Early Head Start Teacher I (day Care Center Teacher I)

Alexandria, Virginia
$39,270.61 - $65,450.53 Annually
Jul 20, 2019
Jul 27, 2019
Full Time
Job Announcement

Located at the Early Head Start Gum Springs Glen Center in Alexandria VA. Ensures developmentally appropriate practices and curriculum are implemented and creating a play based learning environment to meet children's individual needs. Adheres to all policy and procedures regulated by Virginia State Licensing and the Head Start Federal Standards to prevent health hazards and ensures the safety of children. Completes and reports on developmental screenings/assessments through family conferences, home visits and staff meetings. Assists in the preparation of documentation for local agency, state licensing and federal Head Start Performance Standards, as well as, collaborates with county staff, citizens, and members of the child care community. Works under the supervision of the Day Care Center Teacher II and Early Head Start Education Site Manager.

Note: Salary will not exceed the midpoint of the advertised salary range.

Illustrative Duties

  • Plans, coordinates and presents a program of appropriate experiences for older school-age children or children with special needs;
  • Develops systems to safeguard the health and safety of the children;
  • Plans and prepares nutritious daily snacks;
  • Develops room arrangements to facilitate a variety of experiences to meet the needs and interests of the children;
  • Plans activities to involve parents in the center's program;
  • Participates in orientation, staff development sessions and teacher meetings;
  • Writes newsletter articles and prepares a calendar of activities involving a particular group of children;
  • Determines supply and equipment needs for their program.

Required Knowledge Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of individual behavior and the growth and development of children and youth, and the impact of group relationships;
  • Knowledge of how cultural patterns, socioeconomic differences and/or physically and mentally handicapping conditions affect the behavior of children;
  • Knowledge of health, safety and first aid methods, and the ability to assume administrative responsibility for assigned areas of a health and safety program;
  • Knowledge of the factors which cause problems in children;
  • Ability to establish warm and supportive relationships with children, on a group and individual basis.

Employment Standards

Any combination of education, experience and training equivalent to completion of two years of study and training at an accredited four-year college or university with major course work in early childhood or elementary education, nursing, recreation, or a related field plus one year of related work experience.

The appointee must complete a criminal background check, a check of the Child Protective Services Registry to the satisfaction of the employer and get a tuberculosis (TB) test prior to appointment.

  • CDA in Infant/Toddler or higher in the field of Early Childhood or any discipline that is directly related to the instruction of children.
  • Knowledge of Head Start Standards and Creative Curriculum/TS Gold.
  • Three or more years of experience in a classroom setting.

This position requires one to be able to stand, stoop, bend, stretch, walk, climb, sit, and move quickly in order to respond to unsafe situations. Must be able to lift 20 to 35 pounds. In conjunction with maintaining the room set-up, must be able to move quickly in order to respond to unsafe situations and have enough strength to separate children engaged in an altercation. Ability to participate in all outdoor activities throughout the year; for example, field trips, pool excursions, hiking etc. All duties performed with or without reasonable accommodations.

Panel interview; may include exercise.

It is the policy of Fairfax County Government to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, sex, color, national origin, religion, age, veteran status, political affiliation, genetics, or disability in the recruitment, selection, and hiring of its workforce.

Reasonable accommodations are available to persons with disabilities during application and/or interview processes per the Americans with Disabilities Act. Contact 703-324-4900 for assistance. TTY 703-222-7314 . EEO/AA/TTY.