Job Application - Cortland County Community Action Program

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Infant/Toddler Teacher

September 7, 2022

CAPCO Job Posting: Head Start/Early Head Start


Position: Infant/Toddler Teacher

Program: Head Start/Early Head Start

Reports to: Classroom Supervisor

Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt, 37.5 hours a week with benefits

$500 bonus paid out in two installments (October 2022 and April 2023)

Proof of COVID-19 Vaccination Required


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 by performing the following duties:


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 years old 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.

·        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.

·         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

·        Must follow agency, Office of Head Start, and NYS Office of Children and Family Services policy and procedures.

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

·        May be requested to work one-on-one with students as needed in the classroom to support the overall curriculum, behaviors, and classroom functions.


Education and/or Experience                                                   

Minimum Infant/Toddler Child Development Accreditation (CDA), or a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential, are enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree or, are enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire. 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

NYS Drivers License, Clearance through the NYS Maltreatment Registry.  Must complete Daycare Regulation Trainings as required.


Other Qualifications                                                     

Physical Examination, TB Testing upon hire. Fingerprinting for criminal background per the standards set forth by daycare licensing. Must be able to travel to all Early Head Start and Head Start sites, training, visits, etc as necessary and requested.


Physical Demands & Work Environment

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


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.