Job Application - Cortland County Community Action Program

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Infant/Toddler Teacher

November 23, 2021



…a service of the Cortland County

Community Action Program, Inc.



CAPCO Job Posting: Head Start/Early Head Start


Position: Infant Toddler Teacher

Program: Early Head Start

Reports to: Classroom Supervisor

Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt, for 37.5 hours per week, 52 weeks per year, with benefits


Job Function: To design and implement a variety of active plans to stimulate and sustain the interest of young children, and that contribute to their social, emotional, intellectual, and physical development. Implementing the Head Start Performance Standards, Day Care Regulations and other mandates.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Develops activities and lesson plans consistent within the Creative Curriculum, Creates opportunities within the domains of the Birth – 5 Head Start Early Learning Framework. 


Designs and implements, weekly lesson plans according to the individual needs of the children.


Completes assessments on children using appropriate evaluation tool, i.e. ASQ-3, Teaching Strategies Gold, Brigance Birth – 36 months.


Provides guidance and assistance in activity leadership. Leads children in songs, games, finger plays, and other activities.


Observes and evaluates children's development level and maintains record of progress according to the child’s individual development plan. Interacts with children during programmed activities. Uses approved child guidance and care giving techniques which support overall program objectives.


Observe children to detect early signs of distress or abnormal behavior. Participates in conferences with parents. Prepares and submits accurate and timely reports, as required. Participates in team meetings with supervisor and other pyramid team members as needed.


Conduct parent involvement activities and encourage parents to become involved.


Conduct parent / teacher conferences, minimally 2 times a year, in addition to 2 home visits per year. Work with families throughout the year as per the HS planning calendar to discuss the child’s progress and include family members in creating child development goals.


Ensures that care is provided in compliance with Performance Standards as outlined in applicable regulation and continually reviews activities and plans for appropriateness. Is knowledgeable and follows NYS Daycare Regulations.


Maintains daily attendance for meals served, health checks recorded and complies with proper signing in and out of children according to center procedures, as well as other forms of daily required documentation.


Attends to the physical needs of the children (i.e. diapering, feeding, toileting, resting, etc.) Rocks, holds babies and assists children during family style meals. Guides children to develop self-help skills. Assists children in collecting their belongings when they depart.


Cleans up activity materials, sweeps and mops floors after each meal in cooperation with other staff. Provides custodial duties not provided by the Lease Agreement.


Fill out required forms for children referred to CPSE committee meeting, attending committee meetings as needed.


Work collaboratively with classroom team, taking the lead role in mentoring new staff in the classroom.


Must work jointly with all Head Start and Early Head Start staff, volunteers, interns, and providers to promote a team approach in the delivery of Early Head Start services to all enrolled children, their families and the community at large.


Monitor and complete multiple assessments for practicum students as necessary.


Must have flexibility to adapt to last minute staff and daily schedule adjustments.


Must follow agency procedures for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.


Must attend required trainings and all requested staff or community meetings.



Education and/or Experience                                                   

Minimum high school diploma. Infant / Toddler Child Development Accreditation (CDA), Associate's degree (A. A.) in Early Childhood Education preferred or equivalent coursework in early childhood education, specific to caring for children Birth – 3 years old.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations

Acceptable NYS Driver's License.


Other Qualifications                                                     

Clearance through the NYS Maltreatment Registry. Annual Physical Examination, TB Test and Fingerprinting for criminal background



Physical Demands & Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


CAPCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, and physical or mental disability. CAPCO will make reasonable accommodations for qualified candidates in adherence of the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York Human Rights Act.

Application Deadline: Interested candidates should apply using the application link or forward a resume and letter of interest no later than Wednesday, December 8, 2021 via email at or at the Main Office, 32 N. Main St., Cortland, NY  13045.