Classroom Time / School Readiness
- Supervise and monitor children at all times and respond appropriately to crisis or emergency situations that may occur.
- Establish a positive classroom climate.
- Guide the behavior of children in positive, effective ways.
- Follow a consistent schedule which includes small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, meals and effective transitions between activities.
- Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation, socialization and choice-making; ask open-ended questions and follow-up questions to promote further learning and thinking.
- Promote English language acquisition of children who are English- and Dual-Language learners.
- Release children only to individuals with appropriate signed consent.
Individualization, Curriculum and Assessment
- Follow agency-adopted curricula, using effective strategies to guide learning.
- Prepare the classroom environment and materials to support developmentally appropriate curriculum plans and learning experiences.
- Assess individual and group needs, attending to specific interests, strengths and concerns.
- Work with appropriate agencies to develop specialized planning for children and families as needed.
- Coordinate with support staff when indicated, developing a collaborative approach that benefits all children in the classroom.
- Adapt curriculum to address and meet individual goals for children as identified in their individualized family service plans (IFSP).
- Develop and utilize integrated curriculum plans which reflect mandated elements and components, familial and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of Head Start children.
- Establish weekly goals that promote individual and group educational plans and include other Head start components.
- Participate in integrated service meetings to plan for and delivery collaborative services across all components.
Family Engagement and Community Partnerships
- Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces family and volunteer engagement.
- Support the role of families as the first and primary teachers of their children.
- Support families’ safety, health, financial stability, life goals and aspirations.
- Maintain regular communication with families based on family’s individual needs.
- Conduct the required parent/teacher conferences and home visits for the purpose of assessment and support, and to share information on classroom progress and educational strategies at school and at home. Provide additional home visits if needed.
- Help plan and participate in family activity events.
- Coordinate with the Family Support Coordinator (FSC) as needed to assist families to complete follow-ups (i.e. dental, medical, physical and mental health needs of families, etc.)
- Coordinate with the Early Childhood Education Coordinator (ECEC) and FSC to provide families with timely information and referrals appropriate to their needs.
- Monitor and document attendance concerns.
- Provide learning opportunities for dual-language in the home
- Utilize agency adopted tools for ongoing assessment and documentation.
- Ensure all federal, local, state and/or agency documentation is completed accurately.
- Document all family contacts and home visits.
- Monitor and report child abuse.
- Attend and participate in training and appropriate professional development activities.
- Attend and participate in meetings.
- Engage in ongoing self-assessment about job performance
Additional Job Responsibilities
- Assist with breaks, food service and bus monitoring as needed for the model and other classroom needs as requested.
- Work with other staff to ensure general maintenance and security of facility.
- Assist with inventory of equipment and supplies.
- Assume Substitute Director role as requested.
- Other duties as requested.
All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start’s policy on confidentiality.
- Part Year or Full Year (with layoff weeks) Bargaining Unit/Non Exempt
- All positions are informed by the Bargaining Unit Handbook and the Bargaining Unit Contract
- Job responsibilities may vary depending upon program model, site needs and locations.
- Supervised by Regional Manager.
Policy Council approved August 2015
This job description was updated October2004, edited July 2009, edited January 2010,edited July 2013, edited March 2014; edited July 2015
Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer.