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Infant Toddler Specialist

Company: Lutheran Services Florida
Location: Jacksonville
Posted on: October 12, 2018

Job Description:

Infant Toddler Specialist for Duval Early Head Start


General Description: Performs duties planning and implementing educational activities for infants and toddlers in the Early Head Start Program that comply with federal performance standards. Participates in the HS/EHS Quality Assurance efforts.

Essential Functions:


  • Plans, develops and implements daily lesson plans that provide for educational and enrichment activities for infants and toddlers that meet federal performance standards.
  • Plans and arranges classrooms into distinctive learning areas that promote an effective learning environment.
  • Screens and assesses infant and toddler aged children to determine developmental/educational needs and develops and implements individual education plans that comply with federal performance standards.
  • Monitors meal and snack periods, classroom and restroom activities for toddlers, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment for infants and toddlers.
  • Documents children's progress or lack thereof and completes all required manual and computerized forms and reports in accordance with federal requirements.
  • Initiates referrals to the appropriate Head Start Teacher by submission of required paperwork.
  • Uses active supervision techniques and maintains positive classroom behavior.
  • Develop positive caregiver relationships with children.
  • Receives a satisfactory or higher score on the Infant/Toddler Specialist Success Rubric.
  • Maintain a comprehensive and on-going portfolio assessment for each child including weekly observations in each area, example of the child's work, and a developmental assessment.
  • Ensures that at least 80% of the children are ready for preschool.
  • Plans classroom activities for parent and community volunteers.
  • Attends and participates in workshops and other meetings to acquire and disseminate information.
  • Communicates with parents through parent conferences, written correspondence, telephone and home visits to apprise them of child's progress, upcoming events, classroom activities, individual education plan changes, and other relevant information.
  • Conducts health checks on children for health concerns, including ringworm, head lice or other health conditions, and reports to appropriate nurse.
  • Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to designated state agency.
  • Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned children.
  • Requests supplies and equipment to be ordered for use by children in the classroom.
  • Inspects classrooms and grounds to ensure the safety, orderliness, sanitation and cleanliness of facilities.
  • Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child and family with other Early Head Start staff.
  • Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.
  • Attends Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) training yearly.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality with respect to Head Start/Early Head Start children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures.
  • Attends all workshops and meetings as deemed necessary by the supervisor.
  • Attends all required staff and parent meetings and activities.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


    Education:
    An Associate or higher degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education or degree in any field with 18 credit hours in Early Childhood Education; and
    A Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Infant/Toddlers Course or a certificate of completion of an approved 10 hours Developmentally Appropriate Preschool course; and
    Proof of successful completion of the following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours Behavioral Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety & Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations, or a 30 hour Introductory Child Care Training Course.
    Experience:
    One year experience in teaching Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school, or kindergarten aged children.
    OR
    Education:
    Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
    A National Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) for Pre-school or Infant/Toddler Endorsement; if Pre-school CDA then the Infant/Toddler second setting CDA endorsement must be completed within one year of hire; and
    A Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Infant/Toddlers Course or a certificate of completion of an approved 10 hours Developmentally Appropriate Preschool course; and
    Proof of successful completion of the following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours Behavioral Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety & Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations, or a 30 hour Introductory Child Care Training Course.

    Experience: Three years' experience working with Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school, or kindergarten aged children.
    Education:
    Graduation from high school or possession of a GED Certificate; and
    A National Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) for Pre-school or Infant/Toddler Endorsement; if Pre-school CDA then the Infant/Toddler second setting CDA endorsement must be completed within one year of hire; and
    A Certificate of Completion of an approved 10 hour Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Infant/Toddlers Course or a certificate of completion of an approved 10 hours Developmentally Appropriate Preschool course; and
    Proof of successful completion of the following courses: 6 hours Child Growth and Development; 6 hours Behavioral Observation & Screening; 8 hours Health, Safety & Nutrition; 4 hours Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect; and 6 hours Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations, or a 30 hour Introductory Child Care Training Course.
    Certification in First Aid and CPR within six months of the date assigned to this position; and successful completion of a Level II background screening, local criminal record check and drug screening prior to hiring. Bilingual preferred: English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area.
    Skills:

    • Working knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for infant /toddler education.
    • Working knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices relating to infant/toddler development.
    • Working knowledge of current educational techniques and practices relating to infant/toddler development.
    • Skill in making presentations to groups.
    • Skill in verbal communication.
    • Ability to resolve conflicts between toddler aged children.
    • Ability to plan, organize and implement infant/toddler education curriculums.
    • Ability to assume a seated position on the floor for extended periods of time.
    • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.
    • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
    • Ability to prepare and maintain work related reports and files.
    • Ability to handle confidential information.
    • Ability to use a computer and related software.
    • Ability to follow established procedures.
    • Ability to administer CPR and First Aid.
    • Ability to implement safety procedures.
    • Ability to work effectively with others.
    • Ability to provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children.


      **If you are interested in applying for this position, please use the URL below to apply for this position. You will be redirected to our career site to complete our agency application.

      Lutheran Services Florida Children & Head Start Services
      3027 San Diego Road Jacksonville, FL 32207
      EOE/DRUG-FREE WORKPLACE

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