Teacher Assistant (H-1)


“Work during the school year, get paid all year long”

Position Purpose:

 To assist the teacher in providing a successful, safe and supervised educational setting for children, while they are in the Head Start environment (classroom, outdoor play area, and field trips).

  • To assist in the promotion of social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start children relative to the Creative Curriculum, Head Start Performance Standards/Domains and Licensing guidelines.
  • To encourage parental involvement in all aspects of the program
  • To assist in the development of individual goals for children, provide on-going assessment on progress and facilitate transition into

Knowledge/Skills/Experience/Documentation Required:

 Head Start teaching assistants nationwide in center-based programs have- –

At least a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential;

  • Enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree; or
  • Enrolled in a child development associate credential program to be completed within two
  • Certificate/transcripts will be required to validate ECE coursework or related
  • Prefer demonstrated classroom ability, typically one-year full-time preschool classroom experience or
  • Knowledge of typical behaviors/expectations of three and four year old children usually gained through a minimum of one-year of relevant
  • Excellent communication skills, especially good listening and writing
  • If a licensed driver, employee must have a valid Virginia Driver’s License and proof of current auto insurance where
  • Employment is conditional pending immediate enrollment in Child Care Division – Criminal History
  • Must present current TB/Physical at the time of employment or within 10 working days for TB test and 30 days for

Physical/Mental Abilities and Processes: 

  • Frequent significant decisions to assure developmental progress of
  • Demonstrated ability to supervise preschool children and ensure a safe learning environment including the ability to monitor and respond to events going on at all times in classroom, outdoor play areas and on field trips. This includes the physical ability to move quickly in order to respond to children who are very active and may need restraint or redirection in order to insure their safety or the safety of others in the
  • Ability to respond appropriately (both mentally and physically) to an emergency or a crisis
  • Daily kneeling, stooping, bending, and sitting on the floor to attend to children’s

Position Information:

 11 or 12-month position, depending on program model

  • Supervised by Education Specialist, Assistant Education Specialist and

Essential Job Responsibilities: Performance Indicators

 Child Contact/Classroom Time (40%)

 Assist in meeting the needs of all children, including those with special needs, those who are gifted, and those who are culturally

  • Assist in integrating all Head Start service areas into classroom
  • Assist in developing and utilizing lesson plans, which reflect mandated elements, parental and cultural influences, and promote the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of Head Start
  • Implement ongoing early child/family literacy
  • Follow a consistent schedule, which includes small and large group experiences, choice time, music and movement, large and small motor activities, skill development, meals, and effective transitions between
  • Observe and record behaviors of children to assist the teacher in the identification of each child’s strengths and areas to
  • Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, cooperation, socialization, and choice making, ask open-ended questions and listen respectfully to the
  • Provide an atmosphere that promotes and reinforces parental involvement in the
  • Assist with ongoing assessments for children and record data using the Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold web-based assessment
  • Assist with the supervision and monitoring of children at all
  • Respond to crisis or emergency situations that may occur and provide first aid and/or Prevent the spread of blood borne pathogens, and access emergency services as needed.

Written Documentation (20%) 

  • Assist in maintaining accurate written records; including assessments, special education documentation, screening instruments, anecdotal observations, documents for transition to public school and parent/teacher conference, home visits and other required

Collaborative Service Delivery/Home Visits (15%) 

  • Participate in regularly scheduled team meetings to plan for and deliver collaborative services across all service
  • Serve as a Bus Monitor to help ensure children’s safety to and from Head Start
  • Meet regularly with parents, and other staff regarding each child’s status and
  • Assist in conducting two regular home visits and parent/teacher conferences for purposes of assessment and support, and to share information on classroom progress, educational strategies and

Curriculum Development (20%)

 Assist with the assessment of individual and group needs, attending to special needs, specific interests, strengths andAssist with parental involvement and the development of balanced lesson plans, which are developmentally appropriate, intellectually challenging and address each child’s specific strengths and

  • Assist in the establishment of daily and weekly goals, which will promote individual and group educational plans and include other Head start service
  • Assist in the preparation of classroom materials to support lesson plans, in addition to changing and creating learning centers as
  • Assist in adapting curriculum to address and meet individual goals for children as identified in their individualized

Miscellaneous (5%) 

  • Attend meetings, trainings, and appropriate professional development
  • Assist in the general classroom maintenance/sanitization and
  • Assist in maintaining inventory of classroom equipment.

Thank you for your interest in this employment opportunity. Should you wish to pursue this, we will need to have you complete our Orientation, which will acclimate you to our One-Stop Center services, and will get you registered with us- your first step to success. Orientations can be completed online at www.opp-inc.org/orientation as well as in our Resource Room located in the Opportunity Inc.One-Stop Workforce Center, 861 Glenrock Road, Suite 100 in Norfolk, Virginia, just behind Military Circle Mall.

For your convince, you can also complete the orientation online at our Suffolk office on Mondays at 1PM (157 N.Main Street Suffolk, Virginia 757-514-7737) or our Franklin office (located at the Paul D Camp Community College Regional Workforce Development Center  100 N. College Drive) 

Once your Orientation and Survey are completed, please come in to complete your intake process- intakes are held Monday through Friday in our Norfolk office from 8:30AM-3:30PM. Once this is completed, please ask to speak with Business Services, and please have your resume available for review. 

If you are already enrolled, please contact your Career Developer, reference the Job Order number (Job Code Number), and ask that they refer you for the position. In either case, please have a resume available to target the position in which you are interested.

Thanks again, and we look forward to seeing you at Orientation!

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