Head Start/Early Head Start Instructors

Job Description

Purpose: Provides instruction and guidance to pre-school children in the Head Start classroom supporting other comprehensive services and preparing them for entrance into school age programming.

Education: Bachelor's or Advanced Degree in Early Childhood Education OR a Bachelor’s Degree or Advanced Degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education or an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education, child development, or equivalent coursework.

Duties may include any or all of the following. This list is intended to be representative.
01. Conduct a minimum of two home visits and two conferences with each enrolled family.
 Attend Individualized Education Plan [IEP] conferences including those that are held in homes when necessary.
 Attend ITM (Interagency Team Meetings) as needed.
02. Plan and implement a sound instructional program by:
 Attending IEP meetings and participating in the development of plans.
 Attending IEP’s in homes when necessary.
 Teaching all special needs children according to IEP.
 Constructing teaching tools to accomplish goals for parents and children.
 Preparing weekly activities that include all areas of development for individual preschoolers.
 Encouraging participation in group activities such as free play, dramatic play, safety in the classroom and on outings, etc.
 Rotating materials in the classroom on a regular basis to coincide with studies and needs of the children.
 Providing health and nutrition awareness activities for children and their families.
 Promoting self-esteem through encouragement and accepting individual differences.
 Writing observations of children’s actions for the purpose of assessing development.
 Monitoring and completing progress reports from observations of children’s actions and discussing progress reports with parents a minimum of three times per year.
 Researching necessary agencies for potential in-kind and social services.
 Planning and organizing community representatives and outings.
 Making referrals as necessary.
 Providing transition activities that are developmentally appropriate and individualized.
 Providing activities in all developmental areas that are developmentally appropriate and individualized.
03. Assess children in areas of growth on an ongoing basis.
 Complete a developmental screen on each enrolled child.
 Complete social/emotional/self help screens on each enrolled child
 Complete height/weights on each enrolled child.
04. Participate in staff meetings discussing program operation methods, child referrals, parent involvement, etc.
 Informing and updating the improvements/problems with IEP’s in preparation for transition.
 Attending meetings with other social service, health or support agency to develop and plan for individual needs.
 Develop individual behavioral plans to support child’s needs.
05. Use Facilities and Health/Safety checklist as a guide, maintain a safe and healthy environment by:
 Administering medications in life threatening circumstances when necessary.
 Assisting in hand washing, brushing teeth, toileting.
 Providing scheduled meals during classroom times.
 Conducting fire drills at the site and emergency exit drill from buses.
 Performing health checks of children (free from communicable disease).
 Checking for and promptly reporting any signs of suspected abuse/neglect.
 Modeling appropriate eating habits and mealtime behavior.
 Cleaning classroom/socialization room/kitchen area and office space as needed.
 Administering First Aid/CPR when necessary.
 Preparing for emergency situations by keeping emergency supplies available and acquiring an evacuation site.
06. Coordinate, schedule, delegate, and oversee the monitoring of other staff with supervisory authority, parent participants, and community volunteers with Head Start Management team.
07. Implement the comprehensive programming with families enrolled in classroom services by:
 Identifying and cultivating family strengths and goals using Family Partnership Plan.
 Working with the family on a scheduled one-to-one basis in their home needed as identified by the Family Partnership Plan, updating the plan monthly.
 Assisting parents in developing and fostering healthy self-concepts which will assist in becoming the primary family educator.
 Assisting parents in developing ways of using household articles as teaching tools.
 Keeping parents informed of parent meeting dates and activities planned by the parent committee and facilitating the parent meeting in their area.
 Acting as a liaison and family advocate between community resources and the Head Start family.
 Assisting families in fully utilizing all available community resources.
 Making referrals and linking families with community services (i.e., DPW, Drug and Alcohol, prenatal services, housing, WIC, etc.)
 Following up on family referrals and documenting progress.
 Assisting parents in problem solving by helping them build on their own resources.
 Assisting in building links between families and community agencies.
 Assisting with crisis intervention by helping families in emergency situations (emergency fuel assistance, housing).
 Arranging transportation and accompanying families to appointments (i.e. medical, WIC, DPW) when necessary.
 Conducting parent surveys, assessments and training plans.
 Supporting families in obtaining insurance, establishing medical and dental homes, and promoting and assisting families to maintain their child’s preventive medical and dental care.
 Cultivating family strengths using Family Goals Plan.
 Including all Head Start components one time or more during the month (Education, Parent Involvement, and Social Services).
08. Visit Social Service agencies, as needed, to become aware of functions, gather literature, and become familiar with operations.
09. Attend training and meetings to seek to attain greater knowledge in Child Development field (i.e. Special conditions, signs/symptoms, etc.).
10. Maintain daily/monthly paperwork and records required by program procedures or as requested including:
 Filling out required monthly paperwork (attendance sheets, forms required for telephone and home contacts, in-kind forms, transportation requests, lesson/social plans, requisitions, etc.).
 Maintaining a monthly schedule, updating daily or as necessary as changes occur.
 Gathering statistics for preparing reports when requested.
 Preparing timesheets and travel vouchers.
 Updating the children’s individualized plans.
 Completing Early Intervention, IEP, Health Program Reporting forms and updating IEP’s as needed.
11. Substitute, when necessary and available.
12. Coordinate and perform recruiting tasks.
 Assisting in completing pre-applications and registrations on families in Beaver County.
 Assisting with recruitment at special community events.
 Giving input on and distributing recruitment materials to inform parents and the community.
 Tracking recruitment efforts and providing input on recruitment opportunities.
13. Keep supervisor informed of schedules, needs, problems, ideas, and suggestions, and seek help when necessary.
 Give input for ordering supplies and equipment.
 Share information gathered from local social services agencies and parents.
 Participate in program planning committees or surveys.