Department: Child Development
Reports To: Center Based Supervisor - Preschool
Status: Regular, 40 hours per week
Hiring Range: 17 ($20.40 to $24.10 per hour)
Location: Rainier Vista
Closing Date: Posted until filled
Child Development Department staff support the Neighborhood House mission framework and Strategic Plan by contributing to the school readiness of low-income children and supporting their parents, care givers and community. Neighborhood House Head Start program offers high-quality preschool education to low- income families, many of whom are recent immigrants and refugees. The Lead Teacher’s primary responsibility is to plan and implement a developmentally appropriate and culturally responsive curriculum for children ages three to five. The Lead Teacher implements this curriculum by working collaboratively with teaching assistants, multilingual family support workers, volunteers, and parents.
At Neighborhood House we have a deep commitment to our employee’s and client’s diverse experiences and backgrounds that guides our work for a more equitable future. We are seeking a team member that represents our dedication to service, equity and inclusion, to join our diverse team.
- Plan, create and implement a dynamic daily program for preschool age children.
- Plan and detail environments and lessons that reflect developmentally appropriate skills, concepts and activities.
- Create warm, engaged and productive classroom environment for children and adults
- Provide strong language models and many opportunities for children to develop language
- Coordinate service plans with other Head Start staff to ensure a comprehensive program which is in accordance with established program goals and objectives that include but are not limited to National Head Start Performance Standards.
- Complete individual child developmental screenings and individual learning plans and make appropriate referrals when necessary
- Create a curriculum that reflects the wide variety of cultures and ethnic groups represented in the classroom.
- Supervise and annually assess classroom team members - assistant teachers, kitchen aides and volunteers.
- Shows a commitment to professional development and engages in ongoing learning with meaningful activities leading to growth.
Family & Community Partnerships
- Involve parents in the classroom in meaningful ways which demonstrates the belief that parents are the principal influence on their child's education and development.
- Assist in ensuring parent involvement and/or awareness in program planning through regular open communications, center parent meetings, parent newsletters, parent conferences and home visits.
- Advocate for parents in accessing needed resources and support services.
- Offer family support through conducting meaningful home visits and on-site conferences to the families of children in the classroom.
- Build strong partnerships within the community with the aim of assisting families and strengthening the Head Start program.
- Accurately complete assigned classroom records in a timely manner. This includes but is not limited to attendance, meal counts, safety checklists, petty cash submission, medication documentation, staff and volunteer time sheets.
- Ensure that confidentiality is kept for all child and family records and information.
- Ensure all required child observations are completed accurately and in a timely manner.
- Collaborate with other staff in developing plans for activities and strategize on program development and implementation. Actively pursue strategies in order to better integrate all Neighborhood House Child Development programs and to provide the most appropriate and comprehensive services to the families being served.
- Perform other duties as assigned.
- Comply with required documentation responsibilities for both the classroom functioning and for individual children. This includes but is not limited to lesson plans, home visit/conference documentation and Individual Learning Plans.
- Current or former Head Start and Early Head Start parents receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.
- Bilingual ability.
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Neighborhood House is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applications are considered without regard to race, age, sex, color, creed, religion, disability, national origin, marital status, mental or physical handicap, sexual orientation (heterosexuality, homosexuality, bisexuality) and expression of gender identity or any other classification protected by law. Neighborhood House encourages and gives hiring preference to current and former Head Start parents and children. We encourage people of color and residents of the communities we serve to apply.
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