Head Start Teacher

This position is primarily responsible for the classroom and implementing curriculum based on knowledge of families’ and children’s needs and interests. Work with parents to assure that the educational, health and social services needs of individual children and their families are met.  Work with component coordinators to assure planning, organization, implementation and follow-through with comprehensive services.  Teachers are free to use personal choices in teaching within the bounds of the Head Start Program curriculum, Performance Standards, MN DHS Rule 3, and best practices in early childhood care and education.

Assistant teachers, Bus Rider Aide, Classroom parent volunteers and other volunteers as assigned 

Education and experience:
Bachelor’s degree (B.A.) or A.A. in Early Childhood Education or related field with experience teaching in a preschool setting.  Must meet Head Start Teacher qualifications.

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily.  The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

*          Recruit eligible families on an ongoing basis and during summer recruitment time and complete Agency/Program intake process;
*          Document recruiting efforts including public relations for the Agency and Head Start;
*          Carry assigned caseload of families and provide at least 
Center: (148) 4-7 hr. class sessions for the children, (3) 1 ½ hr. home visits and (3) parent – teacher conferences /
                   meetings with each family during the school year
*          Recruit classroom volunteers on an ongoing basis
*          Meet with parents to complete Welcome Packet prior to Open house.
*          Work with parents and Assistant Teacher to screen and assess children using ESI-R, ASQ-SE, TS Gold and other
*          Responsible for Creative Curriculum implementation and individualization of instruction based upon assessment results.
*          Utilize C.L.A.S.S. strategies appropriately in the classroom to create an optimal learning environment.
*          Integrate regular music, movement and outdoor/active play into the classroom day;
*          Complete Family Partnership Agreement Packets, by interviewing, setting family and child goals and making
            appropriate referrals with enrolled families.
*          Lead and oversee the teaching of safety, health, dental, nutrition, self-help, self-esteem, social, language, literacy, problem solving, cognitive, and motor skills in the classroom
*          Implement and model appropriate behavior guidance practices
*          Participate in the IEP, IFSP, and/or IIIP process for serving children with special needs and implementation of
            appropriate plan
*          Document attendance and all activities used in statistical analysis and submit to the coordinators any prescribed forms consistently, correctly, and promptly;
*          Responsible for meal counts at point of service;
*          Responsible for referral of behavioral, health, education, mental health and social service concerns to appropriate
*          Work with appropriate coordinators to assure planning and follow through regarding educational or social issues.
*          Supervise work of classroom staff and volunteers including training and implementation of bus riding curriculum
*          Provide parent and child education regarding safety, health, and nutrition
*          Plan and conduct required parent meetings and update parents on program-related events  
*          Provide leadership and parenting training to parents
*          Work with transportation coordinator and families to arrange transportation for Head Start families to attend
*          Serve as the liaison/advocate between parent, school, and community resources
*          Understand and follow the Child Abuse and Prevention policy of Head Start as a mandated reporter
*          Maintain inventory of supplies and equipment, and submit requisition needs to appropriate Coordinator
*           Assure election and attendance of one or two parents and up to two alternates to the Head Start Parent Policy Council
*          Work with the Parent Policy Council representatives to provide opportunities for regular feedback to the parent group meeting.  

*          Participate in FOCUS meetings tri-annually or as requested
*          Participate in training, in-service, orientations, and Community of Practice workgroup
*          Complete Professional Development Plan and update regularly
*          Document and report in-kind support as required
*          Follow all procedures of the Minnesota Data Privacy Act
*          Be a part of the Head Start team, accepting and performing duties as assigned
*           Promote positive community awareness of Head Start and Southwestern MN Opportunity Council
*          Meet and interact with local school-based early childhood program staff as appropriate, necessary or requested. 

This job description is not intended to be all-inclusive, and employee will also perform other reasonably related business duties as assigned by supervisory personnel.

Passion for working with children ages 3 to 5 years old and their families.  Ability to create age appropriate, stimulating learning opportunities.  Strong classroom management skills.  Knowledge of the principles of child development.  Strong communication skills, both orally and in writing.  Ability to maintain accurate records and to work without direct supervision.  Ability to lift and carry supplies.  Confidentiality.  Valid MN Driver's License and access to a car.