Performs duties planning and implementing educational activities for preschool-aged children or infants/toddlers that comply with contractual performance standards. Participates in agency Quality Assurance efforts.
Must be able to lift up to 45 pounds and provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children by lifting child into seat and fastening safety belt. Reasonable accommodation may be made for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities.
Education: A baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education; or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any subject, and/or coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood. Must have a minimum of 3 years experience working with young children ages 2-5 years.
- Plans, develops and implements daily lesson plans that provide for educational and enrichment activities for pre-school age children or infants and toddlers that meet performance standards.
- Plans and arranges classrooms into distinctive learning areas that promote an effective learning environment.
- Assures that all equipment in the classroom is functioning properly daily and reports issues to the Center Director or other designee.
- Screens and assesses children to determine developmental/educational needs and develops and implements individual education plans that comply with performance standards.
- Monitors meal and snack periods, classroom and restroom activities, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment for young children.
- Monitors food service and supplies for adequate inventory.
- Documents children’s progress or lack of and completes all required manual and computerized forms and reports in accordance with agency policies (e.g. reporting concerns to parents, Education Coordinator, and/or social service services department).
- Initiates referrals on children to the appropriate subject-matter expert by submission of a variety of formal documents.
- Plans classroom activities for parent and community volunteers.
- Attends and participates in workshops and other meetings to acquire and disseminate information.
- Communicates with parents through parent conferences, written correspondence, and telephone to apprise them of child’s progress, upcoming events, classroom activities, individual education plan changes, and other relevant information.
- Conducts health checks on children for health concerns, including ringworm, head lice and other health conditions, and reports to appropriate Social Services Specialist.
- Ensures lessons and classroom activities align with the Florida Pre-Kindergarten standards.
- Conducts Voluntary Pre-Kindergarten assessments as required.
- Ensures that at least 80% of the children are kindergarten ready.
- Performs quality staff-child interactions resulting in CLASS scores greater than the lowest 10% of the threshold in each domain.
- Uses active supervision techniques and maintains positive classroom behavior.
- Receives a satisfactory or higher score on the Teacher Success Rubric.
- Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child’s work, and a developmental assessment.
- Uses home visits and parent conferences to discuss the child’s individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations.
- Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to designated state agency.
- Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned children.
- Requests supplies and equipment to be used in the classroom.
- Serves as a bus monitor in the transportation of children and engages children in song and other developmentally appropriate activities during ride.
- Assists in the transportation of special needs and all children by lifting child into seat and fastening safety belt.
- Inspects classrooms, play areas, and grounds to ensure the safety, orderliness, sanitation and cleanliness of facilities, and reports all concerns to the Educational Coordinator and Facilities maintenance.
- Reviews and forwards accident and incident reports according to agency time restrictions.
- Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child and family with other staff.
- Maintains strict confidentiality at all times, including the ability to recognize situations in which confidentiality is required.
- Attends all workshops and meetings as deemed necessary by the supervisor
- Attends all required staff and parent meetings and activities.
- Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.
- Performs other related duties as required.
Note: The duties above are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described above.
- Must demonstrate sensitivity to our population’s socioeconomic characteristics and needs.
- Must be a team player and maintain a professional demeanor at all times.
- Adherence to agency policies and procedures and adherence to all programmatic guidelines.
- Demonstrate effective staff management and leadership skills.