Upbring Careers

Head Start Assistant Teacher

Job ID
US-TX-Bay City
Regular Full-Time
1st Shift
# of Openings Remaining


Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 135 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Its mission is to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities. Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, visit Upbring.org.


The Teacher Assistant is will assist the classroom teachers in planning and implementing a developmentally appropriate learning environment with varied experiences, which will enhance the social, physical, emotional, and cognitive development of preschool age children in accordance to the state Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations, the Head Start performance standards, the Agency’s school readiness goals, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.


Essential duties 

  • Work closely with the classroom teacher in building on child and family strengths and supporting school readiness goals and social competence
  • Assist with the planning and implementation of daily developmental learning models for pre-school aged children for the purpose meeting individual physical disabilities, learning style, and pace of learning
  • Ensure children are properly supervised at all times and take appropriate safety precautions for all children’s well-being
  • Assist with the selection of learning material and equipment and arrange classroom to provide a well-managed, welcoming environment conducive for learning
  • Work closely with classroom teacher to design and implement curriculum using supporting materials that address the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional needs of children ages infant - 5 years
  • Assist the classroom teacher in managing the classroom in a manner that creates a stimulating and nurturing environment for the growth, well-being, and development of the children
  • Assist the classroom teacher with collecting and entering quantitative, anecdotal, and observational data
  • Work in collaboration and partnership with the classroom teacher to establish positive relationships with parents/guardians, to include families in the educational process, and encourage their participation
  • Actively practice cultural awareness in sensitivity when interacting with children their parents/guardians, staff, and community members and in the selection of materials and delivery of instruction
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of classroom activities based on individual needs of children and goals set forth in the Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP)
  • Assist with the development and implementation of developmentally appropriate reading programs to meet IEP and other development needs of the children
  • Assist with the daily or regular communication (written and/or verbal) with parents/guardians regarding their child’s routines, needs, developmental opportunities, and daily activity
  • Respond appropriately to emergency situations; seek immediate resolution for emergency situations
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned


Working Relationships

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with classroom teachers, administrative staff, children, and parents to ensure the children are receiving a quality learning experience.
  • Work closely with other classroom teachers to ensure program operations are supporting and meeting program goals and objectives and learning outcomes.
  • Work as part of the team and show professionalism at all times by modeling and demonstrating a positive attitude and positive working relationships, while maintaining strong ethical boundaries.


Minimum qualifications

  • High School diploma or GED equivalent 
  • Enrollment in a program that will lead to an Associate's degree or higher in Early Childhood Education OR enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two (2) years of the time of hire
  • 3 months' experience in early childhood education
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum
  • Demonstrated ability to manage the classroom and work well under pressure
  • Ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members
  • Strong computer skills; high proficiency with Microsoft Office (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Demonstrated ability to communicate professionally, interact with all levels of management in a clear and concise manner
  • Prepare quality well written documents, reports, and correspondence
  • Strong time management and organizational skills with the ability to prioritize competing tasks, requests, and projects and meet deadlines
  • Strong written and verbal communication and interpersonal skills
  • Ability to work independently and within a team with limited supervision; ability to take initiative


Preferred Qualifications

  • Associate's degree or highter in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Development, or a different field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study.
  • 1 or more years’ experience in early childhood education
  • Bilingual (English and Spanish) with the ability to fluently converse and write in Spanish (based on student population and service area), highly preferred


Career Progression

This position is eligible to move into the Head Start Teacher or Early Head Start Teacher positions if the position is available, the employee meets the minimum qualifications, the promotion/transfer eligibility guidelines are met, and the employee is not on a Performance Improvement Plan (PIP).



The physical requirements for this position with or without reasonable accommodation are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. While performing this position, the employee with or without reasonable accommodation should have the ability to walk, stand, sit, kneel, speak, and hear with aid, see, read, reach with arms and hands, and use equipment that is essential to performing the job, such as a computer, copier, fax machine, telephone, and automobile, if applicable. This position will require bending, kneeling, twisting, and reaching, standing and sitting for long periods of time, frequent walking, and the ability to carry, move, or lift up to 50lbs with or without assistance. This position will require indoor and outdoor activity throughout the year.


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