- Minimum of a Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field (such as Child Development, Applied Developmental Psychology, Child Life Studies, etc.) with at least 12 + college level credits in Infant/Toddler education and/or child development required.
- At least 2-years work experience in the infant/toddler setting, and experience in mentoring and/or counseling teen parents preferred.
- Experience with curriculum & assessment implementation, lesson planning & standards alignment, and early childhood best practices also preferred.
1. Documenting/Recording Information:
- Observe and evaluate children's daily performance, behavior, social development, and physical health, via anecdotal notes.
- Assess children according to established assessment schedule.
- Plan weekly lesson plans, aligning with federal and state early learning standards.
- Organize and follow a posted daily schedule.
2. Performing Administrative Activities and Organizational Ability:
- Follow PPS' and programs policies and procedures.
- Report to work and depart on time daily.
- Report personal absences according to established procedures.
- Maintain confidentiality surrounding child records and sensitve parent informtion.
- Attend scheduled professional development activities and workshops.
3. Technical Proficiency:
- Implement curriculum according to curriculum guidelines and state & federal regulations.
- Teach uniformly in all pre-academic domains: language & literacy, mathematics, science, health & personal/social skills and physical.
- Establish and maintain positive classroom & child management utilizing appropriate behavior maangement strategies.
- Provides for the safety, health and well-being of all children.
- Provide a variety of materials and resources for children to explore, manipulate and use, both in learning activities and in imaginative play.
- Identify children showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents or guardians, and child development specialists.
- Attend to children's basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers; and attending to other health related/medical needs, whenever necessary.
- Implement child's IFSP in coordination with the Alliance for Infants and Toddlers staff. Review IFSPs on a weekly basis.
- Differentiate instruction for all children according to individual skills and abilities.
- Communicate positively and effectively with teaching team in order to meet children's needs and create a safe classroom atmosphere.
4. Workflow management:
- Maintain all established timelines and deadlines.
- Managing one's own time and the time of others.
5. Stakeholder Relations:
- Welcome child and parent/guardian each morning upon entering classroom and departing at end of the day.
- Maintain frequent contact with families regarding child progress and daily activities.
- Meet with parents and guardians to discuss their children's progress and needs, determine their priorities for their children, and suggest ways that they can promote learning and development.
6. Other Related Essential Skills and Abilities:
- Active Listening: Giving full attention to what other people are saying, taking time to understand the points being made, asking questions as appropriate, and not interrupting at inappropriate times.
- Speaking & Oral Expression: Talking to others to convey information effectively. The ability to communicate information and ideas in speaking so others will understand. The ability to speak clearly so others can understand you.
- Oral Comprehension: The ability to listen to and understand information and ideas presented through spoken words and sentences.
- Reading Comprehension: Understanding written sentences and paragraphs in work related documents.
- Learning Strategies: Selecting and using training/instructional methods and procedures appropriate for the situation when learning or teaching new things.
- Writing: Communicating effectively in writing as appropriate for the needs of the audience.
- Social Perceptiveness: Being aware of others' reactions and understanding why they react as they do.
- Critical Thinking: Using logic and reasoning to identify the strengths and weaknesses of alternative solutions, conclusions or approaches to problems.
- Monitoring: Monitoring/Assessing performance of yourself, other individuals, or organizations to make improvements or take corrective action.
- Problem Sensitivity: The ability to tell when something is wrong or is likely to go wrong. It does not involve solving the problem, only recognizing there is a problem.
- Originality: The ability to come up with unusual or clever ideas about a given topic or situation, or to develop creative ways to solve a problem.
- Fluency of Ideas: The ability to come up with a number of ideas about a topic (the number of ideas is important, not their quality, correctness, or creativity).
- Deductive Reasoning: The ability to apply general rules to specific problems to produce answers that make sense.
- Written Comprehension & Expression: The ability to read and understand information and ideas presented in writing. The ability to communicate information and ideas in writing so others will understand.
- Self Control: Job requires maintaining composure, keeping emotions in check, controlling anger, and avoiding aggressive behavior, even in very difficult situations.
- Dependability: Job requires being reliable, responsible, and dependable, and fulfilling obligations.
- Concern for Others: Job requires being sensitive to others' needs and feelings and being understanding and helpful on the job.
- Integrity: Job requires being honest and ethical.
- Cooperation: Job requires being pleasant with others on the job and displaying a good-natured, cooperative attitude.
- Social Orientation: Job requires preferring to work with others rather than alone, and being personally connected with others on the job.
- Adaptability/Flexibility: Job requires being open to change (positive or negative) and to considerable variety in the workplace.
- Stress Tolerance: Job requires accepting criticism and dealing calmly and effectively with high stress situations.
- Leadership: Job requires a willingness to lead, take charge, and offer opinions and direction.
- Initiative: Job requires a willingness to take on responsibilities and challenges.