RESPONSIBLE TO: SITE SUPERVISOR
GRADE: 9 / NONEXEMPT
NUMBER OF PROGRAM WEEKS: 45 WEEKS PER YEAR
SUMMARY: Promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children. Provide and maintain a safe environment for children and ensure that children are appropriately supervised at all times.
- Must have, or obtain within three years of hire, a valid NYS teaching certificate to include Nursery through 4 year olds; e.g.: Birth through 2nd Grade or Nursery through 6th Grade.
- Bachelor or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education, or in a related field that is supplemented by 24 credit hours in early childhood education.
- One year of early childhood lead teacher experience.
- Basic computer skills required.
- Ability to work with and interact with children and adults in a group setting.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills.
- Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
- Access to reliable transportation.
- Ensure that all children assigned to class are supervised at all times. Perform regular counts of children assigned to ensure that all children are accounted for.
- Establish and maintain a safe, healthy, learning environment.
- Provide a safe environment to prevent and reduce injuries.
- Promote good health and nutrition, and provide an environment that contributes to the prevention of illness.
- Use space, materials and routines as resources for developing an interesting, secure, and enjoyable environment that encourages play, exploration, and learning.
- Advance physical and intellectual competence to promote higher level thinking skills.
- Provide a variety of equipment, activities and opportunities to promote the physical development of children.
- Provide activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem solving appropriate to the developmental levels and learning styles of children.
- Actively communicate with children, and provide opportunities and support for children to understand, acquire, and use verbal and nonverbal means of communicating thoughts and feelings.
- Provide opportunities that stimulate children to play with sound, rhythm, language, materials, space and ideas in individual ways and to express their creative abilities.
- Support social and emotional development through attachment, initiative and self-regulation and provide positive guidance.
- Provide physical and emotional security for each child and help each child to know, accept, and take pride in him -or her -self, and to develop a sense of independence.
- Help each child feel accepted in the group, help children learn to communicate and get along with others, and encourage feelings of empathy and mutual respect among children and adults.
- Provide a supportive environment in which children can begin to learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors as individuals and as a group.
- Support each child’s culture within the classroom.
- Establish positive and productive relationships with families.
- Maintain an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child's family, encourage their involvement in the program, and support the child's relationship with his or her family.
- Serve as a role model for Head Start parents and foster appropriate parent-child
interaction in the classroom and in the home.
- Extend classroom learning into the home through a minimum of two educational home visits and weekly school to home activities with assigned Head Start enrolled families.
- Sharing of children’s progress with parent and guardian with at least 2 parent- teacher conferences per year (may include case conferences).
- Implement and support HS performance standards and the Early Learning Framework.
- Ensure a well-run, purposeful program, responsive to participant needs.
- Manage the classroom, with the use of available resources to ensure an effective operation.
- Communicate, cooperate, and collaborate with other staff members as appropriate to ensure that each child gets the full benefit of the Head Start experience.
- Work as a member of the Head Start team to ensure that program requirements of all Head Start functional areas are being carried out.
- Collaborate with other staff as appropriate and be responsible for planning, record keeping and observations and individualizations.
- Collaborate as appropriate in the development of lesson plans on a weekly basis that consists of activities designed to meet the needs of all children.
- Develop lesson plans that reflect activities that foster all domains of the Early Learning Framework.
- Make changes if necessary, to lesson plans prior to implementation.
- Implement individualizations on a daily basis through large- and small-group instruction.
- Complete child assessments in a timely manner, three times per year.
- Conduct individual child observations on a regular basis.
- Maintain a commitment to professionalism in relation to verbal and non-verbal communication, teamwork, interactions with children, staff, and parents.
- Take advantage of training opportunities to improve competence both for personal and professional growth, and for the benefit of children and families.
- Utilize feedback and self-reflective practices to enhance professional growth.
- Participate in workshops and training sessions to further knowledge and experiences in The Head Start Performance Standards and Head Start Functional Areas.
- Ensure that the sponsoring school district’s requirements are met.
- Assist with the delivery of nutrition services to children as assigned, including but not limited to the following: storage of food and supplies, participate in family style dining, clean-up, sanitation and nutritional educational services.
- Document and coordinate to maintain non-federal share (in-kind) records for classroom and site to include volunteer hours for parents.
- Report incidents and concerns of child abuse or neglect as a mandated reporter.
- Perform other duties as they relate to the Head Start Performance Standards and the team- approach of the Head Start philosophy.
- Adhere to relevant health and safety policies and procedures.
- Maintain confidentiality of all family and child records and all matters relating to families.