• Early Head Start Responsive Caregiver $9.50-$19.06 per hour

    Okaloosa County Head Start
    Job Description
    Position Summary
    To provide a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for infants/toddlers while they are in the Early Head Start environment (classroom and outdoor play area). Develop individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into Head Start or other pre-school settings.  Maintain on-going contact with families and work with all other components (health, nutrition, family services, mental health, special services, parent education and resource/referral) to integrate services into the family setting.  Must meet requirements per Head Start Performance Standards and any local, state and/or agency policies and procedures.   To promote active supervision and ensure the safety of children at all times.
     
    Essential Duties and Responsibilities
    Education
    • Supervise and monitor children at all times.
    • Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings to plan for and deliver collaborative services across all components.
    • Respond appropriately to crisis or emergency situations that may occur.
    • Coordinate with Mental Health and Disability staff and all other professional staff/community partners in the classroom when indicated, developing a collaborative approach that benefits all children in the classroom.
    • Adapt curriculum to address and meet individual goals for children as identified in their individualized education plans.
    • Assess individual and group needs, attending to special needs, specific interests, strengths and concerns.
    • Develop and utilize integrated curriculum plans, which reflect mandated elements and components, parent and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of Early Head Start children.
    • Follow a consistent schedule, which includes small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, meals, and effective transitions between activities.
    • Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation, socialization, and choice-making; ask open-ended questions and listen respectfully to the answers.
    • Establish weekly lesson plans to include goals that promote individual and group educational plans and include other Head start child outcome framework, Galileo, and parent input.
    • Prepare classroom materials to support developmentally appropriate curriculum plans; create and change learning centers as needed.
    • Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parent involvement in the classroom.
    • Maintain continual contact and communication with families on a regular basis.
    • Conduct the required parent/teacher conferences (2) and home visits (2) for the purpose of assessment and support, and to share information on classroom progress and educational strategies at school and at home. Provide additional home visits if needed.
    • Assist families to complete follow up on dental, medical, physical and mental health needs of families.
    • Help plan and conduct regular parent meetings with family service staff.
    • Coordinate and confer with the classroom’s designated family service specialist as needed.
    • Work with appropriate agencies in developing specialized planning for children and families as needed.
    • Utilize agency adopted assessment tools (Galileo) for ongoing assessment and documentation of checkpoints per established benchmarks dates.
    • Document all significant classroom issues, parent contacts, and home visits/conferences on parent contact forms and share with appropriate staff members.
    • Implement and maintain all documentation standards as required; always ensuring confidentiality.
    • With the support of the family service staff, ECE Manager and FCP Manager, provide families with timely information and referrals appropriate to their needs.
    • Conducts daily greeting and health observations of children to insure children are well and have no communicable diseases and to check for signs of child abuse or neglect.
     
    Miscellaneous
    • Continuing education as required by job classification, such as webinars, workshops, and other training sessions.
    • Special projects and other duties as assigned.
     
    Qualifications
    Minimum of an Infant/Toddler CDA. Experience working with children in an Early Head Start or other comparable early childhood program.  Must have or obtain the Florida DCF childcare training within one year of employment.  Must be first aid/cpr certified or become certified within 30 days of employment.
    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
    • Strong knowledge of Early Childhood Development theory in daily activities.
    • Strong computer literacy using Windows, Microsoft Office, Internet and e-mail.
    • Strong written and verbal communication skills.
    • Ability to supervise infants and toddlers children and ensure a safe environment.
    • Ability to monitor and respond to events occurring in the classroom, outdoors and during field trips at all times.
    • Ability to make frequent significant decisions and to possess problem-solving abilities.
    • Ability to adapt to the individual needs of children.
    • Ability to maintain respectful relations and communication with staff, families and community.
    • Ability to interact with children at their eye level (sitting, kneeling, stooping, bending).
    • Ability to occasionally lift up to 50 pounds.
     
    Contact Information
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