Teacher - Head Start
Company: The Y of Central Maryland
Posted on: November 19, 2022
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- This position serves as a Teacher for a Head Start classroom
with a direct focus on children 3 to 4 years of age. The teacher
will work collaboratively with one other Teacher to ensure the
successful operation of a classroom with a total of 17- 20
children. The teacher also works with a team of other teachers,
family managers and family members to implement the curriculum to
achieve outcomes for children of all abilities. Teachers are
expected to utilize a working knowledge of the principles of child
growth and development to work with children and collaborate with
related service areas.
- Responsible for the preparation and overall delivery of daily
lesson plans. Post them for parents, volunteers and visitors in the
- Develop an individual plan for each child including goal
setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives
and activities to meet established child outcomes.
- Address challenging behaviors by observing to determine
possible causes of the behavior, implementing preventive measures,
teaching the child new social and communication skills and
partnering with families to support the child at home.
- Implement a child-centered curriculum and learning environment
that encourages positive social interaction, active engagement in
learning, and self-motivation to promote development in all domains
for children of all abilities.
- Use observations of children and anecdotal notes to document
children's progress and individualize curriculum.
Early Learning Implementation
- Follow and Implement the Creative Curriculum for
Preschool/Infant, Toddler & Twos & Frog Street curriculum providing
developmentally and linguistically appropriate experiences
appropriate to age, language and culture of children served.
- Implement experiential learning activities advancing the
intellectual and emotional competence of preschool children.
- Provide a print rich environment in which children develop
literacy, numeracy and social skills using increasingly complex
language and problem solving abilities.
- Provide positive guidance supporting children as they acquire
readiness skills for kindergarten and beyond.
- Implement daily lesson plans in response to children's needs
and interests incorporating observations, anecdotal record keeping,
knowledge of early childhood development and the key
- Help children to acquire and use language as a means of
communicating their thoughts, feelings and understanding of others,
based on the CSEFEL pyramid model.
- Provide a variety of experiences and media that stimulates
children to explore and express their creative ability.
- Develop and implement lesson activities that will support
children in knowing, accepting and appreciating themselves as
individuals, based on the CSEFEL pyramid model.
- Assist in fostering a sense of Early Intervention Specialist,
Mentor Coach and Special Education Consultant, integrate the
written Individual Education Plans (IEP)/Individualized Family
Service Plan (IFSP) for children with disabilities.
- Provide supervision and ensure the safety and security of
children at all times in accordance with Head Start and OCC
Licensing requirements. Supervise all classroom field trips and
- Supervise and eat nutritionally prepared meals with the
children as a curriculum activity, to model good nutrition and
proper social skills for preschool children.
- Understand regulations associated with prevention of
occupational disease and injury, including the exercise of
universal precautions and the prevention of contamination
- Follow written policies and regulations established by Y Head
Start, Maryland Health Department, Y of Central Maryland, Maryland
State Department of Education and Baltimore City Child Care
Licensing Department and Office of Child Care
- Establish positive and productive relationships with parents,
as well as, engaging parents through classroom activities, home
learning experiences and program events.
- Provide opportunities for parents to increase their child's
observation skills and to share assessments with staff that help
plan the learning experiences.
- Encourage parent participation in Y associate-parent
conferences and home visits discussing their child's development
- Establish positive and productive relationships with families
focusing on a relationship of trust and rapport.
- Complete a minimum of 3 parent conferences per school year:
(Mandatory parent conferences: 1st Quarter Child Assessment Period,
2nd Quarter Child Assessment Period, 3rd Quarter Child Assessment
- Coordinate and complete 2 home visits per school year. Fall &
- Identify and refer parents wanting to volunteer in the
classroom, work as substitutes or in other volunteer activities to
the Parent Engagement Coordinator Transitioning
Ongoing Monitoring and Self-Assessment
- Conduct daily child health checks.
- Assess children on an on-going basis. Gather and organize
anecdotal notes into the key domains and document for
individualization and observation through Work Sampling Online and
Creative Curriculum GOLD.
- Participate actively in bi-weekly Team Meetings, with zone
Manager, to reflect on program and site performance, generate
solutions and ensure high-quality classroom operations.
- Ensure the safety of children, at all times, through consistent
implementation of Active Supervision, zoning, child count and
maintaining classroom adult/child ratios.
Supervision and Human Resources
- Work with Mentor Coach to self- assess/reflect on C.L.A.S.S.
and ongoing classroom observations three times per year in regards
to professional growth and developmentally appropriate
- Participate in ongoing mentor - coaching and reflection
sessions, in regards to individual skill development, classroom
management, curriculum & instruction and CLASS, with Mentor Coach
on an ongoing basis.
- Monitor volunteers, substitutes, during classroom
- Plan and adjust work operations to meet changing or emergent
program requirements within available resources and with minimum
sacrifice to quantity or quality of work.
- Participate in Y associate meetings, conferences, training
sessions and workshops as assigned.
- Maintain confidentiality in regards to Y associate and family
- Fulfill role as mandated reporter as stated in Child Abuse and
- Perform any other work-related duties as requested by your
- Be present at work in order to provide consistency of
- Be a contributory team member in a positive/productive
- Demonstrate commitment to the Y mission, Y core values, and Y
policies in the performance of daily duties.
- Recognize that your job description is service area specific
and that a successful employee upholds the overall employment
standards outlined in the Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual
and specifically, but not limited to: confidentiality, child abuse
reporting, attendance and dependability, appropriate dress,
customer service and support to all families, prudent use of
program resources, and promoting and maintaining safe work
- Must obtain a criminal background check.
- Basic computer literacy email, word processing and internet
- Child Development Associate Credential w/commitment to enroll
in OR currently enrolled in BS/BA degree program majoring in Early
Childhood Education or Child Development to be completed within
specific time frame.
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science Degree
- Creative Curriculum for Preschool/Infant, Toddler & Two's and
Frog Street curriculum experience, preferred
- Obtain CPR and First Aid within the first year of
ENVIRONMENTAL FACTORS, PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:
- Able to lift a child weighing 40 pounds, 20 times a day if
Associates of the Y in Central Maryland are required to be fully
vaccinated for the COVID virus or have a valid medical or religious
The Y in Central Maryland provides equal employment opportunities
(EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Moreover, the
Y is firmly committed to celebrating and achieving diversity and
inclusion in all we do. We strive to be an anti-racist organization
and expect all associates to treat others with respect, kindness
and dignity, at all times. Thank you for considering working for
the Y in Central Maryland. If being a part of our cause feels right
for you, we hope you will join us.
- Job Family Early Childhood Development
- Pay Type Hourly Required
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