Child Care Specialist/Registration

Child Development Council, Tompkins Office

Full time (35 hours), non-exempt

Responsible to: Director of Child Care Resource and Referral

Qualifications: Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education, or related field plus two years of experience of progressively responsible work in a related field. Must also have proven ability to work with persons of varying socio-economic and cultural backgrounds; demonstrated skills in critical observation, interpersonal relationships, and written and oral communication; ability to keep detailed records and statistics; computer literacy; reliable vehicle, valid driver’s license and ability to travel within Tompkins County and neighboring areas; ability to work cooperatively with team members as well as independently with minimal supervision; knowledge of child care and community resources.


  • Enroll legally-exempt child care providers in accordance with the policies and procedures as required by NYS Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) and the Department of Social Services (DSS).
    1. Receive and review enrollment materials following guidelines and timeframes.
    2. Conduct inspections of legally exempt programs in accordance with OCFS guidelines and requirements.
    3. Visit programs for monitoring compliance with the enrollment requirements and for quality improvement.
    4. Work with partner organizations to ensure that all appropriate background checks have been conducted.
    5. Work with providers to develop a corrective plan of action if violations are identified and identify resources and support for non-regulatory programmatic improvements
  •  Register child care providers using the NY State registration/inspection process.
    1. Respond to inquiries from potential providers about child care and regulations.
    2. Process initial and renewal applications for registration with strict timeframes for completion.
    3. Perform inspections of Family Day Care (FDC) homes and/or School Age Child Care (SACC) Programs according to the Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) regulations and guidelines.
    4. Respond to child care complaints in accordance with OCFS guidelines. Gather any necessary information relating to the complaint through visits, interviews, and/or collaboration with other agencies.
    5. Work with providers to develop a corrective plan of action if violations are identified and identify resources and support for non-regulatory programmatic improvements
  • Provide technical assistance to child care providers, parents and the community.
    1. Deliver resources such as child development information, training information, and health and safety equipment.
    2. Respond to inquiries relating to child care; research and provide resources to experienced providers and community members or groups.
    3. Present information to groups, classes, etc. as appropriate, with knowledge of supervisor.
  •  Information Management
    1. Maintain Confidentiality.
    2. Maintain records and statistics as needed and/or required.
    3. Maintain proficiency with the Child Care Facility System (CCFS).
    4. Maintain accurate and timely case notes and any other necessary or required data.
    5. Other Duties
    6. Attend scheduled meetings of Council staff, teams, board and other agencies as directed.
    7. Attend appropriate trainings related to professional development.
    8. Maintain reliable transportation and a valid driver’s license. It is the obligation of each employee to notify the agency of any incidents that could result in the loss of your license or insurance; or affect the agency’s ability to cover you on the agency’s insurance policy.
    9. Perform other reasonably related tasks, both at the Council and in the community, as assigned by supervisor.


Starting Salary Range: $30,000-$34,000, plus $5,000 in cafeteria benefits.

The Child Development Council is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are seeking a diverse applicant pool.

TO APPLY: Please send a resume and cover letter to Molly McGriff, Child Care Resource and Referral Director, at or to the Child Development Council, 609 West Clinton Street, Ithaca NY, 14850.