A teacher is responsible for the general supervision and management of a preschool group of children, using developmentally appropriate practices.
Essential Classroom Responsibilities:
Plan, organize and implement monthly and daily developmentally appropriate curriculum for young children in conjunction with lead teacher/supervisor.
Assist lead teacher in planning of weekly lesson plan and daily classroom schedule.
Assist the lead teacher in the assessment of the skills and progress of each child in own group.
Responsible for the daily maintenance of children’s rosters, changing logs and daily reports.
Responsible for assisting in maintaining current displays of children’s work and monthly classroom bulletin boards with depictions that reflect an anti-bias curriculum and multi-cultural respect.
Interact with the children, with respect, affection, and at their eye level.
Use appropriate guidance techniques with children, defining and maintaining, clear, consistent and fair limits for classroom behavior, using redirection and encouragement of appropriate behavior.
Establish and maintain regular communication with children’s parents.
Maintain 24 hours of trainings within a 12 month period, including, but not limited to: Infant & Child First Aid and CPR, universal precautions, child health and safety, child growth and development, child guidance, child care environment and other recommended trainings.
Maintain current training in pediatric CPR & First Aid, and food handling.
Responsible for assisting in carrying out proper fire drill and evacuation procedures.
Help in maintaining required staff-to-children ratios, supervising within sight & sound of enrolled children.
Participation in ELC Strategic planning process.
As a mandated reporter, report any suspected or alleged child abuse or neglect.
Maintain toys, materials and equipment in clean and sanitary condition by following the posted disinfecting schedule.
Maintain personal hygiene standards.
Serve meals in accordance with CACFP Guidelines
Perform other duties and tasks as assigned.
Demonstrate UCP’s Values
Minimum Education and Experience:
High school diploma
At least six months early childhood education experience in a licensed childcare facility.
24 credit hours from an accredited college, including at least 12 credit hours of coursework in early childhood or child development and/or at least twelve months early childhood education experience in a licensed child care facility.
AA degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and at least eighteen months early childhood education experience in a licensed childcare facility.
Class I Fingerprint Clearance Card
Negative results of a Mantoux TB test
Maricopa County Food Handler Certification
Must be 18 years of age or older
Developmentally appropriate practice.
Appropriate guidance techniques.
Inclusion practices for children with special needs.
Curriculum planning and implementation.
Child assessment methods.
Effective oral and written communication.
AZ DHS Child care licensing rules and regulations.
AZ First Things First.
Embrace new ideas
Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum.
Work independently and as part of a team.
Communicate effectively with all levels of staff, parents and children, both orally and in writing.
Bend, kneel or crouch in order to lift children and work on the floor.
Be available for assigned but flexible weekly schedule.
Attend meetings, trainings and UCP Learning Center events as required.
The physical requirements described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee regularly is required to sit, stand, walk and manipulate (lift, carry, move) medium to heavy weights up to 50 pounds. Must be able to bend, kneel, squat, walk and run. Requires good hand-eye coordination, arm, hand and finger dexterity, including ability to grasp, and visual acuity to use a keyboard, operate equipment and read , adequate hearing to perform job duties in person and over the phone.
In accordance with UCP guidelines, it is necessary for employees to complete a series of trainings to meet the criteria for this position. The training department will provide a specific departmental guide for these requirements including additional updates.
The work environment is an office environment, ambient room temperatures, lighting and traditional office equipment. The work environment may also include a classroom environment, inside and out of doors with moderate to high noise levels and possible exposure to blood borne pathogens.
UCP of Central Arizona is committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusion. Our human capital is the most valuable asset we have. The collective sum of the individual differences, life experiences, knowledge, inventiveness, innovation, self-expression, unique capabilities and talent that our employees invest in their work represents a significant part of not only our culture, but our reputation and UCP’s achievement as well. UCP of Central Arizona is a Equal Opportunity Employer.
About UCP of Central AZ
For over 60 years, United Cerebral Palsy (UCP) has been committed to change and progress for persons with disabilities. The national recognized agency was founded in 1949 by parents and friends of children with cerebral palsy. UCP now serves children with a wide range of disabilities, including cerebral palsy, autism, down syndrome, developmental delays, and learning disabilities. In fact, 65% of the people UCP serves have a disability other than cerebral palsy. The UCP nationwide network consists of a central national entity, located in Washington D.C. and over one hundred independent, state and local non-profit affiliates. UCP is a leading source of information on cerebral palsy and is a pivotal advocate for the rights of all people with disabilities. UCP is one of the nation’s most efficient charities, with a system-wide average of 86% of all revenues going to programs.Founded in 1952, the Central Arizona chapter of the nationally recognized agency has served as a private, non-profit health and human service organization for adults and children with disabilities and their families. UCP of Central Arizona serves more than 3,000 families each year. UCP of Central Arizona’s program...ming is designed to help children and adults reach their full potential and improve the quality of life of their family members.UCP is committed to creating possibilities and nurturing opportunities for children and adults with disabilities. To accomplish our vision, we’ve become a leader in providing therapies, independent living services, inclusive and integrated educational based programs, innovative social opportunities, and basic research. We also bring support to families as they face the daily challenges of raising a child with a disability and hope for Life Without Limits for their son or daughter.Annually, UCP of Central Arizona serves approximately 5,000 children and adults with disabilities and their families through the following programs:Early InterventionTherapyHome and Community Based ServicesDay Treatment and Training for Children and AdultsAn Early Learning CenterInformation and Referral Line