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Change the lives of children in Kittitas County

Join the team

Interested at working at Bright Beginnings? We're looking for passionate and caring individuals who want to help us fulfill our mission of engaging families with young children in building stronger foundations for their future. All applicants must submit a completed application (here). Applications can be emailed to hr@bbfkc.org, dropped off in person, or mailed to: 

Bright Beginnings for Kittitas County
Attn: HR
220 E Helena Ave
Ellensburg, WA 98926

PRE-K TEACHERS

We are currently building a pool of qualified candidates for our Head Start and ECEAP classrooms to begin work in the early September.

Summary

Instructs children in activities designed to promote social, physical, and intellectual growth as guided by Head Start or ECEAP performance standards, Washington Early Achievers guidelines, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Implements agency selected curriculum.
  • Develops weekly lesson plans and individualized educational goals for children.
  • Maintains required records (e.g. USDA meal counts, fire drill, lesson plans, in-kind).
  • Conducts home visits and parent-teacher conferences
  • Utilizes software to record and track child progress.
  • Helps children remove outer garments.
  • Directs and assists children in eating, resting, toileting, and other routine tasks.
  • Models appropriate hygiene, behaviors, and habits for children.
  • Maintains classroom routines and behaviors.
  • Plans individual and group activities to stimulate growth in language, social, and motor skills such as learning to listen to instructions, playing with others, and using play equipment.
  • Instructs children in practices of personal cleanliness and self-care.
  • Alternates periods of strenuous activity with periods of rest or light activity to avoid overstimulation and fatigue.
  • Helps children develop habits of caring for own clothing and picking up and putting away toys and books.
  • Establishes and maintains a safe, healthy, and harmonious learning environment.
  • Cooperates with other departments to ensure required screenings are completed according to deadlines.
  • Cooperatively plans and promotes family involvement opportunities.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises volunteers and other designated assistants.

Qualifications To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education and/or Experience

Associate's degree or higher in Early Childhood Education; OR an Associates or higher degree in a related field with the equivalent of 30 college quarter credits in early childhood education. OR A valid WA State Teaching Certificate with an endorsement in Early Childhood Education (Pre-K-Grade 3) or Early Childhood Special Education. BA or advanced degree in ECE or related fields preferred. 

Preschool Manager

Summary

Directs activities of preschool to provide instruction and care for children as guided by Head Start or ECEAP performance standards, Washington Early Achievers guidelines, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Assists the Director of Education in developing annual departmental budgets.
  • Authorizes purchase of instructional materials and teaching aids such as books, toys, and games designed to stimulate learning.
  • Interviews and recommends hiring of teaching and service staff.
  • Confers with parents regarding facility activities, policies, and enrollment procedures.
  • Confers with teaching staff regarding child behavioral or learning problems, and recommends methods of modifying inappropriate behavior and encouraging learning experiences.
  • Reviews and evaluates facility activities to ensure conformance to state, local, Head Start, and ECEAP regulations and performance standards.
  • Arranges medical attention for ill or injured child in accordance with parental instructions.
  • Performs classroom teaching duties during absence of regular teacher.
  • Supports Head Start and ECEAP education staff in implementing Early Head Start, Head Start and ECEAP Performance Standards pertaining to comprehensive education services.
  • Oversee maintenance of education-related records (files, lesson plans, reports, etc.).
  • Assist with outreach, recruitment, and enrollment activities, as needed.
  • Attend and actively participate during meetings (Staff, Management, File Reviews, and Committee).
  • Schedules and facilitates education staff meetings for the purpose of ensuring compliance with program requirements, disseminating data and/or information, and conducting in service trainings.
  • Supervise and participate in the maintenance and inventory of education and program materials.
  • Supervise the design and distribution of materials for the program and families.
  • Cooperatively plan and promote family involvement opportunities and support family involvement within the family, our program and the community at large.
  • Contributes to, assists and leads assigned aspects of the analysis, development, and editing of the agency’s Work Plan, Community Assessment, Self Assessment, Grant Applications, and other agency items.
  • Help staff advance program quality by supporting them in linking current research, resources, and program data to their practice.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Is responsible for the overall direction, coordination, and evaluation of Head Start and ECEAP units. Also directly supervises sixteen non-supervisory employees. Carries out supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization's policies and applicable laws. Responsibilities include interviewing, hiring, and training employees; planning, assigning, and directing work; appraising performance; rewarding and disciplining employees; addressing complaints and resolving problems.

Education Requirements

Bachelor's degree from four-year college or university in Early Childhood Education or related field.

WA ReadingCorps

Instructs targeted children in activities designed to promote Literacy development as guided by Head Start or ECEAP performance standards, Washington Early Achievers guidelines, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices. The position will begin Aug 16, 2017.

The WRC member will add to the services we provide by (among others):

  • Assisting in preschool classrooms
  • Doing early literacy activities with children
  • Helping pre-K students develop kindergarten readiness
  • Planning and implementing family involvement events
  • Developing partnerships with local businesses and organizations to support literacy efforts at the school
  • Recruiting and supporting community or school-age volunteers

This position is contingent on funding.

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PRE-K PROGRAM ASSISTANT

Summary

Assists teachers in conducting classroom activities, maintaining classroom environment, and supervising children; may also serve in a substitute role in event of teacher absence; may also provide support in other areas of program as needed.

 

Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.

  • Helps children remove outer garments.
  • Organizes and participates in games, reads to children, and teaches them simple painting, drawing, handwork, songs, and similar activities.
  • Directs and assists children in eating, resting, toileting, and other routine tasks.
  • Cleans and diapers children.
  • Helps children develop habits of caring for own clothing and picking up and putting away toys and books.
  • Models appropriate hygiene, behaviors, and habits for children.
  • Assists teachers in maintaining classroom routines and behaviors.
  • Serves meals and refreshments to children and regulates rest periods.
  • Assists in preparing food and cleaning quarters.
  • Provides childcare support for evening activities.
  • Establishes and maintains a safe, healthy, and harmonious learning environment.
  • Provides support in emergency and disaster scenarios.

PRE-K ASSISTANT TEACHER

Purpose: Assist teachers in planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the cognitive, social/emotional, language and literacy development of preschool aged children within a safe, supportive, healthy learning environment.

REQUIREMENTS

Education: The equivalent of 12 college quarter credits in early childhood education or a current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential awarded by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. 

Experience: Background with children 3 to 5 years of age and/or family service involvement with a focus on Special Services.

Job Scope: Works cooperatively as part of a classroom team to provide age and developmentally appropriate preschool education activities. Develops a strong nurturing relationship with children; supports and assists the classroom teacher to provide developmentally appropriate learning environment, with meaningful experiences in preparation for a successful kindergarten experience; lead the class in the event of the teacher’s absence; prepare classroom materials; assist with the maintenance of classroom facilities.  Help children gain the social competence skills and confidence necessary to be prepared to succeed in their present environment and later responsibilities in school.

PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES

  • Continuously monitor children to ensure safety at all times.
  • Utilize appropriate language, interactions, and positive discipline.
  • Relate in a positive, nurturing way, both verbally and physically, and be sensitive to the needs of children.
  • Model positive behavior.
  • Assist in instructing and supervising children in classroom activities.
  • Implement age appropriate activities and developmentally appropriate practices that support Head Start and/or ECEAP performance standards, the Creative Curriculum, and TS GOLD.
  • Take pictures and maintain anecdotal notes, written observations, and other forms of documentation for each child.
  • Assist the teacher in incorporating required activities into lesson plans that support children’s development.
  • Help teacher prepare activities that support lesson plans.
  • Implement and model family style eating during meal times.
  • Support and maintain a safe, healthy, and harmonious learning environment.
  • Help maintain relevant classrooms records in coordination with the teacher (meal counts, attendance, classroom checklists, incident reports etc.)
  • Actively participate in practice based coaching and professional development activities such as trainings, workshops and classes.
  • Attend and actively participate during meetings (Staff, Direct Service, Family Staffings, and Committee).
  • Participate in maintenance and inventory of classroom/program materials.
  • Help to maintain a clean and organized learning environment.
  • In conjunction with the teacher sanitize all surfaces, equipment, and classroom toys.
  • Maintain a quality room arrangement in compliance with curriculum standards.
  • Routinely check classroom equipment and materials to ensure they are in good repair.
  • Support family involvement within the family, our program and the community at large.
  • Provide evening child care support for Policy Council Meetings, and Parent Group Meetings on a rotating basis.
  • Assists teacher in data collection and implementing behavior plans designed by resource teachers and/or mental health specialist

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