POSITION SUMMARY: Provides comprehensive child development services to children. Encourages parents in supporting healthy development of their child. Conducts child development screenings & assessments, develops individualized learning plans, implements curriculum to meet ILP goals & developmental milestones, and works with children in childcare to promote their development. Participates in center family events & activities Maintains documentation and record keeping per Head Start Performance Standards and CHSW protocols.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES: Interacts positively with all children to support individual learning and social-emotional development Communicates regularly and respectfully with families; involves parents in education program planning and implementation Completes child development screenings and assessments following the Head Start Performance Standards & CHSW schedules; uses results for developing ILP goals and individualized curriculum and instruction; Re-screens as needed; make referrals to program and community services, as needed Conducts on-going observations of individual children Uses assessment results, observations, input from parents, IFSP goals, and other information to develop and implement individual learning plan (ILP) within Head Start Performance Standards and CHSW EHS/HS timelines; Provide a curriculum, instruction, and environment which promote healthy development & learning Develops class schedules, routines and activities Prepares and implements lesson plans based on each child’s ILP goals & developmental needs; includes health and nutrition activities following Head Start Performance Standards and CHSW Early Head Start Work Plan Participates collaboratively with other classroom staff as an instructional team in planning, implementation of curriculum and activities, assessing and observing children, and in record keeping and documentation; Participates in center and program-wide on interdisciplinary planning for children and families, and cross-component coordination activities Conducts a minimum of four parent-teacher conferences each year for the purpose of sharing child’s progress, assessment results, and to plan ILP goals for the next quarter Participates in center family events; encourages and supports family involvement in their child’s learning experiences Participates in the multidisciplinary transition planning team to develop and implement a plan for children moving between teachers/classrooms to ensure a smooth transition for the child and family; works with center team to develop and implement a transition plan for children exiting the program into Head Start, ECEAP or another early learning setting Maintains records and documentation to meet Performance Standards and CHSW EHS/HS expectations Develops and implements an annual professional development and training plan in collaboration with supervisor; actively participates in program-wide and site professional development activities Seeks additional training to support professional goals Provide family-style meal settings for children Incorporate health, nutrition and child development into meal and snack times Expected to attend evening staff meetings, program-wide events, and EHS/HS site activities Provides on the job technical support to assistant educators Recruits and trains classroom volunteers Provides supervision on field trips and center activities Advocates for the values of a diverse population within CHSW and the Community Performs other duties as assigned by the supervisor
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: BA degree in early childhood education or a BA degree in a related field with coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education 3 years experience in a comprehensive early learning classroom Experience in an early learning setting serving infants, toddlers and/or preschool aged children Ability to establish relationship with children, families, community members, and staff of diverse cultures and backgrounds Experience in early learning areas such as music, art, science, pre-reading, storytelling and language development Completion of the Criminal History Declaration form and criminal history background check Proof of physical exam (updated every three years), including a TB skin test within 60 days of employment For those who have tested positive, a statement from a doctor or a chest x-ray must be provided Ability to lift up to 30lbs Current CPR and First Aid Certification upon hire or within 60 days of hire Current a food handler’s permit upon hire or within 60 days of hire Must possess strong human relations skills to communicate and work effectively within a culturally diverse work environment and community Proficient in MS Office