YMCA of Greater Kansas City Early Head Start Lead Teacher in Kansas City, Missouri

Under the supervision of the Program Director the Early Head Start Lead Teacher ensures the safety and well-being of each child in the program at all times by providing a safe and healthy environment. This position oversees the classroom, including supervision of the other associates and the day to day operations in the classroom. This position assists in implementing a developmentally appropriate plan for a group of six-weeks to three-years old children and providing quality early childhood experiences.

  • Contribute to the overall YMCA mission of healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.

  • Responsible for directly supervising and developing the classroom associates and managing the day-to-day operations in the classroom.

  • Develop and implement lesson plans based on Head Start Performance Standards, Constructivist Curriculum Plan, the Project Approach, Conscious Discipline and CLASS.

  • Follow Licensing Procedures, Missouri Accreditation Standards, and Head Start Performance Standards.

  • Lead and model professionalism and teamwork within the teaching team and the site.

  • Work independently and collaboratively with others. Take the initiative without being told what to do.

  • Active involvement with, and supervision of children required at all times.

  • Prepare materials, activities and environment ahead of time, as needed or assigned.

  • Maintain each child’s portfolio by completing daily observations, collecting daily anecdotal notes, and running records. Every fall, winter, and spring utilize the portfolio to complete assessments on all children.

  • Develop and maintain supportive professional relationships with children and their families.

  • Parent/Teacher Conferences and home visits are completed and documented to ensure that families are included in planning/goal setting.

  • Responsible for generating classroom in-kind weekly.

  • Maintain staff-to-child ratios within licensing standards and according to YMCA Early Head Start Performance Standards for classroom coverage (one to four ratio); assists in insuring adequate staff coverage at all times.

  • Attend and participate in team, site, and agency required meetings, trainings, professional development, and continuing education.

  • Attend required activities, meetings, and trainings scheduled during evening and/or weekends.

  • Maintain confidentiality regarding children and families.

  • Participate in family style meal service. Eat nutritionally prepared meals with the children as a curriculum activity, modeling good nutrition and proper social skills

  • Communicate concerns about a child’s special needs to appropriate coordinator or specialist and participate in the referral process.

  • Ensure that site-appropriate health, safety, classroom organization, classroom aesthetic and sanitation guidelines are followed.

  • All associates are mandated to report suspected child abuse and neglect and must notify appropriate associates of any suspected abuse, unsafe conditions, needed repairs, complaints, accidents or injuries immediately.

  • Communicate important program issues and information to the center supervisor or appropriate support staff is center supervisor is not available.

  • Other duties as assigned by supervisor/education coordinator.

  • High School diploma or GED.

  • Infant/Toddler CDA required (unless waiver is received by the Office of Head Start, then is required within twelve months of hire date).

  • Minimum two years experience working with infants/toddlers.

  • Minimum of nine college credit hours in early childhood, child development, youth development, or child/family related courses.

  • Commitment and desire to provide premiere child care services at all levels.

  • Sensitivity to individuals representing a variety of family, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.

Req No: 2019-4001

Mid: USD $16.09/Hr.

Position Hours: Full time Monday - Friday

External Company Name: YMCA of Greater Kansas City

External Company URL: http://www.kansascityymca.org/

Street: 3800 E 51st Street