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  • Teacher Assistant, Head Start

    Job ID
    Regular Full-Time
    1st Shift
    # of Openings Remaining
  • Overview

    The Teacher Assistant will assist the classroom teachers in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate learning environment with varied experiences, which will enhance the social, physical, emotional and cognitive development of preschool age children in accordance to the state Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations, the Head Start performance standards, the Agency’s school readiness goals, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.


    Essential Duties  

    • Work closely with the classroom teacher building child and family strengths and supporting school readiness goals and social competence
    • Assist with the planning and implementation of daily developmental learning models for pre-school aged children for the purpose meeting individual physical disabilities, learning style, and pace of learning
    • Ensure children are properly supervised at all times and take appropriate safety precautions for the children’s well-being
    • Assist with the selection of learning material and equipment and arrange classroom to provide a well-managed, welcoming environment conducive for learning
    • Work closely with classroom teacher to design and implement curriculum using supporting materials that address the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of children ages 3 - 5
    • Assist the classroom teacher in managing the classroom in a manner that creates a stimulating and nurturing environment for the growth, well-being and development of the children
    • Assist the classroom teacher with collecting and entering quantitative, anecdotal, and/or observational data
    • Work in collaboration and partnership with the classroom teacher to establish positive relationships with parents/guardians, to include families in the educational process, and encourage their participation
    • Actively practice cultural awareness in sensitivity when interacting with children, their parents/guardians, staff, and community members and in the selection of materials and delivery of instruction
    • Assist in the planning and implementation of classroom activities based on individual needs of children and goals set forth in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
    • Assist with the development and implementation of developmentally appropriate reading programs to meet IEP and other development needs of the children
    • Assist with the daily or regular communication (written and/or verbal) with parents/guardians regarding their child’s routines, needs, developmental opportunities, and daily activity
    • Respond appropriately to emergency situations for immediate resolution
    • Other duties and special projects as assigned


    Working Relationships

    • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with classroom teachers, administrative staff, children, and parents to ensure the children are receiving a quality learning experience
    • Work closely with other classroom teachers to ensure program operations are supporting and meeting program goals and objectives and learning outcomes
    • Work as part of the team and show professionalism at all times by modeling and demonstrating a positive attitude and positive working relationships, while maintaining strong ethical boundaries




    Minimum Qualifications

    • High School diploma or GED equivalent
    • Enrollment in a program that will lead to an Associate’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, or in a different field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study within two (2) years of the time of hire – OR - Enrollment in a CDA credential program to be completed within two (2) years of the time of hire
    • 3 months’ experience in early childhood education
    • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum
    • Demonstrated ability to manage the classroom and work well under pressure
    • Strong interpersonal and skills with the ability to work and interact with diverse groups of people
    • Ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members
    • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, interact with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner
    • Strong computer skills; high proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
    • Strong written and verbal communication, including preparation of quality well written documents, reports, and correspondence
    • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize competing tasks, requests, and projects with close attention to detail while meeting deadlines
    • Ability to work independently and within a team; ability to take initiative with limited supervision


    Preferred Qualifications

    • Associate’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, or in a different field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study
    • Current CDA Certification
    • 1 year of experience in early childhood education
    • Bilingual (English and Spanish) with the ability to fluently converse and write in Spanish (based on student population and service area), highly preferred
    • CPR/First Aid Certification


    Physical Demands & Work Conditions

    • This position requires standing and sitting for long periods of time, frequent walking, and looking and using a computer for long periods of time
    • Position works in a child facility and has constant exposure to children
    • Lift, push, pull, move up to 50 lbs.


    The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, lift and/or move up to specified weight, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. Specific vision requirements of this position may include color vision, seeing things close up, and the ability to adjust focus.



    The statements herein indicate the general nature and essential duties and responsibilities of work performed by an employee in this position. It is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, knowledge, skills, and abilities required to perform the job. Management may assign or reassign duties and responsibilities of the job and may request the employee to perform other duties and responsibilities not listed at his/her discretion. This job description is not a contract between the employee occupying the position and the employer. Upbring is an at-will employer. Equal Employment Opportunity/M/F/disability/protected veteran status


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