Lead Pre-School Teacher

Under the general supervision of the Early Head Start/Pre-k Center Director, the Lead Pre-school Teacher functions as a primary caregiver who plans, organizes and conducts a full range of developmentally appropriate activities for up fifteen (15) assigned children that are 3-5 years old (including children with special needs). The Lead Pre-school Teacher promotes each child’s growth and development by creating and implementing a developmentally appropriate environment in which children can develop personal relationships, experiment, make choices, solve problems, and develop age-appropriate social and self-help skills. The Lead Pre-school Teacher works to maintain a clean, safe, and orderly physical environment; supervises all classroom activities; participates in parent education and shares responsibility for parent involvement. The Lead Pre-school Teacher may be assigned to a variety of classrooms/centers and tasks as needed to achieve program goals and to ensure regulatory compliance including, SNHD and Nevada State Licensing.            
  • RESPONSIBILITIES/DUTIES including but not limited to:
    • PROGRAM DEVELOPMENT
      • Actively participates in all required meetings, activities, pre-service and in-service trainings
      • Has a working knowledge of the SCF’s projects and scope of work, licensing regulations, additional state requirements and SCF’s policies and procedures
      • With the education team, parents, develops and maintains a meaningful, individualized curriculum that meets program goals
      • Prepares the daily lesson plans weekly and posts objectives for parents, volunteers and visitors to view in the classroom
      • Responsible for developing an individual plan for each child based on screening, assessment, parent input and observation; Plan includes objectives and activities to meet established goals (outcomes)
      • Responsible for scheduling, carrying out and documenting home visits and parent teacher conferences as required and as needed
      • Maintains strict confidentiality for SCF 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
 
    • PRE- SCHOOL PROGRAM IMPLEMENTATION
      • Creates and implements a developmentally appropriate and culturally sensitive program that supports the child’s social, emotional, cognitive and physical development
      • Participates in the development and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum that integrates the educational aspects of the content areas
      • Has knowledge of safety issues relating to children 3-5 years of age, Organizes and maintains a healthy, safe, clean environment that ensures comfortable and challenging experiences that meet the changing needs preschool children
      • Develops 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
      • Displays positive guidance and discipline techniques that foster an atmosphere of acceptance that supports positive self-esteem.
      • Understands pre-school child development and applies this knowledge with the children in his/her care
      • Participates in IEP meetings and/or staffing’s for children with special needs
      • 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
      • Maintains a professional attitude and cooperates with colleagues and administration
      • Understands and carries out the PreK requirements, Licensing and State regulations as well as SCF’s Policies and Procedures
      • Promotes and supports the SCF’s mission, standards and philosophy in the community, with program partners and with the greater community
      • Conducts screenings and assessments as required
      • Follows authorized emergency and safety procedures and regulations concerning occupational disease, injury, prevention of contamination and other universal precautions
 
    • RECORD KEEPING
      • Maintains records and documents and completes required tasks and reports by the deadline dates.
      • Maintains and utilizes data from screening, assessment, and observation for program planning
      • Assists in maintaining inventory
      • Prepares and maintains legible, accurate records including child observation, individualization, lesson plans, attendance, lunch count, parent participation, in-kind contributions, and others as directed
      • Maintains the appropriate children’s paper and electronic files
      • Follows SCF 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 SCF program.
      • Co-plans and participates in orientation of new families.
      • Plans and facilitates 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.
      • Professionally promotes SCF in the community
      • Builds and maintains strong working relationships with collaborators
 
  • Physical Requirements & Working Conditions
    • Must be able to walk, stand, sit, kneel, reach, stoop, and crouch to interact successfully with children throughout assigned work shift.
    • Must be able to lift children up to 50 pounds including infant and/or toddlers continuously throughout the day, including diapering, feeding, changing and comforting.
    • Sitting on the floor and/or in preschool chairs
    • Driving a vehicle to conduct work
    • Tolerate some exposure to communicable diseases.
    • Tolerate moderate to loud noise level
    • 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 knowledge of and adhere to all Federal, state and local standards and regulations as related to early childhood childcare operations, i.e., EHS Performance Standards, NV, Child care licensing, Southern Nevada Health Department, NV. State fire marshal and NV QRIS.
    • Variable Work Schedule (as needed and/or available)
    • Varied Work Locations
    • Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
 
  • Job Requirements:
    • Education & Experience:
      • Minimum Child Development Associates Credential (CDA) with a pre-school focus
      • 2 years’ experience in a childcare setting
      • Knowledge & Skills
      • Must have ability to speak read and write English well enough to understand and be understood is necessary
      • Must communicate understandable ideas and instructions orally and in written format using English
      • Must have the ability to maintain written documents and records
      • Ability to read, analyze, understand, and interpret policies and educational materials in required
      • Must be able to communicate and understand toddlers, their parents and other staff
      • 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
      • 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 re-submit every 2 years of employment
      • Must have a physical performed and document submitted prior to hire date and re-submit every 5 years of employment
 
    • Preferred
      • AA in Early Childhood Education
      • 4 or more years of experience in a childcare setting
      • Bilingual (Spanish/English) helpful but not required

This description lists the major duties and requirements of the job and is not all-inclusive. Incumbent(s) may be expected to perform job-related duties other than those contained in this document and may be required to have specific job-related certifications, knowledge and skills.

Department: Center-based
This is a non-management position
This is a full time position

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