ABOUT COMMUNITY PROGRESS COUNCIL:
Community Progress Council invites you to be part of its team of dedicated professionals who work to help low income individuals and families reach self-sufficiency. Our workforce of 240 employees is mission-driven to provide client-centered, coordinated services by building trusting relationships with those in need.
As the community action agency of York County, CPC offers services in more than 20 locations throughout the county. We provide our neighbors with opportunities in early childhood education, nutrition counseling, workforce development, housing and financial education and our Self-Sufficiency Program, all which support low-income individuals toward their goal of achieving financial stability.
ABOUT CPC'S EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAM:
CPC's Early Childhood Education programs provide high-quality, comprehensive school readiness services to families with children from birth to 5 years old. Our early childhood education services strive to meet preschoolers' needs for intellectual, physical, social and emotional growth. This work prepares York County's young children to enter kindergarten prepared to learn.
To provide a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for children while they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoors and fieldtrips); To promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of Head Start children; To develop individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into kindergarten; To mentor the assistant teacher; To encourage and engage parent involvement and program volunteers in all aspects of the program.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
Include the following. Other duties may be assigned.
- Be committed to the vision and mission of Head Start of York County and Community Progress Council, Inc.
- Develop and maintain effective working relationships with diverse individuals, including children, families, co-workers, and staff in related agencies and the general public.
- Demonstrate knowledge of Early Childhood theory, child development, developmentally appropriate practices and behavior management.
- Develop and maintain a clean, safe and positive classroom environment that facilitates respect, active learning, group management, self-expression, cultural responsibility, child-initiated learning; provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement.
- In collaboration with parents and other teaching staff, plan and prepare for developmentally appropriate learning activities for children, in accordance with the program curriculum, designed to stimulate problem-solving, language acquisition, experimentation, social development, group cooperation, self-esteem, cultural pride, independence, intellectual and physical development, aesthetic and sensory awareness, and awareness of feelings
- Follow a consistent schedule, providing planned activities that include small and large group experiences, choice time, music, and movement, large and small motor activities, outdoor experiences, skill development, meals, and effective transitions between activities; provide daily classroom activities which facilitate children's interactions with materials, with other children and with adults.
- Prepare classroom materials prior to the children's arrival to support developmentally appropriate lesson plans; adapt and change learning centers, including rotating materials, to address and meet individual and group needs, special needs, specific interests, strengths and concerns.
EDUCATION and EXPERIENCE: Bachelor's degree (B. A.) in Early Childhood, Child and Family Studies or Elementary Education plus one year related work experience with preschool children; May consider Associate's degree (A.A.) in the same fields.