Infant/Toddler Head Start Teacher
Matrix Human Services
1400 Woodbridge St.
Job Description/ Duties:
Our Infant/Toddler Head Start Teacher manages a room with infants and toddlers by planning, implementing, and supervising all center-based activities. This position may work with infants and toddlers with developmental delays. The position of Infant/Toddler Head Start Teacher works to support the goals of the program. The position may be reassigned to various classrooms/centers as deemed necessary for program operations. The position may serve as “site director” for child care licensing purposes.
- High School Diploma or equivalent required, Associates/ Bachelors degree preferred.
- Valid Infant/Toddler Child Development Associates (CDA) credential
- Training (or equivalent coursework) in Early Child hood Development with infant/toddler endorsement
- Training in age-appropriate Early Childhood and child development with a focus on infant/toddler development
- State-awarded certificates should be age specific (ages birth to three) and must meet or exceed the minimum requirements for obtaining a CDA credential. Such certificates must include content explicitly related to the care and early education of infants and toddlers. Remember the minimum requirements for obtaining a CDA are 120 clock hours of training in the 8 subject areas and 480 hours of experience working in a group setting with infants and/or toddlers.
- Bilingual is a plus!
CONTINUOUS QUALITY IMPROVEMENT AND ETHICAL CONDUCT:
All personnel of Matrix must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and incorporate Continuous Quality Improvement efforts into their everyday performance. All employees of Head Start must adhere to the federal regulations and requirements for Head Start operations including the Performance Standards, Licensing rules, and be of Good Moral Character as defined by Code of Ethics.
RELATED KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES:
- Good professional work habits and attitude
- Good oral and written communication skills
- Able to lift up to 45 pounds
- Noise level in work environment may be moderate to loud.
- Job may require lifting, sitting, standing, walking, squatting, kneeling, climbing, and bending for periods of time.
- Able to work independently and provide guidance and direction to team members.
- Documented experience working with low-income families.
- Must be culturally sensitive able to work in a diverse community.
- Able to read, write and communicate in standard English.
- Must be resourceful, patient, and sensitive to the needs of staff, children and families.
- Documented experience working with persons of various racial, ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds.
- Ability to write clear and accurate reports.
- Good organizational and time management skills.
- Able to maintain confidentiality of all discussions and records.
- Must be physically and mentally capable of performing the duties of the classification.
RESPONSIBILITIES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE FOLLOWING:
- Participate in self assessment process.
- Work to recruit children for the program and assist to maintain enrollment.
- Plans and provides developmentally appropriate activities and experiences that advance all areas of children’s development (social, emotional, cognitive, physical) in a manner appropriate to age and stage of development.
- Assists in development and implementation of a developmentally appropriate curriculum that focuses on routines and individual child interests and development.
- Provides a safe, healthy and well-managed environment so that children will have comfortable learning and growing experiences. Sets up the physical environment to meet the changing needs of infants and toddlers.
- Displays and develops material and provides activities related to cultures of the community in order to increase the children’s respect and understanding of their own and other local cultures.
- Models and promotes communication and problem solving skills that assist in developing positive interactions, creating an atmosphere of acceptance, support and encouragement, which fosters the development of positive self concept and self esteem in children as well as attachment, bonding and trusting relationships.
- Demonstrates an understanding of infant-toddler development applying this knowledge in practice.
- Serves on IFSP meetings.
- Participates in on-going training and development specific to working with infants and toddlers and their families, including infant/toddler development, communication and safety issues such as reducing the risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
- Works closely and cooperatively with family services staff (case managers) to promote partnerships with families.
- Responsible for knowledge and understanding of the philosophy, content areas and functions of the infant/toddler curriculum including familiarity with the Head Start Performance Standards, NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practices and state child care licensing regulations.
- Displays commitment to continuing professional growth by taking classes, reading journals, etc.
- Conducts developmental screening of infants and toddlers’ motor, language, social, cognitive, perceptual and emotional levels.
- Ensure an appropriate written Transition Plan for all children, six months before their third birthday; provide parents with training and information. Establish communication to facilitate and coordinate the transition.
- Complete all paper work as assigned.
- Assist with potty training and changing diapers as needed.
- Direct team members and provide for their training.
- Commit to ongoing professional development.
- Participate in the licensing process to insure compliance.
- Obtain required Food Handler’s training.
- Assist custodial team in keeping classroom and other educational areas clean; clean toys daily to prevent spread of germs, bacteria and other communicable diseases
- Assist with continuous recruitment in the program
- Assist with management of ADA by encouraging parents to bring children to school
- Assist with parent engagement
- Perform other related tasks as required by the program.
Working with children with special needs, you are expected to:
- Assist in implementing the Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed for children with disabilities and their families.
- Write progress notes of special needs children and include in child’s file.
- Care for the special needs of children.
- Encourage independent participation of Special Need children in all aspects of the program
APPLY NOW! We are hiring right now for 2018/2019 year.
Full Benefit Package including medical, dental and vision
12 paid holidays per year
Generous vacation, sick and personal time offerings
How to Apply:
Visit our website at http://www.matrixhumanservices.org
Then click on our Career page