Teacher Assistant

Crystal Stairs - Los Angeles, CA

SUMMARY:

Under the supervision of the Site Supervisor, he/she is responsible for early childhood education that is geared toward the overall goal of social competence and school readiness, which is age and developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. Provides for the children’s social intellectual, physical and emotional development. Is responsible for assisting with the classroom operation including, planning, curriculum and child assessment implementation, and supervision of children.

RESPONSIBILITIES/ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: 

  1. Assists with the design and planning of the daily classroom program based on the program curriculum and aligned with the HS Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the California Preschool Learning Foundations; assists with the development of individual education plans for each child; ;
  2. Assists with child assessment of children including the developmental screening, Desired Results Developmental Profile, Individualized Goals, Observational Notes, Portfolio Assessment, Individual Lesson Plan activities for all children including those with diagnosed disabilities,
  3. Helps children to develop verbal and non-verbal language and communication skills, including the ability to communicate in and further the child's familiarity with his/her dominant language.
  4. Assists with the evaluation of classroom quality using the Early Childhood Education Rating Scale (ECERS) and other assessment tools such as the Environmental Math Scan; helps create improvement action plans and follow through with corrections based on findings.
  5. Provides opportunities for children to use their creative abilities, and to explore and experiment with a variety of media through art, music, drama in all aspects of the program; helps each child develop a sense of awareness and self-esteem; and helps each child to accept and express his/her feelings.
  6. Helps maintains a vibrant, well-arranged and orderly classroom; works to ensure the safety of the children while they are using indoor and outdoor facilities.
  7. Assists with inspection of facilities for hazardous conditions, unsafe equipment and materials; follows an emergency exit plan and helps conduct monthly emergency exit drills.
  8. Supervises children visually at all times to ensure their continuous safety and care.
  9. Helps create and maintain a warm emotionally supportive classroom environment that is well managed and provides quality instructional support for children’s learning.
  10. Assists with planning and implementing activities to meet the physical needs of the children, including children with disabilities and special needs due to physical and/or mental impairment.
  11. Supports the engagement of parents in participating in educational activities in the classroom and in their homes and developing lesson plans to enhance their role as the principal influence on the child's education and development.
  12. Communicates with others verbally and in writing; participates in parent education programs, including orientation, child development, curriculum, and parent meeting/workshops as needed; works effectively in a bilingual, diverse cultural setting.
  13. Responsible for the care and organization of all supplies and materials in the classroom; performs any other duties as assigned.
  14. Assists with home visits as needed.
  15. Able to consistently meet attendance requirements.
  16. Able to work harmoniously and productively with others.
  17. Able to accept and implement constructive criticism.
  18. Able to maintain professional demeanor in difficult situations.
  19. May be assigned to transfer at any time to various sites and classrooms based on program need.
  20. Other duties as assigned.

KNOWLEDGE:  

  • Knowledge of Child Care Licensing Regulations and Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to early childhood education.
  • Knowledge of program practices in preschool, center-based and/ or home-based programs.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, e-mail and internet.

COMPETENCIES:

  • Ability to know and implement Head Start Performance Standards, Child Care Licensing Regulations and agency policies and procedures
  • Ability to develop, foster, and maintain effective, professional working relationships with Head Start staff, children, and families
  • Ability to maintain and recognize situations that require attention from the service area supervisor
  • Ability to communicate, both oral and written, to individuals with diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to speak, read and write English well enough to understand and be understood by others; bilingual skills are helpful

 

COMPLEXITY:

  • Ability to resolve conflict and use abstract reasoning, problem solving, planning, and analytical skills in training, evaluation, and program development
  • Ability to exhibit effective interpersonal and oral communication skills for supervisory duties
  • Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community;
  • Ability to define problems, collect data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.
  • Ability to establish effective working relationships and to effectively interact with a wide range of people
  • Ability to be an enthusiastic team leader/member, able to be trained and support others

 

ACCOUNTABILITY/SUPERVISION:

  • Under the supervision of the Site Supervisor, this position must implement and follow Child Care Licensing Regulations and Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to early childhood education.
  • This position must be able to prioritize work under the direction of Site Supervisor.

 

IMPACT

Individual performance can have considerable impact on children and families and program operations.

 

EDUCATION:

Minimum 24 Early Childhood Education coursework units equivalent to a CDA, including 12 core units as required by California Community Care Licensing and the California Child Development Permit Matrix. Must be eligible for Child Development Permit at the Teacher level or above.

EXPERIENCE:

A minimum of six (6) months to one (1) year direct experience working with young children, 3-5 years experience in a preschool setting, with culturally and ethnically diverse population.

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS: 

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to walk.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus between source documents and the computer monitor.  The employee works in a normal office environment where the noise level is usually moderate to loud.    Travel by car, bus, train, or airplane as required by conference attendance, etc. where in some cases overnight travel may occur. Some exposure to communicable diseases is possible when working in office or classroom environment.  Evening and weekend may be required.

 

SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS: 

Must possess a valid California driver's license, have use of a motor vehicle and provide evidence of automobile liability insurance. Must meet State health requirements including passing a physical examination as a condition of employment, and must provide verification of a TB clearance at the time of employment.  Mandatory CPR and Basic First Aid certificate, which employee is responsible to maintain for the duration of their employment with Head Start.

 

Fingerprints must be on file with the Justice Department. Official transcripts of educational attainment are required before interview is granted.

California Law REQUIRES certain persons to report known or suspected child abuse. As a licensee or an employee at a licensed facility or a child care institution, YOU are one of those persons- a “mandated reporter.”

 

How to Apply

https://www.crystalstairs.org/about-us/careers

Contact Info

Recruiting, 323-299-1779

Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: FT

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: July 11th, 2019

Agency Details

Website: https://www.crystalstairs.org/

 From the dreams of two young mothers almost 40 years ago, came the reality of today’s Crystal Stairs, Inc. - Children learning, parents thriving, and communities bursting from the pride and success of nurturing children and families into better futures.

As mothers and educators, Crystal Stairs’ founders knew that every moment in a child’s life creates an opportunity to make a difference. High-quality early childhood care and education remains our chosen path to this vision. This is the collective vision of Crystal Stairs, Inc. that guides us as we look to improve the lives of families through child care services, research and advocacy.

Through the efforts of our board, staff and many professional and community partners, Crystal Stairs’ programs and services enhance the quality of life for thousands of children and families in Los Angeles every day.

Helping a parent find child care, training child care providers on how to nurture and educate young children, helping parents and providers bridge the affordability gap with child care subsidies and teaching a child to use a computer are just part of what we do. We help families to succeed, children to learn and child care providers to be competent, confident caregivers.

Our program funding comes primarily from government contracts and a growing number of foundations and donors. Inevitably, we continue to face the ever-increasing challenges of fiscal constraints and competing priorities. We must enhance our efforts to advocate for programs and funding that help our children learn and grow safely, intelligently and inquisitively throughout their young years. And to survive and thrive as an organization, we must work with efficient technology and use the growing array of electronic communication tools to bring others to our journey.

We are proud of the fact that we have continued to fulfill our mission, and we look forward to your support for many years to come. Join us as we find new and innovative ways to help our families and children succeed. Pledge your support as we continue the journey to build a future where children are treasured and families are sustained. All of us have much to give and receive from this quest. It is joyful and affirming.