Our mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. To this end, our goal within Children & Youth Services is to uplift young people's voices and eliminate the opportunity gap. The YWCA Early Learning Center provides Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms to provide affordable, high-quality care to children from low-income backgrounds. The Head Start/Preschool Lead Teacher is responsible for curating culturally-relevant and trauma-informed comprehensive childhood development services to preschool children and their families; and to partner with parents and staff in educational planning, goal setting, and center activities.
This position has a social justice component that will require critical thinking around how external systems impact the work that we are doing through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of anti-racism and grounding those principles in everyday work, as well as working well in non-white environments and championing anti-racism policy, are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.
Administers developmental testing programs, assessments, etc. for the purpose of identifying needs, assessing student development and/or developing individual learning plans.
Develops culturally-responsive, trauma-informed, anti-bias curriculum and individual plans for students in collaboration with classroom team for the purpose of providing classroom activities and routines that support individual/group needs and/or delivering services in compliance with established guidelines. Establishing policies and procedures for inside and outside classroom environments.
Maintains classroom equipment, work areas, student files/records for the purpose of ensuring availability of items, providing reliable information and/or ensuring a safe and sanitary environment. Cleans and sanitizes equipment and toys daily.
Participates in a variety of program activities for the purpose of conveying and/or receiving information related to the program plan.
Prepares culturally-relevant teaching materials and related reports for the purpose of documenting family and child activities as described in the work plan.
Collaborates with families for the purpose of optimizing development of each child and helping to enhance parenting skills.
Conducts home visits for the purpose of providing information and resources to families on a schedule in compliance with program requirements and/or to partner with families in educational planning and goal setting.
Models conversation, manners, cleanup activities, listening, and everyday interactions for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior in a culturally sensitive manner.
Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns and/or directing to appropriate personnel for resolution. Becomes families with all emergency procedures and protocols. Maintains health and safety standards according to licensing requirements.
Attends a variety of educational workshops, seminars, in-service trainings, etc. for the purpose of increasing and maintaining their professional knowledge.
Provides direct supervision, coaching, and training of assistant teachers, paraeducators, floaters, and volunteers in the classroom (e.g. interactions with children and families, personnel functions, etc).
Attends to children’s basic needs by feeding them, dressing them/changing clothes when needed, and changing diapers.
Integrates children with special needs, and high behavioral concerns in a respectful, appropriate way.
Maintains files and/or records for the purpose of providing up-to-date reference, cross component communication, and audit trail for compliance with district, local, state and federal regulations.
Responsible for providing direct and active supervision of the children in care in a variety of educational settings (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, nap times, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment; follows child safety standards of conduct
Implement all work by incorporating the YWCA’s Social Justice Initiative by understanding how racism, sexism, classism and other oppressions intersect and are embedded in all institutions and systems. Recognize that solving racism is the root of how we understand and heal from these –isms.
Show demonstrated ability to interact with people of different cultures.
Continue search for understanding of racial, gender and class equity.
Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring. Work alongside volunteers, where applicable. Understand where internalized oppressions (superiority and inferiority) play a role in volunteer and client interaction and know ways to address these oppressions from a solutions-based perspective.
Assure that volunteers are treated with respect and dignity regardless of race, ethnic background, gender or socioeconomic background. Understand how racism has played a role in defining what respect and dignity is and use racial equity and multiracial perspectives when teaming with volunteers.
Other duties as assigned.
Qualifications & Core Competencies:Required (one of the following):
AA (or higher) in Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool-age children; OR
Current WA State Teaching Certificate with endorsement in Early Childhood Education (PreK - Grade 3) or Early Childhood Special Education with experience teaching preschool age children; OR
AA (or higher) in a related field with 20 credits in early childhood education and 9 months experience in a preschool classroom; OR
Teach For America participation
Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
Experience working with communities of color preferred
Experience working with children and families experiencing homelessness preferred
Experience working with children with special needs and high behavioral needs preferred
Proof of physical exam and negative TB test must be on file
First Aid/CPR card within 90 days
Food Handler’s Permit within 90 days
Proven ability in all areas of early childhood curriculum development and implementation including language development, music, art, pre-reading, pre-math, pre-science, etc.
Requires some scheduling flexibility for training, home visits, staffing, and parent events
collaboration, discernment/judgment, fostering diversity, planning and organizing/time management, problem solving, technical expertise, race & social justice advocacy, caring, communication, continuous learning, crisis management, flexibility, initiative, interpersonal skills, professionalism, relationship building, reliability, coaching
The physical demands describedhere are representative of those that must be met by an individual tosuccessfully perform the essential functions of this job. In performing thisposition, the employee:
Continuously works indoors with the children
Frequently stands, walks, sits, and climbs in performing duties and in traveling to off-site meetings
Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, and in general operations
Frequently lifts and carries up to 40 lbs.
Hours, Rate & Benefits:
- Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally= Under 20%
- Hourly rate: DOE
- Hours per week: 40
- FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
- Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
- At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.