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Teacher - ExtD (Tucson Area)
at Child-Parent Centers
Wright Head Start, 2080 N. Columbus Blvd, Tucson, AZ 85712, 1 openings
Child-Parent Centers (CPC) is seeking professionals who share our values and principles for building trusting relationships with children, families, and colleagues. Successful candidates welcome individual differences and perspectives, respect cultural and linguistic backgrounds, and are sensitive to current circumstances. Candidates display a commitment to teamwork, open communication, and are eager to work in a fast-paced, high quality preschool environment. This is a great opportunity for organized and dependable early childhood professionals with strong work ethic and a desire to grow. CPC provides opportunities and financial support for teachers to grow professionally including attainment of a bachelor's degree in early childhood education or child development. If you have previous experience working in an early childhood center and are interested in joining our growing team, we encourage you to apply.
Reporting to the lead teacher, the teacher partners with the classroom team in providing comprehensive high-quality early education and child development services for 17 - 20 preschool-aged children enrolled in the assigned classroom. Daily routines promote children’s cognitive, social, health, and emotional growth for later success in school. The teacher receives regular on-going support from the lead teacher and the education specialist (coach) to implement the agency’s Languages of Learning curriculum that includes creating a safe and enriching environment, embedding responsive and effective teacher-child interactions, and fostering partnerships with families by respecting values, strengths, and cultures and welcoming parent's contributions and participation. The teacher position is funded for eight hours per day Monday through Friday, working directly with children for 6.75 hours per day four days of the week. When children are not attending class, the teacher participates in activities such as planning lessons, documenting children's work and outcomes, entering and analyzing child and family data, setting goals, and attending professional development opportunities. The teacher serves as the lead teacher when the lead teacher is absent or steps out of the classroom.
- Must be 21 years of age
- Possess an Associate’s degree from a recognized educational institution in early childhood education or an associate’s degree in a related field (as determined by the agency) with a minimum of 21 credits in early childhood education or child development coursework.
- Two (2) years documented work experience with preschool children.
- One (1) year documented experience as a supervisor.
- Possess a valid Arizona driver's license and excellent driving record.
- Must read, write, and speak English
- Accountability and Dependability
- Valuing Diversity
- Safety Focus
- Creative and Innovative Thinking
- Building Relationships
- Adaptability and Flexibility
- Development and Continual Learning
Other Requirements (post hire)
- Must be able to travel to and from various sites as needed.
- Must be able to travel outside their assigned area in company-owned vehicle. This travel could begin before daylight hours and continue after sundown in some situations.
- Provide proof of immunizations: MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), Tdap (adult Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis), and a clear Tuberculosis skin test or chest X-ray.
- Able to pass a company paid physical exam prior to starting work.
- Able to pass a criminal background check.
- Must be able to prove the right to work in the USA by providing appropriate documents to complete the Federal I-9 form.
- Submit a current Fingerprint Clearance Card OR obtain a Fingerprint Clearance Card within 90 days of hire.
- Must possess or have the ability to possess and keep current certification in First Aid Training/CPR training including Infants and Children.
- Must possess or have the ability to possess and keep current a Food Handler’s Certificate issued by the Arizona health department
- Possess a Bachelor’s degree from a recognized educational institution in Early Childhood Education or a bachelor’s degree in a related program (as determined by the agency) with a minimum of 21 credits in early childhood education or child development.
- Five (5) years’ work or volunteer experience with groups or individuals from a variety or ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds or with Head Start.
- Able to read, write, speak and understand Spanish.
Classification: Hourly, non-exempt
This position is eligible for agency benefits package including (paid leave, dental, FSA, HRA, HSA, medical, life, vision, and revenue sharing plan)
Job Specific Duties and Responsibilities:
- Implement the Languages of Learning curriculum a minimum of 6.75 hours per day four days per week. Participate and support the completion of at least two parent conferences and two home visits during the program year.
- Set learning goals and plan learning experiences by integrating knowledge of each child’s temperament, interests, gender, culture, language, learning approaches, understanding, misconceptions, and abilities and by working collaboratively with families and a range of specialists (e.g., medical, dental, speech, nutrition, mental health)
- Promote children’s active exploration, creativity, and development in all domains by designing indoor and outdoor environments based on knowledge of how children develop and learn, and their individual abilities.
- Build children’s pride in their cultures, families, and communities by ensuring that classroom learning centers and materials reflect children’s cultures and communities (e.g., books and print in families’ languages, family photographs, items from their culture)
- Ensure that children are intellectually challenged by selecting, organizing, and using high-quality materials and equipment and by adapting the environment to support each child’s skill acquisition and success.
- Use information about children obtained through home visits, parent-teacher conferences, and other parent-staff interactions by incorporating this data into daily routines and interactions with children
- Maintain a healthy physical environment by following health and safety procedures (e.g., following universal precautions, regularly sanitizing equipment, child-proofing environments).
- Build children’s awareness of and ability to follow basic health and safety rules by providing opportunities for health and safety learning (e.g., implementing and discussing routines—washing hands, fire drills, crossing streets) and by supervising children at all times and positively redirecting them from potentially harmful activities
- Develop and implement the child supervision system, child count system, and active supervision implementation plan to ensure all children are supervised at all times.
- Support parents in extending children’s learning at home by providing newsletters, take-home activities, home visits, and parent-teacher conferences
- Help children who are learning English by providing them with the supports (e.g., props, gestures, incorporating basic words in the child’s home language, securing volunteers who speak the child’s language) they need to fully participate in classroom experiences.
- Enhance children’s knowledge and language and literacy development by regularly reading books with children individually, in small groups, and in various settings (e.g., block area, housekeeping area)
- Encourage children’s emergent writing skills, their awareness of print, and the varied purposes for writing by providing and using a range of writing materials (e.g., markers, crayons, finger paint, letter magnets) and environmental print (e.g., traffic signs, labels in the classroom, store signs)
- Support children’s interest in and awareness of numbers, counting, and problem solving by initiating counting games and activities and by providing materials that link number concepts to numerals and mathematical understanding and vocabulary.
- Promote children’s understanding of size, shape, color, and directionality by engaging them is small and large-motor activities that require them to sort, match, identify patterns, group objects, and measure objects.
- Build children’s ability to compare and talk about the similarities and differences between objects by providing experiences with sorting, matching, patterns, grouping, and measurement
- Assist children in understanding math and science concepts by embedding math and science experiences into everyday routines, music, movement, literacy, art, and play.
- Help children expand their knowledge of their bodies and the world around them by planning and implementing in-depth exploration of topics in physical, life, and earth sciences.
- Encourage children’s use of scientific inquiry by offering experiences and opportunities to engage in questioning, predicting, investigating, and collecting and analyzing data.
- Expand children’s knowledge of nature, living things, and materials and processes by providing objects, tools, and experiences that enable them to closely observe and explore nature and scientific concepts (e.g., cause and effect, time, temperature, buoyancy, changes in materials).
- Facilitate children’s ability to listen to, interact with, and appreciate different types of music by providing individual and group experiences with singing, finger plays, creative movement, and musical instruments.
- Develop children’s imagination and creativity by providing child-directed and teacher-guided opportunities for them to express their thoughts, ideas, experiences, and feelings through various media (e.g., movement, dance, drama, music, visual arts).
- Help children learn about themselves and others by designing and implementing meaningful experiences to explore similarities and differences between people.
- Align goals and approaches to support children’s progress by engaging with program staff, specialists, families, and staff in other learning settings who also serve the child.
- Offer families opportunities to increase their child observation skills by providing written and verbal information and encouraging participation in classroom and family education activities.
- Engage families as full partners in their own and their children’s development and learning by helping families develop and reach realistic and achievable long- and short-term goals, engaging them in assessing their needs and strengths, and supporting them in taking actions to reach their goals.
- Strengthen parent-child relationships by helping families recognize the satisfaction and value of engaging with their children and supporting their learning through daily, routine experiences in the home and community.
- Build families’ and children’s self-esteem by drawing on their cultural strengths (e.g., family child bond, extended family, health and nutrition practices) to influence child-rearing skills and to foster positive family interactions.
- Support families in addressing challenges (e.g., mental illness, substance abuse, disabilities, family violence) that affect their well-being, by discussing issues and/or linking them to community.
- Individualize approaches to working with families by drawing on a sound understanding of family development issues and the unique needs of each family.
- Identify self-growth, development goals, and strategies for achievement with support and input from supervisor.
- Commit and participate in consistent and planned meetings with supervisor to further professional growth by seeking feedback, reflecting on and assessing own practice, and taking advantage of opportunities to improve skills and knowledge
Record Keeping, Monitoring and Reporting:
- Monitor child observation, screening, and assessment data to plan individualized experiences and small and large group activities.
- Provide accurate and timely data into child information systems (my teaching strategies and/or childplus) to support the agency’s program reports to local, state, and federal officials and funders.
- Monitor children’s progress per the goals developed by self and other staff and specialists, including those in IEPs, by observing and documenting children’s play, conversations, routines/schedules, and work samples and through conversations with families.
- Participate and support the completion of at least two parent conferences and two home visits during the program year to enhance both teacher and parent understanding of children’s educational and developmental progress.
- Meet federal, state, and program documentation requirements by maintaining accurate, objective, complete, timely, and well-organized child and family records.
- Responsible for reporting (including self-reporting) any unsupervised child incidents to the supervisor and to those with a need to know.
Leadership, Management, and Teamwork:
- Participate in center staff meetings and the planning of center activities. Identify emerging needs, initiate requests for additional assistance, and participate in on-going improvements to program policies and procedures.
- Participate on transdisciplinary team within the agency to meet family needs and to build the parent/child/teaching staff relationship
- Identify children who may need referrals by reviewing child observation, screening, and assessment data in collaboration with the classroom team, specialists, and families.
- Broaden ability to accurately assess children’s development by seeking consultation to supplement own observation and planning and to determine when referral is needed.
- Participate in planning transitions to or from Early Head Start, Head Start, home, and/or other early education and care settings by engaging families, others in the program, and members of the community in planning.
- In the absence of the Lead Teacher, may act as the Lead Teacher and guide activities of the classroom team.
- Participate in the securing, training, and supervising classroom volunteers.
- Participate in recruitment and enrollment of eligible Head Start families.
- On a rotating basis with other teaching staff, act as bus monitor for applicable bus runs.
Responsibilities for all Child-Parent Centers, Inc.:
- Understand and model the agency's vision, mission, and philosophy within the agency and the community.
- Demonstrate approachability, ownership, accountability, and life-long learning.
- Use the agency's communication and problem solving approach.
- Seek perspective of others.
- Identify emerging issues and contribute new knowledge.
- Work to de-escalate when emotions and stakes are high.
- Maintain professional behavior and relationships with internal and external stakeholders
- Use agency systems and technologies to accomplish work
- Maintain a high level of attendance to support ongoing service delivery.
- Recognizes children's safety as the first responsibility of all staff and acts swiftly to ensure no child is unsupervised.
- Implement agency policies and procedures for safeguarding confidential or sensitive information about employees and/or program participants. Restrict access to paper or electronic documents to those with a need to know.
- Performs other duties as assigned
- Indoor classroom - temperature controlled
- Outdoor playground - exposure to hot and cold
- Possible exposure to communicable illness, blood borne pathogens
- Exposure to cleaning and sanitizing chemicals
Please Note: This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties, or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job. Duties, responsibilities, and activities may change at any time with or without notice. This job opening is intended to provide information about the position for employee recruitment purposes only and is not intended to be the basis of any employee contract.
Child-Parent Centers, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.
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