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. August 2021
This job description was last updated on 08/11/2021. Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time. This job description is subject to change at any time.
Because this position requires in-person work and is student and/or visitor facing, complete vaccination against coronavirus disease 2019 (also known as COVID-19) is required.
Head Start of Lane County is an EEO Employer.
Head Start of Lane County is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. All employment decisions, including the recruiting, hiring, placement, training availability, promotion, compensation, evaluation, disciplinary actions, and termination of employment (if necessary) are made without regard to the employee’s race, color, creed, religion, sex, pregnancy or childbirth, personal appearance, family responsibilities, sexual orientation, gender identity, political affiliation, source of income, place of residence, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, age, marital status, military veteran status, unfavorable discharge from military service, physical or mental disability, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.