CentroNía is a nationally recognized, award-winning educational organization that provides affordable and high quality education; professional development to educators; and family support services in a bilingual and multicultural environment to low-income children and families. Our holistic approach ensures that the children and families we serve receive the support and encouragement they need to succeed academically, develop a strong sense of community, and live healthy and active lives.
The Pre-K Teacher Assistant is responsible for providing support Lead Teacher in the implementation of a high quality Developmentally Appropriate Program (DAP) for 3 - 5 year old children that responds to the mission of CentroNía.
- Follow policies from CentroNía’s Employee Handbook.
- Comply with licensing and health regulations and procedures.
- Check children’s well-being every day, especially for signs of neglect or abuse.
- Report suspected abuse or neglect using appropriate procedures and venues.
- Support and collaborate with Lead Teacher and colleagues as necessary.
- Demonstrate respect for diversity with children, families, and staff.
- Respond positively to constructive feedback and demonstrate effort for improvement.
- Collaborate in creating and maintaining the classroom environment based on learning objectives and curriculum goals.
- Ensure that learning materials and equipment in display are updated and in good condition.
- Rotate children’s work displays to reflect their progress and learning.
- Collaborate in the preparation of learning materials.
- Build positive relationships with each child.
- Facilitate children’s cognitive and linguistic development and learning throughout directed and spontaneous interactions.
- Engage children in age-appropriate experiences that support the program goals.
- Observe and document observations of children on a weekly basis.
- Reflect with Lead Teacher on observations and their impact on the teaching and learning process.
- Collect sample of children’s work to document progress.
- Gather information about the children’s interests, characteristics, and development.
- Incorporate documentation of student learning in the TS Gold and other assessment tools to support program objectives and dimensions.
Weekly Lesson plans:
- Collaborate with Lead Teacher in the lesson planning process based on the recorded observations of children’s developmental level and interests.
- Incorporate reflections about data analysis into planning.
- Facilitate the integration of content and themes throughout the learning centers and daily activities.
- Develop a positive relationship with family members.
- Foster frequent communication with families: in person, written form, or by telephone.
- Share with families ideas for activities to support each child’s development and learning.
- Collaborate in the implementation of strategies to involve families in the classroom learning process.
- Collaborate in planning and organizing parent meetings.
- Use performance evaluations to determine areas for professional growth.
- Plan with supervisors PD activities to strengthen those areas.
- Apply new knowledge into the classroom setting to build professional competence.
- Demonstrate participation and engagement in individual and group professional development opportunities.
Health and Safety:
- Support monitoring of the health, safety, physical and emotional welfare of the children at all times.
- Provide active and engaged adult supervision at all times.
- Be alert to changes in behavior, clothing (by checking if they need to change it, if it is appropriate to the weather outside, if the shoelaces are tied, etc.) and physical appearance (by checking if their noses need to be wiped, if their hands or faces need to be washed, etc.) throughout the day.
- Support children during meal times, by encouraging them to eat, helping them with utensils and foods, promoting communication among them, and encouraging appropriate table manners.
- Monitor children’s rest period.
- Maintain the environment clean, free of hazards, with the materials in order, and aesthetically pleasing.
- Inform parents and administrators of accidents and incidents by filling out accident and/or incident reports when needed.
- Keep sign-in / sign-out forms updated and maintain attendance records.
Required Core Competencies:
- Demonstrate initiative, self-motivation, and continual learning.
- Practice professional and effective interpersonal communication skills.
- Ability to carry out all responsibilities, tasks and projects as assigned.
- Ability to work both independently and collaboratively with team.
- Propensity for problem solving.
- Nurturing character that enables the building of respectful, trusting and collaborative relationships with children and their families.
- Ethical and professional conduct that facilities the building of a respectful, trusting and collaborative relationship with all center staff.
- Modeling of appropriate behavior for children parents and other staff.
- Respect for family information and confidentiality.
- Bilingual (English/Spanish) highly preferred.
- Two or more years of experience in the care and education of young children in a group setting.
- Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field
- CDA in Pre-K
- AA in other field and having earned 9 credits in early childhood education, with CDA in Pre-K
- Effective communication skills.
- Ability to work in an individual and in a team setting.
- Flexibility in regards to schedules, sharing of tasks and changes in routines and plans.
- Ability to contribute new ideas and diverse methods of problem-solving to team.
Our benefits include:
- Work-Life harmony
- Health and Dental Plan
- Life Insurance
- Child Care Discounts
- Professional Development Opportunities
- Competitive 401K Plan
- Inclusive work environment
This job description does not list all the duties of the job. Management reserves the right to review and edit duties as desired or needed.
Please submit your resume and cover letter; indicating the position you are applying to:
Attn: Human Resources
1420 Columbia Road, NW
Washington, DC 20009
Fax (202) 745-0154
CentroNía is an equal opportunity employer.