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YOUTH IN NEED, INC. Infant Toddler Support Teacher in Saint Louis, Missouri

Youth In Need, a nonprofit child and family services agency that is dedicated to building positive futures for the communitys most vulnerable children, teens and families, is seeking a mission-driven Infant Toddler Support Teacher. The role of the Support Teacher is to provide a safe, predictable, nurturing and inclusive classroom environment that is responsive to childrens interests and needs. In partnership with the teacher and families, support individualized child development goals and engage families in identifying their strengths/needs/interests to lay a foundation for lifelong family success. An Infant Toddler Support Teacher will promote and support childrens social/emotional, cognitive, language and physical development. An Infant Toddler Support Teacher will work with the teachers in preparing and implementing curriculum and assessment, providing individualized attention to the children in order to enhance their development, maintain an appropriate learning environment, with attention to standards of health, safety, organization, and aesthetics. An Infant Toddler Support Teacher will lead and model professionalism and teamwork within the teaching team and the agency by developing and maintaining supportive, professional relationships with children and their families to enhance parent education, communication, involvement and advocacy.Program FoundationsContribute to Youth In Needs Mission:To build on the strengths of children, youth and families so they find safety, hope and success in life.Share Youth In Needs Vision:Youth In Need will be the leader and driving force for future generations in helping children, youth and families to realize their potential and positively impact their communities.Embrace the Strengths Based Philosophy:Youth In Need recognizes and emphasizes the strengths of all staff, children, youth and families.Value Youth In Needs Culture of Inclusion and Diversity.Youth In Needs Diversity Definition: Believing in the power of potential, Diversity is intentionally embracing and valuing the differences and similarities, both visible and invisible, that make us who we areone community. Together our attitudes, actions, policies and physical environment are vital to ensure that all feel comfortable, respected and included regardless of race, sex, gender identity or expression, age, income, faith, ability, political affiliation, sexual orientation or cultural background.See, Say, Do! Stay alert and engaged at all times. If a concern arises regarding safety or quality, communicate the concern and take action to improve the situation.Uphold ethical practice, transparency, professionalism, confidentiality and personal accountability in all work.Collaborate with and mentor others.ESSENTIAL RESPONSIBILITIES:Environment(40%)Maintain group size, ratio, and supervision of children at all times (1 teacher to 4 children EHS/ 1 teacher to 10 children HS) by following established protocol regarding counting children and Head Start Performance Standards.Ensure that all children are released only to a parent, legal guardian, or other individuals designated in writing by the parent or legal guardian.Proactively set up and prepare the physical environment assuring that classroom plans, routines, and transitions can occur effectively.Conduct ongoing safety assessments of indoor/outdoor classroom environment per Head Start Performance Standards, State Licensing and Youth In Need policy. Safety concerns will be addressed immediately in accordance with policy and procedure.Follow Youth In Need Policy, Head Start Performance Standards (HSPS), and Missouri State licensing regulations for safety, health, hygiene, and sanitation.Support an environment that represents childrens and familys backgrounds, cultures, language and displays their work.Maintain an appropriate classroom learning environment that has a consistent daily schedule, routines and rituals.Assist with daily and monthly classroom monitoring responsibilities.Com

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