Position: Head Start Teacher
Location: Ferndale Early Childhood Center
Reports to: Director of Early Childhood Center
Salary: According to the Ferndale Education Association Master Agreement
Hours: Monday – Thursday 8:00 – 4:00, Friday 8:00 – 12:00
Start Date: Immediately
- Bachelor's degree in child development or early childhood education with specialization in preschool.
- CPR/First Aid Certified
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Experience working with toddlers and preschoolers, ages 2 through 5 (grant funded programs preferred)
- Good organizational and record keeping skills
- Able to work well with school staff, parents, and students
- Understanding of goals, philosophy and components of child development and grant funded preschool programs
- Possess skills, attributes and characteristics conducive to and suitable for dealing with children.
- Able to maintain a safe environment for children
- Knowledge and understanding of the NAYEC best practices.
- Knowledge and understanding of early childhood program philosophies and best practices
- Be knowledgeable of the High Scope Curriculum and on-line COR (preferred)
- Knowledge and understanding of the importance of attachments and relationship for young children
- Such alternatives and exceptions to the above requirements as deemed appropriate for the position.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Integrate the goals of the Educational Components by:
- Provide a positive and supportive social, emotional climate
- Plan and develop balanced (child vs. teacher directed) lessons that are aligned with Key Developmental Indicators to further develop intellectual skills, including hands-on learning, creative problem solving, receptive and expressive language, interpersonal communication skills, recognition of the symbols for letters and numbers activities according to individual developmental levels of children, and extending student background experiences
- Promote physical growth by providing the time and materials/equipment for children to use large and small muscles
- Regularly collect anecdotal notes to document student progress in all areas of development
- Meet the needs of the population and students being serviced
- Integrate and document the various Head Start components in the daily routine.
- Involve parents in curriculum development and child development activities/workshop opportunities
- Initiate a minimum of two home visits and two parent teacher conferences in each family per school year to assist families with their needs and to model activities that promote learning
- Integrate the goals of the health components by promoting medical, mental, dental, and nutritional health and preventive health services in the classroom and with families
- Order supplies and maintain inventory for the classroom to enhance the growth and development of every child
- Participate in Preschool committees, afterschool events, and in District-initiated transitional planning for students
- Other duties as required for program compliance
Other qualifications are also considered in the final selection of a person to fill this position. The search for highly qualified applicants for these positions is not restricted to this district.