Preschool Teacher Assistant

Educare of Washington, DC
Washington, DC
Jan 22, 2022
Jan 29, 2022
Full Time
ORGANIZATION OVERVIEWEducare DC is a state-of-the-art, full-day, year-round school that serves children from birth to five years that are at-risk of academic failure. Building on the program foundations of Early Head Start and Head Start, Educare promotes school readiness by implementing effective programming aimed at preventing the development of an achievement gap in the early years. Educare DC is part of a larger national network that serves as a platform for broader change, inspiring high-quality programs in communities, improving public policies within each state, and demonstrating a comprehensive approach to the first five years of life and learning. As part of the Educare initiative, each school is a highly visible program that is host to a wide variety of visitors. The Educare model draws on a unique blend of private and public dollars, including child care, Early Head Start, Head Start, and other state and local education funding streams.POSITION SUMMARYThe Preschool Assistant Teacher is responsible for contributing to the planning, implementation and coordination of the comprehensive education program. The Assistant Teacher supports the lead in ensuring that the education program is developmentally appropriate and meets the individual needs of the children as mandated by Head Start, state and local standards, and the Educare model.REPORTING RELATIONSHIPSThe Preschool Assistant Teacher reports directly to Master TeacherMAJOR RESPONSIBILITIES AND KEY TASKSProgram Core Features of the Educare Model: Participate in training to build an understanding of the Educare ModelParticipate in the local evaluation and national Educare Implementation Study, engaging in a system of reciprocal, regular data feedback and utilization for individualized planning for children and families and continuous program improvementParticipate in Reflective Practice and Supervision throughout the programProvide a high-quality early learning program that incorporates evidence-based curriculum and instructional activitiesSupport and provide continuity of care to help children develop secure relationshipsImplement, document, and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of multiple perspectives and have the skills to be successful in their interdisciplinary effortsCollaborate with the family engagement specialist (assigned to each child), and other Educare personnel and support staff to promote individual children's goals relating to communication skills, health habits, physical skills, development of self-awareness, and early literacyParticipate in Family Child Service Reviews as scheduledIn support of ongoing, intensive professional development, Assistant teachers will attend and participate in all scheduled trainings, engage in coaching cycles with their Lead Teachers, and develop individual plans for their own professional development.Provide an enhanced curriculum focus on:Language and LiteracySocial/Emotional developmentProblem-solving and numeracyIntegration of the ArtsCurriculum: Engage positively with the children and use appropriate discipline methods as outlined in the school's child guidance discipline policyAssist in the planning and implementation of classroom activities that are child-centered, developmentally appropriate, open-ended, and process-orientedSupport children's ideas and initiatives, and creativityAssist in developing and managing an attractive and engaging environment that encourages children's independence and self-selection of activitiesPosition themselves strategically in all environments to actively engage children, provide optimal supervision, and facilitate playUse the playground as an extension of the classroom; ensure that the playground is safeAssist in daily routines including helping to keep the classroom clean; this includes following all sanitary procedures for foodservice and diapering/toiletingAssessment: Collaborate with the teaching team to observe, document, and assess their primary care childrenIdentify any developmental concerns for primary care children and share the information with the Lead TeacherCollaborate with the teaching team to complete weekly lesson plansComplete and submit small group plans for primary care children to the lead teacher on a weekly basisParticipate in Family Child Service Reviews for their primary childrenAssist in the completion of band-aid reports and documentation of incidents in the medical logHome/School Connection: Develop effective partnerships with families by maintaining open communication and encouraging their input into the educational programCollaborate with the teaching team to develop, document, and implement, in collaboration with each child's family, and individualized plan for each child to be reviewed regularly in response to each child's progressUnder the direction of the lead teacher, schedule and complete home visits and conferences as required each yearOther: The assistant teacher will assume the responsibilities of the lead teacher in the absence of the lead teacherUnder the direction of the lead teacher, assist in data entry as requestedAssist the lead teacher to maintain an up to date classroom inventoryParticipate in reflective supervision with the Lead Teacher and/or Master TeacherPerform other duties as assigned within the scope of the job descriptionEDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE REQUIREMENTSAssociates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or a related field with a minimum of 18 credits in Early Childhood or Child DevelopmentOne (1) year's experience is requiredREQUIRED SKILLS AND ABILITIESKnowledge of early childhood curriculum and developmentally appropriate practice for the specific age group (3-5)Knowledge of Head Start Performance StandardsKnowledge of City and State licensing requirementsAbility to work as a cooperative and supportive team memberAbility to communicate and cooperate with various professionals and community groups.Ability to communicate and cooperate with parentsAbility and willingness to work in a program located in a high-risk, low-income communityA biannual physical exam, drug screen and TB test are required as a condition of initial employment and continued employmentESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONSMust be able to physically interact with children, including bending, kneeling, sitting on the floor, lifting up to 40 pounds, climbing and walkingMust have advanced command of the English language and grammar, both verbal and writtenMust remain abreast of developments in the child development field to enhance professional growth and developmentFor additional information on Educare DC and Educare schools, please visit and .Job Type: Full-timePay: $33,000.00 - $39,000.00 per yearBenefits:Dental insuranceHealth insurancePaid time offSchedule:Monday to FridayEducation:Associate (Preferred)Experience:Early Childhood Education Teaching: 2 years (Preferred)Classroom management: 2 years (Preferred)License/Certification:Child Development Associate Certification (Preferred)Work Location: One location

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