As part of the education team, under the general direction of the Site Supervisor/Education Specialist, with support from the Teacher, the Teacher Assistant helps plan and participates in classroom, playground, and field trip activities. These activities are designed to foster or enhance all areas of the child's development.
QUALIFICATIONS AND REQUIREMENTS:
Qualifications of an assistant child care worker as stated in the applicable DCFS licensing requirements;
Knowledge and experience with the basic principles of child development;
Preferred Spanish-speaking, experience with migrant farm-workers;
Proof of a physical examination within the last six months, which includes a tuberculosis test, and comply with other background checks as required by the Agency and/or DCFS licensing; and
Personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers, emotional maturity, willingness to cooperate with the aims of the program, respect for children and adults, flexibility, patience, good personal hygiene, and physical and mental health which does not interfere with responsibilities.
Participate in grantee and delegate component pre-service training;
Implement IMSHS or indicated curricula in the classroom;
Perform the functions of this position with a strong understanding of the Head Start Performance Standards and the component plans;
With the teacher, guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom;
Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children;
Write weekly observations per assessment procedure;
Use home visits and parent conferences to discuss the child's individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;
Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices;
Meet with mental health consultant monthly to discuss mental health needs of children;
Guide children's acquisition of social skills;
Attend staff training and meetings, and board and parent meetings as requested;
Assist in providing and maintaining a safe and healthy developmentally appropriate environment;
Assist in conducting the daily health and environment checklist;
Assist in implementing children's I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) or I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood;
Assist in recruiting and orienting volunteers, providing them with guidance as needed;
Assist the teacher in the completion of required reports;
Complete timely and accurate time sheets;
Assist, as requested in transition activities;
Distribute newsletters, flyers, and other information to families as instructed by the supervisor;
Actively participate in the development and implementation of the Teacher Assistant Professional Development Plan;
Must be able to lift 50 pounds, bend, stretch, stand for extended periods of time, climb stairs, reach, twist, sit, walk, and/or run;
Perform other duties, as may be required.
Successful experience working in a team setting;
Ability to present a positive image of the organization to members of the community;
Ability to work with the Teacher to plan, organize and implement position responsibilities effectively, providing input;
Visual and auditory acuity within professionally determined normal ranges, with correction if need;
Manual dexterity sufficient to operate a computer and office equipment, including, but not limited to, the telephone, fax machine, copier, and tape recorder;
Must be able to travel;
Must be able to lift 55 pounds; and
Experience successfully working with a culturally diverse staff and clients.
Multicultural Community Center (MCC) is a nonprofit organization located in Rantoul, Illinois. MCC-Rantoul works together with the community to promote and enable families to live a healthier and fuller life. The institution is seeking to provide services to the community in areas of education, cultural arts, recreation, community development, health and social services.
The MCC welcomes all community members and celebrate diversity and differences in race, gender, social status, and ability status among others.