*Head Start Teacher* 3's classroom
Marin Head Start - Novato , CA
Marin Head Start Program
Job Title: Head Start Teacher
Reports to: Supervisor
Job Status: 40 Hrs – per week / Salaried / Full Benefits/10 month
Job Summary: Under the supervision of the supervisor, the Teacher is responsible for supporting the
overall functioning of the preschool classroom and ensuring that daily program is
meeting the Head Start Performance Standards and Licensing Regulations.
Child Health and Development
- Create a warm, accepting and developmentally appropriate environment, which encourages the cognitive physical, emotional and social development of preschool child and family.
- Provides an environment that meets all the requirements of Community Care Licensing.
- Demonstrate the competencies to review data, plan and implement a program that promotes the physical and social emotional development of children by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports positive growth of the whole child. This is includes school readiness skills and home school connections.
- Create a weekly written curriculum utilizing computer based program developed to support ongoing assessment, observation and lesson planning.
- Provide positive guidance to children.
- Promote good health and nutrition and provide an environment that contributes to the prevention of illness. Develop and implement daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
- Reinforce the role of the parent as primary caregiver and educator of their child.
- Ensure that screening takes place on each child for possible developmental delays and that appropriate referrals are made to Disabilities Specialist for children who are suspect for special needs.
- Implement a system of observing children, recording observations and developing individualized curriculum for the children based on program guidelines.
- Build community connections with public school that allow for appropriate transitions of Head Start children and families.
- Other Duties as assigned
- To establish positive and productive relationships with parents including communicating with parents and other staff in a respectful and effective manner.
- Support parents as they gain knowledge of basic child development concepts and work with parents to develop home interactions and activities based on each child’s assessment and identified needs.
- Insure that information is shared with parents on a regular basis regarding the growth and development of their child including scheduled parent conferences and home visits.
- Participate with other staff in case management conferences for children and families on a regular basis.
- Participate in parent club planning to provide meaningful experiences for parents.
- Other duties as assigned.
Supervision and Teambuilding
- Support all center staff and directly supervise the Associate Teacher and Site Assistant.
- Use of reflective supervision and other techniques that support positive growth through clear communication, honest and frequent feedback.
- Complete performance reviews for assigned staff.
- Assist in supporting and developing ongoing professional development plan.
- Assist in new employee orientation.
- Depending on the site may serve as the designated site director for Community Care Licensing purposes.
- Schedule/arrange for staffing to cover absences.
- Insure that necessary paperwork is completed in a timely manner.
- Support and facilitate team building through activities, clear communication, and shared problem solving and decision-making.
- Participate in case conference meetings on a regular basis to consider family needs.
- Integrate results of screenings/assessments and family partnership plans into planning for center routine, parent conference, parent meeting and other program activities.
- Organize and maintain system for facility management including ordering supplies and equipment.
- Maintain confidentiality according to program guidelines.
- Read, understand and implement program policies and procedures.
- Other duties as assigned.
- Regular one on one meetings with supervisor
- Site meetings as scheduled
- Classroom team meetings monthly
- Case conference meetings with assigned advocate
- One on one meetings with Associate Teacher(s) and Site Assistant
- Regularly scheduled parent meetings
- Staff meetings and trainings.
- Additional meetings as requested.
- BA in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Human Development, Sociology or an AA or BA in a related field and eligible for a valid California Child Development Teacher Permit.
- BA in any field and a member of Teach for America.
- Three (3) units of Administration may be required depending on site.
- At least one year experience working with groups of children under age five.
- Experience in supervising adults.
- Basic computer skills including ability to enter data into TS GOLD computer based system.
- Demonstrated ability to work well with parents.
- Strong verbal/ written communication.
- Experience working with low-income families desirable.
- Bilingual English/Spanish desirable.
- Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards desirable
- Must have Pediatric First Aid and Infant/Child CPR or be willing to obtain within first two weeks of employment.
- Must have a current Criminal Record Clearance with current Child Abuse Index Check on file with Community Care Licensing or provide fingerprints and a Child Abuse Index Check resulting in a Criminal Record Clearance from the Department of Justice prior to beginning employment.
- Successfully complete an employment physical and provide proof of the absence of TB within 7 days of hire date.
- Provide the proof of completing the measles and pertussis vaccine
- Physical agility to lift and carry objects up to 25 pounds and children up to 40 pound for safety reasons.
- Physical agility to bend, stoop, walk, reach overhead, push, pull, squat, twist, kneel, and turn.
- Fine Motor physical ability including simple and power grasp, pull, twist, and grip.