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MISSION:CCSCT empowers vulnerable families and individuals in greater South Central Texas to achieve self-sufficiency by eliminating barriers through innovative programs and strong community partnerships.JOB SUMMARY:The Center Aide I/II is responsible for the assisting the EHS/HS Teacher in providing care and education for children and their families in a child care setting, in addition to providing a supportive, safe, and stimulating learning environment.ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES AND FUNCTIONS:To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.Assists with maintaining a calm, safe classroom and playground that incorporates developmental appropriateness; assists in creating an atmosphere in which the children feel comfortable and secure, reflecting the cultures of all enrolled children.Ensures the safety of children through constant supervision, effective arrangement of space, proper maintenance of equipment and regular practice of fire drills and other emergency procedures.Assists with incorporating developmentally appropriate practice according to the Head Start Performance Standards.Assists with ensuring continuity of curriculum and high standards of equality in the classroom; works individually with children who experience difficulty in group activities.Assists with consistently implementing center routines, including hand washing, tooth brushing, eating, napping, and transitioning between activities (HS children only).Assists children in developing self-help skills including diapering, toilet training, hygiene, feeding, dressing and daily activities in a caring, nurturing and supportive learning environment (EHS children only).Operates the classroom in compliance with all childcare-licensing standards, paying particular attention to standards prohibiting any form of physical punishment.Assists with ensuring the arrangement of each classroom provides a stimulating, clean, and safe learning environment.Assists with completion of daily documentation as required.Assists with providing a variety of planned activities designed to encourage individual and group play and assists in providing a variety of language stimulation activities.Provides experiences that promote individual self-expression in conversation, imaginative play, and creativity and provides positive guidance to promote self-esteem.Provides experiences involving thinking skills such as generalizing, classifying, sorting, and problem solving.Observes, records, and reports any child's behavior, sharing information appropriately with other staff members.Shows personal development and growth by being relaxed, using a calm, quiet voice, being pleasant and enthusiastic about the children, and by using self-control in trying situations.Reports all suspected child abuse to the Child Abuse Hotline at 1-800-252-5400 or to an immediate supervisor.Encourages the involvement of the families of the children in a Head Start program and supports the development of relationships between children and their families.Follows CCSCT Policies and Procedures and maintains confidentiality in all phases of agency operations.Familiarizes self with the agency's Strategic Plan and gains an overall understanding of how position contributes to the accomplishment of goals within that plan.Attends and participates in staff meetings and related activities; attends conferences, workshops, and trainings to increase professional knowledge; serves on committees as assigned.Performs other related duties as assigned or required.SUPERVISORY RESPONSIBILITIES:This position has no supervisory responsibilities.JOB REQUIREMENTS:Education and Experience RequirementsChild Development Associate (CDA) credential in appropriate age group required. Indivi