The Children's Center, a non-profit agency, is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young children, one family at a time. Our mission is to nurture and educate children and their families. We provide opportunities for education, parenting support and resources to families in our communities.
The Children's Center Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally funded program that provides no cost services to qualifying families who reside in the community. Comprehensive services are provided to pregnant women and their partners and children from birth to 5. Child development, health and family services are provided through a variety of program options designed to meet the needs of low-income and at risk families.
This position is responsible for participating as a team member in provision of mainstreamed, developmental center-based program for children. Employee must perform all duties as assigned by supervisor; Assures safety for each child in early care; Administer medications according to policy; Maintains the supplies, order, arrangement, appearance, decor and learning environment of the classroom; Greets each child and parent when child arrives and departs; Documents all arrival/departure times and daily health observations for every child; Participates in developmental program for each child in early care and assures documentation of pertinent information; Guides activities for developmental goals as planned daily; Follows child and education schedule or changes from schedule as appropriate for each child; Completes daily sheet including comments daily; Completes documentation of all early care and education forms; Signs and proofs all incident reports before giving to parents in the absence of the Teacher; Uses proper sanitary procedures in early care and education (diapering, hand washing, and tooth brushing); Prepares and serves meals and snacks daily; Reports on progress of children in early care to Teacher, Site Supervisor or Center Based Coordinator when in question; Serves as appropriate role model for all parents participating in early care and education; Participates in planning and implementation of educational activities with Teacher; Makes suggestions to supervisor for improving quality or for improving services to clients and families; Performs proper cleaning of all toys, cribs, cots, feeding chairs and trays; Exchanges toys, books and puzzles weekly and discards broken toys; Completes proper sweeping of floors and sanitizing of tables daily before and after serving meals; Attends staff meetings as assigned; Attends staff development programs; Reports all suspected cases of child abuse or neglect or adult abuse immediately to supervisor in acceptance of agency policy and applicable state law.
This position requires a minimum of two years experience working with infants and toddlers preferred, including supervising staff. Must be willing to obtain or have training and experience in areas that include: Theories and principles of child growth and development; Early Childhood Education; Family support Must be willing to obtain Infant and Toddler CDA within one year of employment or have equivalent competencies within current course work. CDA or Associate’s degree in early childhood education preferred and extensive experience in service for children and families. Demonstrate ability in public speaking, written and oral communication, and interpersonal relation. Must become familiar with all backgrounds of families in the program Must have reliable transportation. Must obtain CPR/First Aid Certification, Food Handlers Certification, Medication Administer training and HIPPA training. Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds. The person selected for this position must be professionally prepared as a teacher of young children especially in the field of early childhood education, development or special education. Must relate well to both children and adults. This person must have the personality and ability to provide leadership and stability for program continuity. Must utilize The Children’s Center curriculum. Must be able to perform basic computer applications such as utilizing Time Clock software. Must be able to communicate through company email using Outlook.