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Infant Toddler Child Care Specialist Job Posting 


Job Title: Infant Toddler Child Care Specialist 

Reports to: CCR&R Director 

Job Status: Full time, field-based position based out of DeKalb


4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care currently has an opening for a Full Time Infant Toddler Child Care Specialist (ITCCS).  The Infant Toddler Child Care Specialist works directly with child care providers to plan and implement continuous quality improvement within their child care program, with a specialty in infants, toddlers and two-year-olds. The ITCCS works as part of the Child Care Resource and Referral Team to improve the quality of care in programs throughout our service area by providing on-site consultation and technical assistance, by collaborating with providers via phone, email, virtually and in-person, and by providing trainings to assist providers in their personal growth as care givers and educators.  

Salary: $40,000-$42,000, benefits available 


Summary of Job Duties: 

  • Provide consultation, technical assistance and training to providers who have achieved an ExceleRate Illinois Quality Recognition & Improvement System (QRIS) Circle of Quality and those interested in learning more about QRIS 
  •  Offer resources and information to childcare providers in person, via phone &/or email. 
  •  Assist in facilitating cohorts by providing training, technical assistance, reflective practice, and consultation. 
  •  Work in partnership with providers and other specialists to jointly assess and identify a program’s needs and concerns within the six (6) county service area; McHenry, DeKalb, Lee, Ogle, Whiteside and Carroll. 
  •  Maintain documentation of the contract-related activities through a specified data recording system. 
  •  Upon hire, the Specialist receives detailed training on specific classroom and program assessment tools, in which a score threshold is required. ITCCS will use this knowledge in assisting childcare providers with self-assessment and developing continuous quality improvement plans.  
  • Complete a minimum of 15 professional development training hours and other trainings as required for the position.  




  • Minimum of a bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood, Child Development or related field OR  
  • A Bachelor’s Degree in one of the following related fields: child psychology/behavioral sciences, family consumer science, social work, elementary education, child welfare, family services, psychology, sociology, human development AND a minimum of 18 hours in early childhood coursework;. 
  • 5 years of experience working in a licensed child care program with 2 of those years working directly with infants and toddlers. 
  • Knowledge of infant toddler development, and quality child care indicators.  (ITERS knowledge is not required, although nice to have)
  • Candidate must hold the Gateways to Opportunity ECE Level 5 and ITC Level 4 credentials OR have the ability to complete within 18 months of employment: 

*NOTE: if applicant does not currently hold these Gateways Credentials, they should apply to the INCCRRA Credential Department immediately so it can be determined how close they are to meeting the requirements.  

  • Other attributes include strong communication and organization skills, ability to adapt to a variety of situations, ability to juggle multiple tasks, and compassionate and empathic nature.  

Working Conditions 

  • Current Illinois Driver’s License and reliable transportation. 
  • Travel to and participation in meetings, committees, statewide training activities and professional development opportunities appropriate to the role. 
  • Frequent travel to child care programs for on-site visits throughout our six (6) county service area 
  • Occasional evening and weekend work and overnight travel to professional conferences required 


To apply: 

Interested Candidates should send their resume and transcripts to: 

Kim Lamz 

Child Care Resource and Referral Director 

4-C: Community Coordinated Child Care 

667 Ridgeview Dr 

McHenry Il 60050 

Or email to: kiml@four-c.org


Job Title: Recruitment, Retention, and Outreach Specialist – McHenry, DeKalb, and Carroll Counties 

Reports To: Child Care Resource and Referral Director 

Job Status: Full Time – McHenry Office based, Hybrid position requires both in-office and remote work 

Salary: $36,500-$38,500, benefits available  


The purpose of this position is to focus outreach, recruitment and retention efforts in the following areas: McHenry, DeKalb, and Carroll.  As the Outreach Specialist this position will work to increase 4-C’s visibility in these communities, will collaborate with community agencies to increase utilization of services and will assist families in accessing the full range of community services necessary to prepare their children for school success.  As Outreach Specialist you will be responsible for all focused outreach activities in this area, the coordination, planning and documentation of these events in partnership with your county wide teammates. As Recruitment and Retention Coordinator for this area you will work to recruit and retain child care programs, to increase the supply of quality child care options, and to provide ongoing support and education to current home based child care providers.   

Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • Provide technical assistance and follow-up to potential and existing family child care and center providers (i.e. contract information, good business practices, start-up information, licensing process, CCAP training requirements etc.) and family child care associations.  
  • Assess child care needs in McHenry, DeKalb and Carroll Counties.  
  • Develop and implement a child care recruitment and retention plan including strategies to recruit and retain license exempt providers paid through the Child Care Assistance Program, in cooperation with your counterparts.  
  • Assist the Health and Safety Coaches with allocation of grants to license exempt providers paid through the Child Care Assistance Program according to IDHS contract requirements.  
  • Provide potential and existing providers with information and referrals to other 4-C programs, community services and professional development opportunities such as Gateways Scholarships and Credentials, GreatStart, CDA, online training resources and ExceleRate.   
  • Intake new provider information and share with other appropriate agency personnel.  
  • Complete Welcome Visits to programs within 6 weeks of entry into the referral database.  
  • Complete regular onsite visits for consultation and technical assistance with an emphasis on new programs and license exempt providers.  
  • Develop and distribute consumer education materials for new family child care and center providers.  
  • Plan, publicize and present “How to Start a Successful Family Child Care Business” workshops, and conduct individual “How to Start” sessions as needed in partnership with the others in your same position.   
  • Develop and implement an annual marketing plan to advertise and promote the services of the CCR&R Program in cooperation with your position counterparts.  
  • Network with social service agencies, governmental agencies, and community organizations in your assigned service areas to inform them about agency services (DCFS licensing staff, DHS staff, service clubs, community service agencies and others).  
  • Coordinate agency participation in and attend community events and fairs to promote the services of the CCR&R Program.  
  • Inform providers about professional development opportunities available to them such as Gateways Scholarships and Credentials, Great START, CDA, online training resources, and ExceleRate; and provide appropriate referrals.  
  • Maintain up to date records in statewide Data Tracking Program (DTP) and the referral database.  
  • Participate in meetings, committees and training activities appropriate to job role.  
  • Prepare reports for the Board of Directors and others as needed.  
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned by the CCR&R Directors or Executive Director.  


Required Qualifications: 

Associates Degree in one of the following related fields: ECE, Child Development, Child Psychology/Behavioral Sciences, Family Consumer Sciences, Social Work, Elementary Education, Child Welfare, or Family Services  


Candidates must have a minimum of 2 years’ experience in the ECE field.  


Working Conditions: 

  • Valid Illinois Driver’s License  
  • Travel outside of the office for meetings and professional development  
  • Some evening and weekend work and occasional overnight travel  
  • Membership in Gateways Registry within 30 days of employment.  
  • A minimum of 15 hours of professional development annually.  


How to apply: 

To apply, please send resume to 

Kim Lamz 

Child Care Resource and Referral Director 

667 Ridgeview Dr. 

McHenry IL 60050 

Or email to: kiml@four-c.org 




Job Title:  Office Assistant-McHenry

Reports to: CCR&R Director

Job Status: Part Time (24 hours) Position in McHenry Office – In-office work is required for this position

Salary: $23,700


Job purpose

To support efficient operations and timely customer service to those seeking Child Care Resource and Referral services in McHenry County.


Duties and responsibilities:

·   Greet and direct visitors/clients and answer incoming calls to the McHenry office.

·   Coordinate with staff in DeKalb to serve clients who contact the McHenry office as needed.

·   Accept paperwork from clients and providers and process as required.

·   Assist director with preparing reports, letters and other documents as needed.

·   Coordinate planning for internal meetings, training or other events held at 4-C McHenry including room set up and ordering food, etc.

·   Distribute incoming faxes, process incoming and outgoing mail and coordinate bulk mailings.

·   Ensure all office equipment is maintained and serviced as needed (copy machines, phones, postage meter, etc.).

·   Take and distribute meeting minutes.

·   Maintain the common areas of the office to ensure a welcoming professional environment that is organized for maximum efficiency and easy access to supplies, office equipment and   other materials.

·   Maintain an up-to-date inventory of the McHenry office furniture and equipment and work with your DeKalb office counterpart to ensure all CCR&R equipment is inventoried and accurate.

·   Order and maintain a workable level of all office supplies.

·   Keep workable amount of postage on the postage meter and in bulk mail account.

·   Change main voice mail, as needed;

·   Complete monthly petty cash and bulk mail reports as required by 4-C accounting office.

·   Participate in community events, with the approval of your manager, during and outside of traditional work hours as a representative of 4-C.

·   Other duties as assigned by the CCR&R directors and/or 4-C Executive Director.




·   Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent and two years of experience in an office setting.

·   Knowledge and experience in office procedures.

·   Detail oriented and organized.

·   Excellent computer and customer service skills.

·   Able to communicate effectively with diverse groups of people.

·   Proficient in word processing and data entry.


Working conditions

·  Occasional travel and overnight to meetings, trainings and conferences

·   Membership in Gateways Registry required within 30 days of employment.

·   Complete a minimum of 15 hours of professional development each fiscal year.


How to apply: 

To apply, please send resume to 

Kim Lamz 

Child Care Resource and Referral Director 

667 Ridgeview Dr. 

McHenry IL 60050 

Or email to: kiml@four-c.org