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Infant Toddler Teacher

Children First, Inc Sarasota, FL

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Job Description: Please Apply: Position: Infant Toddler Specialist - 6 Openings Grade/Salary: (1-2) $11.31 - $18.15 hourly rate / 12 month / 40hrs/week / Full Time **pay determined by relevant experience, length of experience, and education/credentials Locations: HRP 33rd - 1729 33rd Street, Sarasota, FL - 2 Openings R.O.S.S. Center, 1912 N. Orange Avenue Sarasota FL 34234 - 2 Openings MLK Site – 1742 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Way, Sarasota, FL - 1 Opening Our Mothers House site - 405 Manatee Court, Venice, FL, 34285 - 1 Opening Reports to: Early Childhood Development Specialist Summary: The Infant/Toddler Specialist provides high-quality early education and child development services, including for children with disabilities that promote children’s cognitive, social, and emotional growth for later success in school. The Infant/Toddler Specialist delivers the research-based curriculum, and screening and assessment embedded with responsive and effective teacher-child interactions that support individualization and growth in the areas of development described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcome Framework: Birth to Five (HSELOF) and support family engagement in children’s learning and development. Education/Equivalent Experience: · Required: HS Diploma/GED and Infant/Toddler endorsed CDA or Birth-Five FCCPC · Desired/Preferred Education: AA; BA; or MA in Early Childhood Education or related field with 18+ semester hours in ECE/Child Development · State mandated 45-hour coursework completion or ability to complete within established timeframes · One (1) year experience working in an early childhood setting with a diverse population of infants and toddlers, ages birth to three · Valid Driver’s license and acceptable driving record – proof of auto insurance within agency limits, or access to transportation · Immediate/continued enrollment in the Criminal History Registry-Child Care Division · Current Health Appraisal, updated every two (2) years · Certification in First Aid and Adult, Infant, and Child CPR within 90 days of hire Day-to-Day Duties and Responsibilities: · Service Delivery – Ensure the delivery of high-quality program services that are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate. Support school readiness in a coordinated approach to comprehensive services, aligned with the Head Start Program Performance Standards, State and local licensing regulations, and Children First, Inc. policies and procedures. o Implement a well-organized learning environment with developmentally appropriate schedules, lesson plans, and indoor and outdoor learning experiences that provide adequate opportunities for choice, play, exploration, and experimentation among a variety of learning, sensory, and motor experiences: Infants and Toddlers: Promote relational learning and include individualized and small group activities that integrate appropriate daily routines into a flexible schedule of learning experiences; o Provide responsive care, effective teaching and an organized learning environment that promotes healthy development and children’s skill growth, aligned with the HSELOF: Ages Birth to Five; o Implement developmentally appropriate research-based curricula, including curricular enhancements, as appropriate; o Provide developmentally appropriate learning experiences in language, literacy, social and emotional development, math, science, social studies, creative arts and physical development that are focused toward achieving progress outlined in the HSELOF: Ages Birth to Five; o Emphasize nurturing and responsive practices, interactions, and environments that foster trust and emotional security; are communication and language rich, promote critical thinking and problem-solving, social, emotional, behavioral, and language development; provide supportive feedback for learning; motivate continued effort; and support all children’s engagement in learning experiences and activities; o Recognize bilingualism and biliteracy as strengths and implement research-based teaching practices that support dual language learners’ development: Infants and Toddlers: Focus on the development of the home language and experiences that expose the child to English; o Support the implementation of the curriculum by providing age-appropriate equipment, materials, supplies and the arrangement of physical space for indoor and outdoor learning, including any necessary accommodations to children o Change materials intentionally and periodically to support children’s interests, development, and learning; with disabilities; o Promote learning through approaches to rest, meals, routines, and physical activity: Infants: Bottle-fed infants must be held during feeding to support socialization; Toddlers: Snack and meal times are structured and used as learning opportunities that support teaching, staff-child interactions and foster communication and conversations that contribute to a child’s learning, development, and socialization. This requirement is met by implementing Family Style meal service; o Establish routines that include sufficient time to eat, handwashing, diapering, toilet-learning and transition through activities as opportunities for strengthening development, learning, and skill growth; o Integrate intentional movement and physical activity into curricular activities and daily routines in ways that support health and learning o Conduct standardized and structural assessments which are observation based and direct, to provide ongoing information to evaluate the child’s developmental level and progress in outcomes aligned to the goals described in the HSELOF: Ages Birth to Five; o Integrate child assessment data in individual and group planning · Family and Community Engagement – Integrate strategies into all systems and program services to support family well-being and promote children’s learning and development. o Recognize parents’ roles as children’s lifelong educators, and encourage parents to engage in their child’s education; o Regularly communicate with parents to ensure they are well-informed about their child’s routines, activities, and behavior; o Ensure the program setting is open and available to parents during all hours of operation; o Conduct parent conferences, as needed, but no less than two times per program year, to enhance the knowledge and understanding of both staff and parents of the child’s education and developmental progress and activities in the program; o Provide an opportunity for parents to learn about and provide feedback on selected curricula and instructional materials used in the program; o Provide parents and family members the opportunity to volunteer in the classroom and during group activities; o Inform parents about the purposes of and the results from screenings and assessments and discuss their child’s progress; o Conduct at least two home visits per program year for each family, including one before the program year begins, if feasible, to engage the parents in the child’s learning and development, except that such visits may take place at a program site or another safe location that affords privacy at the parent’s request, or if a visit to the home presents significant safety hazards for staff; o Utilize information gathered from parents and/or family, as relevant, to determine a child’s strengths and needs, inform and adjust strategies to better support individualized learning and improve teaching practices; o Participate in Transition Services staffing as required by individual age and/or program; o If warranted from information gathered and with direct guidance from the Special Needs Coordinator and/or Children and Family Services Manager, and parent consent, refer the child to the local agency responsible (Sarasota County School Board) for implementing IDEA for a formal evaluation to assess the child’s eligibility for services under IDEA; o In collaboration with the Family Advocate, document any family and/or child concerns, following Children First, Inc. established protocols. A child cannot be expelled or unenrolled from Early/Head Start because of his/her behavior. · Education, Training and Professional Development –Systematic approach designed to assist staff in acquiring or increasing the knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality services within the scope of their job responsibilities. o Participate in new employee agency and program orientations to become familiar with the agency’s goals and underlying philosophy and how they are implemented; o Obtain 15-clock hours minimum of professional development per program year (Children First, Inc. Training & Professional Development System provides opportunities for education staff to obtain over 45 clock-hours per year); o Attend and participate in agency sponsored training and professional development opportunities designed to assist in acquiring and/or increasing the knowledge and skills needed to provide high-quality, comprehensive services within the scope of job responsibilities; o Participate in the development of an individualized Professional Development Plan in collaboration with direct supervisor; o Participate in research-based, coordinated coaching, as required. o Participate in the Children First, Inc. Performance Management Cycle which includes individual supervision and evaluations, classroom observations, and both team and regional meetings; o Attend as needed, opportunities to learn about mental health, wellness, health education and issues that may affect job performance. · Program Management & Quality Improvement –Process of ongoing monitoring and continuous improvement for achieving program goals that ensures child safety and the delivery of effective high-quality program services. The collection and use of data to drive informed decisions. o Follow Children First, Inc. procedures to ensure children are supervised at all times in th

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MISSION STATEMENT Strengthening children and families by improving the quality of their lives through a comprehensive approach to development, education, health and well-being. Children First is a private, charitable, non-profit organization with 501(c)3 status. We deliver a variety of critical services for children in need, from pre-natal to five years of age. Our children primarily come from families with incomes below the Federal Poverty Level Guideline; yet still receive the highest quality care available. For families above this level, yet with low incomes, we provide the same high quality, comprehensive service at very affordable rates. Our goal is to provide children with what all children deserve – a safe place to learn, nutritious meals, and a nurturing environment. We also offer support services to all of our families to help each parent reach his or her goals.

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