HEAD START PROGRAM
Position: Teaching Assistant Date Revised: September 2020
Reports To: Teacher Director Employment Status: Non-Exempt
Responsibilities: Assists the Teacher in carrying out classroom activities, shares in the responsibility of recordkeeping and providing a safe and healthy learning environment for children.
Minimum Qualifications: Associates Degree in Education or related field with a minimum of 12 credit hours in coursework related to ECE. One year of experience in a preschool setting. A valid NYS driver’s license is required. Willing to attain and maintain Medication Administration Training certification and First Aid/CPR certification.
- Acts in accordance with the Greater Opportunities Mission Statement and abides by its Standards of Conduct.
- Assists in ensuring the agency meets all federal, state, and local regulations.
- Works within a team to plan and administer a comprehensive program of services.
- Demonstrates a work ethic that recognizes and supports persons of varying socio-economic, ethnic, cultural, and educational backgrounds.
- Interacts and communicates effectively with co-workers, customers, and community members in a professional and respectful manner.
- Immediately reports child abuse/maltreatment to New York State Central Registry and appropriate administrative staff.
- Maintains confidentiality of information regarding children, families, staff, and program issues.
- Follows procedure when “calling in” due to illness and for use of other leave.
- Participates in all required meetings and trainings and shares information with colleagues as needed.
- Drives an agency vehicle and transports families as necessary.
- Models positive child development practices including appropriate tone of voice, speaking to the children at eye level, and continuously scanning the room for safety.
- Supports and assists with the use of all current and available resources in planning daily activities for children (i.e. Creative Curriculum, Good Talking Words, and all other current required and/or available curriculums).
- Welcomes parents and other visitors to the center. Communicates in a positive manner with parents, community members, and co-workers.
- Helps establish a safe and healthy learning environment in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and New York State Office of Children and Family Services Day Care Licensing Regulations.
- Supports maintaining control of the classroom by implementing clear, reasonable, consistent, and age-appropriate rules and expectations for children.
- Assists the Teacher Director in writing appropriate observational notes for all children and records them in Teaching Strategies GOLD.
- Under the direction of the Teacher Director, works with other Education staff at the center to provide assessment information about each child.
- Assists with establishing Individual Plans for children and lessons.
- Assists with completing all screenings within 45 days of each child’s entry date.
- Documents all contacts with families on the Contact Summary Record.
- Support in maintaining a classroom environment that encourages independence and meets the developmental needs of the children.
- Uses positive guidance and redirection to help children with anger and/or challenging behaviors. Helps children develop decision making and problem solving skills.
- Regularly meets assigned documentation due dates and requirements.
- Communicates with other center staff to support the smooth running of the center.
- Performs other job related duties and responsibilities as necessary.
In Teacher/Director’s Absence:
- Assumes responsibility for establishing a safe and healthy learning environment in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards, Greater Opportunities Policy, and NYS Office of Children and Family Services Day Care Licensing Regulations.
- Assures that day to day and monthly documentation is completed and submitted on time.
- Communicates daily with the Child Development Coordinator.
- Coordinates the planning and scheduling of activities in all areas of the classroom using the weekly lesson plan form found on Teaching Strategies GOLD.
Weight-lifting up to 50 pounds
Physical Demands-climbing, stooping, kneeling, reaching, handling, pushing, repetitive arm motion
Vision-acuity, near, and far