This position creates, maintains and manages a safe, warm, and challenging learning environment for young children incorporating developmentally appropriate learning activities which meet the needs of all children. Implements the program curriculum and achieves progress toward established school readiness goals. Responsible for record keeping for classroom/group experience and home visit activities; on-going development of individually tailored programs for children, and participation in a plan for continuous professional development.
Child Growth and Development
- Manage the delivery of a quality program to provide a positive healthy and safe learning environment to meet the educational and developmental needs of young children by focusing on learning styles and temperament;
- Support and enhance children’s growth and development through continuous improvement in the areas of emotional support, classroom organization, and instructional support emphasizing teacher-child interactions;
- Develop social competencies by utilizing positive behavior management techniques.
Learning Environment and Curriculum;
- Plan and implement outcome-based activities in cognitive, social-emotional, physical domains with an emphasis in language, literacy, math, and science; establish a learning environment that supports positive growth and development;
- Provide a consistent daily routine which supports a balance between adult and child directed activities;
- Develop lesson plans allowing input from program team and parents;
Child Observation, Record-Keeping, and Assessment
- Monitor completion and timely submission of all required records and forms. Ensure file order is maintained;
- Demonstrate ability to collect and utilize information gained from on-going observation and assessment of all children and TS Gold reports to plan and implement large group, skill building and individualization activities;
Child Health, Safety, and Nutrition
- Build children’s awareness of and ability to follow basic health and safety rules by providing opportunities for learning about health and safety, by SUPERVISING CHILDREN AT ALL TIMES and positively redirecting them from potentially harmful activities;
- Promote an awareness and development of healthy lifestyles in children and families through physical activity, healthy food choices and positive eating habits;
- Responsible to provide a safe, clean and healthy effective learning/working environment for children, parents and staff (including playground).
Family and Community Relationships
- Assist parents in planning and implementing home activities appropriate for the individual child’s specific developmental needs as reflecting in TS Gold reports;
- Participate in on-going communication with families including the development of communication tools in coordination with teacher – i.e. newsletters, notes, etc;
- Represent GSRP by participating with other team members in program and community activities;
- Maintain ongoing cooperation with agencies and local school districts providing services to Head Start/GSRP families;
- Work in cooperation with parents and other program staff to meet all program requirements;
- Prepare and implement at least two (2) home visits and two (2) parent/teacher conferences for each family;
- Support and encourage parents through attendance at parent meetings, conferences/home visits, and participation in program activities. Include parent participation in the planning of program experiences and lessons for center, group experience and home visits that integrate the child’s level of ability and interests;
- Maintain verbal and written school to home communication;
- Actively participate in Resource Staffing, reflective supervision/consultation, team assignments, and complete necessary referrals to ensure services to all families.
- Maintain confidentiality and code of ethics at all times;
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed are representative of the knowledge, skill and/or ability required.
Education and Experience:
Bachelor’s Degree with a valid Michigan Teaching certificate and a ZA endorsement or Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood – General and Special Education ZS endorsement or Bachelor’s Degree in Child Development/Early Childhood Education (major) with specialization in preschool teaching is required.
Additional Job Comments
Working Monday through Friday, 40 hours weekly through the school year; wage starting at $35,000 annually, including the following benefits: Retirement benefits, Medical/Rx, Dental; Paid lunch hours; holiday, vacation and sick days.