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Head Start Teacher

Job ID
Regular Full-Time
1st Shift
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The Head Start Teacher is responsible for the planning implementation, and administration of curriculum for 3 to 5-year-old children for the purpose of advancing their physical and cognitive growth and development in accordance with the state Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) regulations, the Head Start performance standards, Upbring’s school readiness goals, and other federal, state, and local regulatory requirements.


Essential duties 

  • Assess, plan and implement daily developmental learning models for pre-school aged children for the purpose of meeting individual physical disabilities, learning style, and pace of learning
  • Create, foster, and maintain a physical environment that is conducive for learning and optimal growth and development; promote social interaction with all children
  • Develop, implement, and assess an individualized learning plan for all children, including those with diagnosed disabilities
  • Demonstrate cultural awareness in sensitivity in both interactions with children, parent(s)/guardian(s), other staff and community members and in the selection of materials and delivery of instruction
  • Observe and address challenging behaviors to determine possible cause and implement preventive measures, teach a new behavior, and/or communication or social skill to minimize or eliminate the behavior
  • Complete and prepare teaching materials and related reports, such as, but not limited to classroom activities, individual child observations, and program records for the purpose of documenting child and family activities as prescribed in the work plan
  • Maintain classroom discipline using developmentally appropriate techniques
  • Provide supervision of children at all times; provide and fosters a safe and secure environment for children
  • Provide daily or regular communication (written and/or verbal) with parents/guardians regarding their child’s routines, needs, developmental opportunities and daily activity including parent/teacher conferences and home visits
  • Respond appropriately to emergency situations for immediate resolution
  • Complete and maintain accurate documentation, files, and records as required by the Agency, the Head Start Performance Standards, and any other federal, state, or local regulatory requirements
  • Other duties and special projects as assigned

Working Relationships

  • Develop and maintain strong working relationships with other classroom teachers, administrative staff, children, and parents to ensure the children are receiving a quality learning experience
  • Work closely with other classroom teachers and the administrative staff 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

  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or Early Child Development, or another field with with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study
  • 1 year of experience as a teacher, teacher assistant, or student teacher
  • Demonstrated ability to develop and implement early childhood curriculum
  • Ability to build a positive rapport with children, parents/guardians, and team members
  • Strong computer skills; high proficiency with Microsoft Office products (Word, Excel, and Outlook)
  • Prepare quality well written documents, reports, and correspondence
  • Strong stress management, time management and organizational skills with the ability to pay close attention to detail
  • Ability to prioritize tasks 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

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher in Early Childhood Development, Early Childhood Education, or a different field with a minimum of 15 credit hours in these fields of study
  • 3 or more years’ experience in early childhood education
  • Bilingual (fluent Spanish written and conversational), highly preferred

Career Progression

This position is eligible to move into the Head Start Lead Teacher, Education Specialist, or Center Operations Director 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).


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