Assistant Preschool Program Manager / Curriculum Coordinator

Child Development Services | Gray, ME

Posted Date 10/13/2021


POSITION TITLE: Assistant Preschool Program Manager / Curriculum Coordinator
REPORTS TO: Preschool Program Manager / Curriculum Coordinator
SALARY RANGE: $48,152 - $79,123 per year


Position will support Part B CDS Preschool Teachers of Children with Disabilities/Case Managers, who will provide Specially Designed Instruction in compliance with federal Individuals with Disabilities Education Improvement Act (IDEA) and Maine Unified Special Education Regulations (MUSER). After identification and referral of a child to a CDS preschool, the Assistant PPM/CC will facilitate any future IEP meetings and commit funding in order to develop or amend the Individual Education Plan. Will also support provision of services and ongoing case management to ensure that each child receives a Free Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).


  • Support Part B Special Education Teachers/Case Managers to maintain compliance with Federal and State regulations
  • Function as the IEP Administrator to ensure FAPE is authorized and appropriate funding is committed
  • Oversee case management functions completed by Special Education Teachers/Case Managers in accordance with state and federal regulations
  • Provide input for staff meetings to support a collaborative culture and to share policy, procedural, and programming updates
  • Support with parent tours and child placement in CDS preschools, ensuring that all required licensing documents are on file prior to a child’s entrance into the program, Per PPM/CC
  • When staffing requires, provide direct instruction in the classroom setting
  • Ensure that CINC service logs, quarterly progress reports, and annual assessment data is accurate and available in a timely manner
  • Act as Center Director for purposes of childcare licensing, in the absence of the PPM/CC
  • Give input on professional development opportunities that align with professional development plan
  • Conduct ongoing file reviews, both in current data system and in child files
  • Review monthly compliance reports and support Special Education Teachers/Case Managers with meeting IDEA Part B timelines and service needs with the PPM/CC
  • Support Part B Special Education Teachers/Case Managers with development of IEPs and written notices, review before being sent to parents/guardians
  • Implement, monitor, and report progress of any corrective activities, if necessary, for compliance in collaboration with the PPM/CC, CDS Director of Preschool Programs, and CDS State Director
  • Ensures staff complies with human resource laws, policies, procedures, and practices


  • A Maine Department of Education Certificate in one of the following is required:
    • 035 – Assistant Special Education Director
    • 079 – Special Education Consultant
    • 282 – Teacher of Children with Disabilities
  • Successful background, criminal records, fingerprinting, and reference checks (Maine DOE Criminal History Records Check and DHHS childcare eligibility are both required)
  • Five (5) or more years of experience in an Early Intervention and/or Early Childhood Special Education setting
  • Knowledge of child development, disabilities, family systems, and special education methods


  • Understanding of scientifically based interventions, recommended practices, and best practice
  • Understanding of various assessment and evaluation formats and scientifically based instruments
  • Knowledge and understanding about preschool children who are eligible under IDEA 2004 and MUSER
  • Knowledge regarding FAPE services for eligible children
  • Supervisory knowledge and experience including familiarity with employee performance reviews and corrective action plans
  • Prior involvement with team leadership and employee relations
  • Ability to stay up to date on evidence-based intervention and special education strategies
  • Ability to perform programmatic administrative duties
  • Exceptional organizational, planning, and adaptability skills
  • High level of personal initiative and dependability
  • Ability to evaluate work compared to goals, to focus on measurable outcomes
  • Ability to gather facts through interviewing and investigative methods
  • Exceptional oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to draft reports based on research and program data
  • Ability to work collaboratively to create effective action plans based on appropriate information
  • Ability to understand complex issues or problems by breaking them down into smaller steps or tracing the impact
  • Knowledge of community resources and services
  • Ability to prepare and present training and orientation programs
  • Ability to participate in committee work

A complete application consists of a resume, completed employment application (on CDS website) cover letter, three professional letters of reference (at least one from a former supervisor), and license and certification information. Persons applying for Case Manager, Service Coordinator, Social Worker, Educational Consultant, Therapist, or Teacher positions must provide a copy of transcripts, including grades, from all colleges / universities attended.

Submit Application to:

Lori Whittemore, Director of Preschool Programming

CDS Circle of Learning

322 West Gray Road

Gray, ME 04039

Fax:  207-428-4299



Child Development Services now offers a competitive salary and benefits package, including Maine State Employee medical insurance.


Child Development Services serves the early intervention and special education needs of Maine's children birth to age five.  We have over 350 employees, a large network of contracted providers and currently serve over 3,500 children ages 0 to 5 years.

CDS consists of 10 principal sites throughout Maine with several satellite offices.

This posting is being offered by an equal opportunity employer.



Job Type
Administration | Director of Special Education | Principal / Asst. Principal | Teacher - Special Education
Job Location (County)
Cumberland | York

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