Head Start Associate Teacher
Community Action Partnership of Kern - Bakersfield, CA
Along with teacher, to provide a safe, healthy, developmentally appropriate, educational and supervised environment for children 3-5 years of age (i.e. indoor classroom, outdoor play area, and during field trips). Encourage parent involvement in all aspects of the program. To promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children. To develop individual goals for children, provide ongoing assessments and children’s progress and facilitate transitions to kindergarten. Responsible for maintaining compliance with all applicable regulations, policies and procedures.
Receives supervision from the Center Director I/II
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
Disclaimer – This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed or may perform related duties as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.
- A. Essential Job Specific Duties:
- Assists with the completion and maintained of children’s educational records and parent/teacher conference as required and assigned by Teacher and/or Center Director.
- Follow the 3 CLASS domains of effective teacher-child interactions, emotional support, classroom organization and instructional support.
- Report all child injuries to the Teacher immediately.
- Completes Child Accident Report for all observed incidents and submit report to Teacher.
- Observe and record behaviors of children to assist Teacher and/or Center Director.
- Follow a consistent schedule that meets individual needs, including small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, meals and effective transitions between activities.
- Adhere to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA 1992), which prohibits discriminatory actions toward children and/or adult with disabilities. In collaboration with disabilities staff and Local Education Agencies (LEA) ensure the delivery of services to any disabled child in accordance to the goals and objectives of the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Individual Family Services Plan (IFSP).
- In collaboration with Teacher, creates, implements, and ensures that the physical environment is clean, safe, and inviting; is stimulating and conducive to learning; is respectful of the children’s cultures and ethnic diversity and reflects the needs of the children served; space in the classroom is well organized into easily recognizable functional areas.
- Assists Teacher in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate lesson plans which provide opportunities for children to participate in a variety of activities indoors and out; provide large group, small group, and individual activities; teacher-initiated and child-initiated activities; and integrate the educational concepts of health, nutrition, and social and emotional well being.
- Maintains confidentiality of records and information on children and families at all times.
- In collaboration with teaching staff, follows appropriate transitioning activities for children.
- Encourage and support staff development for the staff, parents and/or volunteers through participation in activity planning and program implementation. Provide assistance to the other center staff, and parents in the classroom record keeping and planning.
- Works in Cooperation with Mentor Coaches as assigned.
- Maintains compliance with universal precautions in the classroom, during home visits and when administering first aid.
- Follow procedures as a Mandated Reporter to report suspected child abuse/neglect.
- Assists with parent/teacher conferences as available.
- Participates in requisitioning appropriate supplies and materials for the classroom.
- Participates in and/or carries out and documents monthly fire and emergency drills, as planned.
B. Other Job Specific Duties:
- Attends all meetings, trainings, and conferences as assigned.
- Maintains safe and functional work environment.
- Work alternative hours as required.
- Is proactive in the program effort to recruit and enroll families that qualify for CEDS programs.
- Performs other tasks as may be required for the efficient operation of the comprehensive, integrated program.
- Center assignment will determine 10-month (part-year) or 12-month (full-year) status.
The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities.
Agency and departmental policies and procedures
Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations
Correspondence and report writing practices and procedures
Current problem of social and economically challenged families
Contributions of parents and volunteers who may be non-professional
Ability to deal with conceptual matters
Ability to plan, organize, allocate and control substantial resources.
Ability to communicate effectively both in writing and orally
Effectively present Head Start/Early Head Start program to the general public
Bilingual (English/Spanish) capabilities desirable.
EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:
The following requirements generally demonstrate possession of the minimum requisite knowledge and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position.
- Must possess or be able to possess a valid Associate Teachers Permit or higher; by meeting standards established by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, options 1-3, dated February 1, 1997
- Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and State automobile insurance, and acceptable driving record substantiated by a DMV printout.
- Completion of a physical and substance abuse screening upon offer of employment.
- Must be fingerprinted if required by funding source or state licensing and have such records filed with the State Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing.
- Successful completion of TB screening upon employment and every three years thereafter.
- Must have completed a First Aid/ CPR Certificate or will obtain the certification within 90 days of employment.