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HEAD START/EARLY HEAD START PROGRAM OF CORTLAND COUNTY
…a service of the Cortland County
Community Action Program, Inc.
CAPCO Job Posting: Head Start/Early Head
Reports to: Classroom
Full-time, Non-Exempt, for 37.5 hours per week, 8am-4pm, Monday-Friday, 44 weeks
per year with summers off, with benefits
Job Function: Assist
and share the daily responsibilities with the classroom teacher in providing a
secure and positive learning environment which will enable each child to obtain
the awareness and skills necessary for a successful transition into Kindergarten.
This environment should reflect an age-appropriate, self-learning, nurturing,
enjoyable, engaging, and a self-confident space.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following.
Other duties may be assigned.
Arranges and prepares the classroom for the day’s learning
Assists in administering children’s cognitive and social /
emotional screening (within 45 days) to identify their developmental level and
special needs (if any).
Work with Teacher to carry out the implementation of the
Creative Curriculum, IMIL, Active Play, The Incredible Years, Conscious
Discipline, and teaching The Pyramid Model. Assists in the planning and
curriculum preparation of the daily activities based on provided lesson plans.
Works collaboratively with the classroom teacher to plan
and shares in lesson planning and implementation. In conjunction with the
teacher, explores resources for the creation of activities which facilitate
learning in all domain of the Birth to Five Early Learning Framework.
Use the Teaching Strategies Gold Assessment tool to
observe and record children’s progress throughout the Program Year.
Make decisions about the education of children on the
basis of information regarding: Child development and how children learn, Individual
strengths, needs, and interests of each child, The cultures of each child’s
family and community.
Follow and practice the following fundamental principles: Positive
interaction and relationships with adults provides a critical foundation for
successful learning, Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in
school success, Constructive, purposeful play supports learning, The physical
environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions, Teacher,
family, and partnerships promote development and learning.
Promotes positive behavior guidance to help children
develop appropriate classroom and social interaction skills. Practices
effective behavior management skills and strategies
Supervises children at all times, keeping appropriate
teacher-to-child ratio at all times and keeping the teacher informed of any
Works with parents to assume leadership role in educating
Engage in positive interactions with
families daily, informing family about child while in the classroom and asking
applicable and appropriate questions about home life.
Working with the Teacher, conduct two home visits and two classroom
conferences with families to discuss the child’s progress and include family
members in creating child development goals.
Mentor new teachers on classroom operations, Head Start
performance standards, policies and procedures.
Ability to manage last minute changes in staff scheduling
and daily routines.
Promptly notify Health Services RN
and/or Coordinator as well as Supervisor in the event of an emergency health
concern while adhering to all Program guidelines and standards, including but
not limited to standard set forth by the Office of Head Start and NYS Office of
Children and Family Services.
Must follow agency procedures for reporting suspected
child abuse and neglect.
Must attend required trainings and all requested staff or
community meetings and must work collaboratively with staff and community
Add appropriate documentation to
Program database on routine basis per Program guidelines.
and maintain In-Kind information and data for Program reporting.
applicable end-of-month paperwork timely per Program guidelines.
participate in Family Engagement activities, including classroom-specific,
Program-specific, and overall Agency activities.
Education and/or Experience
a minimum, have a CDA credential 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.
Certificates, Licenses, Registrations
Acceptable NYS Driver's License.
Clearance through the NYS Maltreatment Registry. Annual Physical
Examination, TB Test and Fingerprinting for criminal background. Full COVID-19
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.
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 email@example.com
or at the Main Office, 32 N. Main St., Cortland, NY 13045.