The Preschool Teacher Associate is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care, including toddlers and preschool-age children; develops partnerships with parents to engage and encourage parent participation in the program.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Carries out mission, vision, and values established by the Academy
Develops weekly plans and implements an age-appropriate curriculum (lesson plan) to nurture and stimulate all domains of children's development in their care.
Provides a developmentally appropriate classroom environment
Perform ongoing developmental evaluations of children as required, develop lesson plans, and follow curriculum implementation that addresses each child's individual needs.
On an ongoing basis, plan, evaluate, and improve the physical environment in the classroom to create opportunities to meet the changing needs of the developing child.
Provide responsive care to all children by adapting daily caregiving routines and plans to the interests and needs of the individual child and the group.
Prepare developmental progress reports and videotaping as needed.
Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for the child's background by incorporating cultural, linguistic, and familial values and beliefs into the preschool program and lesson plans.
Maintain ongoing, open communication with parents
Provide a classroom environment that encourages parent participation.
Ensure that each family receives an opportunity to build strong relationships and experience clear communication with teaching staff.
Plan periodical parent conferences to discuss children's developmental progress, needs, and interests.
Liaison with children's families to ensure a smooth transition from home to preschool setting and changes from classroom to the classroom when needed.
Assist families with children's transitions from toddler to preschool and from preschool to kindergarten.
Maintains up-to-date emergency forms, curriculum plans, individual child development profiles, and other records as needed.
Completes and reports any symptoms of child abuse to supervisor and child abuse hotline.
Completes daily health checks regarding hygiene, safety, and overall well being of the children.
Assures a healthy, safe, clean, and developmentally appropriate environment for children.
Assist with functioning and monitoring of nutrition and foodservice.
Reports classroom concerns to supervisor promptly.
Reports family changes in schedules and excessive absences to administration promptly.
Participate in at least 15 hours/year of ongoing in-service and educational development opportunities provided by the Academy.
Per our "team" philosophy, may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description
Staff must believe in and act per both the Academy and the program's mission statements.
Knowledge and Abilities
Requires oral and written fluency
Proficient in child development and early education theories and practices
Must be able to maintain strict confidentiality
Sensitive towards multi-cultural beliefs and practices
Ability to relate to children of high-risk families and their parents
Ability to maintain accurate records and submit promptly
Ability to work as a team member
Flexibility and ability to plan
Ability to problem-solve and organize
Ability to speak before a small group
Frequently walks, uses hands to finger, handles or feels objects, tools, controls, and talks or hears.
Often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl.
Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds when changing diapers and in case of emergency a 40 pound child.
This job's specific vision abilities include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
Required Education and Experience:
Minimum of 12-semester units of Early Childhood Education including core courses in Child/Human Growth and Development; Child, Family and Community, and Program/Curriculum.
Partially qualified preschool teacher - 6 ECE units completed and enrolled in at least 2-semester units of ECE each semester.
Minimum of one year of teaching experience in an early childhood program licensed to serve preschoolers in a developmentally appropriate environment preferred.