Early Learning Center, Center Director
Basic Job Summary: The Early Head Start Home-based Teacher is responsible for working with all United Way Early Head Start (UW-EHS) staff to better meet the needs of Early Head Start pregnant women, children and their families as prescribed by the Head Start Performance Standards. This position provides quality services in the family’s home in the timeline mandated by the Head Start Performance Standards. The Early Head Start (EHS) Home-based Teacher is responsible for communicating effectively with infants, toddlers, their parents and other staff while properly addressing the developmental needs of infants and toddlers.
Areas of Responsibility:
A. Community and Partner Engagement:
1. In support of the Center Director and Education Specialist maintain relationships with appropriate service partners to deliver high-quality services as prescribed by the Early Head Start program requirements.
2. Ensure positive interaction with parents and representatives from educational institutions, civic, governmental, faith-based and non-profit organizations that engage with EHS.
1. Provide comprehensive services to families as outlined in the Head Start Program Performance Standards.
2. Conduct weekly 90-minute home visits with infants and toddlers, developing and implement lesson plans in partnership with parents.
3. Conduct bi-weekly 90-minute home visits with pregnant women providing prenatal and postpartum information, education and services that address fetal development.
4. Encourage parents to participate to the fullest extent possible in all scheduled home-visits and socializations.
5. Establishes a caring professional relationship and a climate of mutual trust and respect for families.
6. Plans and implements activities with the curriculum, the Early Learning Outcomes Framework: Ages Birth to Five and Head Start Program Performance Standards.
7. Maintains a cooperative attitude of working together with staff, volunteers, parents, and program specialists in planning and implementing learning activities.
8. Plans and implements activities that engage children in literacy, language, and math activities using songs, books and games that are integrated with prescribed themes/topics.
9. Uses assessment information for individually interacting with children during learning times and other times for teaching identified concepts.
10. Maintains accurate and current assessment information noting child’s progress across all developmental domains utilizing anecdotal notes and/ or examples of children’s work.
11. Accurately completes all paperwork, including home visit forms, parent/teacher conference forms, lesson plans, and transition forms.
12. Develops and implements weekly lesson plans that are consistent with the program curriculum and EHS guidelines.
13. Encourages and models language expansion, extended learning and problem solving strategies throughout the day.
14. Protects all children from physical punishment or verbal abuse by anyone in any program activity, and immediately reports any such incident.
15. Observes children to detect signs of illness, injury, emotional disturbances, learning disorders, speech problems, or other special needs and reports those signs immediately for needed follow-up.
16. Observes children for any suspected or disclosed signs of child abuse or child neglect and reports them immediately in accordance with the UWA-EHS Child Abuse/Neglect Reporting Policy and Procedures.
17. Maintains accurate attendance records daily.
18. Maintains 95% average daily attendance, discounting excused absences, each month.
19. Works cooperatively with the assigned Family & Community Partnership Specialist following up on all families who continually cancel home-visits, contacting the parents to determine the reason for cancellation.
20. Safeguards all supplies and equipment, and accounts for any misused, damaged, or missing supplies or equipment.
21. Participates and attends all trainings as required by the program standards and/or mandates.
22. Maintain accurate attendance records daily.
C. Resource Mobilization:
1. Ensure program in-kind and volunteer requirements are met.
2. Encourage community and parental engagement in the home-visits and program activities.
3. Develop volunteer opportunities for parents to be part of their child’s educational experience.
Tier Two (2) Personnel
Educational Requirements: Minimum of a Child Development Associate (CDA) home-based credential or comparable credential, with equivalent coursework in early childhood development with a focus on infant and toddler development. Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in early childhood education preferred.
Experience: Minimum of two (2) years’ experience in early childhood education and/or family counseling services. Must be detail-oriented and possess strong organizational, verbal, and written communication skills. The capacity to function in a fast-paced, growing organization is vital. The ideal person is flexible and positive. Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively and work collaboratively with diverse audiences is necessary. Must be proficient in Microsoft Office suite.
Additional Requirements for Hire:
- Must be able to provide documentation of a satisfactory criminal record check prior to employment
- Proof and maintenance of a valid driver’s license
- Proof and maintenance of vehicle insurance
- Must be able to provide a written statement of good health, to include TB test result
- Must pass a Louisiana State Police and FBI Background Check
- Must be able to clear a child abuse and neglect state registry check
· Expertise in early childhood education
· Team leadership
· Program Management
· Strategic planning
· Critical thinking
· Personnel management
· Time management
· Performance oriented
· Event and project planning