Child Care Associates (CCA), the largest child development nonprofit organization in North Texas, has served over 600,000 vulnerable young children and their families since 1968. Regional support for young children has increased over the past 5 years, creating an opportunity to propel CCA’s services and the early learning system to new levels of impact and quality. Child Care Associates’ Head Start program is a leading program in the DFW region help build a strong early childhood system, redesigning Pre-K partnerships and increasing its Early Head Start services. CCA is building its management capacity for these strategic advancements by adding a Deputy Director role to enhance CCA’s whole child / whole family approach to early education.
Working at the forefront of quality early childhood education, CCA has been a trusted community partner for the last 50 years. The Deputy Director position will provide the opportunity for an experienced candidate with rich experience in Head Start and/or Early Head Start services. The ideal candidate will be accomplished in building partnerships, in strengthening the capacity of managers and in data-driven environments. The Deputy Director will be serving in Tarrant County which includes Fort Worth, one of the fastest growing cities and one of the largest 25 cities in the nation.
CCA serves over 10,000 young children per year and has an annual budget in excess of $95 million. Child Care Management Services is CCA’s largest program, daily serving 7,500 children, offering child care payment assistance, child care quality improvement activities and acting as a liaison among parents, providers and the State of Texas. In addition, CCA operates 23 Head Start and Early child development centers in high poverty neighborhoods serving 360 infants and toddlers and over 1,800 preschoolers, including 65 Pre-Kindergarten/Head Start partnership classrooms (both school-based and center-based). CCA further supports kindergarten readiness and educational alignment by offering Pre-Kindergarten programs in partnership with six Independent School Districts (ISDs) including, Fort Worth, Arlington, Everman, Keller, Crowley and one public charter school. CCA recently introduced a new level of Head Start teacher (BA degree with teaching credentials) that provides compensation equity with area Pre-K teachers. CCA has also just introduced a home-based option for its Early Head Start families.
The Deputy Director will work with the Head Start Director to assist in leading and developing a strong program management team and systems to implement a leading Head Start and Early Head Start program to ensure that every child served by CCA is achieving positive outcomes.
The Deputy position major areas of focus:
Program Management — drawing from experience and understanding of current best practices and research to support classrooms with strong academic achievement, including assisting in the selection and effective use of curriculum and assessment tools and supporting an effective system of classroom coaching and professional development, and to support community educational initiatives and school partnerships;
Data Analysis and Organizational Learning—effectively tracking and using data to support classroom achievement, to improve partnerships and to drive strategy around the organizational theory of change and service delivery; and
As a member of CCA’s leadership team, the Deputy Director will promote the organization’s mission to assist family successes through excellence in comprehensive early learning and development services. The Deputy Director will report directly to the Head Start Director and work closely with the senior management team at CCA.
Support cross-organizational strategic planning to leverage resources and influence the early learning landscape.
Promote quality assurance by assessing programmatic needs, and planning strategies for system and process improvement.
Support a culture of measurable results and accountability by guiding internal and external evaluation efforts and by using student outcome data to inform programmatic choices relating to school readiness.
Develop and maintain quality working relationships with all Head Start & Early Head Start partnerships.
Remain up to date on current child development research, trends, and opportunities as well as disseminate best practices to CCA leadership and staff.
5-10 years of management experience, preferably in early education.
3-5 years of management experience with Head Start and/or Early Head Start, perhaps as Director or Deputy Director of a smaller program.
Experience leading high-performing teams, managing staff, providing constructive feedback, and coaching team members.
Commitment to equity for all children by working to close the achievement gap.
Knowledge of Early Head Start, Head Start, and Pre-Kindergarten programming, standards, assessments and execution.
Experience in developing broad community relationships and in evaluating and helping ramp up new partnerships.
Demonstrated ability in leading collaborative teams and fostering a culture of continuous learning.
At least a Bachelor’s degree in education, educational leadership, public administration or social work or equivalent (master’s or doctorate preferred).
Preference will be given to candidates who demonstrate the ability to cultivate relationships with both team members and stakeholders in the Early Child Care and Education fields and who have experience managing Head Start and Early Head Start programming. Candidates should ideally demonstrate a number of preferred personal qualities in addition to a successful track record of leading early learning initiatives.
Compensation range is expected between $75,000 and $90,000. A competitive benefits package is provided including (current) employee health insurance plan (at no cost to employee), dental insurance, life insurance, wellness benefits and a 403(b) retirement plan. Employer contributes 4% to 403(b) beginning after one year of employment and will match at 50% up to an additional 4% employee contribution. Flexible Paid-Time Off begins upon hire with paid holidays and employer-provided week off at December holiday time.
As an equal opportunity employer, Child Care Associates hires without consideration to race, religion, creed, color, national origin, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status, veteran status, disability, or any other category protected by applicable law.
About Child Care Associates
Our Head Start and Early Head Start programs support a multifaceted approach to early childhood education focusing on the most vulnerable families in our community. At CCA, our child development services offer families support in areas such as mental health, social and emotional development and nutrition for children ages 0-5.We deliver Head Start and Early Head Start programs in partnership with school districts, charter schools, social service providers, and philanthropic partners to ensure our programs are aligned with state-funded pre-K and create lasting results.Child Care Associates manages $38m in state funding for Tarrant County (CCMS) and West Central Texas (CCS) to help low-income families cover the cost of quality child care for approximately 12,000+ children annually. Subsidized child care services are designed for parents who are working or attending school who oftentimes struggle to cover the high cost of quality child care programs in their community