Employment Type
Job Location
Merrick Head Start, Syracuse, NY 13204, 175 Hudson St.
Date posted
February 1, 2023
Position title
UPK Teacher Assistant

37.5 hours per week

45 weeks per year


A Child Development Associate credential (CDA) or 6 credit hours in Early Childhood Education, or similar formal training, plus at least three months of experience working with preschool-aged children in a professional or practicum setting;
Also requires:
• Solid interpersonal and communication skills with adults and young children
• Ability to work in a team environment
• Ability to occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds
• Basic computer skills
• Must have received at least an initial vaccination regimen for COVID-19.

SUMMARY: Assist in promoting the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children.



1. 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.

2. Assist in establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy, learning environment.
A. Assist in providing a safe environment to prevent and reduce injuries.
B. Assist in promoting good health and nutrition, and provide an environment that contributes to the prevention of illness.
C. Use space, materials and routines as resources for developing an interesting, secure, and enjoyable environment that encourages play, exploration, and learning.

3. Assist in advancing physical and intellectual competence.
A. Assist in providing a variety of equipment, activities and opportunities to promote the physical development of children.
B. Assist in providing activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem solving appropriate to the developmental levels and learning styles of children.
C. 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.
D. Assist in providing opportunities that stimulate children to play with sound, rhythm, language, materials, space and ideas in individual ways and to express their creative abilities.

4. Assist in supporting social and emotional development and providing positive guidance.
A. Assist in providing 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.
B. Assist in helping 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.
C. Assist in providing a supportive environment in which children can begin to learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors as individuals and as a group.
D. Assist in supporting each child’s culture within the classroom.

5. Assist in establishing positive and productive relationships with families.

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