Head Start Teacher
Maricopa County, AZ - Mesa, AZ

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The purpose of this position is to function as a member of the Maricopa County Head Start teaching and family support team to promote active learning in the preschool classroom by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate, individualized experiences and by creating a safe and nurturing environment in which three through five year old children can enhance language and literacy skills, cognitive development, physical development, social/ emotional development, and develop age-appropriate social and self helps skills. This includes planning and participating in parent education, parent involvement and family support activities.

Position Qualifications:

Minimum education and/or experience:
Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education or Childhood Development or equivalent degree consisting of 18 credit hours of ECE coursework at the Associate level and one (1) year of experience teaching in a licensed childcare or public pre-k setting, or;
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Childhood Development or equivalent degree consisting of 18 credit hours of ECE coursework at the Bachelor level and one (1) year of experience teaching in a licensed childcare or public pre-k setting, or;
Bachelor's degree and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children.

Ability to read, write, and speak Spanish is strongly desired and may be required for some positions.

Preferred education and/or experience:
Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development or equivalent college degree, which includes 18 credits in early childhood education and/or child development. If the degree is in a field other than Early Childhood Education, the candidate must have at least one (1) year of experience teaching in a licensed childcare or public pre-k setting. Completion of supervised student teaching in an early childhood setting counts towards this work experience. Bi-lingual in English/Spanish language strongly desired.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
Working knowledge and ability to apply current educational techniques; early child developmental patterns; developmentally appropriate practices; and behavior modification theories and practices related to early childhood development. Ability to foster children’s social/emotional development; to plan classroom experiences that meet the different developmental stages, interests, temperaments, learning styles, languages, and cultural backgrounds of the children; to integrate children with disabilities into the classroom experiences; and to plan a balanced daily program of child initiated and adult directed activities and individual, small, and large group activities. Must have knowledge of, or have the ability to learn Head Start, Federal and State Child Care Licensing regulations. Ability to develop, plan, organize and implement age appropriate child education curriculum; to effectively deliver child education programs and services, as demonstrated by children’s developmental progress; and to maintain appropriate classroom protocol by assuring an appropriate classroom learning environment. Ability to administer CPR and First Aid. Ability to use a computer and related software; to follow established program policies and procedures; and to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions. Skill in verbal communication with and resolving conflicts between pre-school age children. Ability to communicate effectively in both oral and written forms as required; to work effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds, and those with disabilities and special needs; and to support parents as their child’s primary nurturer and educator.

Specialized training, certifications, or other special requirements:
Must currently possess or have the ability to obtain a valid Arizona driver license upon hire. Background investigation and fingerprint identification performed upon hire to secure DPS Fingerprint Clearance Card. Must be able to pass a medical exam that includes screening for TB, as required by Federal and State regulations, to be free of communicable disease, and must have received the following vaccinations: (MMR) Measles, Mumps, Rubella, and Tetanus if not current, to assure no significant risk exists to the health or safety of others. Certification in CPR, First Aid, and Food Handler’s must be obtained within six (6) weeks of hire.

Note : Degrees/credits must be from an academically accredited college or university as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) or the Council for Higher Education (CHEA). Minimum requirements revised 09/12/13.

Essential Job Tasks:

Develops and implements a multicultural, individualized curriculum, classroom environment, and developmentally appropriate practices which meet the needs and interests of students. Ensures compliance with all Federal Head Start, State childcare licensing regulations, and program policies and procedures. Assumes responsibility for the care and welfare of the classroom children and is responsible for supervising all children at all times to ensure their safety and well being, including maintaining a safe, clean and orderly classroom and playground environment. Participates in regular team lesson planning of curriculum and planning/monitoring individual children's growth, development and service needs. Prepares and maintains accurate records that evaluate on-going progress of each child’s growth and development. These records include child health records, weekly child observation, formal child assessments and individualized Education Plans, individualization, lesson plans, attendance, meal counts, parent involvement, family support, and additional items as directed while maintaining the confidentiality of child, family and program information. Conducts developmental, sensory and growth screenings on all children. Participates in the development and implementation of Individual Education Plans (IEP’s) for children with disabilities & plans classroom experiences to support the IEP plan. Develops and maintains positive relationships with children's parents through daily communication. Conducts a minimum of two educational home visits and two parent/teacher conferences per family each program year to discuss children's progress and develop Individual Education Plans. Develops and maintains positive relationships with partner schools, community agencies, community partners, and grantee staff members. Assists in the planning and conducting of monthly parent meetings. Promotes parent volunteer experiences in classroom and supervises parent and community volunteers. I mplements the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) in the classroom, including CACFP records, following CACFP guidelines, policies and procedures. Plans and assists child transition into Head Start and out Head Start to kindergarten. Attends site meetings, staff meetings, staff trainings, and other meetings as directed.

Selection Procedure:

The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.

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