YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Head Start Teacher

US-MO-Kansas City
Req No.
2017-2628
Thomas Roque Head Start
Category
Early Education Child Care
Type
Full-Time
Minimum Salary
USD $12.73/Hr.
Midpoint Salary
USD $16.09/Hr.
Position Hours
9AM - 6PM Monday - Friday
Additional Location Information
Transportation - Located on the Kansas City Bus Line
US-MO-Kansas City

Overview

Under the supervision of the Program Director, the Head Start Teacher shall assist  in the day to day responsibilities in accordance with licensing, Head Start performance standards and YMCA standards.

Responsibilities

  • Demonstrate knowledge of the theories of child growth and development, early childhood education and family support.

  • Understand the underlying philosophy of Head Start.
  • Promote and support children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
  • Lead the teaching team in planning and implementing curriculum and assessment.
  • Provide individualized attention to the children in order to enhance their learning and development.
  • Establish and maintain an appropriate classroom learning environment and daily routine, with attention to standards of health, safety, organization, and aesthetics.
  • Lead and model professionalism and teamwork within the teaching team and the site.
  • Develop and maintain supportive, professional relationships with children and their families to enhance parent education, communication, involvement and advocacy.
  • Responsible for directly supervising and developing the classroom staff and managing the day-to-day operations in the classroom.
  • Develop and implement lesson plans.
  • Assure that learning experiences are developmentally appropriate, and relevant to children’s interests and daily lives within the context of family, community, and culture.
  • Observe and document children’s learning and development on an ongoing and consistent basis.
  • Lead teaching team discussions of observations to plan individual and group learning experiences.
  • Interact with children, providing positive role models and guidance
  • Establish and maintain respectful, responsive relationships with children.
  • Establish and follow a consistent appropriate daily routine.  Assist children with their daily routine activities.
  • Prepare the physical environment, assuring that planned activities can occur effectively.
  • Ensure that site-appropriate health, safety, and sanitation guidelines are followed.
  • Create an environment that is aesthetically appealing to children and adults, as described in the Constructivist Curriculum Plan.
  • Conduct and document formal coaching sessions and performance appraisals annually, as well as 45- and 90-day appraisals for new hires.
  • Coach and mentor Teacher Assistants to support them in meeting work and professional development goals, to encourage positive performance and effort, and to address performance improvements needed.
  • Manage daily classroom activities in compliance with Head Start Program Performance Standards and State Licensing requirements. 
  • Maintain certification and stay current with all requirements for Infant/Child CPR and First Aid.
  • Participate in all required training and attend a minimum of 12 hours of continuing education/professional development annually.
  • Encourage the involvement of families in the program and support the relationships between children and families.
  • Conduct and document parent/ teacher conferences and/or home visits held at least four times per year.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding children and families.
  • Engage in professional communications with families and appropriate staff to ensure that support is provided to children and families.

Qualifications

  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Associates or Bachelor's degree with 30 credits of ECE.
  • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education strongly preferred.
  • Minimum three years’ experience working in an early childhood classroom setting preferred
  • Have the ability to complete multiple projects and meet deadlines
  • Perform daily activities while planning for and moving toward long term objectives
  • Work well both independently and collaboratively with others
  • Good written and oral communication skills

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