The Teacher I is responsible for providing children ages 3 to 5 years old with a learning environment and experiences which will help them develop socially, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.
- Supports the implementation of the agency’s school readiness goals and CLASS.
- Ensures proper care and supervision of children at all times, the practice of head counts, classroom arrangement, general safety rules, monitoring equipment and working knowledge of classroom management.
- Work with an assigned group of children; assess the individual needs, strengths, and interests regularly.
- Plan and provide activities and experiences designed for all areas of a child’s development: physical, emotional, social, and cognitive; prepare and provide materials that are concrete, real and relevant to the children and their interests; prepare the environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adults, other children, and materials.
- Extend children’s learning by asking open-ended questions and making suggestions that stimulate children’s thinking. Respond quickly and directly to children’s needs, desires and verbal and non-verbal messages adapting the response to the children’s differing styles and abilities.
- Conduct on-going assessment of each child’s growth and development and update each child’s goals and objectives regularly.
- Utilize developmental screening and observation to identify students who may need additional services; incorporate IEP goals and objectives into the classroom program. Cooperate with speech therapists, physical therapists, psychologists, and other ancillary support persons.
- Assist parents to organize and implement parent activities; encourage, facilitate, and support parental involvement in all aspects of the Head Start Program.
- Assist at meal and snack time by preparing and setting up tables, place food in appropriate containers for family style service, sit and eat with children modeling good manners and healthy food choices; guide children in clean-up activities following meals and snacks.
- Prepare and maintain accurate records, including child observation, individualization, lesson plans, attendance, lunch count, parent participation, in-kind contributions, and others as directed, using proper spelling and accurate calculations.
- Attend parent conferences, home visits, center meetings, case reviews, IEP meetings, staff meetings, parent meetings, in-service and pre-service meetings, and other meetings as directed.
- Carry out authorized emergency and safety procedures and administer first aid.
- Comply with Title 22; Head Start Performance Standards; Training and Research Foundation policies and procedures, and other applicable state and federal regulations.
- Associate’s Degree in Education or Child Development.
- CTC Child Development Teacher, Master Teacher, or Site Supervisor Permit.
- Experience working with children and families served by Head Start.
- Must successfully pass a physical examination and have a current T.B. clearance, pertussis, measles and influenza vaccinations.
- Adult and Pediatric CPR/First Aid Certificate
- Must complete & pass a criminal background clearance through Community Care Licensing (DOJ/FBI/CAI).
- Must possess a CA driver’s license, and evidence of automobile insurance. (If applicable.)