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Early Head Start Teacher
at Maricopa County
- Position Overview
The Maricopa County Early Education Birth to Five teaching and family support team promotes active learning in the infant-toddler classrooms by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate individualized experiences. Creating a safe and nurturing environment in which zero through three year old children can enhance perceptual, motor, and physical development, language and literacy skills, cognitive development, approaches to learning, social and emotional development and relationships, developing age-appropriate social and self helps skills. This includes planning and participating in parent education, parent involvement, family support activities, and collaboration with Birth to Five site team members.
Successful candidates are compensated at a salary rate determined by and based on applicable Educator or Educator (Bachelor's) position qualifications related to education and experience.
- Position Qualifications
Minimum education and/or experience:
Educator: High School Diploma or GED and a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential that included specific training and/or coursework in infant and toddler care; or an Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or an equivalent degree in family studies or social work which included 18 credit hours in early childhood education (as evidenced by a transcript); and two (2) years of experience teaching in a licensed childcare or pre-k setting.
Educator (Bachelor's): Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or another equivalent or higher, completed post-secondary degree and 18 credit hours in early childhood education, child development or infant/toddler development (as evidenced by a transcript), and two (2) years of experience teaching in a licensed childcare or pre-k setting.
Completion of supervised student teaching in an early childhood setting may be considered for required experience.
Specialized training, certifications, and/or other special requirements:
Must possess, or have the ability to obtain by the time of hire, a valid Arizona driver's license. Successful candidates must complete a background investigation prior to hire and secure a Level 1 Fingerprint Clearance Card through the Arizona Department of Public Safety.
Successful candidates must also complete a medical exam that includes screening for Tuberculosis (TB), as required by Federal and State regulations, to be free of communicable disease, and must have received the following vaccinations: Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) and Tetanus if not current, to assure no significant risk exists to the health or safety of others. Certification in CPR, First Aid, and Food Handler's must be obtained within six (6) weeks of hire.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) skills may be required for some positions.
Knowledge, skills, and abilities:
- Current educational techniques.
- Early child developmental patterns.
- Developmentally appropriate practices.
- Behavior modification theories and practices related to early childhood development.
- Head Start, federal and state child care licensure regulations.
- Foster children's social/emotional development.
- Plans classroom experiences that meet the different developmental stages, interests, temperaments, learning styles, languages, and cultural backgrounds of the children.
- Integrates children with disabilities into the classroom experiences.
- Plans a balanced daily program of child initiated and adult directed activities and individual, small, and large group activities.
- Administer CPR and First Aid when needed.
- Follows established program policies and procedures.
- Collects, organizes and evaluates data and develop logical conclusions.
- Works effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic, and cultural backgrounds, including those with disabilities and special needs.
- Supports parents as their child's primary nurturer and educator.
- Works cooperatively and collaboratively as part of a site team.
- Computers and related software.
- Verbal communications including resolving conflicts between infant/toddler age children.
- Communicates effectively in both oral and written forms as required.
- Developing, planning, organizing and implementing age appropriate child development education curriculum.
- Maintaining appropriate classroom protocol by assuring an age appropriate classroom learning environment.
Preferred education and/or experience:
Master's degree or higher in Early Childhood Education or Childhood Development or a Master's degree or higher in Family Studies or Social Work which includes 18 credit hours in early childhood education, child development or infant/toddler development (as evidenced by a transcript). Advanced experience teaching in a licensed childcare or pre-k setting.. Experience teaching in a public pre-k setting. Experience working with infants and toddlers.
Preferred training, certifications and/or other special requirements:
Current or former experience as an Early Head Start or Head Start parent.
Work is performed in classroom, playground and office environments. Travel to other program sites and to parents' homes required. May be required to fill in as a substitute staff member at another program site. Must be able to lift up to 40 pounds. Must be able to stand, sit on floor, and be indoors & outdoors for extended periods of time. Possible exposure to bodily fluids and infectious disease. Positions requires travel to and from children's homes, classrooms and other job related locations, which may be subject to mileage reimbursement.
Early Head Start Teacher positions follow a full year schedule (typically comprised of 2088 hours annually) with accrued leave time. Birth to Five site classrooms operate Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays.
- Essential Job Tasks
- Develops and implements a multicultural curriculum, classroom environment, and utilizes developmentally appropriate practices which meet the needs and interests of each child and complies with local and federal performance standards.
- Ensures compliance with all Federal and Head Start regulations, State of Arizona licensing requirements, and program policies and procedures.
- Assumes responsibility for the care and welfare of the classroom children and is responsible for supervising all children at all times in accordance with Head Start Performance Standards and Program policies to ensure their safety and well-being.
- Ensures the total classroom environment is safe, clean, orderly, and facilitates growth, development, and learning.
- Participates in regular team planning of curriculum, transitions and other site planning with Program Staff Teaching Team, Professional Development Coaches, Family Educators, Family Support Specialists, and other program staff.
- Prepares and maintains accurate records that evaluate on-going observations of each child's growth and development. These records include child health records, child observation, individualization, lesson plans, attendance, meal counts, parent involvement, family support, and additional items as directed, while maintaining the confidentiality of child, family and program information.
- Supports and promotes each child's physical, social, emotional, cognitive, and language development.
- Completes formal developmental assessments on children with finalization/analysis and works with parents to develop an Education Plan based on these assessment results.
- Participates in the development and implementation of Individual Family Service Plans (IFSP) for children with disabilities and plans classroom experiences to support the IFSP plan.
- May provide oversight and direction to Teachers, Teacher Assistants and classroom volunteers upon absence of the Site Director.
- Respects and supports the diverse cultural and family backgrounds and treats each child and parent as an individual. Respects, values and facilitates parent participation as equal partners in all aspects of Educational Plans.
- Maintains daily communication with parents and conducts a minimum of two educational home visits and two parent/teacher conferences per family each program year.
- Develops and maintains positive relationships with each family, site team members, community agencies, community partners, and grantee staff members.
- Understands Early Education Division and Maricopa County policies and supports the philosophy of Maricopa County Human Services Department and Early Education Division in the implementation of performance standards, as identified in division goals, program policies and procedures.
- Assists in the planning of and participates engagement activities and promotes parent volunteer experiences in classroom.
- Attends parent conferences, site meetings, IFSP meetings, staff meetings, parent meetings, in-service and pre-service trainings, and other meetings as directed.
- Plans and assists child transition into Early Head Start and out of Early Head Start to Head Start or other preschool programs.
- Actively participates in an individual and program professional development plan and collaborates with Professional Development Coach as needed.
- Complies with all Child and Adult Care Food Program guidelines and CACFP record keeping.
- Administers First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), as required and maintains certification.
- Assumes new and changing duties and responsibilities on an ongoing basis
- Selection Procedure
The hiring authority will select the successful candidate based on departmental needs.
All offers of employment made to new hires and rehires at Maricopa County are contingent upon successful completion of a post-offer, pre-employment thorough background investigation. A background investigation is conducted on a current employee who changes to a Safety Sensitive Position or one having the potential for serious adverse impact on the integrity or efficiency of the County. These requirements do not pertain to employees of elected officials who undergo background investigation processes administered through their respective offices.
Typically successful candidates are hired at a salary rate, up to midpoint of the range, based on applicable experience, internal equity and budgetary allowances.