Early Learning Program Manager

Summary Work with early learning providers and supports in the DCPNI footprint to ensure that every child in Kenilworth-Parkside is given a healthy start and enters Kindergarten ready to learn by performing the following duties.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


  • Oversees the day-to-day management and coordination of DCPNI partners to support DCPNI’s goals of increased quality and quantity of early learning opportunities in the
  • Collaborates with the DCPNI Chief, Education & Learning to implement and revise DCPNI early learning
  • Coordinates with the DCPNI Academic Program Managers and OST Program Manager to ensure seamless transitions for rising elementary school
  • Works with DCPNI team to develop effective linkages between early learning providers, additional early learning and child development resources and community social
  • Ensures the delivery of provider and community resources, tailoring services to student needs (including prevention, enrichment, early intervention, and intensive crisis response).
  • Manages a number of program partners that may include early literacy programs, special needs assessment programs, and health and wellness
  • Aligns partners to achieve DCPNI performance


  • Serves as key contact for early learning providers and
  • Assists with the planning, coordination and implementation of special events to promote early learning and parent engagement within the
  • Supports outreach to children, families, and academic stakeholders about DCPNI programming and partner programming with the goal of increasing participation
  • Demonstrates effective leadership skills and initiative; strives to continually improve processes and
  • Serves as families’ advocate, assessing and assuring that quality services are
  • Coordinates with the Chief, Education & Learning, Chief, Family & Community Engagement and the schools on the development of a strategy for engaging parents in student learning and

Evaluation & Systems Change

  • Works with the Chief, Education & Learning and Director of Data and Evaluation to develop a system to identify student needs in key academic and non-academic areas, and link them with necessary services and
  • Tracks and reports to DCPNI leadership on program usage, effectiveness and
  • Recommends improvements to district policies and provider practices to ensure the effective removal of barriers to
  • Effectively communicates with internal and external stakeholders about DCPNI goals and
  • Identifies program and participant gaps and makes recommendations to improve DCPNI service
  • Monitors and implements components, indicators, and measures of the school accountability plan relevant to wraparound services supporting school and student
  • Represents DCPNI on working groups and councils in the early childhood community throughout Washington, DC, including Raise DC Early Childhood Change Network, OSSE’s early learning standards working group, OSSE’s QRS revision working group, the Home Visiting Council, and on any additional relevant


  • Coordinates training and professional development relevant to wraparound support for early learning providers and community
  • Tracks and reports to DCPNI leadership on program usage, effectiveness and satisfaction;
  • Staffs the DCPNI Early Learning

QUALIFICATIONS To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.

Education and Experience

Bachelor’s degree from a four-year college or university in Early Childhood Education, School Counseling or Social Work and three (3) to five (5) years of child development, pre-literacy, literacy attainment and early childhood education experience or equivalent combination of education and experience. Prior experience must include understanding of Washington, DC early learning community, early learning standards and kindergarten readiness standards, as well as managing student supports across the continuum of prevention and enrichment services, early intervention services, and intensive/crisis intervention services. Prior experience must also include creating partnerships between schools and community organizations. Teaching or educational management experience strongly preferred. Highly Preferred Experience includes working in Ward 7 or schools/organizations east of the Anacostia River.


Proficient in use of computer technology primarily Microsoft Office in MAC and PC environments and social media.


Qualified candidates should submit cover letter with salary preferences and resume to hr@dcpni.org. Please include “Early Learning PM” in the email subject line. Phone calls and emails to DCPNI staff will not be accepted.