Early Head Start (EHS) is a federally funded community-based program serving low-income expectant mothers and families with infants and toddlers to age 3. The mission of EHS is school readiness through the promotion of healthy prenatal outcomes, the enhancement of development of very young children, and the promotion of healthy family functioning.
Head Start (HS) is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. Pre-school aged children have benefited from Head Start through the development of their early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school.
Teachers are the heart of this program. Under direction of Center Manager, the Substitute Teacher will ensure safety of children, implement child activities, and supervise children when the Teacher is not available.
Essential Job Duties: To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with known disabilities to perform the essential functions.
- Assist the Teacher in implementing classroom activities for each child in the class that provides a secure and enjoyable environment.
- Organize materials and furniture that supports active and quiet playtime. Assist Teacher in modifying the classroom to respond to individual children’s needs.
- Supervise all children’s indoor and outdoor activities while incorporating positive guidance techniques.
- Assist Teachers in observing and evaluating children’s learning styles and behaviors, and determining their readiness for new learning opportunities.
- Assist Teachers in completion of attendance, health checks, home correspondence, home visit forms, accident/incident reports, referrals, safety inspections, etc.
- Create and maintain a positive working relationship with parents. Provide regular feedback on children’s ongoing developmental successes and challenges.
- Participate in regular supervision with supervisor by providing regular updates.
- Remain current on standards and other information on early childhood programs.
- Enter data for record keeping and reporting to meet federal guidelines and licensing requirements.
Qualification Requirements: An individual may obtain skills through a variety of professional, personal, educational, and volunteer experiences. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and/or abilities required to perform essential job duties.
- High School diploma. Encouraged to pursue further early childhood education.
- At least one (1) year experience working with or providing services to children (aged 0-5) and families.
- Must be able to communicate effectively in English; additional language skills a plus.
- Proficiency in use of basic technological tools including laptops/computers, email, phones, and internet required. Working knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite required.
- Commitment to organizational values of Communication, Integrity, Respect, Collaboration, and Accountability
At Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), we value the diversity of backgrounds, experience, perspectives, and skillsets that we collectively provide to our community, clients and coworkers. We celebrate and thrive on our differences and welcome everyone’s unique contributions. NVFS is committed to advancing equity, embracing diversity, and promoting inclusion and is an equal opportunity employer. NVFS is an E-Verify participant and drug-free workplace.
NVFS values diversity in our workforce. We strongly encourage all interested individuals to apply, including people of color, all genders and gender identities, people of all abilities, LGBTQ+ individuals, other members of marginalized communities, veterans and national service alumni.