Behavior Support Assistant (Classroom Social-Emotional Support for Young Children) – Franklin, VA 23851

The Children’s Center, a non-profit agency, is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young children, one family at a time. Our mission is to nurture and educate children and their families. We provide opportunities for education, parenting support and resources to families in our communities.

The Children’s Center Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally funded program that provides no cost services to qualifying families who reside in the community. Comprehensive services are provided to pregnant women and their partners and children from birth to 5. Child development, health and family services are provided through a variety of program options designed to meet the needs of low-income and at risk families.

This position is responsible for implementing individualized plans to support the successful participation of all young children in the classroom setting.

MAJOR DUTIES

  • Develops positive, nurturing relationships with children, staff, and families. Demonstrates developmentally appropriate and trauma-informed practices when interacting with children and families.
  • Works collaboratively with center-based staff, mental health staff, and families to implement positive strategies for children identified as needing additional supports to maximize their successful participation in the classroom environment.
  • Works closely with children exhibiting a high level of need, including children with disabilities, delays, and/or intensive social-emotional needs.
  • Collects qualitative and quantitative data about the effectiveness of strategies and plans being implemented, communicating back to mental health staff and center-based leadership.
  • Works closely with classroom teachers to seamlessly implement identified strategies and troubleshoot challenges.
  • Communicates with center-based staff and mental health staff when a need to modify planned strategies is identified.
  • Participates in team planning meetings to develop and modify strategies to support individual children.
  • Supports teacher stress management and overall positive emotional climate of the classroom and center.
  • Knowledge of child development and early childhood education principles.
  • Knowledge of disabilities, early intervention, or special education fields.
  • Familiarity with social-emotional development, mental health, and basic behavioral principles.
  • Knowledge of agency policies and procedures.
  • Skill in assisting with data collection.
  • Skill in the operation of computers and job-related software programs.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.

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