EARLY HEAD START TEACHER
SUMMARY: Responsible for the development and implementation of an age-appropriate educational environment and curriculum that promote socio-emotional, physical and cognitive growth for infant/toddler children and support services to families. To act as an Ambassador to the Agency and to reflect all Agency matters in a positive way.
REPORTS TO: Regional Manager
FLSA STATUS: Full Time, Exempt
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
Prevention and Early Intervention/Disabilities
- Must supervise and monitor children at all times by following Active Supervision procedures, policies, and strategies to ensure no child is ever left unsupervised.
- Ensure the quality and safety of the educational environment according to state and federal regulations and program policies.
- Implement developmentally appropriate curriculum, which reflect mandated elements and components, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of Early Head Start children.
- Follow Agency-adopted curriculum, using effective strategies to guide learning.
- Develop and follow a consistent classroom schedule, which includes small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, meals, effective transitions, and caregiving routines.
- Assess individual and group needs, attending to specific interests, strengths and concerns, individualize for each child accordingly.
- Establish weekly goals that promote individual and group educational plans and include School Readiness Goals.
- Promote English language acquisition of children who are English – and Dual-Language learners.
- Establish a positive classroom climate.
- Guide the behavior of children in positive, effective ways.
- Promote health and wellness practices through planning and interactions with children, families, and staff.
- Provide direct support to all staff and volunteers regarding classroom expectations and adult-child interactions.
- Screen all children to determine developmental level and plan accordingly.
- Participate in all child/family staffing.
- Promote family literacy.
Parent Involvement & Community Partnerships
- Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces family and volunteer engagement.
- Support the role of families as the first and primary teachers of their children.
- Establish mutually respectful relationships with families to enhance the quality of their lives.
- Provide ongoing support for families in the areas of child development, family and adult literacy.
- Prepare and distribute pertinent information requested by the family in a timely manner.
- Attend parent meetings and functions as required.
- Conduct home visits and parent / teacher conferences as required.
- Support family’s efforts to reach developmental goals set for their child.
- Offer parents opportunities to be involved in group activities, including policy groups and educational activities based on interest and need.
- Provide opportunities for children and families to participate in fatherhood activities.
- Promote and support parent involvement and leadership throughout the program.
- Provide opportunities for children’s development at home.
- Plan and facilitate family orientations to the program.
- Create and distribute parent newsletters monthly.
- Advocate and collaborate with community agencies to support child, family and Agency outcomes.
Utilize Information Systems to Support Child / Family and Agency Outcomes.
- Document baselines and ongoing assessments in COPA according to program benchmarks.
- Document all significant classroom issues, parent contacts and home visits in COPA.
- Monitor and report child abuse.
- Conduct child outcomes assessment as required.
- Maintain appropriate documentation on each child’s progress according to program policies.
- Keep and submit records and reports as required.
ADDITIONAL DUTIES WHEN ASSIGNED TO SUPPORT THE KITCHEN STAFF
- Preparation and delivery of meals/snacks that meet USDA Food Program requirements for infant/toddler children and all Head Start program requirements and policies.
- Ensure meals are prepared and served on schedule.
- Use food production and food storage procedures that meet USDA and CACFP requirements.
- Follow standards of sanitation according to State and Head Start regulations and policies.
- Safely operate basic food service equipment provided by Head Start.
SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES: None.
EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE: Minimum of a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or comparable credential and have been trained or have equivalent coursework in early childhood development with a focus on infant and toddler development.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, REGISTRATIONS: Valid driver’s license with current vehicle insurance. Documentation of degree. Transcripts of post secondary education.
THIS ORGANIZATION RESERVES THE RIGHT TO REVISE OR CHANGE THE JOB DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES AS THE NEED ARISES. THIS JOB DESCRIPTION DOES NOT CONSTITUTE A WRITTEN OR IMPLIED CONTRACT OF EMPLOYMENT. THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO BE AN EXHAUSTIVE LIST OF ALL DUTIES, RESPONSIBILITIES, AND QUALIFICATIONS FOR THIS POSITION.
STARTING WAGE: $20.00 – $23.02/hour, based on experience.
- Dental insurance
- Employee assistance program
- Health insurance
- Life insurance
- Paid time off
- Retirement plan
- Monday to Friday
Positions serving the following areas:
To be considered for an interview, applicants must submit:
- ICAA application
- Resume with cover letter
- Letters of Recommendation
- Proof of degree/licenses (if applicable)
Apply by sending the above documentation to:
ICAA, Attn: Recruiter
1000 College Ave. W
Ladysmith, WI 54848
For more information, please call 715-532-4222 and ask for HR.
ICAA is an equal opportunity employer and provider operating under an approved Affirmative Action Plan. As an equal opportunity employer, we encourage women, minorities, and persons with disabilities to apply.