderate amount of noise.


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