Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Child Care Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-OCEANSIDE
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • About our Program and Organization


    Our Family Recovery Center (FRC) is a residential treatment program dedicated to assisting women recover from substance abuse, while promoting healthy family reunification. FRC serves pregnant and parenting women and their children through the age of 10. We provide a safe and nurturing environment that offers a holistic approach to recovery that includes addiction education and treatment, physical wellness, and meeting the psychiatric needs of our clients.



    Mental Health Systems is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization committed to delivering innovative mental health, substance abuse, supportive housing, veteran, and recovery services. MHS provides over 75 broad-ranging programs that offer safety-net services and employs over 800 dedicated individuals across 6 California counties; Contra Costa, Fresno, Kern, Kings, San Bernardino, and San Diego.   Since 1978, Mental Health System’s client-centered, strengths-based solutions have been designed to offer comprehensive, culturally competent programs that embody our core values of Excellence, Hope, Action, Innovation, Integrity, and Dignity. MHS has a commitment toward reducing stigma and improving access to care using the principle of “whatever it takes”. MHS offers a generous benefits package including medical, dental, vision, company sponsored retirement plan, employee assistance program, generous holidays, vacation, and sick for eligible employees.


    Job Summary and Responsibilities



    The Child Care Specialist provides child development services for children of women in residential day treatment and outpatient programs during treatment hours and other hours as scheduled, including some holidays and evenings.



    • Provides case management services to individual children in collaboration with Counselor.
    • Participates in training and supervision of mothers and volunteers in the CDC including providing supervision, guidance, and support to mothers of children in the program.
    • Ensures that care provided is culturally sensitive and appropriate to needs of children and mothers in treatment.
    • Ensures compliance with immunization requirements for individual children on caseload.
    • Ensures compliance with licensing requirements for individual children on caseload.
    • Plans curriculum for Child Development Center in cooperation with Parent Educators and Manager of Children’s Services.
    • Maintains case file documentation in accordance with evaluation requirements.
    • Participates in maintenance of security procedures of the facility.
    • Facilitates smooth running of treatment program by being an appropriate role model.
    • Drives program van when needed.
    • Displays regular and reliable attendance. Reports to and departs from work on time, as scheduled, and accurately reflects all time on time card.
    • Successfully functions as a team member.



    • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Education, or closely related field preferred.
    • A minimum of 12 core semester units in early childhood education/child development and 6 months’ experience working in a licensed child care center or comparable group child care center. Qualifications for different age groups include infant toddler, and preschool many vary.
    • Experience with infants and toddlers with special needs.
    • Experience with ethnically and culturally diverse children and families.


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