Childhaven teachers are a special kind of educator. They believe that early learning programs can improve the lives of all children and families, especially those with the highest needs. They view early education as a tool for social change that can impact entire communities. Working with kids in our classrooms every day, teachers represent the core of our services for children and families.
Childhaven seeks an Assistant Teacher for its Head Start classroom in Burien. Collaborating with the teacher, the Assistant Teacher provides enrolled preschool children with quality comprehensive child development services and encourages parent involvement in educational planning, goal setting, and parent activities.
And, of course, Head Start teachers get lots of quality time with kids like these !
This is a full-time position for 10 months out of each year.
Requirements for Assistant Head Start teachers:
You meet one of the following education requirements:
A high school diploma and a WA State ECE certificate (47 credits), or a Childhood Development Associate (CDA)
Or, you have an associate's degree or higher in Early Childhood Education
Or, you have an associate's degree or higher in a related field plus 18 credits in Early Childhood Education
One year of experience in an early childhood setting preferred
Knowledge of early childhood development, with an ability to foster relationships with parents and preschool-aged children from diverse populations.
You will submit to and pass Childhaven s drug screen and background check, and possess a portable background check through the Washington Department of Early Learning.
Your current certifications include First Aid, Child/Infant CPR, HIV & Blood borne Pathogens and you have a MERIT identification number.
You have a Food and Beverage Handler s Permit, or can get one within 90 days of hire.
Are you a current or former Head Start parent who meets these qualifications? You'll receive preference if you apply!
Childhaven serves families from diverse communities and we are committed to recruiting candidates who reflect this diversity. Multilingual and multicultural candidates are also highly encouraged to apply!
Every role at Childhaven makes an impact! Assistant Head Start teacher responsibilities include:
Curriculum Planning: Participates in the planning of the daily schedule of classroom routines and activities. Assists in preparing lesson plans in accordance with the Head Start program performance standards and program service plans.
Classroom Preparation: Works with the teacher to prepare and organize the classroom and classroom materials in accordance with the planned classroom program; helps the teacher develop a learning plan for each child; also helps with record-keeping on attendance/meals and written observations of children.
Family Support: Communicates regularly and respectfully with families and involves them in the educational program. Acts as a support and resource person for families for the purpose of assisting the teacher in case managing specific needs with families, advocating for parents and encouraging parent involvement in the program.
Health Supervision: Assists children with hand washing, tooth brushing, diapering, etc. for the purpose of modeling appropriate personal hygiene. Administers first aid as needed.
Interdisciplinary Collaboration: Participates in interdisciplinary planning for children and families to include staffings, multidisciplinary teams, individual education plans and other cross-component coordination efforts.
We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity, Excellence, Dedication, and Respect. Here s a little bit about what we offer our staff:
We believe in fully transparent hiring practices. Assistant Head Start Teachers are paid $16.50/hour
We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account, education reimbursement and a 403(b) savings program with employer contributions. A full listing of benefits is available.
No matter what your role is, you'll get opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and education topics, advocacy, management skills, and more. We also work hard to make sure that you have a mentor—a person who's helping you grow professionally.
We re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that s relevant to them and their values. As a member of Childhaven staff, you ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and to serve on our Racial Equity Team, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.
Want to join our team? Submit a resume and a cover letter!