The Teacher has direct responsibility for the operation of the Infant/Toddler Center-Based Program and the delivery of Early Head Start services to infant/toddlers and their families. The Teacher works directly with teens or young adults who are at risk of not completing their education, pregnant and/or have newborn infants to one-year-old children, including children with special needs.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Demonstrates compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards and Arizona DHS licensing requirements.
Recruits and enrolls Early Head Start families.
Establishes and maintains safe and healthy environment for infants/toddler. Demonstrates and understanding of infants/toddler growth development and applies this knowledge to practice.
Records and reports the necessary data to track and monitor infant/toddler’s developmental progress.
Works cooperatively with parents and identifies resources to coordinate goals and activities that meet the plans set for children with special needs.
Assists/participate during mealtime activities, assist and provide nutritional education.
Assist and provide families information and resources to a medical home as well as additional available community services.
Works cooperatively with the prime family educator(s).
Plans for and supports the development of Individual goals/objectives of infants/toddlers that take into consideration of their family culture and background.
Assist in the transitioning of children into /out of Head Start.
Assists in the development of community collaborations.
Provides high quality, comprehensive, individual, inclusive, and family-centered services and activities.
Maintains confidentiality of family records and information.
Encourages and promotes the family’s achievement of self-sufficiency by establishing short and long term, realistically attainable goals.
Establishes and maintains productive working relationships with colleagues, communities, other early childhood service providers.
To support children’s development, learning, and well being.
Participates in all required training and related career development classes.
Attends staff meetings.
Attends parent meetings, as assigned by the center supervisor, assisting with the planning and implementation of the meeting and any other related parent activities.
Completes written paperwork and submits reports as assigned by supervisor.
High tolerance for paperwork, documentation and meeting program and federal deadlines
Fills in for other staff as needed Home Base Visitor, sub, other individual training staff for planning, vacation, sick and etc.
All Staff assist children with toiletry needs.
Must travel within NACOG region, including possible over-night stays.
Performs other duties as assigned.
May have supervisory responsibilities.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and /or ability required.
Education and/or Experience
Associate Degree or Higher in Early Childhood Education/Development with an emphasis in Infant/Toddler studies. Experience in an infant & toddler program. Must meet all Arizona Health Services Department Health and licensing regulations.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Must be self-motivated. Preschool classroom experience or related experience necessary. Must be able to communicate effectively in English in both verbal and written format. Knowledge of Early Childhood Education. Ability to maintain effective working relationships with people of varied social, cultural, and educational backgrounds. Must be bondable. Bilingual proficiency and/or experience working with multicultural setting preferred.
Other Skills and Abilities
Must have the ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence, and memos demonstrating the ability to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral, or diagram form. Must be able to demonstrate the ability to write simple correspondence. Must be effective presenting information in one-on-one and small group situations to customers, clients, and other employees of the organization. Must possess the ability to add and subtract two digit numbers and to multiply and divide with 10’s and 100’s. Must have the ability to perform these operations using units of American money and weight measurement, volume, and distance. Must be able to apply common sense understanding. Must have the ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations.
Certificates and Licenses
Current, valid Arizona Drivers License Obtain Department of Public Safety Fingerprint Clearance Card Obtain Food Handlers Certification if required by the County Health Department Obtain CPR and First Aide Certification
Physical Demands and Work Environment
The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met, or are encountered, 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; walk; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms; stoop, kneel crouch, or crawl; and talk and hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit and climb or balance. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.
Reasonable accommodation may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions of this position.
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Head Start has been a part of northern Arizona for over thirty years. The Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG) administers the Program that has a service area of 27,000 square miles and includes the four counties of Apache, Navajo, Coconino, and Yavapai. The Program serves children zero to five years old who meet the required income guidelines. NACOG uses several program options to provide Preschool and Early Head Start services in 28 Northern Arizona communities on behalf of 1613 children.
NACOG addresses the needs of enrolled children and families by using the Head Start Performance Standards and locally designed service delivery systems. The program utilizes a comprehensive approach in meeting the needs of enrolled children and provides them the opportunity to begin their school experience on equal footing with their more socially advantaged peers. This is done with the use of field management zones and a network of service area partnerships that address the extreme rural barriers confronted by our large geographic area, extreme weather conditions, and the lack of resour...ces.
Head Start is federally funded through the Congressional Head Start Act, and is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families. As Head Start enters the 21st century, a new national perspective and changes will have a major impact on established services.