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Head Start Teacher Assistant

Elgin, IL

General Description

Assist classroom teacher in carrying out the goals and objectives in the classroom for children and parents, utilizing the concept of team teaching.

Required Knowledge & Experience

  • High School graduate or GED‐‐some experience in working with children; willingness to obtain Early Childhood Education credits and degrees.
  • Willingness to earn a CDA credential within one year of hire.
  • Bilingual preferred when demographics deem it necessary.
  • Ten month employees must have the availability to substitute during the summer in KEYS programs as needed.
  • Must pass all preliminary pre hire requirements including but not limited to Drug Testing and Criminal Background Clearances.

Duties & Responsibilities

  • Work with all children in a caring/professional manner, utilizing developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Encourage the maximum intellectual, social/emotional and physical growth and development of each child through language and curriculum.
  • Assist in planning and implementing appropriate classroom activities with other member(s) of teaching team. Assist in planning individualized activities to meet the needs of children. Assist in submitting lesson plans in a timely manner.
  • Assist in assessing children’s needs and setting goals for their individual growth and development. Assist in maintaining and updating pre‐school checklist\portfolio and uses outcome data to plan, individualize and make classroom changes as needed.
  • Familiarize self with and adhere to Head Start Performance Standards, DCFS Licensing Standards, and Two Rivers Head Start Agency Policies and Procedures.
  • Display and assist in maintaining daily classroom schedule.
  • Responsible for helping maintain 85% Average Daily Attendance.
  • Assist in planning and organizing educational experiences/field trips relating to the curriculum.
  • Assist in maintaining classroom in orderly manner and in classroom/center cleaning.
  • Assist in preparing, conducting and documenting two home visits and two conferences each year for children.
  • Maintain on‐going verbal and written communication with parents.
  • Participate in staffings for children in class.
  • Report concerns about suspected child abuse/ neglect to Center Supervisor or Family
  • Participate in scheduled training.
  • Welcome and encourage volunteer involvement in the classroom and guide volunteers in being maximally helpful. Assist in documenting parent/family involvement in curriculum development.
  • Encourage and document In‐Kind hours and donations from parents and volunteers.
  • Prepare and submit reports as requested in timely manner.
  • Keep confidential all information pertaining to Head Start children, families and staff.
  • Assist in the recruitment of children when appropriate.
  • Perform any other assigned task relevant to the effective operation of the agency or assigned by supervisor.

Essential Job Functions

  • Must have sufficient strength and flexibility (ability to stoop, bend, twist, etc.) to frequently bend down to a child’s level, sit on the floor with the children, respond to a child’s quick and frequent movements and occasionally lift a child (30‐50 pounds). Must have ability to work in an environment with a high noise level and considerable activity.
  • Physical demands ‐While performing duties of job, employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit for long periods of time; bend down to a child’s level, sit on the floor with the children, respond to a child’s quick and frequent movements, use hand to finger, handle, or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; balance; stoop; talk and hear. Employee must occasionally lift and/or move 30 to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close and distance vision.
  • Work environment‐ Must have ability to work in an environment with a high noise level and considerable activity.

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