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Allies for Every Child (Allies) (formerly known as Westside Children’s Center) exists to give at-risk children and children living in poverty the foundation they need to increase their life choices and lead fulfilling lives. For over 25 years, Allies has been providing thousands of at-risk children and their families with critical, high-quality early education programs (including comprehensive Early Head Start services), family strengthening interventions, foster care and adoption services, and a range of vital, integrated services, including educational assessments, disabilities screenings, nutrition, dental and vision screenings, and pediatric health consultations.
Westside Children’s Center is a comprehensive early childhood education program with a focus on school readiness for children zero to 3 years of age. Developmentally appropriate services are provided for children from low income families, zero to 3 years of age. The Early Head Start Teacher will provide daily educational services to children ages 3 months to 36 months in a center base setting. Overall the Early Head Start Teacher must ensure a safe and healthy environment which supports each child’s development. The Early Head Start Teacher must ensure full compliance with all California State licensing and Federal performance standards regulations.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
Responsible for the primary care of up to eight (8) children, including feeding, diapering, and overall care for infants and toddlers
Demonstrate respect and support for the child's background by incorporating the cultural, linguistic, and familial values and beliefs of the family into the child care environment and routines
Develop secure and loving relationships with children; demonstrate a willingness to experiment with different languages during daily routines and in a variety of settings
Provide for all areas of a child’s development
Provide a classroom environment that encourages parent participation
Support parents as their child’s first teacher(s)
Provide a developmentally appropriate and nurturing environment for infants and toddlers and document child’s progress, attendance, and other requested information
Plan and implement daily lessons using program required curriculum and other resources which maximize each child’s developmental ability
Integrate subject matter to assist children in making connections
Offer a balance between child-initiated and teacher-directed learning
Provide multiple opportunities for inquiry, problem-based learning, and other effective strategies that are relevant and intellectually engaging
Maintain an individualized feeding plan and monitor daily nutritional intake of children.
Administer and supervise nutrition and food service
Assist families with children's transition to preschool program or other child care programs
Maintain a clean environment and use proper sanitation procedures
Assist with the supervision of staff and volunteers for child care setting
Ensure the safety (physically and psychologically) and well-being of all children; and universal precaution use by staff
Monitor the sign-in and sign-out sheet for accuracy
Promote good health practices and contribute to the prevention of illness
Ensure the documentation of the child’s daily health check and accurate reporting to the parent regarding the child’s health status
Conduct screening and developmental assessments and maintain written records of each child’s development
Address all factors, including health, disabilities, or family dynamics that may influence a child’s school readiness
Maintain current and accurate records on each child
Must be able to administer medication to children and understand the proper dosage in center-based setting
Must report accidents and incidents verbally and in writing to the parent and supervisor
Exchange information and serve as a member of a trans-disciplinary intervention team
Participate in on-going in-service and educational development opportunities provided by
In accordance with our "team" philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.
QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION:
Must hold or be eligible for a Child Development Associate Permit Or
Teacher Permit issued by the state of CA Teacher Credentialing Office
BA degree in Child Development or related field, requiring transcripts
Six semester units related to infant and toddler development acceptable to meeting licensing requirements with passing grades of “C” or better
One (1) to two (2) years’ work experience in a licensed infant/toddler or preschool center
Early Head Start experience preferred
Strong written and oral communication skills
Early Child Development knowledge and experience
Ability to use the computer to input developmental data
Ability to effectively plan, organize and implement educational activities
Ability to make decisions on behalf of children and protect their well-being
Must be able to manage confidential information
Fingerprint background clearance (DOJ, FBI & Child Abuse Clearance Index), or approved exemption
Successful completion of pre-employment physical, PPD risk assessment, proof of immunizations for pertussis, measles and influenza
Access to reliable transportation required
Full benefits package offered including employer contribution to: Health, Dental, Vision; 401k with employer match; Employee Assistance Program, Professional Development, sick leave, vacation, personal days for anniversary of employment and birthday.
Allies for Every Child actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences is essential to our organization’s effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.
Allies for Every Child has achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). This means our programs, services, administration, and management have been rigorously evaluated and meet best practice standards.