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The primary responsibility of the Teacher is to provide early care and education to children in the classroom ages six weeks to three years of age; serve as the primary caregiver for an assigned group of children; create an environment that is engaging and stimulating; recognize that children are best understood and supported in the context of family, culture, community and society.
- Implement the Early Head Start/Prevention Initiative curriculum.
- Implement developmentally appropriate practice.
- Act as part of a team in creating an environment where children can learn.
- Act as part of a team in creating and implementing group lesson plans.
- Serve as the primary caregiver for an assigned group of children.
- Record observations, write individual child lesson plans, maintain up-to-date documentation in COPA, Teaching Strategies GOLD, child education files and child portfolios.
- Implement screenings, assessments, and reporting of outcomes for assigned children.
- Communicate with parents/families and reports child progress through scheduled parent-teacher conferences and home visits.
- Initiate referrals for children with special needs.
- Take proper care of classroom equipment and supplies and reports all repairs needed, and maintains an inventory.
- Research new ideas, methods, resources and materials for lesson plans.
- Promote an atmosphere of team work where staff, parents and children interact positively with each other.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education (ECE) is required for some positions and preferred for all.
- Associate Degree in another field with 30 hours in ECE.
- CDA with infant/toddler endorsement.
- Experience in an Early Head Start, Prevention Initiative or NAEYC-accredited 0-3 classroom is a plus.
- Obtain 25 hours of professional development training annually.
- Bilingual skills may be required or preferred based on the needs of the program.
- Must have the ability to create a classroom atmosphere in which children can develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and creatively.
- Able to work well with staff, families, other agencies and funding source personnel.
- Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
- Well-organized, detail-oriented and accuracy-driven.
- Able to manage multiple projects.
- Excellent computer skills.
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.