Head Start Classroom Aide (Multiple Positions)
DIVISION: Early Childhood Education
LOCATION: Colville, Chewelah, and Newport
REPORTS TO: Center Manager
OPEN UNTIL FILLED
SALARY RANGE: $16.72-$27.84
As a Classroom Aide, you would be working under the close supervision of teaching staff to assist in conducting the activities of a Head Start preschool program. This includes providing a safe and healthy classroom environment, providing a quality social and academic experience for children, and setting up classroom meals. You may also be required to fulfill the role of Bus Monitor which includes additional duties. Which may include assisting the bus driver in providing safe and punctual transportation for children to and from the centers, monitoring the safety of the children on the bus, ensuring that children are transported in a healthy and educational environment, and facilitating communication with staff and parents regarding the children’s needs and center activities.
Duties & Responsibilities
- Assists teachers in implementing daily classroom activities and active supervision, both inside the classroom and during outside time.
- Assists in physical preparation of classroom, moving furniture, rugs, classroom materials, set-up of bulletin boards and displays, etc.
- Housekeeping, cleaning and maintenance duties, which may include: laundry, vacuuming, sweeping, mopping, dusting, disinfecting sinks and bathrooms, sanitizing tables and classroom materials; deep cleaning of classrooms, kitchens and storage areas; outside playground maintenance, clean up and organization, etc.
- Engages with groups of children during classroom activities, using developmentally appropriate communication and following child guidance policies and procedures, both inside the classroom and during outside time.
- Assists with preparation of materials, organizing materials before and after activities, and enduring proper storage of materials.
- Assists teacher in addressing children’s individual needs by providing individualized attention for children, as assigned.
- Maintains confidentiality in accordance with program policies and procedures.
- Assists in the preparation and cleanup of classroom meals. This may include shopping and transporting of food, food preparation, serving, clean up and meal and kitchen paperwork.
- Assists with supervision of children for on-site childcare provided during parent events/meetings and Policy Council meetings.
- Performs other related tasks as assigned.
- Works as a team with the bus driver in transporting children safely to and from the center.
- Helps keep assigned vehicle clean inside.
- Maintains a safe, secure, and pleasant atmosphere on the bus when transporting children.
- Assists the bus driver in evacuation drills.
- Helps secure children properly in restraint system.
- Assists children in boarding and exiting the bus.
- Attends designated trainings (Bus Monitor, Child Abuse and Neglect, etc.).
- Reports any unusual behavior of child or parent to supervisor.
- Assists driver with authorization to release paperwork, as needed and assuring that only those authorized are allowed to receive children.
- Helps with evacuation and assists in the event of an emergency.
- Ensures the safe storage and transporting of child items.
- Assists in informing parents/guardians, staff and other necessary individuals of transportation information, as requested.
- Responsible for behavior of children on the bus with particular attention to safety and setting limits.
- Performs other related tasks as assigned.
Education, Skills, and Abilities
High School Diploma or GED with one year experience with preschool or elementary school age children.
Required Certification & Licenses:
• Physical examination within three weeks of hire at the employee’s expense.
• Acceptable completion of criminal history check.
• First Aid and Infant/Child CPR cards, when needed and at the request of the supervisor.
• Food Worker’s Card within 30 calendar days of hire.
TB test and proof of test results to employer prior to the start of employment. New employees do not need a TB skin test if they have written proof of one of the following:
1. A negative Mantoux TB test in the twelve months prior to hire; or
2. a previously positive Mantoux TB test with documented proof of treatment; or
3. a recent negative chest X ray and a statement from a health care provider that employee does not pose a health risk to others; or
4. Medication therapy to treat TB.
Documentation of Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) immunization:
• An immunization record indicating that you have received at least one dose of MMR vaccination (Immunization record card is acceptable only with doctor’s signature/initials or stamp). Or
• Lab evidence of immunity to measles disease (also known as a blood test or titer). Or
• Documentation from a health care provider that the person has had measles disease sufficient to provide immunity against measles. Or
• Written certification signed by a health care practitioner, licensed in Washington State— a medical doctor (MD), naturopathic doctor (ND), osteopathic doctor (DO), advanced registered nurse practitioner (ARNP) or a physician’s assistant (PA)—that the Measles, Mumps, & Rubella vaccine is, in the practitioner’s judgment, not advisable for you.
Equal Opportunity Employer
Rural Resources Community Action provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state or local laws.
This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including recruiting, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation and training.