Teacher Assistant - Arcadia - 28 Hours

Department: Head Start
Location: Arcadia
Starting Wage: 15.41-19.29

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Job Description:

Western Dairyland Head Start is hiring a Teacher Assistant to aid in the management of the classroom and in the supervision of children at our Arcadia Head Start Center.

Head Start promotes school readiness of children under the age of five from income-eligible families by supporting their growth and development in a positive learning environment through comprehensive services, which include early learning, health, and family well-being. We're a mission-driven organization making a positive impact in our community since 1966.

Job Duties:

  • Supervise children and their activities to ensure their safety and well-being
  • Plan and implement classroom activities
  • Provide children with a model to support and develop a positive self-concept
  • Implement positive guidance and model appropriate practice
  • Prepare the classroom, outdoor space, and other center facilities to ensure they are safe, clean and ready for the daily activities
  • Support the inclusion of all children
  • Recommend purchase of equipment and supplies
  • Maintain attendance records on each child
  • Observe children daily for signs of illness
  • Assist with developmental screenings and ongoing assessments
  • Knowledge of state and federal Head Start regulations; Child Care Licensing Rules; Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework; Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement; and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Demonstrate understanding of Head Start philosophy and Western Dairyland Head Start's core values
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to culture and family background
  • Comply with Policies and Procedures and Standards of Conducts
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Complete individual needs assessment and develop professional development goal annually
  • Complete a minimum of 15 hours of professional development per year

Education Requirements:

  • High school diploma
  • Introduction to Child Care Profession within 6 months of hire
  • Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential or Registry certificate; are enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate or, are enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire

Benfits:

This position will be scheduled 28 hours per week M-Th. We offer a complete benefits package including dental, and life insurance, a 401(k) plan with up to a 6% match, EAP, paid time off, and sick leave. Western Dairyland is a qualified employer under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program. We provide ongoing coaching and mentoring to support staff development.

For more information about this position, please contact HR via email at .

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