Mental Health Systems, Inc.

  • Child Care Specialist

    Job Locations US-CA-OCEANSIDE
    Req No.
    Other Specialties
    Regular Full-Time
  • Program/Department Description

    Our Family Recovery Center (FRC) is a residential and outpatient treatment program dedicated to assisting women recover from substance abuse, while promoting healthy family reunification. There are four major components of FRC: Residential Treatment; Day Treatment; Outpatient Treatment; and our Child Development Center. 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, Inc. (MHS) was founded in 1978 to provide mental health and drug and alcohol rehabilitation services in an innovative and cost-effective manner. We continue to ensure that the delivery of these services conforms with the values highlighted on the cover of this directory. Our goal is to improve lives and instill hope by using new and creative treatment strategies while respecting time-proven methods of intervention.


    MHS is a Drug-Free workplace therefore all staff must comply with Drug-Free Workplace requirements regarding alcohol and drug use. MHS performs post-offer substance abuse testing on all employees. MHS provides a full range of benefits to regular employees. These benefits include paid vacation, sick time, and holidays, partially paid employee health insurance, flexible spending account, paid employee long-term disability insurance, an MHS funded profit sharing plan, and an individual employee-funded 403(b) plan. Eligibility for benefits is contingent upon employment status; see MHS Employee Handbook for full details. 


    Position Description



    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.

    Education/Experience Requirements


    • 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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