Assist and collaborate with the Combination Model Teacher, to provide comprehensive Head Start services to children/families. Provide a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for pre-school children (age 3-5) while they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoor play area, and field trips). For the children on his/her caseload, develop individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into kindergarten. Provide in-home instruction as well as classroom experience to parents which will enhance the parents’ ability to fill the role of primary nurturer of their child. Maintain on-going contact with families and work with all other components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health, special services, parent education and resource/referral) to integrate services into the family setting. Positions are part-time Am or PM shifts and require early morning and /or late afternoon hours to cover bus routes. Must meet requirements per Federal Head Start Performance Standards and any local, state and or agency policies and procedures.
Home Visits (30%)
- Create and maintain respectful partnerships with families.
- Drive to family home and deliver health, educational, nutritional and child growth and development information to parents via twice monthly home visits of at least 1.5 hours each.
- Coordinate with parents to ensure well-child exams, immunizations, health screenings, and nutrition assessments are complete and necessary follow up occurs.
- Complete family partnership agreements, developmental screenings and all other required assessments with families in a timely manner.
Prepare and distribute follow up containing pertinent information requested by the family in a timely manner.
- Assist and support families in locating resources and scheduling appointments with community resources that best meets their needs.
- Assist with kindergarten transition of the child and family out of Head Start.
- Promote family literacy
- Provide support in parent and child activities that encourages developmentally appropriate activities for the pre-school child.
- Participate in two Parent/Teacher conferences yearly
Classroom Time (30%)
- Supervise and monitor children at all times.
- Assist in setting up environment (indoor/outdoor) for the activities of the day.
- Use developmentally appropriate practices to facilitate activities with groups and individuals.
- Observe and record behaviors of children to assist the teacher in the identification of each child’s strengths and areas to grow.
- Participate in monthly staffing of children with all staff as appropriate.
- Work with and encourage parent and community volunteers.
- Integrate all Head Start components into classroom time.
- Utilize lesson plans which reflect mandated elements, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of Head Start children.
- Follow a consistent schedule which includes small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, three meals, and effective transitions between activities.
- Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation, socialization, and choice making; ask open-ended questions and listen respectfully to the answers.
- Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the classroom.
- Work with special needs staff in the classroom to develop a collaborative approach that benefits all children in the classroom and meets the needs as specified on the IFSP.
- Respond to crisis or emergency situations that may occur. Provide first aid or CPR, prevent the spread of blood borne pathogens, and access emergency services as needed.
- Sanitize classroom equipment and laundry.
- Assist with meal service as needed
Bus Monitor (15%)
- Monitor and manage behavior of children.
- Secure children in age/weight appropriate restraints.
- Communication with families, including mail, sign-off to authorized adults, cell phones etc.
- Assist in emergency evacuation
- Assist Teacher in maintaining accurate written records, including: assessments, IFSP documentation, screening instruments, anecdotal observations, and other required forms.
- Provide teacher with information to develop curriculum plans which reflect mandated elements, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start children.
- Collaborate with Teacher, to establish childrens goals and comprehensive individual plans designed to promote current learning and attend to nutritional, health and social issues.
- Maintain accurate written/electronic records related to home visits
Staff Trainings/Meetings & Misc (5%)
- Assure/assist in general maintenance and security of facility.
- Assist with inventory of equipment and supplies.
- Assist with breaks and other classroom needs as requested.
- Attend meetings, training’s, and appropriate professional development activities.
- Monitor and report child abuse.
- Other duties as assigned
All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to Head Start’s policy on confidentiality
- Part Year (with layoff weeks) Bargaining Unit/Non Exempt
- Percentages of job responsibilities may vary depending upon position site needs and locations.
- Supervised by Regional Manager
Policy Council approval – 8/13/2013, edited/updated 02/24/2014.
Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer.