Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Pre-school aged children have benefited from Head Start through the development of their early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.
The Teacher is the primary teacher in the classroom and will provide direction to the Associate Teacher. The Teacher will be responsible for overall development and implementation of curriculum and individual child curriculum plans; oversee child outcomes; and take lead in parent teacher conferences. The Teacher directs daily program activities that provide a safe and nurturing environment for young children which encourage social, emotional, physical and cognitive development in a manner that meets all applicable local, state and federal standards. The Teacher must ensure health and safety of all children. All NVFS employees are expected to demonstrate the organizational values and sensitivity to the diversity of the organization’s client base.
Essential Job Duties:
- Develop and implement daily lesson plans and individualized development plans using the designated curriculum and philosophy.
- Using best practices create developmentally appropriate indoor and outdoor activities with consideration for child’s social/emotional development and/or disabilities. Activities should be designed to further develop the children’s interests, critical thinking, and readiness skills.
- Update classroom environment to ensure it is appropriate with lesson plans and that classroom suits children’s changing needs.
- Administer developmental screening and ongoing assessments according to ECD procedures including the ASQ, ASW-SE and DECA, utilizing input from parents and teachers. For children age 3 to 5, recording children’s progress and outcomes in all domains as required by HS performance standards. Use results to develop children’s Individual Developmental Plans.
- Maintain documentation of child’s growth and development through written observations, including child’s ongoing developmental successes and challenges.
- Create and maintain a positive working relationship with parents. Provide regular feedback on child’s ongoing developmental successes and challenges.
- Ensure all children have daily health checks, implement procedures to prevent allergy exposures, maintain first aid supplies in classroom and on field trips, maintain daily attendance.
- Participate in regular supervision with supervisor by providing regular updates.
- Maintain current level of knowledge on standards and other information on early childhood programs.
- Enter data for record keeping and reporting to meet federal guidelines.
- Will provide input and feedback concerning the job performance of Associate Teachers, Aides, Volunteers, and Intern.
- Oversee curriculum and quality of classroom and child outcomes.
- Conduct parent conferences and home visits; document attendance and meals.
Qualification and Additional Requirements:
- Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited college or university
- Must be fluent in English; bilingual skills a plus
- Knowledge of infant and child development
- Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite
- Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds
- Successful completion of background checks is required upon hire, including TB test and physical exam.
This description is intended to describe the essential job functions and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not an exhaustive list of all duties, responsibilities, and requirements of a person so classified.
Northern Virginia Family Service is an Equal Opportunity Employer and E-Verify participant.