Early Childhood ELL Specialist

  • Washington, DC
  • Full-time

Company Description

Mary's Center is a federally qualified health center that served over 31,000 men, women and childern in 2012. We provide comprehensive health, dental, social, and education services to underserved, underinsured, and uninsured individuals in the D.C. metropolitan region. Our mission is to build better futures through the offering of these services. We embrace culturally diverse communites and provide them with the highest quality of care, regardless of ability to pay.

Job Description



  • Provide push‐in and pull‐out small group and individual instruction in pre‐k classroom and allot time in schedule for planning and delivering instruction collaboratively with regular pre‐k teachers (50%).
  • Assess and analyze language acquisition levels of children in multilingual pre‐k classrooms and two‐year old classrooms and provide professional development in language acquisition to early childhood and adult education/parenting teachers.
  • Engage in collaborative problem solving with early childhood teachers and provide on‐going support and coaching in the areas of age‐appropriate language and literacy skill development to help teachers meet the individualized needs of young ELL/DLL students.
  • Conduct language‐based small group and individual instruction for Response to Intervention


  • Help pre‐k and two‐year old teachers utilize ongoing assessment and curricula to measure students mastery of language skills in authentic contexts. Guide them in creating and implementing appropriate activities and interactions to advance language and literacy skills.
  • Provide coaching in the area of leveraging existing tools and program activities such as home language surveys, developmental screens for language, formative assessments, the RTI process, and parent teacher conferences to maximize student learning.
  • Utilize the RTI process to help pre‐k students master language and literacy goals.
  • Keep abreast of research and promising practices in the field of bilingual early childhood and early childhood special education and provide curricular and resource supports to early childhood staff.
  • Provide orientation, training and on‐going support to parents and teachers about language

acquisition in early childhood.   .


  • Model activities/lessons that help children understand concepts/content as well as develop language skills.
  • Help to oversee monitoring of progress toward children’s language and literacy goals.
  • Develop resources and parent training materials, as well as use and modify existing resources to help parents with low literacy level in their native languages boost their children’s language development and academic achievement.
  • Exemplify the core values of the school including the high value placed on home language and help teachers and parents plan program activities that teach parents to build advanced language skills in the home language.
  • Respond appropriately to multiple official and unofficial partners including parents, staff, collaborating agencies, schools and advocacy groups.


  • Master’s degree in early childhood/elementary education or related field.
  • Minimum of three to five years of experience in early childhood education and demonstrated commitment and experience with ELL instruction
  • Experience with meeting the needs of all students in a diverse, multicultural environment
  • Excellent oral and written communication abilities
  • Preference given to applicants who are bilingual English/Spanish

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.