The Head Start Teacher shall assist in the day to day responsibilities in accordance with licensing, Head Start performance standards and YMCA standards.
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- Demonstrate knowledge of the theories of child growth and development, early childhood education and family support.
- Understand the underlying philosophy of Head Start.
- Promote and support children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
- Lead the teaching team in planning and implementing curriculum and assessment.
- Provide individualized attention to the children in order to enhance their learning and development.
- Establish and maintain an appropriate classroom learning environment and daily routine, with attention to standards of health, safety, organization, and aesthetics.
- Lead and model professionalism and teamwork within the teaching team and the site.
- Develop and maintain supportive, professional relationships with children and their families to enhance parent education, communication, involvement and advocacy.
- Responsible for directly supervising and developing the classroom staff and managing the day-to-day operations in the classroom.
- Develop and implement lesson plans.
- Assure that learning experiences are developmentally appropriate, and relevant to children’s interests and daily lives within the context of family, community, and culture.
- Observe and document children’s learning and development on an ongoing and consistent basis.
- Lead teaching team discussions of observations to plan individual and group learning experiences.
- Interact with children, providing positive role models and guidance
- Establish and maintain respectful, responsive relationships with children.
- Establish and follow a consistent appropriate daily routine. Assist children with their daily routine activities.
- Prepare the physical environment, assuring that planned activities can occur effectively.
- Ensure that site-appropriate health, safety, and sanitation guidelines are followed.
- Create an environment that is aesthetically appealing to children and adults, as described in the Constructivist Curriculum Plan.
- Conduct and document formal coaching sessions and performance appraisals annually, as well as 45- and 90-day appraisals for new hires.
- Coach and mentor Teacher Assistants to support them in meeting work and professional development goals, to encourage positive performance and effort, and to address performance improvements needed.
- Manage daily classroom activities in compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards and State Licensing requirements.
- Maintain certification and stay current with all requirements for Infant/Child CPR and First Aid.
- Participate in all required training and attend a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education/professional development annually.
- Encourage the involvement of families in the program and support the relationships between children and families.
- Conduct and document parent/ teacher conferences and/or home visits held at least four times per year.
- Maintain confidentiality regarding children and families.
- Engage in professional communications with families and appropriate staff to ensure that support is provided to children and families.
- Associates or Bachelor's degree with 30 credits of Early Childhood Education.
- Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education strongly preferred.
- Minimum three years’ experience working in an early childhood classroom setting preferred
- Have the ability to complete multiple projects and meet deadlines
- Perform daily activities while planning for and moving toward long term objectives
- Work well both independently and collaboratively with others
- Good written and oral communication skills