FLSA Status: Non-exempt, part-time – hours vary from 16-28 hours weekly
Work Days: Monday – Friday (typically), varies by center
Supervisor: Family & Child Development Managers

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 Classroom Aide, in conjunction with classroom staff 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 Classroom Aide 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 classroom staff 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 Classroom Aide will be in a probationary period for 90 days of receiving the position and annually thereafter. Job performance will be measured within 90 days of receiving the position and annually thereafter.

Specific Responsibilities/Essential Functions:

1. Follows all attendance policies, when accounting for all children in the classroom and during any transition time in the day including the bus.
2. Assists in maintaining ratio at all times.
3. Is aware of the number of children present, and signed in on the attendance sheet at all times. Is able to give the correct number of children present when asked.
4. Has a complete understanding of the active supervision needed in a preschool setting.
5. Assists in implementing educational activities during the day.
6. Promotes effective dental hygiene among children.
7. Promotes “family style eating”, encourages socialization during meal time, and provides food related activities in the classroom.
8. Works cooperatively with the classroom staff, site supervisor, and family advocates to ensure the smooth operation of the classroom.
9. Develops a working knowledge of CAA policies and procedures, Head Start Performance Standards, and State Licensing Requirements.
10. Assists in the recruitment process.
11. Assists with any fieldtrips in the absence of a staff member or in addition to the classroom staff.
12. Attends all required trainings and meetings.
13. Assumes bus, kitchen, and janitorial duties as needed.
14. Encourages and assists children in toilet training efforts (Diaper changing may be necessary and the Diaper Changing Policy must be followed).
15. Becomes familiar with any nutrition or health plans in place for the children in the classroom.
16. 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.
17. Plans and implements a classroom program that includes varied, multicultural learning experiences that foster the social, intellectual, physical, and emotional growth of preschool children.
18. Provides a foundation for school readiness and later school success and supports children’s learning based on observation and assessment.
19. Assists with challenging behaviors and implementing strategies.
20. Maintains a safe, healthy, and well-organized learning environment.
21. Maintains regular attendance in accordance with CAA Personnel Policies and follows agency call-off procedures when absent.
22. Follows ongoing care procedures to aid in identifying medical, dental, or developmental concerns.
23. Performs other program-related duties as assigned by supervisor and/or lead teacher.

Education/Skills Qualifications:

1. Must have a High School Diploma, or GED and be enrolled in CDA or college courses. CDA courses must be completed within the first six months.
2. 1-2 years of preschool 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 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; ride the bus.
2. The employee must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
3. Other physical requirements related to child care.
4. Requires employee to be able to work in a high stress, fast paced environment.

Working Conditions:

1. Various noises and behaviors associated with the care of 3-5 year old children.
2. Exposure to outdoors and varying temperatures.

Additional Requirements/Conditions of Employment:

1. Local BCI and FBI 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.

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