Child Care Program Specialist

Job Type

Full Time


Minimum: $57,066
Maximum: $67,192



Application Deadline



215 Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard
St 200
United States


The City of Madison's Community Development Division (CDD) is seeking a qualified, motivated professional to fill an important position on our Child Care Team. The CDD plays a central role in the City's efforts to promote the general well-being of its residents and the neighborhoods in which they live. We collaborate with a broad network of community partners on programs and activities that seek to make available to all Madison residents the basic resources and services that can materially affect their quality of life and open doors for future success. 


The CDD Child Care Section seeks to impact the lives of Madison's youngest residents through our work with child care and school-age programs in which they are served. We are driven to provide resources and supports that will increase the opportunities for child care and school-age programs to foster child and youth development and succeed in school and life.


This is entry-level professional program development and evaluation work in the Child Care Section of the Community Development Division, Department of Planning & Community & Economic Development. Employees in this classification serve as generalists dealing in a range of program areas. The work at this level is characterized by more standardized assignments relative to the assessment and accreditation of child care centers and family child care systems to determine eligibility for City financial support and technical assistance. The work also involves assisting higher level staff on more complex program reviews and projects; participating in the revision of accreditation standards; assisting in the provision of professional training and consultation to providers; and providing technical and administrative support to groups and committees associated with child care programs and services for children, youth and families. General supervision is received from the Child Care Program Coordinator with closer oversight from higher level staff on specific activities. The work is reviewed through periodic reports, conferences, and staff meetings, with regular input from higher level child care staff.


  •  Examples of Duties and Responsibilities: Assess child care centers and family child care systems for infant through school age children and recommend accreditation. Hold or assist with orientation meetings to describe the accreditation program and process to management and staff. 
  • Perform on-site observations of programs and classrooms, interview center personnel, review required written submissions, and perform other data gathering. Ensure compliance with State licensing requirements and City rules and regulations. 
  • Participate in the review and revision of accreditation standards.
  • Respond to complaints from parents and the public about City of Madison accredited child care programs.
  • Assist with the provision of training, technical assistance, and consultation to child care providers and after-school programs in such areas as: supervision, financial management, grant-writing, program development, and inter-agency team development. 
  • Consult and assist centers with hiring processes, environmental design, communication systems, equipment purchasing, curriculum development, and other related issues.
  • Provide staff assistance to boards, committees, and commissions such as the Early Childhood Care and Education Committee. 
  • Assist with policy development and help child care providers implement policy decisions.
  • Assist with the development of educational programs in community agencies, child care and youth programs and other groups concerned about issues pertaining to children from birth through 12 years of age.
  • Participate in and provide training through workshops, on-site help, videos and other training methods. Participate and provide leadership in community collaborative efforts to improve the quality of life for children and youth.
  • Assist in the review of proposals and the preparation of recommendations for agencies receiving funding through the Community Development Division. 
  • Participate in the monitoring of the performance of selected programs, contracts, and budgets for services to children and youth.
  • Perform related work as required.


Competitive benefits, vacation, sick leave, and retirement.

Level of Language Proficiency


Professional Level


Minimum Education Required

No requirement