Child & Youth Program Asst. Entry-Target Level CY-1702-01/02

Announcement Number:
Child Care
Position Status:
$12.33 - $15.10 Hourly
Areas of Consideration:
Relocation Expenses:
Relocation not authorized
Application Email:

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF DUTIES: The duties and responsibilities of the Cf Program Assistant have been grouped into categories, including curriculum, Indoor and outdoor environment, interactions and relationships, supervision of children and youth, parent and employee communication, assessment, compliance, and additional responsibilities. Each is described below. 

Assists/develops schedules and activity plans. This may include reviewing and providing input into schedules and activity plans developed by the entry level and intermediate level Educational Aids (Cf Program Assistants), Cf-1702-I. Ensures that program plans and activities incorporate the observed needs of  individual children and youth. Implements activities and special events that meet the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of children and youth. Incorporates special instructions provided by parents such as special dietary needs, physical needs, or other information that may affect the child or youth's experience in the program. Prepares and implements program options for children and youth with special requirements. Cares for children and youth with special needs as directed by the supervisor. Demonstrates, instructs, leads, and facilitates planned and spontaneous program activities. Role models developmentally appropriate practice and classroom or activity area management techniques. Promotes and models safety, fitness, health, and nutrition practices. Helps arrange for and/or serve appropriate snacks or meals where applicable. 

Indoor and Outdoor Environment 
Helps prepare, arrange and maintain indoor and outdoor activity areas and materials to accommodate daily schedules. Se?? up displays and bulletin boards. Inventories equipment on a recurring basis and recommends replenishing damaged, missing, and depleted supplies. Secures supplies, equipment, and facilities. 

Interactions and Relationships 
Helps/establishes a program environment that sustains participant interest and promotes positive interactions with other children, youth and adults. Interacts with children and youth using approved child guidance 
and youth development techniques. 

Supervision ofChildren and Youth 
Provides care and supervision, oversight, and accountability for program participants in compliance with the Department ofDefense (DoD), NAF Component, and local installation policies, guidance, and standards. Maintains control of and accounts for whereabouts and safety of children and youth. Supervises children and youth during daily schedule of Indoor and outdoor activities and on field trips, outings, and special events. Ensures children and youth (as applicable) depart with authorized person according to written parental instructions. Observes program participants for signs that may indicate illness, abuse, or neglect and reports as directed. Incumbent is a mandatory reporter to Family Advocacy and Child Protective Services as prescribed by local policy in the case of suspected incidences of child abuse and neglect. 

Parent and Employee Communication 
Interacts professionally with employees, parents, and local installation command personnel. Provides parents with daily verbal or written feedback about their child/youth or program activities. Participates in conferences with parents and employees. 

Observes children and youth and documents developmental progression and/or concerns. Uses the information in planning. Participates in program evaluation using designated instruments such as programmatic rating scales, risk assessment tools (as required), self-inspection materials, and national accreditation tools. 

Assists in achieving and maintaining DoD certification and national accreditation or equivalent. Ensures compliance with law, policies, and regulations applicable to DoD CT programs. Notifies supervisor of health, fire, and safety compliance concerns. 

Additional Responsibilities 
Assists/collects, maintains, and reports program participation data. Performs other related duties as assigned.

Knowledge Required by the Position 
Knowledge in child and youth development to provide input to an efficient and effective program responsive to the needs of children and youth. Skill to implement developmentally appropriate child and youth development principles/practices and services to provide direct care and education for children and youth, individually or with groups of children and youth. Skill to promote and foster effective working relationships with children and youth and coworkers. Skill to work cooperatively as a member of a team. Ability to follow verbal and written instructions. Ability to communicate effectively in English, both orally and in writing. Ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing. Possesses skill in oral expression to explain processes and procedures and to provide basic program information. 

In accordance with DoDI 6060.2, must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent. The Military Child care Act requires national accreditation of CT programs. Minimum education requirements are required by the accrediting body DoDI 1400.25-v14-S requires completion of prerequisite training and education before advancing to the next level with or between paybands. 
In accordance with DoD, accrediting body, and CT Payband requirements incumbents must have: 
Entry: Must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent 
Intermediate: Must be at least 18 years of age with a high school diploma or equivalent Have 6 months experience working with children/youth in a child or youth setting. Have completed child abuse modules and 3 VLS training 
Target: Completion of DoN Standardized Module Training AND 12 months of experience working with children and youth. 
A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or Military School-Age (MSA) credential. 
2-year degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE), Child Development or related field of study, which can include Youth Recreation, Physical Education, Elementary Education, Secondary Education, Youth Development, Psychology, Social Work, Home Economics with an emphasis in Human Development, or other degrees as appropriate.

Position is subject to special inoculation and immunization requirements as a condition of employment for working with children. Employee is required to obtain appropriate immunization against communicable diseases in accordance with recommendations from the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (AOP), which includes the influenza vaccine. 

Test Designated Position: In accordance with the Department of the Navy Test Designated Position listing issued 7 October 2003 this position is subject to both pre-employment and random drug testing as a condition of employment. A positive drug test, or failure to submit for testing, may become the basis for removal from this position. Must obtain appropriate credentials as required. Must pass a pre­employment physical, provide evidence of immunization and be free from communicable disease. Satisfactorily complete all background checks in accordance with PL 101-647 to include National Agency Check with Written Inquiries (NACT). Must satisfactorily obtain or complete required training certificates and maintain certifications or credentials required by federal, state or National Accreditation institutions utilized as part of OOD's Child and Youth Programs. 



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Applicants who do not meet the above requirements may not be interviewed and due to the volume of applications received, may not be notified.  Participation in direct deposit upon employment is required.

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1.  Reemployment Priority List (RPL): Qualifying separated employees shall have a priority placement in the NAF activity from which they were separated as a result of a Business Based Action (BBA), when the position has substantially the same duties as the position from which they were separated and it is not a higher grade or employment category, provided the position is not being filled by an internal candidate.

To claim this preference, you MUST:

Submit a copy of your BBA Separation

Notification indicating eligibility for RPL.


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Submit a sponsor’s PCS orders to installation you are applying for; AND

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