FLSA Status: Non-exempt Hourly- Full time-40 hours per week
Work Days: Monday-Friday
Supervisor: Education Specialist

Job Summary:

CAA MISSION: To provide affordable, comprehensive, and quality services that will strengthen the community and lead to self-sufficiency.

HEAD START MISSION: To improve educational outcomes and well-being of children and strengthen the families we serve.

The Head Start Assistant Teacher, in conjunction with the Lead Teacher is responsible for providing a developmentally appropriate educational atmosphere where students have the opportunity to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and psychological growth. The Head Start Assistant Teacher will assist in planning activities, developing appropriate lesson plans for the children and will work with the families to ensure compliance with the Head start Performance Standards and Ohio licensing regulations in all divisions of the program. This person is responsible for assisting the Lead Teacher in organizing and implementing an instructional program that will result in students achieving academic success in accordance with Head Start Child Outcomes Framework and Ohio Early Learning Content Standards.

The Head Start Assistant Teacher will be in a probationary period for the first 180 days of receiving the position. Job performance will be measured within 180 days of receiving the position and annually thereafter.

Specific Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

1. General Expectations:
• Works cooperatively with the Lead Teacher and the Family Advocate to ensure the smooth operation of the classroom.
• Develops a working knowledge of CAA policies and procedures, Head Start Performance Standards, and State Licensing Requirements.
• Attends all required trainings and meetings.
• Assumes bus, kitchen, and janitorial duties as needed.
• Develops a working knowledge of community resources.
• Maintains regular attendance in accordance with CAA Personnel Policies and follows agency call-off procedures when absent.
2. Classroom Expectations:
• Assist in completing and posting lesson plan before the first child enters the classroom at the beginning of the week.
• To become familiar with the Project Approach and implement this approach in all areas of planning and the classroom.
• Complete two samples per year for each child.
o Fall/Spring
-Writing Sample
-Self Portrait
-Cutting Sample
• Maintain education files by following and updating the Portfolio Tracker.
• Creates a positive classroom environment.
• Read, review, and implement strategies to meet IEP goals.
• Assist in implementing classroom management strategies.
• Materials ready for the day, before the children arrive.
• Implement the Creative Curriculum into all aspects of the child’s education including health, nutrition, and mental health activities.
• Classroom management strategies will be implemented throughout the school year to maintain a safe and positive environment for children and adults. This includes the use of transition activities.
3. 45 Day Requirements:
• A BRIGANCE screening must be completed on each child enrolled in the program within the first 45 days. The date and score will be submitted to the Instructional Support Mentor or the Education Manager upon completion.
• A DECA must be completed for each child enrolled in the program within the first 45 days.
4. Assessments:
• New children enrolled into the program must be added to the Teaching Strategies Gold System within the first week of attendance.
• The Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment Checkpoints must be completed four times per year for each child enrolled in the program. The due dates for TSG are located in the staff calendar.
• The progress reports generated contain data from the TSG Checkpoints, which will be used to discuss the progress of each child at their In-Home and School Family Conferences.
• Use the provided assessment tools to track the progress of the children, and use the data collected to support planning and instruction. The areas that need to be assessed each month will be provided.
5. Home Visits and Conferences:
• An initial In-Home Conference must be completed on all children entering the program. If a child enters the program later in the year, an initial InHome Conference must be conducted at this that time. The Initial In-Home Conference form will be used to document the visit.
• A second In-Home Conference will be completed on all of the children enrolled in the program. The date for the second In-Home Conference is located in the staff calendar. Document the visit on the In-Home Conference form and discuss the progress report with the family.
• A third In-Home Conference will be completed on all of the children enrolled in the program. The date for the third In-Home Conference is located on the staff calendar. Document this visit on the In-Home Conference form and discuss the progress report with the family.
• Two School Family Conferences will be completed for each child enrolled in the program per year. The dates for the School Family Conferences are located on the staff calendar. For the School Family Conferences, a Family Conference form will be completed on Teaching Strategies Gold to review with the family along with the progress report.
6. In-Kind:
• In-kind will be generated by all members of the classroom team. The team will work together to reach a monthly In-kind goal.
7. Field Trips:
• Plans developmentally appropriate field trips in conjunction with parents and management staff.
• Field trip permission slips are sent home in a timely manner and followed up on prior to the field trip.
8. Meals:
• Meal counts taken at Point of Service.
• A current menu is posted with changes documented on menu as needed.
9. Professionalism:
• Represents the agency in a positive manner at all times.
• Adheres to all agency’s/program’s policies and procedures including the Classroom Management Policy and Confidentiality Policy.
• A positive attitude about work and others will be maintained during the work day.
• Adhere to the agency dress code daily.
• Assumes responsibility for meeting his/her individual professional development goals and maintains ODE licensure.
• Demonstrates gains in performance evaluations conducted by supervisor.
10. Health and Safety Requirements:
• Promotes effective dental hygiene among children.
• Maintains a safe, healthy, and well-organized classroom learning environment.
• Follows ongoing care procedures to aid in identifying medical, dental, or developmental concerns.
• Adheres to and follows all state child care licensing requirements including reporting child abuse, following child health and safety procedures, and obtaining, maintaining, posting, and submitting written records.
11. Supporting Families:
• Actively promotes parent involvement in the child’s education process and the program.
• Assists with the recruitment process.
• Involves and supports parents to be active participants in their child’s health care.

Education/Skills Qualifications:

1. Must have a minimum of an AA Degree in early childhood or related field.
2. 2 years of preschool experience, licensing experience, or supervisory experience.
3. Good written and oral communication skills.
4. Valid driver’s license/reliable transportation/automobile insurance coverage.
5. Good Computer skills.

Physical Requirements:

1. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle, or feel objects; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk or hear; taste or smell.
2. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
3. Drive from site to site and maintain reliable transportation and insurance.
4. Perform other physical requirements related to child care.

Working Conditions:

1. Various noises and behaviors associated with the care of 3-5 year old children.
2. Travel from site to site as requested.

Additional Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

1. Local Bureau of Criminal Investigation and Federal Background checks.
2. Physical exam(update every three years) including drug testing
3. Training in First Aid, CPR, Child Abuse, Communicable Diseases, and Fire Safety.
4. Continuing Education credits or units.

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