Preschool and Toddler Engagement Specialist

Agency Summary

OPI is a low barrier, housing first emergency shelter for women and families experiencing homelessness. Our program focuses on helping clients secure permanent housing as the first step towards achieving self-sufficiency. We serve both the chronically homeless and those experiencing an acute housing crisis, with priority given to those at greatest risk. The shelter provides a safe, supportive environment where clients’ basic needs for food, water, and safety are met. We work with each client to develop a personalized case management plan to help them find housing, increase their income, and achieve financial stability. We also connect them to community resources so that they have long term tools available to maintain their financial stability. As a family first, trauma informed care organization, we are committed to tackling homelessness with respect, honesty, and courage.

Position Summary

The toddle and preschool support specialist (TPSS) is responsible for supporting the social, emotional, and developmental needs of the toddlers and preschoolers residing in the shelter during the COVID-19 Crisis.  The TPSS will provide educational resources and enrichment ideas to parents. The TPSS will also plan and implement individual and small group learning activities for these toddlers and preschoolers. The TPSS will also provide childcare as needed. This is a temporary, contract position that will remain open until schools and/or daycares re-open.


Bachelor’s degree in education, child development, or a related human services field OR 5 years experience working with toddlers or preschoolers. Proven skills/knowledge in working directly with children and families. Proven ability to quickly build trust/rapport with adults/children; listen effectively, adapt, problem-solve, manage multiple projects, prioritize, work with people of diverse socio-economic and cultural backgrounds/orientations, and research/analyze information.

Essential Duties and Core Responsibilities

  • Provide parents with educational resources + enrichment ideas for their family.
  • Engage preschoolers and toddlers in play-based learning activities that promote their social, emotional, and developmental growth.
  • Work with parents to develop a “stay at home” plan and schedule that works for their family. Be a resource for parents as they work through the challenges of implementing that plan.
  • Provide childcare for families with preschoolers and toddlers on an as-needed-basis.


20 hours per week. Flexible Hours. Weekend and evening work may be needed to support enrichment activities.


305 Lovejoy Rd, Fort Walton Beach, FL 32548. Research and planning activities can be done at home.

Responsible To

Family Services Coordinator