|Contact Name:||Karen Williams|
|Date Posted:||Mar 21, 2022|
To assist the teacher and cooperate in a supportive role carrying out
developmentally appropriate activities. Assist in promoting the social, emotional,
physical and cognitive development of Head Start children. To ensure that the
child receives the school readiness skills needed to enter the public school system.
Assist in promoting parent engagement in all aspects of the program. Assist the
teacher in developing individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment
on progress of the child and facilitate transition into kindergarten.
Essential Job Responsibilities- Performance Indicators
• Maintain child/staff ratio in the classroom and on the playground
• Assist in setting up environment (indoor/outdoor) for the activities of the
• Use developmentally appropriate practices to facilitate activities with groups
• Assist in observations and record behaviors of children to assist the teacher
in the identification of each child's strengths and areas to grow.
• Utilize lesson plans which reflect mandated elements, parental and cultural
influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive
development of Head Start children.
• Follow a consistent schedule that includes small and large group
experiences, free choice time, music and movement,large and small motor
activities, developmental skills, mealtime and effective transitions between
• Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation,
socialization, and choice making during classroom time. Ask open-ended
questions and listen respectfully to the answers.
• Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parent engagement in
Respond to crisis or emergencies that may occur. Provide first aid or CPR
in emergency situations; prevent the spread of blood borne pathogens and
access emergency services as needed.
• Assist in maintaining accurate written records including assessments, child
outcomes, screening instruments, anecdotal observations, and other
• Assist in filing current records in child's permanent enrollment record.
Collaborative Service/Home Visits:
• Participate with the teacher in regularly scheduled team meetings to plan
and deliver collaborative services across all components.
• Assist teacher in conducting two regular home visits and two parent
conferences for purposes of assessment and support, and to share
information on parenting, educational strategies and child's progress.
All communications are potentially sensitive and are subject to HeadStart's policy
• Assist in general maintenance, cleanliness, disinfection, safety and
security of the classroom, outside play areas and the facility as a whole.
• Attend meetings,trainings and appropriate professional development
• Assist in inventory of all site equipment in classroom and closet area.
• Drive or monitor on bus runs each morning and afternoon.
• Clean, sanitize and disinfect buses on a weekly basis.
• Other duties as assigned.
• Must have a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential; or
• Must be enrolled in a CDA credential program that will be completed
within two (2) years; or
• Must have an Associate or Baccalaureate degree or be enrolled in a
program leading to a degree.
• Excellent communication and listening skills.
• Knowledge of typical behaviors/expectations of three and four year old
children typically gained through a minimum of one year of relevant
• Teamwork is imperative and communication and fair labor divisions
between teacher and assistant must be mutual, equal and ongoing
Must have a valid Texas Driver's License; and must have or obtain a valid
Commercial Driver's License (CDL).
• Must have or be willing to obtain a CPR/First Aide certification.
• Must have a current Health Card with a negative TB skin test.
• Employment is conditional pending immediate enrollment in Child Care
Division-Criminal History Registry-Background Check.
• Must be able to pass a drug screening test.
Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes
• Assist in the supervision of pre-school children and ensure a safe learning
environment including the ability to monitor and respond to events going
on at all times, i.e.: classroom, outdoor play areas, and on field trips. This
includes the physical ability to move quickly in order to respond to
children who are very active and may need restraint or redirection in order
to insure their safety of other in the environment.
• Ability to respond appropriately (both mentally and physically) to any
emergency or crisis situation.
• Daily kneeling, stooping, bending and sitting on the floor to attend to
• Occasional lifting up to 50 lbs.
• Nine month program year.
• Orientation and training required before opening day