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ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Education & Childhood Development Program Services

·       Assist in creating a developmentally appropriate environment for children that will incorporate and encourage the use of language, social, cognitive, and motor skills of each child.  Work with children individually and in groups.

·       Assist in preparing and carry out weekly lesson plans with developmentally appropriate activities.  Implement literacy/language requirements.

·       Encourage parent involvement through volunteering in classroom, parent conferences, home visits, curriculum planning, parent meetings, parent training and education activities that is responsive to parent needs.

·       Provide an environment of respect for each individual child through use of language experiences, encouragement of emotional expression by the child, and a balance of child initiated and adult initiated activities.

·       Demonstrate knowledge of/and implement developmentally appropriate practices and early childhood development.

·       Provide inclusion of children with disabilities consistent with their Individual Education Plan (IEP) and attend IEP meetings as requested.

·       Must be willing to participate in on-going professional development.

 

Health Program Services

·       Implement and assist in practices and requirements by promoting positive, culturally relevant, health behaviors.

·       Assist with implementing all food program requirements.

·       Assist in collaborating with children, families, staff, mental health professionals to enhance awareness/understanding of mental wellness and early child development.

 

Family & Community Engagement Program Services

Assist with recruitment, coordinating, supervising/training volunteers in the classroom.
Assist in planning/attending parent activity times, implementing all requirements related to these.
Participate in home visits, conferences, Family Events, etc. as requested.
·       Communicate with classroom staff daily to identify needs and community referrals for individual families.

·       Must be flexible with schedule and hours to accommodate Family Events, home visits, and conferences, etc.

·       Encourage regular classroom attendance per Attendance Policy.

 

SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ABILITIES TO MEET ALL OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIEMENTS

·       Work well with other staff members. Must be able to assume responsibility and to work as a team member.

·       Attend all training workshops and in-services as required by the agency and state licensing regulations.

·       Have knowledge or are willing to learn of MATURA services/referral system and ability to implement the system.

·       Learn and assist with the implementation of the DHS Licensing laws/regulations.

·       Communicate with central office and classroom staff, families, and various business and community contacts in a professional and courteous manner.

·       Demonstrates good oral and written communication skills.

·       Maintain and complete assigned paperwork meeting required deadlines.

·       Organization and time management skills to meet all program requirements.

·       Work with other employees in a team atmosphere.

·       Assist in maintaining and coordinating daily operations of the classroom center to meet Head Start Program Performance Standards.

·       Assist with, as directed, providing training on program requirements to volunteers and parents.

·       Handle confidential information with discretion.

·       Maintain regular attendance and be punctual.

·       Learn of the community resources/serve as a liaison between the program, family, and community by attending interagency meetings.

·       Assist with documentation of family referrals and follow up

·       Encourage parent involvement through volunteering, parent activity meetings, Policy Council, and parent committees.

·       Promote monthly In Kind and assist with meeting In Kind requirements.

·       Must have current physical (within 6 months of date of hire), and every 2 years thereafter.

·       Must have access to transportation with valid vehicle liability insurance, and current driver’s license.

·       Must be able to work in a professional manner with a partnering childcare center, Public School District, and the program landlord.

·       Willing to learn, or are knowledgeable in, the use equipment in the classroom (Example – computer, laminator, copier, etc.)

·       Assist with the maintenance of the facility/equipment. This would include cleaning and sanitation of bathrooms, classroom storage areas and all areas used by your center program.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Prefer an Associate of Arts degree or a CDA (Child Development Associate), and experience working in the early childhood education field.

Individuals with an Associate degree in a field other than early childhood must have a staff development plan addressing how early childhood expertise is being provided to guide their involvement in the program curriculum.  15 clock hours of professional development is required annually.

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