Position Summary: Assists teacher in instructing preschool children and organizing the classroom based on
developmentally appropriate practices. Assists with implementing curriculum, on-going assessment, observation and
child outcomes systems consistent with program policies and the Head Start Performance Standards. Works as a partner
with families in the health and education of their children.
The following primary job functions are not all inclusive:
1. Assists in teaching children in a classroom setting.
a. Assists in facilitating and teaching appropriate curriculum (including Creative Curriculum, Zoo Phonics,
Hands on Standards Math, Conscious Discipline, and Al’s Pals) that prepares children with school readiness
b. Assists in implementing child screenings, on-going observation, assessment and follow-up with the Teacher’s
c. Assists the teacher in assuring that children meet developmental expectations.
d. Assures lesson plan experiences are available as specified.
e. Implements behavioral management and Conscious Discipline techniques per the Behavioral Assistance
f. Implements intervention strategies for children with developmental and adapts daily classroom activities to
meet IEP goals for children with diagnosed disabilities.
g. Implements Action Plans for children with challenging behaviors.
h. Interacts with children in a positive manner to support learning and provide guidance in accordance with the
10 CLASS Dimensions.
2. Assists Teacher.
a. Completes attendance, attendance follow-up, child tracking and In-kind forms and assures submission by due
b. Assists in scheduling home visits and conferences.
c. Assists Home Visitors with PACT sessions.
d. Assists in scheduling field trips and resource people.
e. Assists in ensuring the classroom is clean, well organized and appropriate materials are available for the
f. Consistently implements mental health and education strategies. (Strategies could include toilet learning,
room arrangement, interaction with children, supporting children with behavior plans, etc.)
g. Assists teacher with documenting observations to support ratings on the TS GOLD Child Assessment
3. Acts as a collaborative partner with parents in the education of their children.
a. Actively engages parents and community members as a volunteer in the classroom.
b. Assists parents in planning curriculum upon each visit (completion of Ideas for the Classroom)
c. Assists in assigned duties at Parent Connections meetings (childcare, planning, leading…)
d. Works with families to ensure proper medical/dental care is received.
e. Communicates knowledge of child development, socialization strategies and parent involvement.
f. Engages parents in conversation regularly.
4. Complies with, ensures the safety of children at all times and communicates knowledge of Head Start Performance
Standards, Head Start Policies & Procedures, and Michigan Child Care Licensing Regulations.
5. Communicates with children and families with no or limited English proficiency.
a. Is familiar with the ethnic background and heritage of families.
b. Uses current and past parents/staff as resources for understanding different cultures.
c. Communicates with families using available program and community resources.
d. Contacts Translation Specialist for materials and assistance as needed to assure timely communication with
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e. Keeps supervisor informed when a majority of children speak the same non-English language to ensure
f. Bilingual staff assists with translation, home visits, conferences and phone calls.
6. Completes meal service, meal attendance forms and follows CACFP guidelines.
7. Actively participates in team meetings, trainings and all relevant center activities. Uses Individual Classroom team
Meetings to share duties regarding common tasks.
8. Demonstrates the ability to interact cordially with co-workers to accomplish common tasks. Appropriately follows
the Communication Policy for resolving differences and keeps teacher informed as issues arise.
9. Evidences family engagement by creating a positive connection with each family, a welcoming
environment, and taking immediate action when issues arise.
10. Maintains prompt and regular personal attendance.
11. Acts as a bus monitor or teacher when assigned.
12. Assists with other duties as defined by the Director, Administrative staff or Center Coordinator with additional work
as necessary to meet performance standards.
13. Administration retains the right to add or change job functions at any time.
Accountabilities: The employee fulfilling this job is accountable to the assigned supervisor for completion of
assignments and to the high standards of accuracy, attention to detail, and timely completion of work. Expectations
include: a pleasant demeanor, a positive attitude, a willing spirit and team commitment. The employee must also be
willing to engage in professional development efforts as available to the position and requested by the supervisor.
Light to moderate lifting, lifting a maximum of 40 pounds by self, more with assistance. Position requires occasional
pushing/pulling of carts stacked one high, handling containers of hot food. Bending at waist, twisting, and turning of both
torso and neck. Reaching above head and to floor. Climbing up/down classroom and bus steps. Sitting on both the floor
and in child size chairs throughout day. Fine motor skills including cutting, writing, computer entry, tying shoe laces,
using spray bottles. Pouring liquids, assisting children with cutting food. Sweeping, vacuuming, and taking out garbage.
Assist with monitoring children on playground. Occasionally required to ride school bus for minimum 45 minutes.
Assisting children both on and off bus (may require lifting child in an emergency).
Must pass pre-employment drug testing and Michigan Criminal History Check.
Base Pay: $9.19/hr $10.19/ hr with CDA or AA Maximum Pay: $14.21/hr
FLSA Job Status: Non-exempt
Duration of position: Program Year
Supervised By: Teacher
Working hours: 8:00 - 4:30 Monday – Friday (Work hours may vary due to daily schedule)
Must provide own transportation and have vehicle at the work site when needed to perform job duties.
Must have proof of valid vehicle insurance and drivers license. Must have a telephone. Mileage reimbursed for program
CDA or High School Diploma and enter CDA process upon hire. Must obtain CDA within 2 years of hire date.
Must be over 18 for licensing.
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