Responsible for planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate HighScope curriculum in accordance with the philosophy of the Early Childhood Center and licensing regulations; and which supports the mission of The Community House. The Center is open Monday – Friday from 7am-6pm.
Responsibility• Ensure a daily well-planned warm and nurturing environment with appropriate materials which stimulate children’s interest and involvement.
• Oversee staff in assigned classroom ensuring they are implementing the established curriculum.
• Gear program to needs of individual children with concerns for their interest, handicaps, special talents, individual style and pace of learning.
• Gear expectations and responses to the various developmental levels of the children in the classroom.
• Facilitate children’s play and learning in a non-directive, positive, flexible manner; know when and how to step in to promote cognitive and social growth.
• Work with team teachers to plan daily curriculum; problem solve in the classroom, coordinate and conduct parent/teacher conferences, and continually evaluate procedures pertaining to the program, children, parents, and staff.
• Document all accidents/injuries/incidents and notify Senior Director/Assistant Director in a timely manner.
• Complete daily reports and prepare children assessments; enter assessments into Child Observation Record (COR) program in a timely manner.
• Utilize Daily Communication Log to document important information or incidences for all staff.
• Treat children and families with dignity and respect, maintain a positive demeanor, use nonjudgmental language and tone of voice.
• Interact with children with consideration of cultural and socioeconomic background.
• Represent and promote the Early Childhood Center and The Community House in a positive manner.
• Support the mission of The Community House (TCH).
• Perform related duties as assigned.
Other Duties and Responsibilities:
• Attend bi-weekly Lead Teacher meetings.
• Attend general staff meetings and occasional TCH all-staff meetings.
• Complete a minimum 24 hours per year continuing education in child development and behavior, High Scope Curriculum, or some combination of both.
• Attend annual ECC Teacher Appreciation Luncheon and Parent Group Holiday Party.
• Complete Infant/Child C.P.R. and First Aid training in order to maintain required certification.
• Contribute to periodic parent newsletter as requested or assigned.
• Manage staff and ensure adherence to ECC policies and guidelines.
• Conduct individual team staff meetings on a bi-weekly basis.
• Prepare and conduct staff performance reviews along with Director/Assistant Director input.
Qualifications• Must be at least 21 years of age with a High School Diploma or GED.
• Four-year college degree preferred in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with a ZA endorsement preferred.
• Professional training in the field of Early Childhood Education and/or Child Development preferred.
• Two years of experience working with young children, preferably with HighScope background.
• Must meet state licensing requirements.
• Ability to supervise and manage using a team-teaching approach.
• Sensitive and mature individual; ability to relate well to both children and adults.
• Ability to provide leadership and stability for program continuity.
• Strong leadership skills.
• Strong verbal, written, and phone skills.
• Desire and ability to meet new people and new situations.
• Excellent organization and planning skills.
• Ability to perform numerous tasks simultaneously and meet required deadlines.
• Ability to keep the necessary proprietary information confidential.
• Computer experience with working knowledge of Word and Excel preferred. Ability to learn internal software programs.
• Ability to define problems and recommend appropriate solutions.
• Ability to deal with abstract as well as with concrete problematic people/children and situations such as dissatisfied and/or irate parents and children.