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State of Washington Classified Job Specification


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Class Code: 256A
Category: Education

Class Series Concept

Positions in this series provide various childcare and educational activities for children in early childhood programs and provide information to parents on childcare techniques.


This is the entry level of the series. Positions typically work under direct supervision, performing entry level work following clearly defined work procedures and priorities. Duties include performing classroom work such as recording enrollment; preparing and organizing materials used by children for their projects; and monitoring activities such as nap times, free time, snacks, and lunches.

Typical Work

Prepares materials and equipment under the direction of a teacher, program manager, or other staff; stores and maintains educational equipment and materials; 

Assists with preparation, presentation, and clean up of projects and activities such as art projects, stories, songs, outdoor activities, and bulletin boards; 

Assists in ensuring that children are involved in activities suited to their immediate emotional, social, intellectual, and physical needs; provides activity options to children;  

Assists in serving and cleaning up after snacks and lunches; assists in child guidance; monitors nap times, free time, field trips, and transition between activities; 

Assists with the maintenance of a healthy and safe environment; 

Keeps enrollment records; 

May prepare snacks and/or lunches; 

May operate motor vehicles to transport children, aides, parents, teachers or 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

There are no qualifications/skills or competencies identified at this level.

Class Specification History

New class effective June 1, 2005; Early Childhood Program Specialist 1 (replaces 4480 Early Childhood Program Aide I).
Revise class. General revision; adopted May 10, 2007, effective July 1, 2007.