Assists one or more teachers in the education of children within an early childhood classroom. Provides care and supervision of children in a preschool classroom. Maintains and prepares classroom environments and materials. Provides instructional assistance to individual or small groups of children.
The ECE Assistant 2 provides instructional assistance and daily living activities to children in preschool classrooms. The ECE 2 supports the overall instruction in a classroom program. They are under the direction of the special education teacher and/or the ECE 4 lead. The position is required to have 12 units of ECE or CD units, with core courses completed.
Duties and Responsibilities
- Assists an instructor to implement lesson plans by providing positive play oriented learning experiences for children.
- Assists the instructor by maintaining classroom order by observing the activities and children. These activities may be in or out of the classroom setting.
- Observes, monitors, and provides proactive behavior directions to students.
- Participates in activities for preschool-aged children that involve interacting and playing with children.
- Gives each child individual and special attention each day. Responds to each child’s particular needs and characteristics. Ensures all children receive equal attention.
- Depending on age/development level, performs care-related duties such as preparing meals, eating family-style with children, and facilitating toilet training and rest periods with students.
- Sets up and arranges supplies and equipment in the classroom as directed.
- Prepares and washes eating utensils, cleaning supplies, eating and work surfaces, restrooms, and other areas in a manner that satisfies sanitation and safety requirements.
- Is able to implement behavior support plans with guidance.
- Has familiarity with evidence based teaching strategies.
Education & Experience
- Must possess the equivalent of a high school diploma, 12 units of early childhood education.
- Three months of experience in an early childhood setting.
- Must have or be eligible for the associate teacher permit, see Child Development and School-Age Emphasis Matrix (ca.gov).
- Must have concurrent experience working with preschool aged children in a play-oriented learning or equivalent environment.
- Pediatric First Aid and CPR Certificates are required within the first 90 days of employment.
- Basic knowledge of principles and practices of age appropriate early childhood development and guidance applicable for an educational setting.
- Basic knowledge of instruction methods for preschool age children.
- Basic knowledge and skills using personal computers, recording information, and sending communication.
- Sufficient human-relation skills to work productively and cooperatively with teachers, students, and parents in informal settings, and to demonstrate sensitivity to the needs of students.
- Ability to implement positive behavior supports.
- Basic knowledge of universal design for learning.
(Note: depending upon the nature of assignment, some specialization may be required, either in the classroom or office setting.)
- Sit, stand, and/or move about for extended periods.
- Actively engage in play activities with students.
- Visual acuity to read and write printed materials, computer screens, and observe student’s movement.
- Hearing and speech abilities for ordinary and telephonic conversations, and to speak to small groups of children.
- Sufficient manual and finger dexterity to point out important words/figures to students, and to operate personal computers.
- Ambulatory ability to move around preschool classroom, playgrounds, and assist with play oriented learning activities.
- Ability to lift children, carry, push, and move supplies/furniture/etc. of light-to-medium weight (under 40 lbs.) on an intermittent basis.
- Demonstrates competence in communicating effectively with children and parents, staff members, and representatives of other agencies.
- Ability to assist teaching staff with implementation of play-oriented instructional goals and activities.
- Ability to respond to student needs with interventions or activities with individual students.
- Ability to conduct informal reading and project circles with students.
- Able to learn and utilize evidence based teaching strategies.
- Additional Requirements
- Creative writing skills to prepare and/or adapt age-appropriate class materials and reports.
- Well-developed oral communication skills to convey concepts in the classroom and community-based settings, and work cooperatively with a diverse population of children and parents
- Delivery of developmentally appropriate practice in the classroom and outdoor environments.
- Understand the sequence of child development and apply strategies and techniques to meet the needs of children along the developmental continuum.
- Provide positive social, emotional, and behavioral supports to meet the needs of all students
- Observe, assess, and evaluate the development of preschool children.
- Ability to learn, interpret, and apply NCOE, member district, State, and Federal requirements and objectives for academic achievement.
- Must be able to prepare curriculum for indoor and outdoor environments
- Develop and maintain a productive and safe classroom environment
- Organize and prioritize work & manage time effectively
- Communicate in a professional manner, in formal and informal settings, with students, fellow staff, and parents.
- May require a valid driver’s license
- May require fluency in a second language
- May require knowledge and competency in a second language
- May require a valid driver’s license
Schedule: Classified Hourly, Range 4