Assists students with disabilities and special needs including safety, personal care needs, facilitating total inclusion to the daily curriculum and execution of classroom activities. Supports and participates in family/child reviews including development documentation, review preparations, and facilitating family/child reviews. Helps to maintain a classroom environment that is developmentally appropriate and meet the individual needs of children as mandated by federal, state, and local standards.
Essential Job Duties
Provide information to the Lead Teacher that will assist in the referral process for children with special needs.
Assist the primary teacher in maintaining a classroom environment that includes positive guidance techniques that meet state and local licensing regulations and Head Start performance Standards.
Collaborate with internal team to implement individualized education plans and other identified needs related to special needs development.
Assist the teaching team in gathering documentation such as assessment data, work samples, observations and reports.
Perform additional job-related duties as assigned.
Required Qualifications – Required qualifications to effectively perform the job. An equivalent combination of education, training and experience will be considered. (Additional requirements may be designated by position.)
High School Diploma or G.E.D with a minimum of 6 credit hours in Early Childhood Development. Associate Degree in Education preferred.
Minimum of one to three years of experience working with children with disabilities and/or challenging behavior in an early childhood or childcare program.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities – May be representative, but not all-inclusive, of those knowledge, skills and abilities commonly associated with this position.
Ability to learn and implement Head Start Performance Standards.
Knowledgeable of theories and principles of child growth, development and early childhood education.
Ability to address mental health challenges and work with special needs children.
Communicate effectively and function well with parents, staff and various professional community groups.
Strong analytical, communication (written and verbal), and interpersonal skills.
Ability to follow as directed child development and early childhood principles and practices.
Ability and willingness to work in a program located in a high-risk, low-income community.
Ability and willingness to work in a program located in a high-risk, low income community.
Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
Work Environment – Environmental or atmospheric conditions commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job.
General office and classroom conditions. Exposed to moderate noise levels.
Physical Abilities - Activities that are commonly associated with the performance of the functions of this job. The physical demands described below 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 essential functions.
Required to use close vision and be able to focus.
Regularly required to talk and hear; frequently required to sit, stand and bend at the knee and waist, and walk.
Must be able to have repetitive wrist, hand and/or finger movement to type and work on computer.
Must have finger dexterity and hand-eye coordination to work on computer, telephone, and related office equipment.
Must be able to physically interact with children.
Must be able to lift up to 50 pounds.
Regular attendance is a necessary and essential function.