1. Implement the day-to-day program for children at the Harris Early Learning Center (HELC) a. Plan and implement a curriculum for a group of children consistent with developmentally appropriate early childhood educational practice and in accordance with NAEYC accreditation standards.
b. Facilitate the physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development of children at the HELC. c. Implement and ensure compliance with the HELC health and safety policies. d. Plan and implement a daily program which includes designing room arrangement for optimal learning, developing materials and activities, etc. e. Evaluate the daily curriculum which involves reviewing plans and making changes to plans as needed. f. Give input to the Directors in the development of policies and procedures and assist in their implementation. g. Supervise the daily activities of preschool children including such things as lifting and carrying children weighing up to 40 pounds, being able to stoop, bend, reach and stretch in order to interact with children in daily movement activities, and move quickly from a sitting (on the floor) to standing position throughout the school day. Children must be supervised by sight and/or sound (as age appropriate) at all times. h. Operate workroom, office and classroom equipment. i. Make good use of resources by conserving materials, sharing equipment whenever possible, improvising needed items, and creating teacher-made items.
2. Communicate with families of the Harris Early Learning Center a. Keep parents informed of the day-to-day progress and activities of their children and provide support as needed. b. Serve as a resource person to parents. c. Plan and conduct parent conferences at least twice a year and as needed throughout the year. d. Plan and participate in quarterly parent group meetings, open houses and family functions. e. Explain the HELC policies and procedures to parents and ensure their compliance with such policies and procedures. f. Protect confidentiality of information on each child and family.
3. Participate in the professional development and evaluation of the Harris Early Learning Center teachers and community child care teachers. a. Provide feedback on teaching practices and procedures to co-workers in your classroom. b. Participate with the Directors and Lead Teacher in the evaluation of the HELC program. c. Serve as a mentor and role model for community child care teachers participating in practicum experiences.
4. Participate in the training and evaluation of undergraduate or graduate practicum students observing, completing course requirement and interning at the Harris Early Learning Center. a. Serve as a role model for undergraduate students (whether in your class or others) completing course requirements at the HELC. b. Be involved in planning to ensure students’ needs and requirements are fulfilled. c. Observe and evaluate interns assigned to your class, hold conferences, and submit a final report and grade recommendation to the student supervisor.
5. Participate in professional development opportunities. a. Participate in professional development activities such as attending teacher workdays, professional meetings, and keeping abreast of current knowledge and issues concerning growth, development and education of young children. b. Attend and participate in staff meetings to stay informed of various aspects/status of the program. c. Conduct on-going self-evaluation to identify areas for personal professional improvement.
6. Be aware of and contribute to program evaluation, support, operation, and record keeping requirements. a. Contribute to the ongoing evaluation and improvement of the program. b. Notify the appropriate personnel when consumable materials and supplies are needed.
c. Make minor repairs to equipment as necessary or report the need for such repairs to the Facility Manager or Directors. d. Maintain records of child health and accidents, and report to the Directors as necessary. e. Maintain a portfolio on each child which reflects that child’s growth and development during the time he or she is in the class. f. Assist in training part-time and temporary staff such as volunteers and substitutes. g. Arrive each day and after breaks on a timely basis in order to keep the normal daily routine on schedule. h. Arrange, to the greatest extent possible, appointments and personal business before or after hours of work. i. Show flexibility in meeting the Center’s scheduling and emergency needs.
7. Participate in and facilitate approved research projects conducted at the Harris Early Learning Center. a. Stay informed of research activities at the HELC. b. Work closely with researchers as needed to ensure successful collection of data. c. Support research through presentation of positive attitudes to parents, students and faculty. d. Interpret research needs and projects to parents. Encourage parental participation in projects.
8. Serve as a representative of the Harris Early Learning Center. a. Conduct yourself in a professional manner at all times. b. Represent the HELC at appropriate professional meetings and workshops at a local or state level.
We are currently transitioning to becoming Auburn University Employee's. State Teacher Retirement, and other benefits will be offered.
1) Child Development Associate (CDA) credential and experience working with young children
Associate of Applied Science degree in Child Development and experience working with young children
BA/BS in Child Development and Early Childhood Education and experience working with young children
2) 19 years of age or above
3) Capacity to provide developmentally appropriate practices in infant, toddler, or preschool classrooms
4) Ability to work cooperatively with Center staff
5) Ability to communicate in an open, yet sensitive manner with parents, co- workers, and children
6) Ability to mentor and provide feedback to co-workers, students, and community child care teachers
7) Ability to articulate theory and application of theory into classroom practices consistent with early childhood development
8) Ability to be flexible in assignments and responsibilities
Teachers report to the Directors
About Auburn University-Harris Early Learning Center
Harris Early Learning Center is the reality of a vision Elmer and Glenda Harris had to bring quality early care and education to the Birmingham downtown business district. From this vision grew a unique collaboration between local city government, the downtown business community and higher education through Auburn University. As of June, 2012, Auburn University became the owner of the Center. It is managed by Ph.D and Master’s level directors who are also assistant professors in the Department of Human Development and Family Studies at Auburn University.
The Center is accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), which defines and enforces high standards of quality in childcare such as training and qualifications of teachers and teacher/child ratios