The Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is seeking two engaging Early Learning Specialists to join the ParentChild+ Program team (one Bi-lingual and one English Speaking ). The ideal candidates have some experience working with young children, parents and/or community based organizations, and demonstrate patience when dealing with toddlers and families.


Early Learning Specialist Job Description in English

Descripción del Puesto en Englés


Type of Position: Full-time

Start Date: Immediate

Reports to: ParentChild+ Project Coordinator

Salary: Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience.

Location:  Newark, NJ

About Newark Trust for Education

The Newark Trust for Education (The Trust) is an independent non-profit dedicated to coordinating and focusing ideas, people, and resources; and holding all of us responsible for providing a quality public education for all children in Newark. The Trust was launched in January 2011 to help facilitate a shared vision for high-quality public education and to support information-sharing and collective action strategies aimed at improving education outcomes for children in Newark. This is achieved by brokering and strengthening relationships that harness the energy, expertise, and passion of people and organizations so that all children have access to a high-quality public education.

About the Program

ParentChild+ is a research-based early literacy, school readiness, parenting education program that prepares children for school success by increasing language, literacy, and numeracy skills, enhancing social-emotional development, and strengthening the parent-child relationship. The program provides two cycles of intensive home visiting to families with children 16 months to four years old who are challenged by poverty, low levels of education, language and literacy barriers, and other obstacles to healthy child development and education success.

Duties include but are not limited to:

  • Complete 16-hours of training delivered by local site Coordinator prior to beginning home visits, and other training mandated by state, locality, or agency, including child abuse and neglect training.

  • Conduct twice-weekly home visits with program families to demonstrate the use of educational books or toys and to monitor progress.

  • Facilitate play and verbal interaction during home visits, and show the parent(s) how to engage their child in positive communications, build a strong parent-child relationship, and teach the child the basic concepts s/he will need when it is time to enter kindergarten.

  • Conduct bi-annual evaluations of each family’s progress in the program and collaborate with other community agencies to provide additional services to program families as needed.

  • Demonstrate an adequate level of literacy and observational skills necessary to write anecdotal home session reports and to complete child and parent evaluations.

  • Maintain confidentiality regarding program families and program staff.

  • Assist with maintenance an inventory of parent resource materials and coordinating family check-out procedures of resource materials.

  • Maintain individual records on children including screenings, assessments, referrals, progress reports, documentation of home visitation activities, etc.


  • Must have a High School diploma or equivalent.
  • Background check required.
  • Bilingual Candidate Only: English/ Spanish, and/or English/Portuguese.
  • Warmth and patience when dealing with toddlers and families.
  • Enjoys working independently and has a strong sense of responsibility regarding carrying out job duties without daily supervision.
  • Ability to work as a team member collaborating with parents and community resources.
  • Non-judgmental attitude toward Program families.
  • Flexible, can deal with a variety of circumstances as they occur, and shows good judgment in seeking help, when needed.
  • Shows an interest in learning the theory, techniques, and goals of the Program and has a willingness to learn on an ongoing basis.
  • Knows the community being served.
  • Has some experience working with young children or parents and/or with community based organizations (paid or volunteer).
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills. Intermediate to advanced computer skills, internet and e-mail.

Sense of humor and a roll up your sleeves, get it done attitude a must!

Application Instructions

To Apply: Please submit cover letter and resume to [email protected] with the subject: Early Learning Specialist or Bi-lingual Early Learning Specialist.

Deadline: Friday, October 4, 2019. 

Compensation is commensurate with experience and within the range associated with non-profits across the region.

Newark Trust for Education is an Equal Opportunity Employer.