Missoula- Infant/Toddler Teacher

BENEFITS

This is a benefit eligible position which includes employer paid health insurance, low-cost voluntary benefit options such as dental, vision, life insurance & long term disability insurance; vacation & personal leave; paid holidays; & 401 k eligible after 1 year of employment.

JOB SUMMARY

This position is responsible for development, implementation, and supervision of center based activities. Responsibilities also include completion of child assessments and working closely with families for individualized programming.

EDUCATION

An Infant Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or comparable credential, and an Infant Toddler certification are required.  Training or equivalent coursework in early childhood development with a focus on infant and toddler development is desirable.  Preference will be given for individuals with knowledge of Family Systems.

QUALIFICATIONS/EXPERIENCE

1.  Must have a valid Montana Driver’s License, an acceptable driving record, and proof of auto insurance.

2.  Must have a telephone or other means of immediate communication.

3. Must provide proof of Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR) vaccination and documentation of receipt of a Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (Tdap) vaccination

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS AND ABILITIES

 1.  Ability to maintain confidential information

2.  Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to work well with staff, infants and toddlers, parents, families, and outside agencies

3.  Ability to be flexible, open-minded, and to take direction well

4.  Knowledge of infant & toddler development and assessment

5.  Ability to implement and follow plans

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Prepare and maintain center environment for daily activities.

  • Prepare center-based lesson plans.

  • Guide the work of the Assistant I/TT, Substitute Teachers, and volunteers while in the classroom.

  • Develop family partnership agreements that identify strengths, goals and needs of EHS families on assigned caseload.

  • Plan, schedule, and complete, bi-annual home visits and bi-annual conferences on time.

  • Perform developmental assessment and screening of infants and toddlers within required time frame.

  • Participate with planning, implementation, and evaluation of individual and group activities in the center.

  • Collect assessment and evaluation data at appropriate times and on schedule.

  • Provide a homelike nurturing environment for infants and toddlers in the center.

  • Use effective teaching practices, appropriate teacher/child interactions, and proper supervision techniques with all infants and toddlers as per best practices and RHS, Inc. policies and procedures.

  • Plan and implement center-based curriculum that is developmentally and culturally appropriate for each family.

  • Maintain a sanitary and safe environment for infants and toddlers by cleaning, sanitizing (with chemicals), organizing, moving toys, and equipment, trash removal, laundry, and sweeping.  Additional duties may include raking, shoveling, and movement of equipment on outdoor playground.

  • Notify Early Childhood/Dev Disabilities Manager of education supplies needed.

  • Encourage parents and families to participate in parent involvement activities the program offers.

  • Supervise all group activities, mealtime and outdoor activities.

  •   Assist as needed in scheduling appointments for families with community agencies.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES CONTINUED

  • Involve parents and families in the educational activities of the program to enhance their role as the principle influence on their infant/toddler’s education and development and to increase their understanding, skills and experience in child growth and development.

  • Provide resources and support to enhance parent/child relationships and parent’s knowledge of hygiene, nutrition, child development, guidance, nurturing, dental health and safety.

  • Implement transition activities to provide seamless services for families and children into Head Start or other placements determined by the family.

  • Collaborate with Family and Community Partnership staff and community agencies to access prevention and intervention programs and services to meet the needs of families.

  • Be prepared and on time for required staffings, education meetings, and all other meetings and trainings. Ensure designated follow-up is complete.

  • Maintain accurate and current health records of enrolled children.

    • Inform Health and Nutrition Manager of each child’s on-going health status.

    • Involve parents and families in the health process by providing information about health screenings. 

    • Notify parents and families of screening results and track follow-up care. 

  •  Communicate with supervisor regarding home visitation schedule.

  •   Any other duties assigned per request of Early Childhood Development/Disabilities Manager, Executive and/or Deputy Director.

For full job description please visit indeed or contact Linda Larson at lindal@ravalliheadstart.org 

Job Type: Full-time

Pay: $15.92 - $17.28 per hour