Being a floater teacher gives you a lot of opportunity to explore Head Start and the different facilities and programs that we provide to families. You still receive the same full time benefits as a regular classroom teacher, but you do not have an assigned classroom. It’s a great way to get your foot in the door for a long time career with Head Start!
Coordinate Head Start program in the classroom and home for children, parents, and staff and provide educational experiences in the classroom setting utilizing the concept of team teaching.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Substitute in classrooms and at centers as assigned.
- Assume the responsibilities of the classroom teacher in his/her absence.
- When substituting, follow the lead of and support the assigned classroom teacher who is present.
- 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.
- As requested, assist teaching teams in planning and implementing appropriate classroom activities.
- As requested, assist in evaluating children’s progress and setting goals for their individual growth and development. As requested, assist in maintaining and updating the assessment tool.
- As requested, assist with the planning and implementation of field trips.
- As requested, assist in preparing and conducting two home visits and two conferences each year for children.
- Maintain on‐going verbal and written communication with parents.
- As requested, participate in staffings for children.
- Familiarize self with and utilize Head Start Performance Standards, DCFS Licensing 1
- Responsible for helping maintain 85% Average Daily Attendance (ADA). Maintain and submit accurate daily attendance as requested.
- Assist in maintaining classrooms in an orderly manner and assist in classroom/center cleaning.
- Report concerns about suspected child abuse/neglect to Center Supervisor or Family Worker.
- Participates in scheduled training.
- Welcome and encourage volunteer involvement in the classroom and guide volunteers in being maximally helpful.
- Encourage and document In‐Kind from parents and volunteers.
- As requested, prepare and submit reports in a timely manner.
- Keeps confidential all information pertaining to Head Start children, families and staff.
- Assist in the recruitment and enrollment of children.
- Perform any other assigned task relevant to the effective operation of the agency or assigned by supervisor.
Required Knowledge & Experience
- High School diploma required with CDA or Associates degree or greater in Early Childhood Education or related field with 30 hours ECE coursework, equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education.
- Experience teaching preschool‐age children preferred.
- Must have the ability to travel and provide own transportation within 30 miles of assigned center.
- 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.
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.