Job Title: Bilingual Program Support Staff
Compensation: $15/hour plus excellent benefits! (Insurance, PTO, etc.)
Department: The Center Early Childhood Programs
Supervisor: Directors of Operation & Education
Our mission is to promote the development of knowledge, skills and self-esteem through research-based early childhood services in a learning environment of respect for children and families throughout our community.
Assisting classroom Teachers with the implementation of daily routines and with all duties as delegated. Supervising classroom activities when lead or assistant teacher is unavailable. Supporting teachers with the implementation of developmentally appropriate educational experiences for preschool age children (3-5 years) based on the individual developmental needs of children. By using a variety of teaching strategies and materials in accordance with curriculum objectives, developmentally appropriate practice, Head Start Performance Standards, State of Colorado Child Care Licensing Regulations, and program philosophy, these experiences will encourage the development of the whole child.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.Instructional Practices
Support daily functions of the program including, but not limited to assisting individual Children, tasks related to daily operations. Provide daily coverage in classrooms as necessary.
Assist teachers to execute developmentally appropriate individual education
experiences in the fields of Social Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, and Language Development. Use effective approaches, strategies, and best practices in the classroom which correlate to the goals and objectives of the curriculum to children’s daily experiences and environment.
Work as a team member with Assistant Director of Education to provide quality
educational experiences and child care services on a daily basis. Collaborate with supervisor to create a professional development plan that will assist you in meeting your educational goals.
Promote and supervise both long and short range activities which encourage the development of “the whole child” and support children in their home language by using the Head Start Performance Standards, Creative Curriculum, along with Developmentally Appropriate Practices for school readiness.
Promote positive self-concepts and independence by teaching or encouraging skills related to children’s emotional, social, intellectual, and physical health, and promote appropriate approaches to learning.
Maintain a positive, constructive relationship with parents that supports the bond between child and family. Involve parents in the program in ways that enhance their abilities to support their children’s growth and development and promote the clear expectation that opportunities for involvement are intended to include fathers, mothers and other caregivers. Document all inkind.
Model and assist children with good nutrition habits which include family style serving and recording meals.
Attend school functions, trainings and mandatory staff meetings. Become aware and knowledgeable of regulations, guidelines & procedures for The Center Early Childhood Programs contained in the Colorado State Childcare Regs, Employee Health & Policy Handbook, Employee Code of Conduct and Head Start Performance Standards.
II. Learning Environment
Supervise children’s actions to ensure their safety and program accountability. Utilize identified Pyramid Model strategies to support emotional literacy. Support Teachers in enforcing classroom rules and expectations, as well as respect and care for school property and each other.
- Maintain a neat and organized classroom and other shared spaces, in accordance with program goals and philosophy.
III. Program & Administrative
Work the days and hours to perform all assigned responsibilities and tasks, be punctual and timely in meeting all requirements, including but not limited to, attendance standards and work deadlines.
- Facilitate participation of Spanish speaking families in all areas of the program including Policy Council/ Parent committee if needed.
- Provide translation services to The Center Early Childhood programs, including Early Head Start in Spanish, both written and spoken.
- Be a presence in the front office to greet parents, answer the phone, be available as a resource for parents, visitors and staff.
- Close the front office during school days
- Perform other duties as assigned.
IV. Supervisory Responsibility
Maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries. Report any suspected child abuse to supervisor and DHS as required.
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
EDUCATION AND TRAINING
AA in Early Childhood Education/Related Field, or Child Development Associate (CDA) certificate, High School Diploma/GED and group lead qualified. Be willing to enroll in Early Childhood Classes
Must be Bilingual, 6 months documented experience preferred
SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, & EQUIPMENT
Communication, interpersonal, CPR, and First Aid skills. Ability to work with children and adults. Must pass CBI fingerprint and background check prior to hire.
CERTIFICATES, LICENSES, & REGISTRATIONS
CPR and First Aid certifications required within three months after hire. Must obtain physical and TB test within 30 days after hire.
Responsible for supervising children while at The Center. Acts as a resource for children by assisting them with activities and for parents by providing information regarding children’s activities and/or progress.
JUDGMENT AND DECISION MAKING
Daily work is assigned by the Child Care Director, Directors of Operation and Education. Requires independent judgment and application of professional standards to effectively execute education programs, monitor children’s progress, assess success of activities/program, monitor children’s safety, and/or manage classroom. Decision making is guided by The Center Employee Handbook and Head Start Performance Standards. Decision making requires collaboration with The Center Leadership Team. Errors in decision making could impact children’s education opportunities, children’s safety, relationships with parents, and/or the public image of the programs. Supervisor is involved only in major decisions.
DIVERSITY OF DUTIES
Duties require cross training in child development, teaching strategies and team building. Duties extend within assigned building on a daily basis.
The physical demands, work environment factors, and mental functions described below are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to stand; walk; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl; and talk or hear. The employee frequently is required to use hands to finger, handle, or feel and reach with hands and arms. The employee is required to sit or be at eye level with the child. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 10 pounds, frequently lift and/or move up to 25 pounds, and occasionally lift and/or move up to 50 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and ability to adjust focus.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate to loud.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to communicate, copy, instruct, use interpersonal skills, and negotiate. Frequently required to compare, analyze, coordinate, evaluate, and synthesize. Occasionally required to copy, compute, and compile.
LCSD is an EOE.