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Teacher Assistants and Substitutes- Early Head Start

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Safford, AZ


Educational Support Staff (Teacher Assistants and Substitutes)


  1. Interact, initiate, and encourage children in daily activities, leading their own small groups, sharing and learning from each other.
  2. Carry out curriculum developed by teachers which is reflective of the children’s ages, experiences, needs and interests, including awareness in all areas of child development.
  3. Use a variety of teaching strategies to encourage learning, following the individual child’s lead and approach to learning.
  4. Comply with all NAEYC and OHS standards to maintain a high quality early childhood program.
  5.  Use a positive and appropriate approach always using consistent techniques to assist with children’s behaviors.
  6. Facilitate a sense of self-regulation and responsibility intervening as needed to guide children to settle disputes/differences and to ensure safety at all times.
  7. Serve meals and snacks and comply with CACFP regulations (i.e. family-style serving, complete required training, monitor meal portions, conduct meal counts, etc.).
  8. Maintain positive communication with parents and make each feel comfortable and secure at the center.
  9. Assist in maintaining a positive classroom environment (both indoors and outdoors) based on the needs of the children.
  10. Adapt to working collaboratively as a team with all teaching staff in the center.  Work as a collaborative member of a team, being flexible to meet the needs of the families and program.
  11. Assist teachers in record keeping & on-going observations and assessments of children’s health, behavior, and development.
  12. Share information with colleagues which will allow for continuity of care.
  13. Offer suggestions/information about children; effectively communicating to Lead Teacher & Director any concern/situations observed.
  14. Adapt to various classroom schedules and operations as designed by Lead Teachers.


      1.   Ability to relate joyfully and sensitively with children and to work well with all ages of enrolled children (12                months to 5 years old).

  1. Able to approach work with families in an empathetic, nonjudgmental, respectful and professional manner.
  2. Knowledge of typical and atypical child development
  3. Knowledge of developmentally appropriate and best educational practices support by research and evaluation.
  4. Knowledge of NAEYC Accreditation Criteria and Quality practice.
  5. Knowledge of Head Start & Early Head Start curriculum and practices.
  6. Good communication skills; written and verbal.
  7. Knowledge and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  8. Knowledge of how to include children with special needs in every aspect the day’s routine and learning.
  9. Ability to be self-directed and also take direction.
  10. Ability to handle crisis situations.
  11. Commitment to maintain strict confidentiality regarding children and families.
  12. Conduct self in a professional manner at all times.


Preschool Classrooms (3-5 yr olds)

¨ Prior to 9/30/2013, preference will be given to candidates who:

  • Are currently enrolled in a CDA or degree program or
  • Hold a CDA or
  • Hold an Associate or Bachelor’s degree

¨ After 9/30/2013,

  • Must be enrolled in a CDA credential program that will be completed within 2 years or
  • Hold a CDA or
  • Hold an Associate or Bachelor’s degree (in any area) or be enrolled in a program leading to such a degree.

Toddler Classrooms (1-3 yr olds)

¨ Minimum Infant/Toddler CDA

¨ Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or

¨ Associate or Bachelor’s degree in other field with demonstrated coursework in early childhood development, preferably infant/toddler development that meets CDA coursework requirements.

Consideration may be given to applicants with other degrees.


  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED and
  • Have a minimum of 6 months documented experience working in a paid or volunteer position in an early childhood setting and
  • Submit a current Fingerprint Clearance Card on hire OR pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment and submit the Fingerprint Clearance Card after hire and
  • Pass an agency paid physical exam and
  • Successfully complete pediatric CPR and First Aid within 6 weeks of hire.


Please review the requirements listed below to determine if you can work in the above capacity.


  • Stooping, bending
  • Up and down from 12” – 14” chairs
  • Up and down from carpeting
  • Moving quickly around objects
  • Lifting of up to 50 lbs

May also do the following:

  • Run, jump, jog
  • Push and pull up to 25 lbs. force
  • Stepping up and down of up to 17” in height

When appropriate based on behavior plan:

  • Physical ability to restrain children by placing the child in front of him/her on the floor, s/he then wraps his/her arms around the child and holds the child’s arms criss-crossed above the wrist in front of the child’s body. Or holds the child in a chair, in order to carefully limit energy given to negative behavior.

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