Early Head Start Teacher

Y of Central Maryland - Perry Hall, MD3.4

Monitors Early Head Start classrooms within the scope and goals of COMAR Child Care Regulations, Head Start Performance Standards, Creative Curriculum for Infants/Toddlers and Two’s and the Y in Central Maryland Child Care Philosophy.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities:
Monitors the daily operations of Early Head Start classroom.
Ensures health, welfare, and safety of children enrolled in the class. Maintains appropriate adult/child ratios for the purpose of providing quality care and adherence to local licensing and Head Start Performance Standards.
Supervises children at all times, adjusting appropriately for a range of ages and abilities of children.
Promotes feelings of security and trust in infants/toddlers by being warm, supportive, and comforting and by establishing strong and caring relationships.
Writes and implements individualized daily lesson plans that include objectives, concepts, and strategies for meeting Infant/Toddler Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum assessments and Early Head Start goals for infants and toddlers.
Conducts individual observations, assessments, and developmentally appropriate activities for the purpose of measuring growth and development.
Informs and includes all classroom staff, parents and volunteers in daily lesson plans and activities.
Plans and manages classroom structure, i.e. schedule, routines, transitions.
Demonstrates sensitivity, cultural respect, acceptance, and patience.
Conducts developmental screenings of infants/toddlers’ motor, language, social, cognitive, perceptual and emotional skills within 45 days of enrollment and ongoing as prescribed.
Ensures continuity of care by sharing pertinent information with caregivers about each child and any verbal or written instructions given by the parent.
Maintains classroom education folders and portfolio-assessment binders for children in compliance with Head Start, COMAR regulations and the Creative Curriculum.
Assures completion of daily and monthly attendance records.
Prepares for and conducts at least two home visits and two parent-teacher conference annually.
Participates in monthly meetings for parents and recruits their input into planning for classroom activities.
Ensures that parents receive developmentally appropriate home learning activities on a weekly basis.
Recruits, trains and utilizes parent volunteers in the classroom.
Oversees classroom staff, including advising on classroom issues.
Assures that all written communication from Education Service Area is shared with classroom in a timely manner (memo regarding assessments, trainings, meetings, etc.)
Monitors classroom supplies and submits orders to the Zone Manager and Education Departments when needed.
Maintains a neat, appealing, clean classroom and center (including bathrooms, floors, etc).
Attends and actively participates in Early Head Start, Head Start and Creative Curriculum trainings to continue professional growth.
Models professional behavior and adherence to Y in Central Maryland Baltimore County Head Start policies and procedures through behavior, appearance, and attitude.
Model positive interactions with infants and toddlers to promote parent-child bonding and nurturing parent-child relationships.
Generate and submit weekly reports that identify progress in meeting program goals and service delivery data including individualized learning plans, documentation of screenings, assessments, weekly health checklist and other documentation required for providing quality providers.
Observes infants and toddlers to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs, and reports these signs immediately to the Early Head Start Center Base Coordinator.
Work with EHS and Head Start Coordinators to provide developmentally appropriate Early Intervention services.
Attend case management meetings, parent conferences, case reviews, IEP/IFSP meetings, transition meetings, staff meetings, parent meetings, in-service and pre-service meetings, and other meetings as directed.
Report to work at scheduled times and maintain good attendance.
Takes advantage of training opportunities to continue professional growth.
Models professional behavior and adherence to Y in Central Maryland Baltimore County Head Start policies and procedures through behavior, appearance, and attitude.

Physical Demands:
Physical constraints required include the ability to hear the conversational voice, with or without a hearing aid, the ability to see and read newsprint with or without corrective lenses, to speak and be understood under normal circumstances, to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds, and the use of arms, hands, legs, and feet with or without corrective devices to accomplish the job, including evacuation of the building during emergencies.

Work Environment:
The work environment is such that can be accommodated by individuals meeting the requirements described above.
The noise level is usually moderate and the activity level ranges from moderate to fast pace.
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Supervisory Responsibilities:
Makes recommendations in specific classroom situations.
Carries out advisory responsibilities in accordance with organization's policies and applicable laws.

Required Skills

Language Skills:
Ability to read, analyze and interpret federal and local regulations. Ability to write routine reports and correspondence. Ability to respond to common inquires or complaints from staff, parents, and community members. Ability to write reports as needed. Ability to provide effective presentations and training to staff, parents, and the community.

Mathematical Skills:
Ability to calculate figures and amounts such as discounts, interest, commissions, proportions, percentages, area, circumference, and volume.
Ability to apply concepts of basic algebra and geometry.
Reasoning Ability

Ability to define problems collects data, establish facts, and draw valid conclusions.

Required Experience
Education and Experience

An AA/BA/BS in Early Childhood Education, Human Development, Psychology, or a related field with coursework or training in infant and toddler development.
A minimum of twelve (6) semester units in Infant/Toddler Development and/or 45 hour Certification in Infant/Toddler Development.
Two years supervised early childhood experience.

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Must obtain a valid criminal background check.
Must have access to reliable transportation.

Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:
Valid Maryland Driver's License.
Senior staff qualified through COMAR.
Possess Pediatric First Aid and CPR certificate or obtain within 90 days of employment.