Job Opening – Child Care Program Specialist, GS-0101-13—Washington, D.C.

Are you seeking a challenging job working alongside a collaborative team of people with a variety of backgrounds to achieve a common goal of enhancing children’s health and safety? If so, then the Office of Child Care (OCC), within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, is the place for you.

OCC is pleased to announce this Child Care Program Specialist (GS-0101-13) job opening. This person will serve as a subject-matter expert and policy lead to assist in implementing comprehensive background check requirements for child care staff, a requirement included in the Child Care and Development Block Grant Act of 2014. The Specialist will work to enhance in-state and interstate access for state, territory, and tribal grantees to a variety of federal and state criminal background check components as well as state child abuse and neglect registries. The Specialist will work with federal, state, county, and external stakeholders to eliminate barriers and to develop innovative and viable options for the interstate exchange of information needed to meet the background check requirements. These innovations have the potential of developing and meeting the needs of a variety of vulnerable populations.

OCC supports low-income working families through child care financial assistance and promotes children’s learning by improving the quality of early care and education and afterschool programs.

We encourage eligible applicants to apply. Please share this e-mail with potential qualified candidates. You may view the announcement now via this Web link and apply beginning on Wednesday, October 10.

Child Care Program Specialist, GS-0101-13—Washington, D.C.

  • Open Date:Wednesday, October 10, 2018
  • Closing Date:Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Announcement Link

The job announcement link is as follows: (DE); the job announcement number is HHS-ACF-DE-18-10291427.

Note: This vacancy announcement will close upon receipt of the first 150 applications or by the closing date, whichever occurs first.

OHS Head Start Program Performance Standards Talk

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2016

2–3:30 p.m. EDT

Register Online Now!

Join the Office of Head Start (OHS) in this conversation for Head Start grantees’ management and staff members, T/TA System staff, and other stakeholders about the newly released Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS).

Join us this month to discuss supporting implementation of the HSPPS, as well as hot topics we are hearing from the field.

Learn more about:

  • Update on background checks
  • Using the Program Management and Fiscal Operations (PMFO) Management Systems Wheel as a guiding tool
  • Developing an HSPPS implementation process utilizing the four stages of the Implementation Science Framework
  • Suggested planning processes
  • The role of the governing body and Policy Council
  • Task Functional teams

Before the webcast, please read HSPPS Sections 1302.70, 1302.72, 1302.101(b), and 1302.103.

Who Should Participate?

The webcast will benefit an array of audience members, including Head Start and Early Head Start executive leadership, program directors, managers, and staff members. Please call in with other colleagues in your organization where possible.

How to Register

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This registration is only valid for the webcast on Dec. 14.

Space is limited. Sign up today to attend the session from your office or conference room. You will receive a confirmation email with instructions on how to join. The webcast will be accessible via computer, tablet, and other Internet-connected devices. Phone access is available for those requiring alternative accommodations. Send an email to to receive telephone access.

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