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Berkshire County Head Start Bus Monitor/Teacher Assistant in North Adams, Massachusetts

The Bus Monitor/EEC Teacher Assistant's purpose is to interact with children and observe and communicate to ensure a positive experience for children on the bus and in the classroom. This position will have a keen understanding of Head Start learning, safety, and socialization objectives and will support teachers, bus drivers, and transportation assistants in providing safe learning environments. The Bus Monitor/EEC Teacher Assistant works with teachers and, while transporting children, is encouraged to lead children in activities that can extend and reinforce classroom learning. This position also works with the Transportation Supervisor in order to model and teach safe riding, boarding, and exiting practices. The Bus Monitor/EEC Teacher Assistant handles discipline while the bus is in motion and follows reporting procedures according to the Office of Head Start (OHS) and Berkshire County Head Start (BCHS) polices and requirements; this position also supports and assists classroom teachers in guiding and managing children. The Bus Monitor/EEC Teacher Assistant must have skills and abilities to work with children and parents, have basic writing skills to complete reports, and have knowledge of Head Start transportation and childcare/school readiness services. The person filling this position will be required to speak English and be familiar with the language and community where children and their families live. The Bus Monitor/EEC Teacher Assistant's primary responsibility is to assist in providing a developmentally appropriate, high quality early childhood experience for the children and families enrolled in the Berkshire County Head Start (BCHS) learning program. This position assists in developing lesson plans and activities that meet the diverse needs of toddlers and prekindergarten-aged children and their families in compliance with the Head Start Early Learning Framework, Guidelines for Preschool Learning Experience, and Massachusetts Common Core Standards. This position must understand and comply to program requirements defined by governing agencies and funding entities including but not limited to: The Office of Head Start (OHS), the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care (EEC), Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment, and Attendance of children in early childhood education programs (ERSEA) and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). The Bus Monitor/EEC Teacher Assistant demonstrates professionalism in all interactions and is engaged and enthusiastic in contributing to the fulfillment of BCHS's mission, vision, and values. Requirements Education High School Diploma or GED. Experience Minimum of one (1) year experience in working with young children Licenses or other required Certifications CPR/First Aid Certification CDA credential or a state-awarded EEC certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential, or enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree or, enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire (reference: section 648A(a)(2)(B)(ii) of the Head Start Act) Other requirements: Candidates must: Pass alcohol and drug screening Must pass a physical examination and be able to physically assist children, some of whom may need to be carried from a vehicle in case of an emergency (45 CFR 1310.16(a)(2). Pass a tuberculosis (TB) test (45 CFR 1304.52(i)(1). Pass a Criminal and Background Check (45 CFR 1301.31(b)(1)(iii). Pass a Child Abuse Clearance (45 CFR 1301.31(b)(2). Be at least 18 years old