Children's Aid Lead Teacher (Early Childhood) in Manhattan, New York
Lead Teacher (Early Childhood) 10/20/21Full Time--Manhattan
Job ID: 004827
Position Summary:* *Children’s Aid Early Childhood Department serves 1,000 low-income children ages 0-5 and their families in schools and community centers throughout Manhattan, Staten Island and the Bronx through a combination of Head Start and Early Head Start funding and child care subsidies. We believe that strong communities are built by children and families who have access and skills and choice to create pathways to their success.
Each Lead Teacher will ensure that all children reach developmentally appropriate milestones through the implementation of evidence-based curricula, individualized support and high quality learning environments. Lead Teachers will focus on making sure that all the children and families will be ready to be successful in Kindergarten and in life, while ensuring that all Head Start Performance Standards and site-specific funding regulations are met or exceeded.
Responsibilities:**Under the direct supervision of the site’s Education Director, the Lead Teacher’s responsibilities include the following:
Curriculum and Instruction
Promote high-quality teaching and learning in the classroom that leads to children’s school readiness.
Provide responsive care to all children through individualized planning, instruction, and supervision.
Plan and establish an environment in which children develop trusting and accepting relationships with adults and peers that foster growth and development.
Design and execute a developmentally appropriate and integrated curriculum which provides opportunities for children’s meaningful exploration.
Record Maintenance, Screening and Assessment
Responsible for maintaining accurate educational records and portfolios on each child. Responsible for implementing child observations, screening and assessments. This includes ensuring that all children receive a developmental and behavioral screen within the first 45 days of school and assessment at three time points over the course of the year (November, February and May)
Observe and document students development to request additional support from Education Director through internal referral process
Encourage parent involvement and communication through a variety of methods (e.g., newsletters, bulletin boards, classroom events, center-wide activities, and “open-door” policy).
Facilitate meetings with families when there are outstanding developmental or behavioral needs with children.
Depending on the Center and the funding requirements, participate in home visits, Parent/Teacher conferences, Open Houses, and/or Family Days.
Participate AND attend all agency offered trainings, workshops, in-service days, and/or all-staff conferences.
Maintain certification requirements and proof of attendance in professional activities.
Support the growth of the center including participating in program-wide goal setting and individual and program self-assessment.
Oversee additional teachers and volunteers in the classroom.
Participate in all DOHMH Required Trainings
Maintain active membership with Aspire AND “Registered” status with TEACH Account, both linked to CA
Health and Safety
Adhere to all state and city licensing requirements, teacher child/ratios, CPR/first aid certification, Child Abuse Mandate, and Infectious Control Certification.
Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children.
And other related duties as assigned, at the discretion of the Educational Director and /or Children’s Aid.
Qualifications:* The Lead Teacher must have qualifications that satisfy Federal Head Start requirements, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Article 47 regulations, and Universal Preschool Guidelines. *
Depending on one’s education and certification, a Lead Teacher may fall into one of the following categories:
☐Lead Teacher: Must be on a Department of Health (DOH) approved study plan as per article 47 regulations; and must have an Associate’s Degree in early childhood education OR 90 or more undergraduate credits and one year of classroom teaching experience in Pre-K, Kindergarten or grades 1-2. The annual salary is $35,000.
☐Lead Teacher I: Bachelor’s Degree required in early childhood education or a related field and two years of supervised and documented relevant experience in a pre-school program. The annual salary is $40,000.
☐Lead Teacher II: Bachelor’s Degree required; and must have a valid New York State Teaching Certification that may be non-Early Childhood focus (example: Childhood Education 1-6). The annual salary is $47,600.
☐Lead Teacher III: Bachelor’s Degree required; and must have one of the following Early Childhood Teaching Certifications valid within the state of New York: Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 2); Nursery, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6; Prekindergarten - Grade 6 certification; Students with Disabilities (Birth - Grade 2); Transitional B (TFA Only). The annual salary is $61,100.
☐Lead Teacher IV: Master’s Degree required and relevant experience. The annual salary is $55,750.
☐Lead Teacher V: Master’s Degree required; and must have a valid New York State Teaching Certification that may be non-Early Childhood focus (example: Childhood Education 1-6). The annual salary is $60,000.
☐Lead Teacher VI: Master’s Degree required; and must have one of the following Early Childhood Teaching Certifications valid within the state of New York: Early Childhood (Birth - Grade 2); Nursery, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6; Prekindergarten - Grade 6 certification; or Students with Disabilities (Birth - Grade 2). The annual salary is $69,000.
Experience working with infants and toddlers, and children with Special Needs
Dedicated, excited and passionate about teaching and learning with young children
Resourceful & dependable
Effective communication skills
Hold Pre-K or Toddler CLASS Reliability Certificate (Recommended but not required)
Hold current Mental Health First Aid Certificate
A review and final determination of credentials and qualifications are reserved for the site’s Education Director and the Children’s Aid’s Vice President of Early Childhood Programs.
Job Type Full Time