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YMCA of Greater Kansas City Early Head Start Lead Teacher in Kansas City, Missouri

OverviewUnder the supervision of the Program Director the Early Head Start Lead Teacher ensures the safety and well-being of each child in the program at all times by providing a safe and healthy environment. This position oversees the classroom, including supervision of the other associates and the day to day operations in the classroom. This position assists in implementing a developmentally appropriate plan for a group of six-weeks to three-years old children and providing quality early childhood experiences.OUR CULTURE:The YMCA of Greater Kansas Citys mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. Its who we are, who we aspire to be and how we show up every day.We are cause-driven. We dont just show up, we show up with purpose.We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become.We are genuine:we value you and embrace your individuality.We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world.We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential.We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you. We accomplish our goals by working with Trust, Teamwork and Transparency.ResponsibilitiesContribute to the overall YMCA mission of healthy living, youth development and social responsibility.Responsible for directly supervising and developing the classroom associates and managing the day-to-day operations in the classroom.Develop and implement lesson plans based on Head Start Performance Standards, Constructivist Curriculum Plan, the Project Approach, Conscious Discipline and CLASS.Follow Licensing Procedures, Missouri Accreditation Standards, and Head Start Performance Standards.Lead and model professionalism and teamwork within the teaching team and the site.Work independently and collaboratively with others. Take the initiative without being told what to do.Active involvement with, and supervision of children required at all times.Prepare materials, activities and environment ahead of time, as needed or assigned.Maintain each childs portfolio by completing daily observations, collecting daily anecdotal notes, and running records. Every fall, winter, and spring utilize the portfolio to complete assessments on all children.Develop and maintain supportive professional relationships with children and their families.Parent/Teacher Conferences and home visits are completed and documented to ensure that families are included in planning/goal setting.Responsible for generating classroom in-kind weekly.Maintain staff-to-child ratios within licensing standards and according to YMCA Early Head Start Performance Standards for classroom coverage (one to four ratio); assists in insuring adequate staff coverage at all times.Attend and participate in team, site, and agency required meetings, trainings, professional development, and continuing education.Attend required activities, meetings, and trainings scheduled during evening and/or weekends.Maintain confidentiality regarding children and families.Participate in family style meal service. Eat nutritionally prepared meals with the children as a curriculum activity, modeling good nutrition and proper social skillsCommunicate concerns about a childs special needs to appropriate coordinator or specialist and participate in the referral process.Ensure that site-appropriate health, safety, classroom organization, classroom aesthetic and sanitation guidelines are followed.All associates are mandated to report suspected child abuse and neglect and must notify appropriate associates of any suspected abuse, unsafe conditions, needed repairs, complaints, accidents or injuries immediately.Communicate important program issues and information to the center supervisor or appropriate support staff is center supervisor is not available.Other duties as assigned by supervisor/education coordinator.QualificationsHigh School diploma or GED.Infant/Tod