Locations: Various throughout San Joaquin County.
Definition of Classification:
Under supervision of the Head Start Enhanced Teacher, the Head Start Enhanced Associate Teacher will implement and assist in overseeing all components of a quality preschool or Infant/Toddler program by contributing to the success of the teaching team and adhering to all policies and procedures, while working to maintain compliance with all licensing and funding regulations.
Description of Duties:
Represent the agency in a consistently professional manner, always modeling a commitment to the agency’s vision, mission, and values.
Promote and maintain a sense of teamwork between Early Education Services, other CAPC staff, volunteers, Board members, and other individuals relevant to the successful operation of each program.
Develop and maintain mutually beneficial working relationships with other stakeholders to ensure support of the agency’s vision, mission, and values.
Ability to work effectively with diverse staff, parents, children and community members.
Maintain compliance and knowledge of all CAPC policies and procedures, funding and regulatory rules, and laws that apply to the program contracts and oversight agencies.
1. Provide for the safety, health, and nutrition of children.
Supervise children at all times to ensure a safe environment according to Cal OSHA Guidelines (SB198), Licensing 22, Title 5 Regulations, and Head Start Performance Standards.
Keep accurate and updated emergency information and authorizations for treatment of all children.
Be familiar with emergency procedures and implement Center’s Plan for medical and disaster related emergencies according to (SB198) guidelines.
Assist is implementing emergency drills at consistent intervals in accordance with agency emergency policy and procedures.
Assist in developing and implementing supervision plans that are specific to site and classroom that include details on teaching staff responsibilities and zoning maps.
Implement healthy practices within the classroom environment using universal health precautions including but not limited to washing hands, using appropriate gloves, changing diapers/clothing in a timely manner, and dispensation of authorized medications.
Provide food service support (serving and cleaning) for meals, snacks, and other activities according to CACFP policies.
Document and submit timely, nutrition documentation on all children less than 12 months old.
Communicate all family updates to Teacher and Center Manager.
2. Provide Early Education experiences and learning opportunities
Assist in planning and implementing quality lesson plans utilizing the Creative Curriculum that meet the physical, social, emotional, intellectual, health, and nutritional needs of each child and consider.
Observe and document children’s growth, conduct developmental screenings/assessments, and submit paperwork/reports within specified time frames (e.g. 30, 45 and 90 days, etc.).
Prepare individualized education plans specifying developmental goals and activities while making appropriate adaptations as needed in the environment and curriculum for each child, including children with disabilities.
Work with teaching team to ensure a balance of child and adult-directed activities, independent, and small and large group experiences are available daily.
Assist in implementing program funding specific goals and objectives into the lesson plan curriculum.
Consider CLASS domains and dimensions when planning activities to promote optimal teacher-child interactions.
Provide a curriculum that supports and encourages acceptance and respect of gender, culture, language, ethnicity and family composition.
3. Provide an interesting and varied physical environment
Assist in creating and maintaining well-organized interest areas that include blocks, dramatic play, toys and games, art, library, discovery, sand and water, music and movement, and outdoors.
Utilize the appropriate Environmental Rating Scale instrument to measure quality in the classrooms.
Provide and rotate regularly, materials and equipment that are varied, interesting, and developmentally and age-appropriate to encourage learning.
Provide outdoor curriculum that enhances children’s physical and social development by bringing all components of the indoor classroom to the outside.
Provide an environment that supports and encourages acceptance and respect of gender, culture, language, ethnicity and family composition.
4. Promote Social and Emotional Growth
Build positive relationships with children by having quality interactions as those described in the CLASS tool.
Promote program-wide expectations for behavior
We are Safe
We are Respectful
We are Friendly
Provide activities that will increase children’s social emotional development and encourage positive approaches to learning.
Provide opportunities for children to interact and cooperate with one another to promote respect, acceptance and appreciation of cultural and ethnic diversity, and promote appropriate social skills, competence, and respect for the feelings and rights of others.
Assist in establishing a consistent daily schedule, predictable routines, and transitions that keep the educational flow moving from one activity to another.
5. Perform administrative tasks
Assist in maintaining and updating licensing files and licensing board
Assist in maintaining records for attendance, meal counts, parent participation and other in-kind contributions and submit in a timely manner as needed.
Assist in filing and organizing paper work in corresponding binders (lesson plan, maintenance, go- to…)
Use agency electronic databases to document child progress and other information.
6. Build and maintain working relationships
Participate in case conference meetings with teaching team and support staff to facilitate information sharing, goal setting, and action plans for each child.
Participate in staff development trainings and professional development opportunities.
Assist in providing supervision, guidance, and trainings to Center Aides and Parent Volunteers on a daily basis and as needed.
Participate in weekly team meetings with teaching team.
Network with other community agencies and participate when requested, in community events, health fairs, and other events designed to promote CAPC programs.
Document and report inappropriate behavior of staff, parents, and on-site consultants to the appropriate supervisor.
Assist Center Manager and Teacher in developing Family Partnership Agreements and Family Strengths Assessments with the family.
Perform other duties both program specific and CAPC related, as assigned. Refer to the Master Task List.