Early Head Start Assistant Classroom Teacher
TITLE: Early Head Start Assistant Classroom Teacher
SALARY RANGE: Per Union Contract
HOURS: Per Bargaining Unit Agreement
The Early Head Start Assistant Classroom Teacher is responsible for developing and implementing Child Development Plans (CDPs) for a classroom of up to eight (8) infants and/or toddlers. Duties include providing classroom supervision on a daily basis, and participating in three (3) parent-teacher conferences and one (1) enrollment meeting, two (2) of which are offered in the family’s home.
A. Essential Functions
Adhere to and be able to articulate Program philosophy, Head Start Performance Standards, Department of Human Services (DHS) Rule 3, Head Start Service Area Plans, personnel and administrative policies, Agency Mission Statement, Blood Borne Pathogens Policy, Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) Policy, and Data Privacy and Affirmative Action Policies; and utilize when performing responsibilities.
Support the mission of the Agency.
Actively participate in Program recruitment activities.
Attend staff meetings, and participate in training programs offered by the Agency.
Maintain all applicable required records, and submit all applicable reports, data entry, and paperwork in a timely manner as required by supervisor.
Maintain confidentiality and professionalism in performing responsibilities.
Be an active team member with co-workers and partners, if applicable, in accomplishing Program goals, objectives, and assignments.
Reinforce, through implementation of all aspects of the Program, the role of parents as primary educator of their children.
Recruit volunteers to assist in the Program.
Ensure that applicable Head Start Performance Standards are met.
Role model appropriate adult/child interaction consistent with established Early Childhood Best Practices.
Integrate all Program Service Areas into lesson plans.
Assist to ensure each enrolled child on the caseload receives a developmental, hearing & vision and behavioral screening and nutritional assessment within forty-five (45) days of his/her entry into the Program.
Participate in three (3) parent/teacher conferences and one (1) enrollment meeting per program year, two (2) of which are offered in the family’s home.
Maintain the required CLASS scores in each of the three domains, as determined by the Program.
Maintain classroom attendance to meet Program and Performance Standards.
Assist each enrolled family to develop and implement a Child Development Plan (CDP) for their child(ren).
Implement, along with parents, CDPs in the classroom setting and follow-up activities in the home.
Implement activities/educational opportunities that provide for children’s individual achievement based on CDPs, Individual Education Plans (IEPs).
Conduct regular classroom observations of each child, and complete reports identifying progress toward objectives for each child present; and discuss with parents.
Assist in the development of written weekly lesson plans.
Prepare classroom site into a conducive learning environment.
Ensure meals for each child meet the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) nutritional guidelines.
Maintain case notes documenting family changes/situations and any appropriate referrals to Family Advocates or Coordinating staff and/or other agencies.
Ensure that parents will be involved in the classroom during the Program Year.
Participate in Center activities.
Work cooperatively with Family Advocates and other Service Area staff to assist families in accessing resources as needed.
Be able to articulate and carry out appropriate emergency procedures.
Complete a Professional Development Plan and review with supervisor regularly.
Perform other essential duties as assigned by the Manager of Early Childhood Development and/or the Early Childhood and Family Development Department Director.
B. Secondary Functions
Perform other secondary duties as assigned by the Manager of Early Childhood Development and/or the Early Childhood and Family Development Department Director.

Must be able to obtain an Early Infant/Toddler CDA within two years of hire.
Must obtain a Minnesota Food Handler certificate, if not possessed, and must complete within six months of hire.
Must be assistant teacher qualified under DHS Rule #3.
Experience in working with infants and/or toddlers.
Must have ability to work with parents and children in the classroom and home environments.
Must have ability to communicate verbally with adults as well as children and in writing to various reading levels.
Must be physically able to relate to and manage children on an individual and group basis.
Must possess initiative, be responsible, and have the ability to be flexible.
Must be able to meet the travel requirements of the position, including occasional travel out of the service area for meetings, workshops, conferences, overnights, etc.
Is subject to a Criminal Background Check, the results of which are acceptable to the Agency.

Requires occasional light lifting up to thirty (30) pounds; display sound lifting and safety habits.
The Early Head Start Assistant Teacher is directly responsible to the Lead Center Teacher who is directly responsible to the Education Coordinator, who is responsible to the Manager of Early Childhood Development, who is responsible to the Early Childhood and Family Development Department Director and/or his/her designee. The Agency Executive Director is ultimately responsible for the overall conduct of the Agency’s programs.

Performance Evaluations are conducted after a six-month provisional period, and Performance Evaluations are done at least annually thereafter.
Appraisals are based on observation of the Early Head Start Assistant Classroom Teacher by the Lead Center Teacher, analysis of the effectiveness of the Program, and through an appraisal conference.
Performance Evaluations will utilize the Agency’s and Program’s forms.
Factors to be considered during the Performance Evaluation are:
How well does do they follow written and verbal instructions?
How well does do they relate the concepts of the Head Start Program to enrolled families?
How well are lesson plans prepared and carried out?
Are reports completed accurately and in a timely manner?
How well do they communicate/work with other team members associated with the family?
How well do they interact with the children?
Additional Information
Lakes and Pines CAC reserves the right to revise this job description and change job duties and responsibilities as Agency and program(s) needs arise. This job description does not constitute a written or implied contract of employment; and provides a general overview of expectations of the position holder.
An Equal Opportunity Employer/Contractor
In accordance with federal and state laws, Lakes and Pines CAC is an equal opportunity employer, contractor and provider of services. The Agency will maintain a policy of non– discrimination with all employees and applicants for employment. All aspects of employment within the Agency will be governed on the basis of merit, competence and qualifications and will not be influenced in any manner by race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, disability, public assistance status, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity,status as a parent, familial status, or in a local human rights commission or any other legally protected status.

If an applicant needs reasonable accommodations for the employment application process, please contact Lakes and Pines either by phone, mail, email or in person and request such consideration. (Such as sign language, interpreter, materials in large print, accessibility)

Individuals are encouraged to complete an Employment Application form whether or not a vacancy currently exists. Employment applications will be kept on file for one year and will be considered for appropriate job vacancies.