• Okaloosa County Head Start Teacher Assistant $9.50-$19.06 per hour

    Okaloosa County Head Start
    Job Description
    Position Summary
    To assist the Lead Teacher and cooperate in a supportive and collaborative role carrying out developmentally appropriate activities. To promote the health, nutrition and education of the children and to attend to their safety and welfare. 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
    • Assist in setting up environment (indoor/outdoor) for the activities of the day.
    • Use developmentally appropriate practices to facilitate activities with groups and individuals.
    • Observe and record behaviors of children to assist the teacher in the identification of each child's strengths and areas to grow.
    • Participate in monthly staffing of children with all staff as appropriate.
    • Work with and encourage parent and community volunteers.
    • Integrate all Early Childhood Outcome Framework components into classroom time.
    • Utilize and provide input into lesson plans which reflect mandated elements, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of 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, three 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.
    • Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parent involvement in the classroom.
    • Work with Mental Health and Disability staff and all other professional staff/community partners in the classroom to develop a collaborative approach that benefits all children in the classroom and meets the needs as specified on the IEP’s.
    • Assist the teacher in maintaining accurate written records, including: assessments, IEP documentation, screening instruments, anecdotal observations, and other required forms.
    • Sanitize classroom equipment and laundry.
    • Continuing education as required by job classification, such as webinars, workshops, and other training sessions.
    • Special projects and other duties as assigned.
    Must have a Child Development Associates (CDA), OR enrolled in a program that will lead to an Associate or bachelor degree, OR enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire. One to two years’ experience (paid or volunteer) working with children preferred.  Must obtain 40 hours Florida Department of Children and Families requirement within one year of employment.  Must be first aid/cpr certified or become certified within 30 days of employment.
    Knowledge, Skills, Abilities
    • General 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 pre-school 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.


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