Head Start Teacher
To implement the Head Start Performance Standards in the overall management of the classroom, including promoting social, physical, and intellectual growth, providing a safe, healthy environment that is developmentally, linguistically and culturally appropriate. In classrooms operated in partnership with the Rochester City School District: Responsible for all aspects of a universal pre-kindergarten classroom to include enrichment programs, training, technical assistance, additional observations and paperwork. Responsible for supervising volunteers and giving direction to Teacher Assistants and Child Care Aides.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform this job successfully or to perform each essential duty satisfactorily; this list should include level of education, years of experience, certifications or licenses required, specific skills needed, and level of competency required for PC applications and those required or preferred for other software or programs, etc. There are also general requirements for every position pertaining to level of physical ability required to perform the essential functions of the position.
Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education for Head Start classrooms
Associate’s or Bachelor’s Degree and completing a 5 year plan to obtain a Master’s Degree and NYS Certification; Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and NYS Teacher Certification required for Head Start classrooms operated in partnership with the Rochester City School District.
One to two years experience teaching in an early childhood setting.
Requires knowledge of early childhood developmentally appropriate practices.
Requires administrative, analytical, evaluative and oral and written communication skills
Requires proficiency in word processing, data entry and data management.
Requires the health and physical capability to work in an office or classroom, including sitting on floor or in child-sized chairs, bending, running, climbing stairs and to lift children weighing up to 40lbs.
Requires valid driver’s license and access to reliable transportation.
All employees of ABC Early Childhood Services Division must receive, and maintain, full clearance from the Office of Children and Family Services that allows them unsupervised contact with children. Any prospective or current employee who has an indication of child abuse maltreatment or neglect, or who cannot be left unsupervised with children, will not be hired or retained.
For classrooms operated in partnership with the Rochester City School District: Responsible for all aspects of a universal pre-kindergarten classroom to include enrichment programs, training, technical assistance, additional observations and paperwork. Completes RECAP/UPK evaluations and assessments and assures timely submission of paperwork.
Plans, oversees and implements the HighScope curriculum.
Prepares and oversees lesson plans which promote social, physical and intellectual growth according to the HighScope curriculum
Uses positive child guidance techniques which empower children to learn internal control and use verbal communication.
Prepares skill assessments and portfolios for each child and oversees children's educational records and other documentation.
Completes children's evaluations, screenings and developmental assessments throughout the year and integrates results in planning for children’s individual needs.
Completes required home visits for each child, including planning goals with parents.
Participates in a minimum of two formal parent conferences in order to share children's portfolios and skill assessments and to gain parent input.
Maintains professional relationships with families and encourages parents to assist in classroom activities and other center functions.
Identifies children with suspected disabilities and makes appropriate referrals so the classroom environment and activities insure that children's needs are met. Participates in case conferences and CPSE meetings.
Provides direction to substitutes and volunteers.
Implements Head Start Performance Standards and NYS OCFS regulations in all aspects of the Program.
Observes all safety and housekeeping rules and procedures, and supports and encourages safety and good housekeeping throughout ABC; takes immediate action on safety related issues.
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