The Teacher Assistant assists in the delivery of the preschool program (ages 3-5) based on the individual and group’s educational, intellectual, physical, social and emotional potential of the children enrolled utilizing an ecological model that focuses on the child and family. Service modalities include Trauma Informed Care, Conscious Discipline, Motivational Interviewing, utilizing the domains of CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System), Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework, Creative Curriculum, and Teaching Strategies Gold. Job Duties include the responsibility for working alongside the Lead Teacher, Teacher Associate, and Foster Grandparents in managing the classroom’s physical and educational environment, partnering with families to support whole child development, collaborating with all team members and partners to consistently improve individual, team, and children’s learning outcomes, preparing and maintaining documentation in compliance with federal, state, and agency performance standards, creating a positive classroom climate to benefit the social-emotional and academic development of students and welcomes families. May need to work in different classrooms, the kitchen or step into a Teacher Associate roll during absences.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
• Ensures that the family’s voice is heard, and their ideas play a prominent role in programming.
• Assists in the implementation of high-quality, trauma-informed, large group and individualized lessons that align with Head Start, CLASS, and TSG performance standards.
• Supports top ECERS-R and CLASS ratings and creates a welcoming and warm environment for all students and their families.
• Utilizes lessons and studies from the Creative Curriculum and Conscience Discipline to guide children’s education.
• Engages in consistent data gathering, documentation, assessment, and analysis of student’s performance.
• Discusses children’s ongoing development in collaboration with the Education Coordinator, School Nurse, Mental Health and Developmental consultants. Provides thorough documentation when referrals are made for students in need of further evaluation.
• Maintains accurate records of students’ daily and hourly attendance and Meal Counts.
• Aides in the organization and maintenance of the classroom, kitchen, and other school-related materials.
• Creates and maintains a predictable schedule and routine for the classroom, including arriving to work on time and refraining from frequent absences.
• Regularly maintains classrooms sanitization practices in accordance to licensing and best practices.
• Attends orientations, trainings, education programs, staff meetings, community meetings, conferences and workshops as requested and applicable to meet the needs of the position. May provide training and mentorship to team members and community stakeholders regarding best practices in relevant service models and practices.
• Completes a minimum of 15 credit hours of continued education per licensing requirements.
• Assumes the role of the Associate Teacher during absences. Covers teacher breaks as needed. Covers in the kitchen as needed.
• Performs all duties in a professional manner, adhering to the NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) Code of Ethics, and maintaining confidentiality of all information.
• Performs all other duties as assigned.
• Models core culture attributes of VOACO that include “AIRS” (Accountability, Integrity, Respect and Service).
• Models and VOACO’s three critical virtues of HHS (Hungry, Humble, People Smart).
• Colorado Early Childhood Licensing requirements
• Head Start Performance Standards
• Teaching Strategies GOLD
• Ensures equitable and inclusive services.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS OF POSITION
• High School Diploma or Equivalent.
• Must be willing to enroll in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of time of hire, or must receive a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential within two years of hire.
PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS OF POSITION
• Experience working with individuals and families from diverse backgrounds.
• Previous experience working in a classroom.
• Knowledge of Teaching Strategies GOLD, CLASS, Trauma-Informed Care, and Creative Curriculum.
KNOWLEDGE AND SKILLS
• Ability to effectively communicate to families, coworkers, consultants, volunteers and community partners.
• Good organizational skills.
• Basic computer and tablet skills to input data and documentation.
• Knowledge about human development.
• Ability to use standard classroom office technology: I-Pad, copier, computer Good organizational skills.
WORKING CONDITIONS AND PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS
• Teaching Early Childhood is a physically demanding job with frequent standing, walking, squatting, bending, sitting on the floor and in small chairs, running, lifting, and reaching.
• Physical demands require constant movement for up to 6 hours daily.
• The classroom environment or outside and gym play can get noisy.
• Teachers must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
• Ability to respond quickly and appropriately during emergency situations.
• Ability to work indoors and outdoors during all seasons and weather conditions.
• Emotional/mental stability and ability to auditorily and visually supervise students in care.
POSITION TYPE AND EXPECTED HOURS OF WORK
Part Time hours; dependent upon the needs of the Center. Center is open 7am – 6pm, Monday – Friday.
321 South Yates, Denver, CO 802019
Salary: Commensurate with experience, expertise, proficiency and market bench marking.
Benefit eligibility is based on job type/status
Paid Time Off
Pension and 403b Retirement Plan
Health, Dental, Vision, Pet Insurances
Life Insurance (Including Accidental Death & Dismemberment)
Short Term & Long Term Disability
Employee Assistance/Work Life Balance Program
Employee Discount Program
LifeLock with Norton