Description: The Lead Teacher directs the teaching team in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experiences that engage the whole child and support the readiness of the children through social/emotional, cognitive, physical, and language activities. Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment and encourage the involvement of families to strengthen the relationships between children, families, and the community. This is a school year only position. The EASTCONN programs are committed to high quality early childhood programming, including highly qualified teachers and home visitors, ongoing professional development, small class size, a low child-to-staff ratio, a broad socioeconomic mix of children, and parent engagement in their children’s learning.
Maintain working knowledge of EASTCONN Head Start and Head Start philosophy and all regulations and performance standards (Head Start, NAEYC and OEC).
Take a leadership role in planning, preparing and implementing a successful learning environment that supports and challenges each child's development.
Support and guide members of the classroom team by providing opportunities for staff growth and development.
Communicate regularly with supervisor and share all pertinent information as quickly as possible.
Observe and record children's behavior for the purpose of assessing skills and planning appropriately to meet individual and group needs. Recognize areas of concern and initiate appropriate intervention or needed referrals. Attend home visits and parent conferences as required.
Assess classroom needs for equipment, materials and supplies and report to supervisor.
Maintain the space, equipment, materials and supplies in a safe, clean and orderly fashion.
Provide accurate and timely reports, record keeping and other documentation required for assigned classroom.
Maintain strict adherence to health and safety policies and procedures.
Attend all required staff meetings, workshops, trainings, committee meetings and parent functions.
Contribute to a positive, supportive relationship by maintaining contact with families through phone calls, conferences, home visits, arrivals & departures, and family volunteer opportunities.
Designated mandated reporter.
Engage all children and parents by understanding and addressing their needs whether within or outside the scope of work.
Attend & participate in team meetings as requested and communicate effectively with children, parents and staff in other areas.
Maintain confidentiality of program, employee and agency information in accordance with federal and state laws and funder requirements.
Ensure compliance with program/department, agency and/or grant requirements, including EASTCONN policies & procedures.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications: Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education plus three years related work experience
Knowledge of early childhood education including developmentally appropriate practices
Knowledge of child growth and development
Experience working with families to support early learning
Able to exercise high levels of discretion and confidentiality.
Detail oriented with good organizational skills, and be multi-task proficient.
Strong computer skills with the ability to adapt to new software.
Provide current physical and negative TB test upon hire.
Must maintain a current motor vehicle license and have access to reliable, insured transportation.
To apply for this position, please visit our website at: https://www.applitrack.com/eastconn/onlineapp/default.aspx and follow the on-screen instructions.