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Head Start Teacher - PDP
Smithfield Head Start Center
$13.53 per hour-
This position is responsible for providing quality, comprehensive child development services to preschool children and their families; and encouraging parental involvement in educational planning, goal setting and center activities. Administers developmental testing programs, assessments, etc. for the purpose of identifying needs, assessing student development and/or developing individual learning plans. Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment. Maintains classroom equipment, work areas, student files/records (e.g. instructional materials, cleaning work areas/playground, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring availability of items, providing reliable information and/or ensuring a safe and sanitary environment. Responds to inquiries from a variety of sources for the purpose of resolving issues, providing information and/or referrals. Participates in a variety of program activities (e.g. family staffing, staff training, planning communication and evaluation activities, etc.) for the purpose of conveying and/or receiving information related to program plan. Prepares teaching materials and related reports (e.g. classroom activities, individual child observations, program records, etc.) for the purpose of documenting family and child activities as described in the work plan. Organizes indoor/outdoor, quiet/active activities appropriate to age group for the purpose of actively participating in the learning activities with children. Collaborates with families for the purpose of optimizing development (e.g. nutrition, self care, social, motor skills, language skills, etc.) of each child and helping to enhance parenting skills. Implements academic, behavior, health and nutrition plans (e.g. literacy activities stories, songs, math/science activities, art, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring compliance with established regulations and/or performance standards and encouraging parent involvement. Develops curriculum and/or individual plans for students in collaboration with classroom team (e.g. Child Health Plan, Individual Learning Plan, etc.) for the purpose of providing classroom activities and routines that support individual/group needs and/or delivering services in compliance with established guidelines. Conducts home visits for the purpose of providing information and resources (e.g. parenting skills, community resources, goal setting, health referrals, etc.) to families on a schedule in compliance with program requirements and/or to partner with families in educational planning and goal setting. Works with Assistant Teachers for the purpose of collaborating to meet the needs of the family, providing training and encouraging their participation in planning, curriculum development and classroom activities. Monitors students in a variety of educational setting (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, nap times, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment. Models conversation, manners, clean up activities, listening, and everyday interactions for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior in a culturally sensitive manner. Acts as a support and resource person for families for the purpose of helping to case manage specific needs with families, advocating for parents and encouraging parent involvement in the program. Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution. Coordinates a variety of activities (e.g. field trips, transportation, lesson plans, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring the availability of equipment, materials and personnel to achieve objectives. Attends a variety of educational workshops, seminars, in-service trainings, etc. for the purpose of maintaining their professional knowledge. Maintains files and/or records for the purpose of providing up-to-date reference, cross component communication, and audit trail for compliance with district, local, state and federal regulations.
Associates degree in Early Childhood Education or related field and extensive experience in service for children and families. Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education. Minimum of two years experience working with Preschool aged children, including supervising staff. Must have training and experience in areas that include: Theories and principles of child growth and development; Early Childhood Education; Family support (Reference Head Start Performance Standards 1304.52(d)(1)). Demonstrated ability in public speaking, written and oral communication, and interpersonal relation; and (Reference Head Start Performance Standards 1304.52(b)(4)). Must be familiar with all backgrounds of families in the program ((Reference Head Start Performance Standards 1304.52). Must have reliable transportation. Must obtain CPR/First Aid Certification, Food Handlers Certification, Medication Administer Training and HIPPA Training. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. The person selected for this position must be professionally prepared as a teacher of young children especially in the field of early childhood education, development or preschool special education. Must relate well to both children and adults. This person must have the personality and ability to provide leadership and stability for program continuity. Must utilize The Children’s Center curriculum. Must be able to perform basic computer applications utilizing Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, PowerPoint and Access) and Time Clock software. Must be able to communicate through company email using Outlook.