STATEMENT OF THE JOB: Under the overall supervision of the Early Childhood Director and the direct supervision of the Center Manager, the Teacher is responsible for implementing the educational program for 3-5 year old children at the center level.
Maintain a professional attitude at all times with staff, parents, volunteers and children.
Plan and implement learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of all children in their care, improving the school readiness of each child aligning experiences with the five central domains of the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (ELOF):
Approaches to Learning
Social and Emotional Development
Language and Literacy
Perceptual, Motor, and Physical Development
Establish and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment.
Create a warm and welcoming environment, which supports the social and emotional development of children through positive, trusting, and nurturing teacher-child relationships.
Encourage the involvement of the families served and support the development of positive family-child relationships.
guiding childrens behavior in positive, proactive ways through the use of regular routines, picture schedules, classroom jobs, and positive descriptive praise,
implementing the curriculum daily lesson plans,
promoting developmentally, linguistically, and culturally appropriate practices,
scheduling and conducting regular educational home visits at the family home and parent teacher conferences at the center and
monitoring and documenting childrens growth and development on an ongoing basis, through the use of data collection tools provided, and using the collected data to individualize for every child.
Is knowledgeable in all aspects of use and design of learning centers.
Provide supervision for children at all times and other staff or volunteers as designated.
Responsible for the orderliness and cleanliness of center.
Promote good eating habits by sitting at the table, conversing, encouraging good table manners and eating with the children when food is served.
Maintain a high quality daily program of work and designated record keeping.
Work cooperatively with other classroom/center staff.
Coordinate with administrative office and support staff to implement appropriate recommendations made by local education agencies and/or consultants.
Assist in obtaining and documenting volunteer hours and donated items from parent and community members, which may be used as In-Kind (Non-Federal Match).
Attend and participate in monthly center staff meetings.
Participate in the following, as requested:
Serve as a member of the IEP Team and work with administrative staff and therapist to implement classroom supports that help children reach their IEP goal(s).
Must be able to see, hear and respond to childrens needs, emergencies, and conflicts that might occur in the classroom, playground, bathrooms, or other areas used by children.
May assume responsibility of giving overall direction to the Center in the absence of the Center Manager, if designated.
Minimum of Associate degree in Early Childhood Education required. Coursework equivalent to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool children may be substituted for ECE degree if deemed appropriate.
One year of experience teaching children ages (3 to 5 years).
Good physical condition. Able to lift children, sit and stand for long periods of time. Participate in activities requiring bending, stooping, kneeling, and jumping. Occasionally stand or walk on uneven surfaces.
Must pass tuberculosis screening annually and initial health examination within first three months of employment.
Valid drivers license, access to transportation with liability insurance and willing to use vehicle for Agency related travel.
Must be able to travel out of area overnight to attend training.
Must be able to hear and communicate orally with children and adults.
Specific vision abilities required by this job include close, distance and peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus.
Occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
Be in sympathy with the concepts of the Head Start program.
Able to delegate responsibilities.
Able to keep confidential information without inappropriately divulging it.
Planning and organizational abilities.
Able to make decisions and work without continual close supervision.
Must be able to represent the Agency in activities related to job title.
QUALIFICATION REQUIREMENTS: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential function satisfactorily. The requirements listed above are representative of the knowledge, skill, and /or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Salary: Associate's Degree $13.91, Bachelor's Degree $14.62
Start Date: ASAP, Currently budgeted for 10 months per year
Hours of work:
Children present: 7:30-3:30
Children not present: 7:30-4:00, with a 30-minute lunch break
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