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Head Start Infant And Toddler Specialist (#HSITSPGENI) GENI
$13.38-$21.25 Hourly / $2,319.20-$3,683.33 Monthly / $27,830.40-$44,200.00 Yearly


Performs duties planning and implementing educational activities for infants and toddlers in the Early Head Start Program that comply with federal performance standards.


An Associate or higher degree from an accredited college or university in Early Childhood Education or degree in any field with 18 credit hours in Early Childhood Education; and
One year experience in teaching Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-School, or Kindergarten-aged children.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and
Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Infant/Toddlers Course (10-hours); Or
Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Preschool Course (10-hours); and
*Introductory Child Care Training (30-hours).

*Child Growth and Development (6-hours), Behavioral Observation & Screening (6-hours), Health, Safety & Nutrition (8-hours), Identifying and Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect (4-hours), Child Care Facility Rules and Regulations (6-hours).


  • Customer Commitment - Proactively seeks to understand the needs of our customers and provide the highest standards of service.
  • Dedication to Professionalism and Integrity - Demonstrates and promotes fair, honest, professional and ethical behaviors that establishes trust throughout the organization and with the public we serve.
  • Organizational Excellence - Takes ownership for excellence through one's personal effectiveness and dedication to the continuous improvement of our operations.
  • Success through Teamwork - Collaborates and builds partnerships through trust and the open exchange of diverse ideas and perspectives to achieve organizational goals.


  •  Working knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for infant /toddler education.
  •  Working knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices relating to infant/toddler development.
  • Working knowledge of current educational techniques and practices relating to infant/toddler development.
  •  Skill in making presentations to groups.
  •  Skill in verbal communication.
  • Ability to resolve conflicts between toddler aged children.
  • Ability to plan, organize and implement infant/toddler education curriculums.
  • Ability to assume a seated position on the floor for extended periods of time.
  • Ability to collect, organize and evaluate data and develop logical conclusions.         
  • Ability to communicate effectively, both orally and in writing.
  • Ability to prepare and maintain work related reports and files.
  • Ability to handle confidential information.
  • Ability to use a computer and related software.
  • Ability to follow established procedures.
  • Ability to administer CPR and First Aid.
  • Ability to implement safety procedures.
  • Ability to work effectively with others.
  • Ability to provide physical assistance in the transportation of special needs children.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to fifty (50) pounds.


NOTE: The following duties are illustrative and not exhaustive. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related, or a logical assignment to the position. Depending on assigned area of responsibility, incumbents in the position may perform some or all of the activities described below.


  • Plans, develops and implements daily lesson plans that provide for educational and enrichment activities for infants and toddlers that meet federal performance standards.
  • Plans and arranges classrooms into distinctive learning areas that promote an effective learning environment. 
  •  Screens and assesses infant and toddler aged children to determine developmental/educational needs and develops and implements individual education plans that comply with federal performance standards.
  •  Monitors meal and snack periods, classroom and restroom activities for toddlers, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment for infants and toddlers.
  • Documents children's progress or lack thereof and completes all required manual and computerized forms and reports in accordance with federal requirements.
  • Initiates referrals to the appropriate Lead Teacher by submission of required paperwork.
  • Plans classroom activities for parent and community volunteers.
  • Attends and participates in workshops and other meetings to acquire and disseminate information.   
  • Communicates with parents through parent conferences, written correspondence, telephone and home visits to apprise them of child's progress, upcoming events, classroom activities, individual education plan changes, and other relevant information.
  • Conducts health checks on children for health concerns, including ringworm, head lice or other health conditions, and reports to appropriate nurse.
  • Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to designated state agency.  
  • Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned children.  
  • Requests supplies and equipment to be ordered for use by children in the classroom.
  • Inspects classrooms and grounds to ensure the safety, orderliness, sanitation and cleanliness of facilities.
  • Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child and family with other Early Head Start staff.
  • Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.
  • Attends Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) training yearly.
  • Performs other related duties as required.


Certification in First Aid and CPR within six months of the date assigned to this classification; and a background investigation and fingerprint identification prior to hiring.