Post Date: 06/16/2019
Close Date: 07/26/2019
JOB TITLE: EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION ASSISTANT TEACHER
DEPARTMENT: HEAD START
REPORTS TO: EDUCATION COORDINATOR
This position is a based on a 36 hour work week and 42-43 weeks per program year between mid-August-beginning of June. Pay:$14.00-$15.00/hour and based on experience.
Knowledge of early childhood development and general principles of early childhood education and developmentally appropriate, multi-cultural, anti-bias curriculum for 3-5 year olds is required
A Child Development Associate Certificate (CDA) or an Associate in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Child Development; or a related degree with coursework that includes 15 quarter college credits in ECE, Child Development, Elementary Education, or Special Education; and 6 months of experience teaching 3-5 year old children in an early childhood education setting; and STEP 8 or higher on the Oregon Registry or equivalent combination of education and experience.
ADDITIONAL QUALIFICATIONS: Basic Proficiency of Microsoft Office: Word, Excel, Power Point and Publisher Basic Proficiency of Outlook Mail, Calendar, and One Drive Knowledge of Teaching Strategies GOLD preferred Direct experience working with parents is preferred
Ability to: model positive and appropriate interactions with children and other adults; work effectively with individuals from diverse communities and cultures and communicate effectively with those whose English language skills are limited; communicate professionally with clients, families, service providers, community members and co-workers; work with sensitive and confidential information; assume a high degree of responsibility; work effectively with a wide variety of individuals and groups; work independently and in a team setting; appropriately assess and handle crises and solve problems, as needed.
-At time of hire must be currently enrolled in the Oregon Child Care Division Central Background Registry (CBR) and must be able to maintain current enrollment at all times of employment -Within 30 days of employment must attain and maintain current certification of: Adult and Pediatric CPR &b First Aid Certification Food Handler’s Card -Must complete post-offer physical exam and TB test -Must successfully complete enrollment in Oregon Child Care Registry Step Program
Neighborhood House’s Head Start program provides an opportunity for participants to learn, grow, and thrive in an environment that emphasizes parents as primary teachers, a co-operative environment between families, teachers, family advocates, home visitors, and other staff, connection to community resources, and learning through child-led play. Our program is designed to meet the needs of and to provide school readiness skills to all eligible children, including those with special needs and disabilities, so our community’s children and families are stronger for life.
This position will be responsible for collaborating with the teaching team adhering to Oregon Childcare Division licensure requirements and Head Start Performance Standards, using effective Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies GOLD (TS GOLD), nurturing the well-being of children and implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support (PBIS) strategies.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
CLASSROOM MANAGEMENT • Establish and maintain a positive classroom climate, utilizing PBIS framework • Ensure the safety of children and staff in the classroom at all times and monitor the physical and social/emotional wellbeing of the children while relating to each child with acceptance, understanding, and care • Supervise students in order to protect students from conditions harmful to learning, mental and physical health, and safety • Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect students, staff, equipment, materials, and facilities, indoors and outdoors • Help ensure the classroom supplies and children’s art, routine charts, word labels, etc. are at the children’s eye level and easily accessible • Follow a consistent routine which includes: small and large group activities, skill development, choice-time, music and art, structured physical activity, free play, and effective transitions between activities • Assist in the arrangement of the classroom environment to encourage exploration, problem solving, team-building/positive socialization, choice-making, and an area for down time • Assist in setup and cleanup of activities, projects, and meals both in the classroom and outside • Help to ensure all adults in the classroom understand and practice positive behavior management • Help to ensure all adults in the classroom know the safety, health, and emergency management policies and procedures
CURRICULUM DEVELOPMENT, IMPLEMENTATION, AND ASSESSMENT • Assist in the development and implementation of appropriate lesson plans using Creative Curriculum, classroom observations and data from various assessment tools by: • Assist the teaching team in developing and implementing developmentally appropriate lesson plans that include all developmental domains (social/emotional, physical, cognitive, and language/literacy); • Help ensure lesson plans are both children and teacher directed, inclusive of all children and utilize an anti-bias curriculum based on the needs, abilities, and interests of enrolled children; • Assist in the establishment of weekly, monthly, and yearly goals that promote individual and group educational plans and include Head Start Performance Standard requirements; • Help ensure Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) and Individual Family Services Plans (IFSP) goals/strategies are incorporated into weekly lesson planning and classroom set-up • Participate in monthly Professional Learning Communities (PLC), that may include lead teachers, other classroom teaching staff, the Education, Inclusion, and Health and Family Services Coordinators, other staff, as well as with classroom family advocate
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT AND SUPPORT • Promote a classroom and site atmosphere that reinforces meaningful involvement of families and volunteers, e.g. reading, leading an activity, introducing family culture • Support the role of families as the first and primary teachers of their children and assist families in understanding child development and positive parenting techniques
• Help educate families on the meaning of Kindergarten Readiness and assist them with kindergarten transition information • Assist in the planning of and actively participate in family engagement events
PROGRAM MANAGEMENT • Assist in the observation of children and help complete required documentation as required • Work with admin staff to utilize classroom assessments to improve child, family, and program outcomes
OTHER • Participate in program and agency committees when available • Attend all Head Start and Neighborhood House all-staff meetings and trainings • Attend and actively participate in required trainings and appropriate professional development opportunities • Engage in regular self-assessment and supervisor assessment of job performance • Participate in the program’s annual self-assessment as required • Other duties and responsibilities as assigned by the supervisor