Family Child
Care Advocate


Alameda Family Services is a non-profit agency providing comprehensive services to youth, families and children in the City of Alameda.

Early Childhood & Family Support Division
The AFS-Early Childhood and Family Support services division provides high-quality child development, comprehensive health and family support services through a variety of program options designed to meet the individual needs of low-income and at-risk children and families. On-site child care and inhome support services funded by Head Start, Early Head Start, California State Preschool and General Child Care are provided at no-cost to qualifying expectant parents and families with children from birth to five years of age. AFS-ECFS also provides family support, senior services, resources, referrals and workforce development programming at a variety of locations within the City of Alameda.

Job Summary
Under the supervision of the Center Director and/or Site Supervisor and with support from program management, the Family Child Care Advocate will provide child development, comprehensive health and family support services for up to 40 families. The Family Child Care Advocate will take an active role as part of a team working in classrooms in a child care setting and/or at family resource centers in supporting child development services including the inclusion of children with disabilities, implementing active supervision strategies, building positive relationships with parents, and fostering family engagement in early learning.

Compensation & Benefits

Classification: Non-Exempt : Hourly
Hours: 40 Weekly : 8 Hour Day including a paid ½ hour lunch
Paid Holidays: Up to 11+ Days/Year depending on schedule and FTE
Vacation Accrual Rate: 9.23% (Approximately 24 days per year for full-time position.)
Sick Leave Accrual Rate: 4.62% (Approximately 12 days per year for full-time position.)
Health Benefits: Medical & Dental Insurance Coverage
Professional Development: Training opportunities and AA Degree reimbursement program.
Optional Savings Plans: Section 125 and 403b Retirement
Starting Range: $19.07 - $22.82 Depending on degree and years of experience

General Responsibilities

  1. Review client health records and enrollment documentation to inform support given to parents to ensure compliance with all child health related requirements.
  2. Conduct Family Assessments and assist families in developing Individualized Family Partnership Agreements which include identifying family strengths, setting goals, developing strategies, establishing timelines, monitoring ongoing follow-up services, and assessing outcomes.
  3. Provide comprehensive case management services, and assist families with resources, referrals and in accessing services that support health, wellness, and resiliency.
  4. Actively participate as a member of the classroom teaching team in supporting early learning and in maintaining the required adult to child ratio.
  5. Participate in regular ongoing training and retain a working knowledge of community health and social service resources, including services for children with behavioral concerns and/or developmental delays and disabilities
  6. Encourage parent engagement by conducting informal check-in during drop-off and pick-up time, and schedule on-site and home visits as needed.
  7. Work with Center Director/Site Supervisor in assisting direct service staff and families in implementing strategies that support progress in meeting school readiness goals.
  8. Review daily attendance rosters and contact families when an absence is unexpected.
  9. Conduct regular file maintenance and review of client records, including the transportation of files and documents to and from sites when required.
  10. Assist in organizing and facilitating program-wide events and special activities.
  11. Comply with program and agency policies and procedures related to maintaining client confidentiality in accordance with Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) regulations.
  12. Work with, contribute to, and serve as a member of a multidisciplinary team which includes direct service staff, program management, coaches and consultants to ensure high-quality services and implementation of best practices.
  13. Review reports and child files to ensure accurate record keeping, documentation, quality of services, and compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS) and EPSDT recommendations.
  14. Assist in monitoring, take appropriate action, and report concerns that may negatively impact the health and safety of children enrolled in the Head Start/Early Head Start Program.
  15. Assist in ensuring compliance with emergency health and safety policies, procedures and protocols (including but not limited to COVID-19 response services).

Knowledge, Skills, and Experience

  • 12 Early Child Education units required; Associate Teacher Permit preferred
  • AA/BA Degree in related field preferred; and/or; Family Development Credential (Required within 12 months of employment)
  • Experience in early child care setting or social service setting required
  • Head Start experience preferred
  • Knowledge of and/or ability to access relevant community resources required
  • Able to organize and complete work assignments to meet established deadlines
  • Computer literacy required - ChildPlus.Net and Learning Genie experience preferred
  • Positive, professional and courteous work demeanor
  • Ability and desire to work as part of a team in a culturally diverse environment
  • Second language skills are desirable

Equal Opportunity Employment
Alameda Family Services does not discriminate in employment on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy and gender identity), national origin, political affiliation, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, genetic information, age, membership in an employee organization, retaliation, parental status, military service, or other non-merit factor.

Please submit your resume and cover letter for consideration. Resumes without cover letters will not be reviewed.