Teacher Assistant Float, Head Start (EBCAP0357)

Teacher Assistant Float, Head Start (EBCAP0357)

East Bay Community Action Program (EBCAP) is seeking a full time/full year Teacher Assistant Float to join our team and provide a nurturing and safe classroom environment for children in the Head Start program at 8 John H. Chafee Boulevard in Newport, RI. If you are looking for a rewarding career and to make a difference in a child’s life, then you have found the right path with a unique opportunity in Head Start at EBCAP.

The Teacher Assistant Float will work in partnership with the teachers, to provide daily classroom activities that are developmentally appropriate for preschool children.   The teaching team is responsible for promoting the health, nutrition and education of the children and to attend to their safety and welfare.  Under direction of the Lead Teacher, the Teacher Assistant will follow the requirements of the Head Start Performance Standards, RI Child Care Center Regulations for Licensing, and RI Department of Education Early Learning Standards.  Our Head Start program utilizes the Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) approach and the Creative Curriculum to ensure that all children have the opportunity for a high quality, nurturing, and safe learning experience.

The Teacher Assistant Float must have excellent communication skills to effectively communicate with parents, children, and staff.  The Teacher Assistant will assist the Lead Teacher to provide a supportive social-emotional classroom climate, assist in classroom activities and transitions to ensure that children are under appropriate supervision and guidance always. The hours for this rewarding position with children are Monday through Friday from 11:30 AM to 5:30 PM.   

The individual must have one of the following:

  1. Bachelors or Associates in ECE or a related field*; or
  2. Certification as a Child Development Associate (CDA); or
  3. HS diploma/GED with 6 college credit hours in ECE coursework and one year supervised experience in ECE classroom; or
  4. RI Department of Education Certificate of Completion of Teacher Assistant Training
  5. Other combinations of education and experience will be considered on a case-by-case basis

*The Rhode Island quality rating and improvement system, Bright Stars defines related degree for early childhood education teachers as Human Development, Psychology, Sociology, Social Work, and Education. Pediatric Nursing, Home Economics/Family & Consumer Science, Physical Education & Recreation and Child & Family Studies.  Head Start teacher assistant/float candidates who hold a related degree will have 9 credit hours of coursework in ECE related courses that include but are not limited to child development, early childhood education and curriculum, early childhood teaching and assessment, psychology, family development, health and physical development, mathematics, science, children’s literature, approaches to learning, social and emotional development, language development and communication, creativity, professionalism, differentiated teaching and learning. 

For Full Time Employees Working 30 – 40 hours per week, EBCAP provides a comprehensive compensation and benefits package that includes heavily subsidized medical and dental insurance plans (BCBSRI), supplemental vision insurance, voluntary medical and dependent care flexible spending accounts, up to 3% company matching 403(b) retirement plan, employer-paid life insurance & long term disability, generous paid time off that includes vacation/holidays/personal days/sick time, mileage reimbursement, tuition reimbursement, opportunities for center-paid training/CEUs, employee assistance program, discounts to local businesses and services, such as Work Out World New England, YMCA/Newport,  BJ’s Wholesale Club, cellular services, and so much more!  

Thank you for your interest in employment opportunities at East Bay Community Action Program. Our new and enhanced applicant tracking system is currently under construction. Until our system has been fully updated, we are asking all applicants to submit a cover letter which notes position title and position number, a resume and salary expectations to employment@ebcap.org

EBCAP is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer committed to providing a diverse work environment.