at Waldo Community Action Partners in Belfast, Maine, United States
**Sign on Incentive of $500 Available- $200 payable after successful completion of 90 days, $300 payable after successful completion of one year of employment.**
The Lead Teacher provides developmentally appropriate preschool education that advances the cognitive, language, physical, social and
emotional growth for a classroom of up to 20 children. Responsibilities include ensuring compliance with all existing state
child care licensing regulations and federal Head Start Program Performance Standards.
ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
1. Provides oversight of center in absence of Site Manager.
2. Establishes and maintains a safe and healthy environment.
3. Plans and implements developmentally appropriate educational
activities. Ensures compliance with Head Start Performance Standards related to Education & Child Development.
4. Facilitates compliance with all other Head Start Performance Standards.
5. Follows chosen curricula.
6. Provides oversight of children's development in the classroom:
a. Conducts observations of each child’s developmental progress
and incorporates into curriculum plans, utilizing Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment System.
b. Completes developmental assessments for each child quarterly each program year, utilizing
Teaching Strategies GOLD Assessment System.
c. Completes behavioral/social-emotional assessments for each child twice in the program year (once by the 45th enrollment day) using the Devereux Early Childhood Assessment (DECA) tool.
d. Recommends referral for special services as indicated by observations and assessments.
e. Works collaboratively with Child Development Services (CDS) to incorporate the delivery of special services into the classroom, including assisting with the scheduling of services and the provision of appropriate space.
f. Conducts two family conferences with each child’s family during the program year to discuss child
outcomes data and to incorporate parent input into individualization/curriculum planning.
g. Conducts two home visits with each child’s family during the program year. One will be held to
introduce parents to the program prior to child’s enrollment and the second will be done to discuss
child outcomes data, as well as to incorporate parent input into individualization/curriculum
planning and to prepare the child and parent’s transition to Pre-k or Kindergarten.
h. Provides daily supervision of volunteers and visitors.
Record Keeping and Reporting:
1. Reports all suspected cases of child/adult abuse and neglect to the Department of Health & Human
Services and Head Start administration as required by law and WCAP policy.
2. Establishes and maintains children’s records to meet all required standards and regulations.
3. Submits weekly lesson plans and monthly individual child plans and child observations to the
4. Submits reports of developmental assessments to the Education Manager.
5. Submits reports of behavioral/social-emotional assessments to Mental Health & Prevention Manager.
6. Maintains documentation of parent/staff conferences and home visits.
Support for Family Participation:
1. Works with the Family Advocate to support and encourage family participation.
2. Prepares monthly curriculum information for the Family Advocate to share at Parent Group meetings
3. Attends Parent Meetings to encourage parent engagement in their child’s development and learning.
4. Prepares weekly newsletters, and “Family Packs” of information to send home to each family.
1. Supervises Assistant Teacher and Classroom Aide, as assigned.
2. Assesses professional development activities needed for supervisees annually; provides training if appropriate or arrange outside training when necessary throughout the program year.
3. Provides annual evaluations of supervisees.
Leadership & Teamwork:
1. Builds cooperative goals and relationships of mutual trust.
2. Works in collaboration with Agency staff to facilitate a team environment.
3. Demonstrates effective communication skills in building relationships with all employees and clients.
4. Collaborates with all partner agencies to assure effective communication processes across agencies.
5. Adheres to Agency policies in the use of computer technology and all telecommunication devices.
6. Performs light housekeeping duties in classroom and building as necessary.
7. Shares monitoring of voice and email systems.
8. Follows Code of Conduct.
Safety and Wellness:
1. Actively promotes safety and accident prevention within the workplace.
2. Reports any unsafe conditions, incidents and/or accidents immediately.
Professional Growth and Development:
1. Maintains qualifications for this position as required by Head Start and state child care licensing regulations.
2. Attends professional development opportunities presented by Head Start or other professional
organizations as appropriate.
3. Attends all regularly scheduled Head Start meetings, trainings and events including, but not limited to, team meetings, and WCAP staff days.