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The Substitute Teacher works with all children in the classroom and assists the Center Director in developing appropriate Early Childhood Education programs that meet the developmental needs of all children and their families. Works under the supervision of the Center Director and performs his/her duties in the absence of the Director, as assigned. Assists with record-keeping responsibilities and in facilitating parent participation.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Directly supervise and assist children in performing activities
Responsible for classroom operations, including developing developmentally appropriate lessons plans including language development, pre-math skills, Individual Education Plan (IEP) and developmental assessment goals. Demonstrate appropriate staff and child interactions. Implement appropriate room arrangement and classroom environment, set goals, implement and monitor improvement plans and objectives, implement child assessment system including on-going observation, and collection of work samples, plan classroom activities and behavior management.
Assists the Center Director in the supervision of assigned Teacher Aide, parent and community volunteers, interns, Special Needs Teacher Aides, in all activities. Role model appropriate teaching techniques. Encourage positive staff/child interactions.
Coordinate and/or administer screenings of children, but not limited to: audio, vision, height, weight anemia, Individual Education Plan (IEP), mental health, developmental as needed: complete proper documentation and conduct follow-up to social services and other referrals.
Communicate daily with families. Assist with parent meetings and assist other staff in working with parents.
Conduct parent/teacher conferences a minimum of two (2) times per year per child. Coordinate and carry out a minimum of two (2) home visits per year per child.
Disseminate all Head Start operational directives and other information as directed by Supervisor, to center staff and parents.
Help to identify family needs and develop family action plans.
Assists in the ongoing recruitment and enrollment of eligible children for the program.
Participates and follow through with successful public school transition planning.
Implement family style meal services and nutritional activities for children and their families using CACFP guidelines.
Complete reports as assigned by supervisor, with accuracy and timeliness.
High tolerance for paperwork, documentation and meeting program and federal deadlines
Maintain strict child& family confidentiality.
Participate in family staffing and conduct associated follow up activities as required.
Conduct health and safety checks in classroom and in the playground. Report needed repairs timely.
Oversees inventory and control of classroom supplies and materials
Works with center staff, when applicable, to ensure that the center is kept sanitary and within the local, state, and national health and safety regulations
Performs related duties, as assigned.
Assists in the supervision of assigned Teacher Aides and Special Needs Teacher Aides. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities can include interviewing and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; mentoring and counseling; rewarding and disciplining employees; address complaints and resolving problems.
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
Must have experience and training equivalent to an Associate of Arts Degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or a related field with 18 hours of ECE and student teaching. Must have experience in a preschool program. Must meet all health and licensing regulations as prescribed by the Arizona Health Services Department.
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 Driver’s 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 ACCOMODATIONS MAY BE MADE TO ENABLE INDIVIDUALS WITH DISABILITIES TO PERFORM THE ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS OF THIS POSITION.
About Northern Arizona Council of Governments (NACOG)
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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.