Early Childhood Emotional Support Paraprofessional

  • Full Time
  • Rice County
  • April 30, 2022

Website Three Rivers Community Action

Three Rivers Community Action

Provide social-emotional skill support to preschool children in the classroom. Work with classroom teaching team and Social Emotional Behavior Coach to support Conscious Discipline implementation.

Three Rivers Community Action, Inc. is a non-profit agency providing economic opportunities that strengthen individuals, families and communities in southeastern Minnesota.

This full-time position (32 hours per week) will be based in Rice County (Faribault/Northfield), and will travel regularly to all of the Agency’s Early Childhood locations, as well as for training/meetings.  

Excellent benefit package including generous Paid Time Off (PTO).

Job offers are contingent on a reference check and a criminal background check and fingerprinting through the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS).

Task List:

Classroom Support (100%)

Acting as a member of each classroom team:

•Observe children interacting in classroom
•Develop strategies and interventions that build resiliency and grow a child’s window of tolerance for interacting in groups. These activities may include:

     *Gather information from parents/caregivers, classroom staff and others, screening tools, etc. to understand what may have happened to the child
     *Support classroom staff in identifying a child’s trauma triggers in classroom
     *Participate as a team member in developing and implementing behavior plans as needed with child, parent and staff
•Educate children on emotions, calming techniques and self-regulation skills to promote a positive learning experience and the development of empathy
•Provide 1:1 social-emotional skill support if a child needs a stronger foundation in self-awareness, self-management, social awareness, relationship management and responsible decision-making until the child’s tolerance is sufficient that he/she can function with classroom support
•Perform other duties as directed by Coordinator and/or Director


•A Bachelor’s degree in

     *Social work or psychology; or
     *Child Development-related field; or
•An Associate’s degree in

     *Social work, Psychology, or Child Development-related field; and
     *Experience as mental health practitioner working with young children
•Experience working with young children as mental health practitioner or preschool teacher
•Bilingual skills (English/Somali or English/Spanish) beneficial but not required
•Current and valid driver’s license and reliable transportation; some travel may be required to work at classroom sites in the service area
•Ability to maintain confidentiality and data privacy policies and procedures
•Ability to support agency policies and procedures
•Ability to maintain required work hours including evening hours for occasional events

Additional Preferred Qualifications:

•Reduce problematic behavior in young children
•Increase young children’s social skills
•Decrease expulsions from ECE settings
•Build behavior and classroom management skills of ECE providers
•Enhance parent ability to manage problem behaviors
•Reduce turnover in ECE staff

Physical Requirements of the Essential Functions of the Position:

•Able to lift and/or carry between 20-50 pounds frequently
•Able to reach above shoulder level, bend/stoop, squat, crawl, sit on floor or small chairs, climb, kneel, balance, push/pull, fine manipulation and move quickly in the event of an emergency

Due to rules published by the Federal Office of Head Start, all staff in Early Childhood positions or who may transport children in the Head Start program will be required to be vaccinated for COVID-19 by January 31, 2022, unless a medical/disability or religious exemption/accommodation is approved. 

Online application preferred: www.threeriverscap.org/about/jobs. However, a paper application form may be requested by calling 507-316-0610.

Three Rivers is an Equal Employment Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer

To apply for this job please visit www.threeriverscap.org.