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Assistant Teacher - Head Start

Company: The Y of Central Maryland
Location: Catonsville
Posted on: November 25, 2022

Job Description:

Overwhelmingly, people who decide they want to be a part of the Y in Central Maryland tell us they do so because it reflects their values and a conscious decision, they've made about how they choose to live their lives. The happiest and most fulfilled Y associates are those who are motivated to help others and who want to be a part of something larger than themselves. If this speaks to your heart, then we invite you to join our team. Be a part of a charitable, mission-driven organization that works for individual and community well-being for all, for a better us.


This position serves as an Assistant Teacher for a Head Start classroom. The Assistant Teacher will work collaboratively with the teacher to ensure the successful operation of a classroom with a total of 17-20 children. The Assistant Teacher also works with a team of other classroom teachers, family advocates and family members to implement the curriculum and achieve outcomes for children of all abilities.



  • Will assist in ensuring that the written curriculum includes:
  • Goals for children's development and learning;
  • The experiences through which children will achieve these goals;
  • What staff and parents can do to help children achieve these goals;
  • The materials needed to support the implementation of the curriculum towards achieving the stated goals;
    • Responsible for collaborating with the Teacher in the preparation of daily lesson plans and post for parents, volunteers and visitors in the classroom
    • Aid in the development of individual plans for each child including goal-setting based on need identified by parents and teacher, and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established child outcomes.
      Early Learning Implementation
      • Follow the Creative & 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 infants and toddlers.
      • Provide positive guidance and discipline 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 experiences.
      • Implement Individual Family Services Plans (IFSPs) for children with disabilities.
      • Provide children with a consistent classroom routine.
      • Provide supervision and ensure the safety and security of children at all times in accordance with Early/Head Start and day care licensing requirements.
      • Supervise and eat nutritionally prepared meals and/or snacks with the children as a curriculum activity, to model good nutrition and proper social skills for infants and toddlers.
      • Co-supervise, with the Teacher, all field trips and outdoor activities.
      • Understand regulations associated with prevention of disease and injury, including the exercise of universal precautions and the prevention of contamination
        Family Partnership
        • Invite parent involvement in the development of the program's curriculum and approach to child development and education.
        • Provide opportunities for parents to increase their child observation skills and to share assessments with staff that help plan the learning experiences.
        • Encourage parent participation in staff-parent conferences and home visits discussing their child's development and education.
        • Establish positive and productive relationships with families focusing on building trust and rapport.
        • Work with Teacher to schedule and complete two home visits per year and 3 parent-teacher conferences per year.
        • Participate in parent orientation and ongoing parent trainings as required.
        • Identify and refer parents wanting to volunteer in the classroom, work as substitutes or in other volunteer activities to Family Advocate. Support parent volunteers in classroom in needed.
          Communication and Service Coordination
          • Share pertinent information with Family Advocate ensuring coordinated services to meet the needs of individual children and families. Participate in case conferences as appropriate.
          • Maintain regular contact with parents and complete appropriate documentation.
          • Forward classroom updates to the Teacher to be included in monthly newsletter.
          • Direct developmental concerns to the Health, Nutrition and Early Intervention Specialist.
            Record Keeping and Recording
            • Request supplies as needed and participate in classroom/program inventory as requested.
            • Gather and maintain individual, family and classroom data for documentation, on-going assessment, evaluation and recording keeping for successful individual and program planning.
            • Utilize Work Sampling Online, E-DECA, PROMIS/COPA to enter child data, as needed, on an ongoing basis
              On Going Monitoring and Self-Assessment
              • Work with Teacher to conduct daily health checks.
              • Assess children on an ongoing basis. Gather and organize anecdotal notes into the key goals and objectives and document in Work Sampling Online/Creative Curriculum GOLD.
              • Work with teaching team and Center Manager, Data & Outcomes Manager and Curriculum & Environments Specialist to analyze child outcomes on a classroom basis, quarterly, and make adjustments to curriculum planning and implementation as needed.
                Supervision and Human Resources
                • Model appropriate classroom practices.
                • Work with Zone Manager and Teacher to develop and support the individual development plan for assigned volunteers.
                • Assist the Teacher in devising work methods and procedures that support improvements in existing work practices; supporting the volunteers you supervise in developing and setting goals, priorities and timelines.
                • Maintain the plan to meet changing or emergent program requirements within available resources and with minimum sacrifice to quantity or quality of work.
                • Participate actively in ongoing Zone Team Meetings, with Zone Manager, to reflect on performance, generate solutions and ensure high-quality classroom operations.
                • Work with Mentor Coach to self- assess/reflect on C.L.A.S.S. observations three times per year in regards to professional growth and developmentally appropriate practices.
                • Participate in ongoing mentor - coaching and reflection, in regards to curriculum & instruction, with Mentor Coach.

                  • Must obtain a criminal background check.


                    Assistant Teacher I

                    Maryland 90 hours with agreement to enroll in CDA credential program

                    Assistant Teacher II

                    CDA Credential in Preschool (Head Start), CDA Credential in Infants & Toddlers ( Early Head Start) AA Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field, preferred.

                    Assistant Teacher III

                    AA Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field.

                    Assistant Teacher IV

                    BA/BS Degree; Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or related field preferred.

                    • Prior Head Start Classroom and/or Preschool experience with children, preferred.
                    • Basic computer literacy in email, Microsoft Office and Google Docs

                      • Obtain CPR and First Aid certification within the first year of employment

                        WORKING CONDITIONS:
                        • Able to lift a child weighing 40 pounds, 20 times a day if needed

                          Associates of the Y in Central Maryland are required to be fully vaccinated for the COVID virus or have a valid medical or religious accommodation.
                          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.

                          Other details
                          • Job Family Early Childhood Development
                          • Pay Type Hourly Required
                            Job Industries
                            • Customer Service

Keywords: The Y of Central Maryland, Catonsville , Assistant Teacher - Head Start, Other , Catonsville, Maryland

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