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Associate Teacher

Head Start Grand Rapids, MI
  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $13 to $16 Hourly
  • Full-Time
  • Benefits: dental, life_insurance, medical, vision, 401k
Job Description

Position Overview

Manage general classroom operations in accordance with federal performance standards, state licensing rules and agency expectations in coordination with the classroom Teacher and other agency staff; ensure children’s safety at all times; provide for the physical, social, intellectual, emotional and cultural needs of each enrolled child, in partnership with parents; provide appropriate information and resources for families.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities may include but not limited to the following:

  • Help to carry out a culturally-responsive, inclusive and developmentally appropriate curriculum that aligns with the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework according to the individual needs of children as written in daily lesson plans.
  • Assists in the implementation of the designated curriculum, with strong fidelity, in alignment with the Agency’s School Readiness Goals.
  • Conduct agency screenings and assessments.

  • Must acquire and maintain reliability in current assessment tool.

  • Responsible for gathering and entering children’s assessment data and assigning preliminary levels in online assessment tool.

  • Responsible for entering documentation in our data management software, ChildPlus, as required by the Agency.

  • Ensure safety of the classroom and outdoor environment for children at all times, including such things as active supervision, appropriate hand washing for children and adults, and knowledge of emergency procedures.
  • Implement positive redirection and behavior guidance.
  • Carry out the required components of the daily routine.
  • Instruct children in practices of personal hygiene and other self-help skills.
  • Prepare and serve meals and snacks for children in a relaxed, family style dining experience.
  • Ensures that the classroom environment meets the Agency’s expectations in regard to CLASS scores.
  • Provide feedback to use for the on-going evaluation and training of staff and volunteers as necessary.

  • Empower parents by enhancing parenting skills and parent/child relationships.
  • Participate in family engagement events to actively support parent engagement in program implementation.

  • Conduct a minimum of two Education Home Visits and two Family Conferences per program year per student.
  • Involve parents in decisions about individual goal setting and culturally-responsive practices.
  • In the absence of the Teacher, takes a leadership role in the classroom operations

  • Assist in recruitment, enrollment and orientation of Head Start families.
  • Responsible for knowledge and use of current Agency processes, procedures and forms, upon completion of training.
  • Understand and implement the tiered support model to identify and follow up on family needs.
  • Display sensitivity in meeting the needs of a diverse population of children, families and staff.

Supervisory Responsibilities

No supervisory responsibilities.

Required Education and Experience

  • Minimum of a valid preschool CDA credential; or
  • Be enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development to be completed within 4 years; or
  • Be enrolled in a preschool CDA credential program to be completed within 2 years.
  • Must obtain CPR/First Aid within ninety days of hire. 

Competencies

To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  • Adaptability
  • Attention to Detail
  • Emotional Control
  • Reliability
  • Teamwork

Physical Requirement

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand or walk for prolonged periods. Must be able to lift up to 45 pounds at a time in emergency situations. Must be able to kneel, sit, stand, crawl, push, and pull to assist and teach throughout the day. Prolonged periods of sitting and working on computer to complete necessary paperwork.

Work Environment 

The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee

encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.

NOTE: This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive.  Employees may perform other related duties as assigned to meet the ongoing needs of the agency.  Employees in this position must be able to perform the essential job functions of this position, with or without reasonable accommodation. If you require a reasonable accommodation to perform these job functions, please contact the Human Resources Department.

Company Description
Company Overview:
Head Start for Kent County is a non-profit agency that provides holistic, family-centered services to low-income families in Kent County, Michigan. Founded in 1991 under the name Michigan Family Resources, the agency receives Federal funds to manage both Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These early childhood programs support the well-being and development by focusing on: Education, Nutrition, Medical and Dental Care, Parent Involvement and Social Services. By applying best practices in the early childhood field, we prepare families and their young children for success in school and life.

Benefits Overview:
Head Start for Kent County offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our employees: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(K) Retirement Plan, Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Sick Time, Paid Personal Days, Paid Vacation and Paid Snow Days.

Head Start

Why Work Here?

By applying best practices in the early childhood field, we prepare families and their young children for success in school and life.

Company Overview: Head Start for Kent County is a non-profit agency that provides holistic, family-centered services to low-income families in Kent County, Michigan. Founded in 1991 under the name Michigan Family Resources, the agency receives Federal funds to manage both Head Start and Early Head Start programs. These early childhood programs support the well-being and development by focusing on: Education, Nutrition, Medical and Dental Care, Parent Involvement and Social Services. By applying best practices in the early childhood field, we prepare families and their young children for success in school and life. Benefits Overview: Head Start for Kent County offers a comprehensive benefits package designed to meet the needs of our employees: Medical Insurance, Dental Insurance, Vision Insurance, Life Insurance, Supplemental Life Insurance, Short-Term Disability Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, 401(K) Retirement Plan, Tuition Reimbursement, Paid Sick Time, Paid Personal Days, Paid Vacation and Paid Snow Days.

Address

1875 Rosewood Ave SE Grand Rapids MI 49506
Grand Rapids, MI
49506 USA

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