The Salvation Army

  • Early Childhood Curriculum Specialist

    Job Locations US-CT-Hartford
    Job ID
    Education, Training, and Library Occupations
    Regular Full-Time
  • Overview

    Location/Department:Greater Hartford Area Services, The Right Place Sigourney & North End

    FLSA Status: Full-time, Non-exempt

    Hours Per Week: 40 (8:30am - 5:00pm)


    Scope & Purpose of Position:

    Oversees and supervises the provision of quality early education and curriculum standards for preschool children, ages 3 to 5. Develop the curriculum goals and standards for the Program, as well as provide mentorship to classroom teachers in regards to the implementation of these goals. This includes the management of the IEP process and individualized learning plans.


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

    Classroom Quality

    • Support the development of classroom daily schedules (classroom experiences and staff schedules).
    • Ensure all children receive enriching educational programming with a focus on positive experiences and child outcomes through frequent informal and formal assessments of all aspects of educational programming, including but not limited to classroom environment and management, curricular planning, implementation, assessment, individualization, family-centered practices, and educational resource provisions (e.g. support professionals, enrichment programming, field trips).
    • Know, articulate, and remain current of best practices in professional development, early childhood education, etc.
    • Understand and is mindful of how personal appearances, dress, use of body language, and the voice tone impact the presentation, the environment, and how staff, children, and families engage.
    • Work in conjunction with program teaching staff and the administration to ensure adequate supplies, equipment, and resources are available.
    • Assist the administrative staff in the development and oversight of the quality rating system for the Program to ensure the obtainment and maintenance of the highest quality credentialing.
    • Focus on and understand the creation and orientation of children to an appropriate learning environment; which includes preparing the room, greeting children, engaging children in cooperative learning, and addressing the learners’ social, emotional and comfort needs.
    • Create a positive and encouraging climate of diversity for ideas, questions, and learning.
    • Provide coaching support and leadership related to instruction including but not limited to:
    • Provide necessary program and school readiness curriculum documents and resources.
    • Review, provide feedback, and assess classroom and other educational environments related to school readiness and program goals.
    • Attend all necessary school readiness peer network meetings, coaching sessions, and trainings.
    • Review, provide feedback, and observe planned experiences for the children.
    • Provide necessary child and curricular assessment documents and resources.
    • Review, provide feedback, and assist teaching staff in the reflection of curricular, environmental, and child assessments (formal as well as information).
    • Assist teach staff in the provision of use of the ELDS in planning, individualize programming, and differentiated instruction related to their LEP and implementation.
    • Promote use and implementation of the Curriculum Guidance with all teachers.
    • Support teachers with end of cycle requirements and data collection related to school readiness.
    • Oversee the Program “response to intervention, ensuring successful outcomes for all children and families who experience our programs including, but not limited to:
    • Facilitate teacher meetings regarding Intervention Services.
    • Ensure implementation and maintenance of intervention protocols within the classrooms.
    • Train staff on referral process.
    • Assist teaching staff and families in the implementation of identified strategies for individualized
    • Promote the importance of a positive behavior support system within the Program and the classrooms.
    • Report referrals to the appropriate source in collaboration with the Site Director.

    Art Instruction

    • Provide art instruction for preschool children that is developmentally appropriate and inspired by Reggio Emilia at both sites.
    • Incorporate diverse techniques and mediums into art instruction.
    • Promote arts integration throughout the school by communicating lessons to the teachers so they have background information for issues or learning opportunities in the classroom.
    • Create a schedule where all children have the opportunity to participate in art classes at least once every three weeks.
    • Maintain the art studio and ensure that the materials needed for instruction are available.

    Supervisory Responsibilities:

    Does this job have supervisory responsibilities: __ Yes  _X  No


    • Bachelor’s degree in Child Development or Early Child Education with at least two years of experience, preferably in a Reggio Emilia Inspired Program.
    • At least three years of teaching experience in an early education setting.
    • Knowledge of State Department of Education educational standards and best practices.
    • Experience working with diverse cultures.
    • Will respect and promote the interest of The Salvation Army. The individual is not required to embrace the tenets of faith, but he/she is required to promote and respect the mission of The Salvation Army.

    Work Environment/Physical Demands:    



    Up to 1/3

    1/3 to 2/3

    Over 2/3

    Climb or balance




    Lift up to 20 pounds




    Lift up to 50 pounds












    Use hands




    Use sight/vision




    Walk, bend, kneel





    Benefits of Working for The Salvation Army

    The Salvation Army is pleased to offer a comprehensive benefit program to full-time employees who work at least 30 hours per week.

    • Health benefit plans for single or family medical coverage
    • Family wellness program
    • Prescription drug plan
    • Dental, vision, and hearing benefits
    • Telehealth/on-line doctor visits
    • Basic and voluntary term life insurance
    • Short term disability coverage and optional long term disability coverage
    • Supplemental insurance coverage options
    • Flexible spending accounts for health care and dependent care
    • Employer-funded pension plan
    • Tax-deferred annuity plan
    • Educational assistance
    • Paid holidays, vacation, sick, personal, bereavement, jury duty, marriage, and military leave

    The Salvation Army Mission Statement:

    The Salvation Army, an international movement, is an evangelical part of the universal Christian Church. Its message is based on the Bible. Its ministry is motivated by the love of God. Its mission is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and to meet human needs in His name without discrimination.


    Divisional Headquarters Vision Statement:

    The Southern New England Divisional Headquarters exists to develop its Officers, staff, and volunteers to their fullest ministry potential and to be a catalyst and resource for the growing of healthy, vibrant Corps and other expressions of The Salvation Army mission.


    An Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer:
    All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.


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