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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 256B
Category: Education


This is the journey level of the series. Positions at this level work under general supervision. Positions direct educational activities of children including presenting basic developmental materials, provide child development information to parents as necessary, and perform attendant clerical procedures.

Typical Work

Directs children in educational activities as well as during lunch, nap time, free time, field trips, and transition between activities and playground periods; 

Prepares materials for presentation to children under the direction of a teacher, program manager, or other staff; 

Assists teacher, program manager, and other staff in assessing the progress of each child; 

Receives visitors and telephone inquiries; explains procedures and program routine; 

Receives materials, supplies and clothing brought to the early childhood program; 

Presents basic developmental materials to children and encourages individual work and development; guides children for specified periods when the teacher, program manager, or other staff are absent;  

Administers prescribed medication and first aid; handles medical emergencies as they arise;

May supervise or direct the work of lower level staff.

Legal Requirement(s)

There may be instances where individual positions must have additional licenses or certification. It is the employer’s responsibility to ensure the appropriate licenses/certifications are obtained for each position.   

Positions typically require certification by the Department of Social and Health Services (DSHS) as provided in Title 388 WAC and applicable law(s).  Individual positions may have specific skill and competency or minimum requirements.

Desirable Qualifications

Positions typically require one year of experience in an early childhood program


thirty quarter credit hours in early childhood development/education/special education.


Equivalent education/experience.

Class Specification History

New class effective June 1, 2005; Early Childhood Program Specialist 2 (replaces 4481 Early Childhood Program Aide II).
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.
(05/13/2010) Corrected job title in document headers.