EHS Program Description:
Our Early Head Start offers comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income and underserved populations including expecting mothers, infants, toddlers and their families. In center-based as well as home-based settings we promote infant and toddler health & development, foster positive family relationships and supports parents as the primary decision makers and nurturers of their children. Tools and learning strategies are employed to enable the children to enter school ready to succeed.
Brief Position Description:
Under the immediate direction and supervision of the EHS Site Supervisor or Education Coordinator, the Partner Teacher assists in the responsibility and oversight of the daily operations in infant/toddler classrooms/centers where assigned. The EHS Partner Teacher provides direction, guidance and strategies to teachers assigned to the childcare partner site or Sunrise Children’s Foundation site. Partner Teacher supports classroom teachers in providing established best practice child development care, supervision, environments, routines, approaches and assessment. At the direction of their immediate supervisor, Partner Teachers may monitor child attendance, organize and conduct parent education and parent participation activities, and conduct other program tasks as assigned.
The Partner Teacher must also be willing and capable of learning and supporting classroom teachers to implement the practices and standards of instruments such as the Environmental Rating Scales, the Teacher’s Learning and Collaborating model, Teaching Strategies Gold assessment, and the Practice Based Coaching approach.
Essential Job Responsibilities (including but not limited to):
- PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
- Provide guidance, modeling and support to assigned teachers.
- Direct, instruct, and train assigned staff as requested; provide input for evaluation as requested
- Has a working knowledge of the EHS Performance Standards, licensing regulations, additional state requirements and SCF’s policies and procedures
- With the education team, parents and policy council, develops and maintains a meaningful, individualized curriculum that meets program goals
- Maintains strict confidentiality for EHS children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures
- Creates and maintains a healthy and safe learning environment that is developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive and experientially-based
- Participates in transition activities including registration, classroom transitions and preschool transition
- Collaborates with program staff to increase resources, accomplish tasks, resolve conflict and support the overall program
- INFANT/TODDLER PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
- Creates and implements a developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive program that supports the child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development
- Has knowledge of safety issues relating to infant/toddlers (i.e. sudden infant death syndrome); organizes and maintains a healthy, safe, clean environment that ensures comfortable and challenging experiences that meet the changing needs of infants and toddlers; reports needed maintenance and repairs
- Assists in developing an environment that reflects the home culture of the families being served with the goal of increased understanding of their own culture and the culture of others
- Provides guidance and instruction to teachers to strengthen the infant, toddler and
- early childhood experiences provided
- Understands birth-3 child development and applies this knowledge to the classroom
- Participates in IFSP meetings, case conferences, parent conferences, case reviews,
- staff meetings, in-service and pre-service meetings, and other meetings as directed.
- Responsible for participating in on-going infant/toddler training and
- professional growth activities
- Promotes partnerships with families by working closely with colleagues and the family services staff
- Understands and carries out the HS Performance Standards, Standards of Conduct, Licensing and State regulations as well as SCF’s Policies and Procedures
- Promotes and supports the SCF’s mission, standards and philosophy in the EHS community, with program partners and with the greater community
- Substitutes for teachers during a temporary absence or long-term as determined by
- program needs
- Follows authorized emergency and safety procedures and regulations concerning occupational disease, injury, prevention of contamination and other universal precautions
- Assure that screenings occur in a timely manner; that findings are recorded; individualized plans are developed and implemented; that ongoing observation is utilized to update each child’s individual plan on a regular basis.
- Assist teachers to develop and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum that address the whole child; that integrate all service areas into the curriculum
- Assists in organizing personnel effectively and efficiently to successfully meet daily objectives
- RECORD KEEPING
- Prepare and maintain accurate records, including staff and child attendance records, child observation, individualization, lesson plans, lunch count, parent participation, in-kind contributions, and others as directed, using proper spelling and accurate calculations.
- Maintains and utilizes data from screening, assessment, and observation for program planning
- Assists in maintaining inventory
- Maintains the appropriate children’s paperwork and electronic files
- Follows SCF-EHS program and fiscal record-keeping regulations
- PARENT INVOLVEMENT AND COMMUNITY RELATIONS
- Develops/utilizes system to meet requirements for and track parent involvement in the classroom
- Builds positive and productive relationships with families that focus on trust and support and encourage involvement in the EHS program.
- Participates in orientation of new families.
- Participates in monthly parent meetings at the center and other social activities for parents.
- Schedules, participates and ensures documentation of conferences, home visits, parent trainings and parent/family involvement activities.
- Involves parents in educational activities that support their role as their child’s first teacher, including volunteering in the classroom.
- Submits monthly in-kind records gathered from the parents in the classroom
- Professionally promotes EHS in the community
- Builds and maintains strong working relationships with collaborators
Physical Requirements & Working Conditions:
- Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds including infant and/or toddlers weighing 6 to 50 pounds multiple times throughout the day
- Bending at the waist, kneeling or crouching to maintain direct eye contact with infant/toddlers
- Sitting on the floor and/or in preschool chairs
- Dexterity of hands and fingers to manipulate specialized apparatus and standard office and classroom equipment
- Seeing to read a variety of materials (printed or virtual) and monitor student activities
- Must be able to hear and speak to exchange information in face to face conversation; virtual meeting space or via telephone
- Tolerate some exposure to bodily fluids and communicable diseases
- Tolerate moderate to loud noise level
- Must be able to drive a vehicle to conduct work at multiple locates as needed
- Some travel by car, bus, airplane or train may be required as associated with attendance at conferences, meeting and other duties carried out at distant locations in and out of state and in some cases overnight travel may be required.
- Must have a minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent
- Must have at minimum a Child Development Associates Credential w/ a focus on Infants and Toddlers
- Must be approved by SCF insurer to be added to corporate auto insurance policy
- Must have a valid Driver’s License and maintain throughout the duration of employment
- Must have the ability to use a computer to collect, record, retrieve data and prepare reports
- Ability to analyze problems, identify alternative solutions, project consequences of proposed actions, and implement recommendations in support of goals
- Must have the ability to evaluate work methods, results and provide feedback
- Ability to read, analyze, understand, and interpret policies and other necessary materials in required
- Must be able to communicate clearly and using correct grammar both verbally and in writing using English
- Must be organized, display strong time management abilities and demonstrate an attention to detail to effectively meet client and program needs
- Must have the ability to gather and interpret moderately complex information
- Must have the ability to add, subtract, multiply and divide
- Ability to exhibit patience and tact when communicating with children, families, staff, and supervisor is a requirement
- Ability to project professionalism in appearance, interactions and conduct throughout daily activities is a must
- Listen intently and ask questions to ensure full understanding
- Must be available to work a flexible schedule in order to fulfill job functions and program responsibilities
- Must interact sensitively, effectively and professionally with persons from diverse cultural, economic, racial, ethnic and professional backgrounds, and persons of all ages and lifestyle preferences especially parents of children in SCF’s programs.
- Must maintain a positive, open an objective attitude towards others
- Must acquire CPR/First Aid Training for Infant/Child/Adult within ninety (90) days of hire date and maintain through duration of employment
- Must obtain a Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department Work Card (Sheriff’s Card) for Child Care prior to hire date and maintain through duration of employment
- Must submit negative TB results (One-Step Skin Test or Chest X-Ray ) prior to hire date and every two years for the duration of employment
- Must have a physical performed and document submitted prior to hire date and submit every five years for the duration of employment
- Associate’s Degree (of Higher) in Early Childhood Education or Child Development is preferred
- Experience with infants/toddlers in a group setting is preferred
- Bilingual (Spanish/English) helpful
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position
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