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Head Start Teacher (#HSTEACGENK) GENK
$15.15-$24.06 Hourly / $2,626.00-$4,170.40 Monthly / $31,512.00-$50,044.80 Yearly


Performs duties planning and implementing educational activities for pre-school aged children in the Head Start Program that comply with federal performance standards.


Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university in Early Childhood Education or a related field; or four year degree in any field with 18 credit hours in Early Childhood Education; and
One year of experience in teaching Head Start, Early Head Start, pre-school or kindergarten age children.

Or an equivalent combination of education, training and experience that would reasonably be expected to provide the job-related competencies noted below; and
A Certificate of Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Infant/Toddlers or 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 early childhood education.
    • Working knowledge of behavior modification theories and practices relating to early childhood development.
    • Working knowledge of current educational techniques and practices relating to early childhood development.
    • Skill in making presentations to groups.
    • Skill in verbal communication with pre-school age children.
    • Ability to resolve conflicts between pre-school age children.
    • Ability to plan, organize and implement early childhood 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 preschool age children that meet federal performance standards.
    • Plans and arranges classrooms into distinctive learning areas that promote an effective learning environment.
    • Screens and assesses preschool 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, and playground activities to ensure a safe environment for young children.
    • 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.
    • Serves as a bus monitor in the transportation of children and engages children in song and other developmentally appropriate activities during ride.
    • Assists in the transportation of special needs children by lifting child into seat and fastening safety belt.
    • 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 Head Start staff.
    • Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.
    • 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.

CLASS: HSTEACGENK; EST: 7/31/2009; REV: 10/23/2012;