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Overview

Summary
Assists an early childhood instructor in the care, supervision, and instruction of pre-school
aged children, in classrooms, common areas, and playgrounds at a center dedicated to prekindergarten children.
Distinguishing Career Features
The ECE Assistant II – is the second level of a career path for instruction support to preschool aged children. The ECE Assistant II requires completion of 6 college semester units,
in ECE and/or child development core courses. This classification parallels the
classification of Assistant in the Child Development Permit Matrix. The ECE Assistant III
requires the completion of 12 units of early childhood education and child development
curriculum and a demonstrated ability to conduct reading and other activities with proper
spoken English.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
 Assists one or more instructors to implement lesson plans by providing positive, playbased learning experiences for children.
 Assists with organizing specific activities such as, but not limited to reading stories,
basic arts and crafts, individual and group play and games. Assists in maintaining
classroom order by observing and focusing the activities and behaviors of the children
toward group activities.
 Gives each child individual and special attention each day. Responds to each child’s
particular needs and characteristics.
 May assist with recording attendance and obtaining parent signatures. May contact
parents regarding children’s attendance.
 Reports to signs of illness or distress observed in the children. Aids in dealing with the
situation, as appropriate.
 Responds to the hygiene needs of children by escorting, assisting, diapering, and
attending to routine health care needs.
 Assists in administering a variety of informal and formal assessments and tests such as
the kindergarten assessment and other screening tools.
 Sets up and arranges supplies and equipment used in the classroom or other environment
for instruction and projects.
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 May prepare teaching aids, labels, charts, bulletin boards and displays.
 Assists to implement lesson plans by providing positive play-oriented learning
experiences for children.
 Talks to, comforts, and gives emotional support to children.
 Observes behavior of children and monitor for signs of neglect or suspected abuse.
Reports such concerns according to established guidelines and state law.
 Provides for the physical needs of children by changing diapers, changing beds,
preparing bottles, serving snacks, and participating in and observing playtime activities.
 Uses age appropriate sanitation methods for formula and solid food preparation and
understands acceptable types of foods, amounts, and serving times.
 Prepares and washes plates, utensils and wash cloths; washes, dries, folds, and stores
towels and clothes; disinfects toys and work surfaces; vacuums floors, cleans bathrooms,
and empties trash as needed.
 Assists in maintaining a clean, safe, sanitary and orderly child care environment; notifies
the Teacher/Site Supervisor of potentially dangerous or harmful conditions.
 Reads age appropriate materials to infants, toddlers, and pre-school children to foster
pre-literacy skills.
 Participates in activities for infants, toddlers, and pre-school children; assures that
children are interacting in age-appropriate activities; escorts and observes toddlers,
infants, and pre-school children outside for activities and play.
 Gives each child individual and special attention each day. Responds to each child’s
particular needs and characteristics.
 Reports any signs of illness or distress observed in the children. Aids in dealing with the
situation, as appropriate.
 Depending on assigned grade level, performs a variety of infant/child care duties such as
preparing snacks and bottles, changing diapers, facilitating rest periods as well as
planning and setting up learning activities.
 Sets up and arranges supplies and equipment in the classroom as directed.
 Performs clerical duties such as, but not limited to, preparation of correspondence,
teaching aids, labels, charts, bulletin boards, and displays.
 Assists with school lunch program as needed. May prepare cash deposits for lunch sales.
 Maintains logs and charts relative to daily activities.
 Performs other duties as assigned that support the overall objective of the position.
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Qualifications
 Knowledge and Skills
The position requires basic knowledge of the goals, principles, of and practices for
implementing age appropriate child development and guidance in a pre-kindergarten
environment. Requires a basic knowledge of play-oriented subjects and learning
sufficient to assist children with individual and group activities. Requires basic
knowledge of arithmetic, grammar, spelling, language and reading sufficient to assist
students with reading, games, and projects. Requires sufficient human relations skills to
work cooperatively and exercise patience and sensitivity when interacting with students,
staff and parents. May require knowledge of and conversational competency in a second
language.
 Abilities
Requires the ability to perform the essential responsibilities and work tasks of the
position. Requires the ability to understand and interpret an instructor’s instructions in
order to work with small groups of children. Requires the ability to understand the needs
and differences of children and to reach and motivate them. Requires the ability to
balance emotional support and discipline to deal with behavior problems. Ability to
perform clerical and classroom support duties with minimum supervision. Work is
performed in a classroom setting, presenting minimal exposure to health or safety hazards.
 Physical Abilities
Requires the ability to perform work indoors and outdoors in a classroom or playground
environment engaged in work of a moderately active nature. Requires normal hearing and
speaking skills to communicate with staff and students. Requires near visual acuity to
read and write printed materials and observe the activities of children. Requires sufficient
ambulatory ability to move about classroom, common area, and playgrounds, assist with
presentations, and reach classroom materials. Requires the ability to stand, walk, and sit
upright on a floor-level surface for extended periods of time (greater than 1 hour), and to
lift, push, and pull light to medium objects on an occasional basis (10-50 lbs). Requires
personal appearance, grooming, attitudes, and language patterns that provide a suitable
example to children.
 Education and Experience
This position requires a High School diploma or equivalent (GED) and 6 college semester
units of early childhood education or child development curriculum.
 Licenses and Certificates
May require a valid driver’s license. Pediatric First Aid and CPR Certificate within 90
days of employment.
 Working Conditions
Work is performed indoors and outdoors with some, yet infrequent exposure to health and
safety considerations.

Minimum Hourly Wage: 14.77
Maximum Hourly Wage: 18.61

Minimum Education and Experience

Education Required: High School

About Del Norte Unified School District

The Del Norte Unified School District and County Office of Education is a combined District and COE. Our mission: In Del Norte Unified School District, the youth in our schools will be life-long learners who can creatively and effectively communicate, collaborate, and problem solve in a global society.