Paraprofessional 3-5 #PA-NEO-00
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Neodesha, KS 66757
POSITION SUMMARY: Support comprehensive functions of all center staff to ensure an interesting and secure environment that encourages play, exploration, safety and learning for children participating in the Head Start program. ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: • Follow the daily schedule and allow children the opportunity to make choices in learning experiences • Interact with children in ways that facilitate the development of expressive language and thought • Work cooperatively and appropriately with volunteers, professional partners, and co-workers • Demonstrate realistic expectations about children’s attention spans, interest, social abilities, and physical needs • Team with center staff to provide an inviting, engaging and responsive learning environment • Assist with observations and documentation of each child’s developmental level • Float among classrooms to meet supervision requirements for all children • Eat meals with children as assigned • Utilize Positive Behavior Support (PBS) strategies to prevent and defuse challenging behavior • Comply with Head Start Performance Standards, Licensing Requirements, and Program Policies • Respect and support cultural differences and diverse family structures • Demonstrate good work habits such as arriving on time and adhering to appropriate break times • Attend mandatory In-Service trainings and staff meetings • Responsibility to report any suspected abuse or neglect to appropriate authority • Advocate for SEK-CAP, Inc. in the community • Maintain and assure confidentiality and privacy of SEK-CAP customers • Uphold and promote the core values and mission statement of SEK-CAP • Support management decisions both in actions and words • Other duties as assigned KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE: Essential: • Basic computer skills • Basic operation skills of general office equipment such as photocopiers, faxes, and phone systems • Ability to get along with diverse personalities; tactful, mature, and flexible • Ability to meet and deal tactfully with the public and to communicate effectively and clearly both orally and in writing • Resourceful and well organized • Must be able to interact with children, families and co-workers in a optimistic manner • Ability to establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with co-workers, community partners, and customers • Ability to learn and adapt to change Desired: • Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards. • Knowledge of area resources. • Knowledge of Early Childhood Development EDUCATION AND QUALIFICATIONS: • High School diploma or GED is required • CDA or Associates in ECD or equivalent is preferred • Obtain CDA within 18 months or an Associates in ECD • Obtain First Aid and CPR certification within 30 days • Obtain Bus Monitoring training at first available opportunity • Successfully complete a physical exam and TB skin test before beginning employment and every three years thereafter. • Submit to and pass standard criminal history check • Submit to and pass standard drug screen test • Possess current, valid driver’s license and meet agency insurance underwriting guidelines