Classroom Instructor - Pre-K 321 (2019-2020)

Kansas City, MO, US
Dec 21, 2018
Grade Level
Early Childhood

Job Title: Classroom Instructor – Pre-K

Job Title Code: 00321

Salary Grade: H07-A.A. ($14.55 - see H.S. Classroom Instr. salary schedule for further info)

H09-B.A. ($18.64 - see H.S. Classroom Instr. salary schedule for further info)

Department: Early Childhood

Reports To: Office of Early Learning-designated supervisor

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Date Prepared: February 2012 Revised: February 2017

PURPOSE OF JOB: To effectively plan and implement developmentally appropriate classroom instruction designed to meet the needs of enrolled children. To guide the teaching assistant and facilitate a team teaching environment by taking the responsibility to plan as a team daily. To promote the involvement of families in their child's education.



Follow the content areas of Head Start/Early Childhood Development, support and collaborate with co-workers to ensure an effective child/family service team.

Complete required planning during designated planning time during the work day.

Organize, plan and implement an instructional program for enrolled children utilizing the framework of the early learning curriculum.

Promote and support children's social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development consistent with the philosophy of Head Start/Early Childhood Development.

Plan for, and implement a language and print rich environment that promotes literacy through Project Construct classroom reading and writing learning experiences.

Plan effectively with the teaching assistant on a daily basis to develop appropriate lesson plans. Ensure that weekly lesson plans are posted within the classroom, address the individual needs of each child, and are submitted to the appropriate management personnel on schedule.

Individualize instruction to promote the development of each child's cognitive and language skills.

Implement the use of technology to enhance student achievement.

Implement appropriate activities to assist children in becoming socially competent.

Establish a learning environment that values diversity and provides a variety of multi-cultural experiences. Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for each child's background by incorporating the cultural and familial values into the curriculum.

Maintain accurate and confidential records of each child's developmental level and progress on a regular basis.

Complete all steps of the student referral process, as designated by the district and Head Start Mental Health/Disabilities Coordinator, to support individual needs of students.

Perform on-going developmental evaluations and assess children's progress three times a year by utilizing the designated assessment process.


Monitor the arrival and departure of the students.

Maintain a safe transition procedure when moving children from one area of the school to another.

Monitor and maintain a positive, safe and healthy learning environment for children by immediately reporting any unsafe condition and completing and submitting the monthly safe environments checklist.

Complete incident reports as required, and turn in to office daily.

Order appropriate supplies, materials and equipment for the classroom. Maintain an inventory of classroom supplies and equipment.

Maintain a bulletin board with pertinent information for families.

Maintain current display of children's work on bulletin boards in classrooms and in hallways, as appropriate.

Keep daily records of student attendance and maintain daily attendance logs for all classroom volunteers.

Report all staffing and classrooms concerns to supervisor in a timely manner.

Adult/Child Interactions

Interact with children, providing positive role models and guidance as dictated by CLASS (Classroom Assessment Scoring System). This observation tool focuses on the effectiveness of classroom interactions among teachers and children.

Establish and maintain respectful, responsive relationships with children utilizing the Conscious Discipline Approach.

Demonstrate meaningful interactions with children throughout the day.


Actively recruit families and community patrons for volunteer participation. Provide guidance and training to families.

Develop and maintain supportive, professional relationships with children and their families to enhance parent education, communication, involvement and advocacy.

Promote family involvement and provide educational guidance to families through home visits, conferences, and home connection ideas. Conduct two home visits and two conferences per family each year.

Professional Development

Collaborate with content area specialists related to education, health, safety, and occupancy standards to maintain compliance.

Attend orientation and in-service training sessions and implement information from training, and guidance from supervisors and consultants into practice to improve performance.

Attend family and professional meetings as required.

Obtain a minimum of 15 hours of training each year in the field of Early Childhood education or Child Development.

Update professional development plan each year.


Lead and model professionalism and teamwork within the teaching team, including the family advocate and supervisors.

Manage daily classroom activities in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards and MO State Licensing requirements.

Complete all required paper work assuring accuracy and timeliness.

Provides functional guidance to staff, interns, substitutes and volunteers assigned to the classroom.

Other duties as assigned.



Degree in Early Childhood Education (Bachelor or Associate)

Understanding of developmentally appropriate practices

Understanding of the Vision/Mission of Early Learning

Experience working with children and families in an urban environment preferred

Submit initial physical and TB screening results and renew as required.


Bachelor Degree in Early Childhood Education

PHYSICAL DEMANDS: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

This job requires that the employee be able to: sit, stand, walk, speak, hear, use hands, fingers, reach with hands and fingers; bend, stoop, get up and down off the floor, lift objects of at least 25 pounds and in case of emergency, a 40 pound child. Job requires the employee occasionally to stoop, kneel, crouch, and sit on floor or crawl. Visual ability requires mono and color vision, close vision, distance vision, depth perception and ability to adjust focus.

TERMS OF EMPLOYMENT:Length of work year: 10 months

Benefits: Retirement Programs, Health and Dental Insurance are provided.

Budget Holder:


Human Resources:


6/13/13 Signed by Budget Holder

Primary Location:
Early Childhood
Salary Range:
$14.55 / Per Hour
Shift Type:

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