The Early Head Start Teacher (Infant & Toddler) is responsible for planning and implementing a developmentally and culturally appropriate learning environment for infants, toddlers and their families. This position is responsible for implementing the early childhood education curriculum (Frog Street Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos). This position is responsible for developing child, family, and health plans with parents and completes ongoing follow-up and tracking to reach those goals.
Education: Employee must have high school degree and obtain an Infant/Toddler CDA within a specified time of employment based on date for provision of services. Employee cannot provide in classroom services prior to obtaining their CDA. Must be willing and able to obtain Basic First Aid and CPR Certification and maintain certification. Acceptable tuberculosis and drug screening results, a clear criminal record check and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment. Current and former Head Start employees, students, and parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.
- Required to lift up to 45 pounds.
- Required to stand, sit on the floor, bend, and squat, kneel, lift children, and engage in physical play in various learning environments.
- Exposure to communicable diseases, and other hazards such as cigarette smoke, pets, at risk neighborhoods etc.
- Noise level in work environment may be moderate to loud.
- Travel by car, bus, airplane or train may also be required associated with attendance at conferences, meeting and other duties carried out at distant locations in and out of state and in some cases where some overnight travel may be required.
- Some evenings and weekend work may occasionally be required for events such as home visits, parent teacher conferences, Parent Committee meetings, community and social events such as field trips.
- Required to hold and maintain a valid driver's license.
- Use of reliable personal vehicle for agency travel including home visits, trainings, and meetings.
- Attends all required training and workshops, including on-line trainings and staff meetings.
- Remains up-to-date on information that pertains to the needs of the children in the program including Head Start Performance Standards, Head Start Act, DFPS Child Care licensing regulations and other applicable regulations and practices including IDEA & Part C/Early On.
- Works as a team member with all education staff, parents and Parent Committee members to implement curriculum that is meaningful and meets the individual goals of each child and program needs.
- Maintains strict confidentiality with respect to Early Head Start children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures and other legal requirements i.e., FERPA and HIPPA.
- Keep up to date on Developmentally Appropriate Practices.
- Knowledge of developmentally appropriate social-emotional development of infants and toddlers.
- Train and support education staff.
- Collaborate with parents in identifying opportunities to learn about the growth and development of their children.
- Promote positive attachment between caregivers, children, and families.
- Model appropriate communication skills, guidance techniques, and developmentally appropriate practices.
- Continue professional growth by participating in trainings, ECE classes, etc.
- Familiar with environmental rating scales and implementing appropriate assessment screenings.
- Knowledge of the Brigance, Teaching Strategies Gold and other screening, assessment and evaluation instruments.