HumanKind Amherst, VA
- Posted: over a month ago
- $12 to $15 Hourly
HumanKind’s Early Head Start center-based programming will be provided in Amherst, Bedford, and Lynchburg to low-income families with children 0-3 years of age. Early Head Start promotes the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally enriching early childhood care and education. This prepares children for continued growth and development and success in school and life. Early Head Start supports parents in their roles as primary caregivers and teachers of their children. Programs assist families in meeting their own personal goals and achieving self-sufficiency across a wide variety of domains, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Early Head Start programs also mobilize the local community to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for children and families.
- Grant funded.
- If hired prior to September 19, 2021, you may be eligible for up to $2000 in retention funds over the first year of employment.
- Travel to Amherst/Bedford/Lynchburg locations will be required if your center is temporarily closed due to renovations and to provide coverage for other teachers as needed. The ability to utilize virtual instruction will be required when the center is not open.
The Early Head Start (EHS) Teacher provides high-quality early education and child development services that promote children’s cognitive, social, and emotional growth for later success in school. EHS Teachers work in pairs and remain with the same group of eight students from 0-3 years of age, looping back to pick up another group of students when the 3 year olds transition out of the program.
The EHS Teacher delivers developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning experiences. The EHS Teacher implements research-based curriculum, screening, and assessment that supports individualization and growth in the areas of development described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (HSELOF). The EHS Teacher encourages family engagement in children’s learning and development. This position actively participates in individualized and ongoing professional development and coaching. This position requires the ability to work extremely well within a team. These responsibilities remain the same even when the center is temporarily closed.
Knowledge and Abilities:
• Knowledge in early childhood care and education, specifically infant and toddler development, and ability to teach mixed age groups and different age groups each year.
• Knowledge of research-based curriculum, screening, and assessments.
• Ability to implement Virginia licensing and subsidy requirements, Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), and HSELOF.
• Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships and effectively communicate with diverse children, families, colleagues, and community partners.
• Ability to operate in an organized, detail-oriented manner while maintaining flexibility.
• Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, responding to stressful situations with maturity.
• Ability to manage multiple priorities and meet all deadlines independently.
• Ability to lift children, bend, sit on the floor, and be physically active inside and outside in all weather.
• Ability to conduct home visits or facilitate virtual home visits when social distancing is necessary.
• Ability to utilize technology and ChildPlus Data Management Software in daily operations.
• Provide responsive care, effective teaching, and an organized learning environment that promotes healthy development and children’s skill growth aligned with the HSELOF, including for children with disabilities and dual language learners.
• Ensure environment utilizes nurturing interactions that foster trust and emotional security; is communication and language rich; promotes critical thinking and problem solving; social, emotional, and behavioral development; provides supportive feedback for learning; motivates continued effort; and supports all children’s engagement in learning experiences and activities.
• Effectively plan schedules, lesson plans, organized activities, and implementation of developmentally appropriate research-based early childhood curricula (High Scope) that builds upon each child’s individual pattern of development and learning.
• Ensure standardized screening tools (ASQ-3 and ASQ:SE-2) and structured assessments (such as COR Advantage) for each child are completed in a timely manner to evaluate the child’s developmental level and progress in outcomes aligned to goals. Integrate this data in individual and group planning, and notify Center Manager and the Health and Disabilities Specialist when development concerns are present.
• Ensure enrolled children with disabilities receive all applicable program services delivered in the least restrictive possible environment and that they fully participate in all program activities.
• Recognize bilingualism and biliteracy as strengths and support their development.
• Collaborate with Teachers, Center Manager, Education Manager, Family Engagement Specialist, and Health and Disabilities Specialist to ensure that services provided are developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and support each child’s growth and school readiness.
• Recognize parents’ roles as children’s lifelong educators and encourage parents to engage in their child’s education through home visits, regular communication, parent conferences, and volunteer opportunities.
• Utilize technology to plan lessons, assess students, and engage with parents, as well as instruct virtually when center is not open.
• Ensure classroom meets licensing/subsidy, HSPPS, and Virginia Quality requirements.
• Participate in supervision, training, professional development, and continuous quality improvement.
• If your center is temporarily closed due to renovations, travel to Amherst/Bedford/Lynchburg locations and provide coverage for other teachers as needed.
- A child development associate or comparable credential; OR a degree in child development or early childhood education; OR a degree in a related field as well as training or coursework with a focus on infant and toddler development preferred.
- High school graduation or equivalent and six months programmatic experience in an approved setting working directly with children in a group setting away from the child’s home AND a commitment to complete 24 hours of required training within 30 days of hire.
- Sufficient training, coursework, experience, and competency to be an infant and toddler Teacher.
- Complete initial health examination.
- Provide “TB free” documentation.
- Complete all required background checks including drug test.
HumanKind embraces and values diversity. Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented workforce in a culture where all employees contribute to their fullest potential.