The TFA plans, organizes, performs, directs, and assesses all work related to the development, implementation, and evaluation of educational programming and classroom safety for both individual children and for a class of 16 to 19 preschool children. The TFA must be able to plan and implement strategies and activities to teach children skills appropriate for the age, developmental level, and language ability for all children enrolled, including children with disabilities and dual language learners. TFAs promote school readiness by teaching self-help skills (including toileting) and social skills, providing a positive emotional climate in the classroom and employ developmentally appropriate classroom management practices and strategies to promote language, cognitive and physical development.
The Teacher/Family Advocate (TFA) works closely with all parents in their assigned class building trusting, positive, and goal oriented partnerships. The TFA engages parents on a variety educational topics covering health (medical and dental), nutrition, parenting concerns, financial literacy, community services, school and job skills, to name a few. The TFA provides health and family services within the scope of the Tier System. TFAs plan to spend at least ten hours per week doing health and family focused work with the parents in their classroom.
At the time of hire, a Head Start TFA must have:
- Completed high school or GED. This must be verified by college transcript or by submitting copies of high school diploma/GED certificate. Degree Requirement (copies of college transcript(s) required with application. Official transcripts will be required if job offer is made):
- an associate, baccalaureate, or advanced degree in early childhood education which includes supervised student teaching in a preschool classroom OR
- a degree in a related field with an ECE major which includes 30 college credits in six or more courses (of no less than 3 credits each) in early learning/education PLUS a supervised student teaching experience in a preschool classroom
- Experience teaching 1 full school year (minimum 9 consecutive months, does not include supervised student teaching) in a preschool educational program as the lead/head/primary teacher of a class of no less than 15 preschool age children; the preschool program must be in a licensed center, a Head Start/ECEAP/ same/similar program or a school district preschool/pre-K program.
- Three or more years' experience as a preschool teacher.
- Experience in a Head Start/ECEAP program working with children and parents.
- Additional professional work experience:
- doing home visits;
- working with low-income children and families
- working with a classroom of mostly non-English speaking students
- Experience supervising classroom staff and parent volunteers.
- Work experience that required establishing/maintaining complex paper and electronic records, comprehensive documentation and establishing/updating client database.
- Current first aid and CPR certification. Spanish Language Proficiency – accomplish work with parents without the aid/support of an interpreter; proficiency will be tested.
To apply, visit www.edcc.edu/birthtofive and follow the links to apply online.