Teacher - Head Start

Employment Type

: Full-Time


: Education - Excluding Post Secondary

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Primary Purpose:

  • Provide children with appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Ensure compliance with all department policies, division procedures, Head Start Program Performance Standards, Child Care Licensing Minimum Standards and other local, state and federal regulations.
  • Qualifications:


  • Associate degree in Early Childhood Education or related field, with at least 18 credit hours in early childhood education; or
  • Bachelor’s degree or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or related field; or
  • Bachelor’s degree with certification in Early Childhood with a minimum of 2 years teaching experience in Pre-K or kindergarten
  • Must demonstrate proficiency annually in the child screening and assessment tools, Battelle Developmental Inventory and Frog Street Press Assessment
  • Special Knowledge/ Skills:

  • Knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Head Start or comparable child development programs, early childhood education and developmentally appropriate practice
  • Ability to communicate effectively
  • Ability to use a variety of software applications, including Microsoft Office Suite
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) speaking skills a plus
  • Experience:

  • Minimum of one year of classroom experience working with young children ages three to five years in a Head Start program or other early childhood education program or completed Internship or practicum program.
  • Major Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Model the HCDE and Head Start’s mission, vision, and values.
  • Screen assigned students within the first 45 days of enrollment.
  • Create an instructional environment that is engaging, positive and interactive.
  • Develop and implement lesson plans based on the Head Start curriculum and procedures.
  • Conduct ongoing assessments to support individual instruction and monitor progress of students, consistently sharing information with parents.
  • Maintain adequate supervision to ensure student’s health, welfare, and safety.
  • Conduct semi-annual home visits and parent-teacher conferences to discuss the child's individual progress and solicit parent input on goals for children.
  • Work collaboratively with parents, colleagues and community partners to support HCDE Head Start’s school readiness goals for children, families and the community.
  • Assure that student’s files are complete and accurate.
  • Maintain confidentiality of information.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.
  • * The salary listed in the header is an estimate based on salary data for similar jobs in the same area. Salary or compensation data found in the job description is accurate.

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