Reference ID: 5694
Location: Newport, VT
Category: Education/Training
Job Type: Full Time



Teaching Assistant position available at the Newport Head Start program (30 hrs/wk, 42 wks/yr). Responsibilities include assisting in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experiences and establishing a safe, healthy learning environment for children ages 3-5. Experience working with children and families preferred. Minimum of a Child Development Associate credential or Child Care Certificate with 2 years of experience working with groups of young children or be enrolled in a program leading to an AA or BA degree is required. 

To apply send a cover letter, resume and 3 letters of reference to email provided; FAX to 802-334-5249; or mail to NEKCA Human Resources, PO Box 346, Newport, VT 05855. E.O.E.


Responsibilities Include:

·        Carry out duties in compliance with HS Performance Standards, Vermont Child Care Licensing Regulations and the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct

·        Attend to the personal care needs of all children in the center

·        Teaching Assistants join children in all settings, observing and engaging them in conversations at eye level to extend and deepen children’s learning

·        Participate per center plan in obtaining heights, weights, sensory and developmental screenings for children enrolled after screening day and returning children

·        Assist in planning and implementing classroom curriculum through age-appropriate activities that include organized learning areas allowing a variety of choices each day based on child and family’s needs, interests, culture, home language and assessment information

·        Assist teachers in providing individualized activities for a minimum of 3 focus children a week

·        Assist teachers in completing objective and factual observations of each child on a monthly basis

·        Participate in IEP and Individual Health Plan team meetings as requested and share information with co-teacher

·        Assist in implementing Individual Education Plans for children with special needs

·        Encourage parent/guardian participation in the program

·        Participate in special center-level events (i.e., Open House, center celebrations, etc.)

·        Actively participate in program and family/child staffings as required

·        Participate in program in-services and incorporate relevant knowledge and skills into practice

·        Complete NEKCA Performance Evaluations, Professional Development Self-Assessment, and in partnership with supervisor, Individualized Professional Development Plan

·        Participate in Program Self-Assessment

·        Be aware of indicators of child abuse and neglect and comply with Vermont Mandated Reporter Law and program Child Protection Protocol

·        In partnership with center team, participate in collecting and documenting non-federal share

·        Participate in implementation of center recruitment plan


Minimum Requirements Include:

Obtain CPR certification and First Aid within six months of employment


Health & Dental Insurance

Life & Accidental Death Insurance

Long Term Disability

Supplemental Insurance Options

Employee Assistance Program

Wellness Initiatives

Pension Plan (SEP)




Sick / Family Leave

Minimum Education: High School or Equivalent
Job Type: Full Time
Category: Education/Training
Minimum Experience: 1 Yr
Location: Newport, VT