Family Child Care Quality Coach

Job Type

Part Time Contract



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159 Thorndike Street
United States


Notice of Posting

Posting Date: April 11, 2018

Closing Date: May 2, 2018

Job Title: Family Childcare Quality Coach

Cambridge Birth-Third Grade Partnership

Hours of Work: Average 10 hours for 47 weeks a year

Flexible hours that meet the needs of sites

Evenings and an occasional weekend

Overview:  The Family Childcare Quality Coach is part of a team of two coaches that supports 8-10 family-based educators.  On-site coaching is one component of Cambridge’s ambitious Quality Program Improvement Plan (QPIP). Other components include: free local professional development, Communities of Practice, funding to improve home environment, and connection to community resources.

Birth-Third Grade Partnership was created as a result of an extensive city-wide needs assessment completed in 2015 by a task force appointed by the City Manager. The vision statement from the task force’s final report is “All children in Cambridge receive high quality early education and care from birth through third grade. As a result, all children enter school ready to thrive academically, socially, and emotionally and continue to do so through third grade and beyond.”

To read the final report, visit:

The Partnership’s work is guided by a Steering Committee, three subcommittees comprised of community-based providers and practitioners, and 3 full-time staff.

Necessary characteristics

  • Able to build trust and collaboration
  • Able to inspire others to reach beyond their current expectations to attain new heights
  • Appreciate and respect diversity
  • Strong passion for improving the lives of children and their families
  • Good listener, patient, curious, reflective, and continuous learner
  • High degree of integrity and accountability
  • Energetic and enthusiastic about the work
  • Strength-based orientation

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Facilitate the development of a Quality Program Improvement Plan at 4-5 assigned sites based on educator’s goals.
  • Guide family childcare educators to:
  • Problem solve, embrace and implement new ideas and practices;
  • Design and deliver developmentally appropriate curriculum that meet standards of high quality for mixed-age groups;
  • Implement culturally and linguistically appropriate teaching strategies.
  • After coaching sessions, facilitate reflective feedback discussions to advance progress towards identified goals and make adjustments where necessary.  
  • Help educators understanding the principles and requirements of the QRIS at assigned sites.
  • Help educators:
  • Use observations to determine children’s progress in meeting learning guidelines outlined by the State of Massachusetts;
  • Employ CLASS, ECERS or other evaluative measures to determine program strengths and identify areas for improvement;
  • Analyze, interpret and use gathered data to improve overall program quality: environment, curriculum, differentiated instruction.
  • Develop educators’ ability to develop realistic Continuous Improvement Plans.
  • Complete all required paperwork for each site, including observations, progress reports, data collection, debrief and coaching session logs, and action plans.
  • Attend 5-7 evening professional development workshops.
  • Ensure content of Communities of Practice and professional development are linked back to educator’s practice.
  • Meet regularly with the Family Child Care Program Quality Specialist for supervision and reflection, to assess progress with sites, to identify strengths and promising practices, and to determine whether additional supports may be needed.  
  • May include other duties as determined by the Partnership.

Minimum requirements:   

  • Expertise and experience in early childhood education with experience in a leadership position.
  • Experience providing coaching; knowledge of adult learning styles.
  • Knowledge of QRIS assessment tools and process.
  • Demonstrated cultural competence and strong interpersonal skills.
  • Strong facilitation skills; strong verbal and written communication skills.
  • Strong time management skills, well organized; effective strategies for data  tracking.
  • Bachelor’s degree in a related field or equivalent experience and training .

Work Environment/Physical Demand:  

  • Willingness to use personal phone and computer.
  • Sufficient mobility to travel throughout the city.  
  • Must be comfortable maneuvering around the confines of family childcare homes.
  • High tolerance for noise level.  

Access to printing and copying at central office. Supervision and team meetings at central office, with all other activities at assigned site locations.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.

Rate: $65.00 per hour for open-ended contract work, no benefits.  

If you are excited about an opportunity to influence change by being part of a passionate, dedicated, innovative team, please send resume and cover letter to:

Linda Schumacher, 19 Cold Spring Road, Holliston, MA  01746

The City of Cambridge is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. City Cambridge residents are especially encouraged to apply.

Professional Level

None specified

Minimum Education Required

No requirement

How To Apply

Mail resume and Cover Letter to: Linda Schumacher, 19 Cold Spring Road, Holliston, MA  01746