The Teacher’s primary responsibility is to provide a developmentally appropriate, high quality early childhood experience for the children and families enrolled in the Berkshire County Head Start (BCHS) learning program. The Teacher demonstrates advanced understanding of the growth and development of children and uses knowledge of the principles of family engagement to support families in their roles as their child’s first and most important teacher. This position assists in developing lesson plans and activities that meet the diverse needs of toddlers and prekindergarten-aged children and their families in compliance with the Head Start Early Learning Framework, Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experience, and Massachusetts Common Core Standards.
The Teacher understands the goals, benefits, and uses of observation and assessment in early childhood and collaborates with other staff to use assessment information to adapt the classroom to meet the needs of each child in care. In establishing and maintaining quality environments for children, the Teacher develops a shared understanding with staff and families of regulations, applicable laws, policies, and quality standards, and applies best practices. This position must understand and comply to program requirements defined by governing agencies and funding entities including but not limited to: The Office of Head Start (OHS), the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance of children in early childhood education programs (ERSEA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
Growth & Development of Children
Guiding & Interacting with Children
Family & Community Partnerships
Regulations, Requirements, and Policies
Health, Safety, and Nutrition
Learning Environments & Implementing Curriculum
Observation, Analysis, and Documentation
Professionalism & Leadership
Bachelor’s Degree from an *accredited institution in Early Childhood, Special Education, or a related field. Current MA EEC Infant/Toddler or Preschool Lead Teacher Certification.
Minimum of (2) years’ experience teaching in an early learning environment.
Other Minimum Requirements:
Must maintain an active, updated Professional Qualifications Registry account
MA Driver’s License
Master’s Degree in Early Education, Special Education or a related field, bilingual in Spanish and English. CPR/First Aid Certification
The following education and experience may be substituted for the requirements:
Currently enrolled in a Bachelors’ Degree program plus any combination of coursework or other educational criteria required for current MA Infant-Toddler or Preschool Lead teacher plus three (3) years teaching in an early learning environment.
*Listed in the US Department of Education’s Database of Accredited Postsecondary Institutions and Programs
Skills and Knowledge
*Reliability: Is utterly reliable, always delivering on promises and maintaining the highest standards of quality
*Integrity: Demonstrates highest standards of integrity, honesty and openness
*Enthusiasm & Engagement: Is fully engaged with the organization's values and goals. Is an enthusiastic ambassador for the organization in areas of influence
*Teamwork/Building: Facilitates and participates in team activities that promote effective peer and work relationships. Contributes to a culture of accountability and teamwork with co-workers and leadership.
*BC’s Core Values
Organizational Relations: The degree to which the employee collaboratively works with other internal departments, agencies, and/or outside organizations. The level of response to internal and external requests.
Job Knowledge: The depth and breadth of know-how to perform essential duties and functions of the job. The level of compliance with degree, certification, and training requirements. Understanding of how individual job performance furthers organizational objectives. Willingness to update and expand skills, knowledge, and training.
Community Relations: The level of focus and professional service provided to clients and community partners. The productive relationship with community groups, outside representatives, and businesses within the early education/family advocacy environment. The ability to diffuse problems and maintain a positive image of the organization.
Reporting The accuracy and timeliness of records, documents, and reporting. The ability to create, complete, correct, and maintain detailed records. Compliance with established reporting policies and deadlines.
Interpersonal Relationships: Develops and maintains strong, genuine, trusting relationships with a wide range of diverse groups including families, coworkers, community partners and board/council members.
Communication: The ability to effectively communicate with others, both verbally and in writing; the ability to listen and effectively respond. The use of proper written and grammatical skills, and the meaningful application of relevant computer technology.
Tasks involve highly active physical effort: must be able to twist, kneel, stoop, sit on the floor, bend, and sit at a child’s eye level and safely lift up to 50 lbs. Tasks require dexterity in the use of fingers and limbs. Tasks may involve extended periods of time sitting at a workstation and utilizing a keyboard. Must be able to participate and actively supervise children (walking, running, jumping, hopping, kneeling, and bending), as well as assist with the loading and unloading of buses (helping children buckle/unbuckle car seats, manage the stairs).
The majority of tasks require manual dexterity. Tasks require visual and hearing acuity. Tasks may involve identifying and distinguishing colors. Tasks require oral communications ability.