Elgin, IL 60120
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 12 semester credit hours in ECE coursework.
- 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.