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Hillsborough County Government

Lead Head Start/EHS Teacher (#LEHSTRGENM) GENM
$17.23-$27.35 Hourly / $2,986.53-$4,740.67 Monthly / $35,838.40-$56,888.00 Yearly


Performs supervisory duties planning and implementing educational activities for pre-school aged children or infants/toddlers in the Head Start/Early Heart Start Program that comply with federal performance standards.


Graduation from an accredited four year degree granting college or university with a major in Early Childhood Education or a related field with 18 credit hours in Early Childhood Education; and

Two years experience 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
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 brain development and its impact on early learning.
  • Working knowledge of child development birth to age five for typical and atypical children.
  • Working knowledge of culture and practices for early childhood.
  • Working knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for early childhood.
  • 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 the application of supervisory techniques.
  • Skill in making presentations to groups.
  • Skill in verbal communication with infants, toddlers, and pre-school age children.
  • Skill in resolving conflicts between pre-school age children.
  • Ability to plan, organize and supervise the work of others.
  • Ability to plan, organize and conduct early childhood education programs.
  • Ability to implement routine care for infants and toddlers in a responsive environment.
  • Ability to assume a seated position on the floor, or a bent or kneeled position 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 up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • Ability to safely operate a motor vehicle.


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.

  • Coordinates and oversees the daily activities of a Head Start/Early Head Start Center to ensure that center complies with federal performance standards and local licensing/health/fire inspection requirements.
  • Supervises the work of subordinate staff, by scheduling, assigning and reviewing work, providing training and counseling, and evaluating performance to ensure work activities are properly carried out.

  • Plans, develops and implements daily lesson plans that provide for educational and enrichment activities for pre-school age children or 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 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.

  • Monitors food service and supplies for adequate inventory.

  • Documents children's progress or lack of and completes all required manual and computerized forms and reports in accordance with federal requirements.

  • Initiates referrals on children to the Head Start Sr. Case Manager by submission of a variety of formal documents.

  • 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 and other health conditions, and reports to appropriate Social Services  Specialist.

  • Reports suspected child abuse and neglect to designated state agency.

  • Plans, coordinates and oversees field trips for assigned children.

  • Orders supplies and equipment to be used by special needs 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.

  • Reviews and forwards accident and incident reports.

  • Discusses plans and coordinates concerns regarding the child and family with other Head Start/Early Head Start staff.

  • Performs First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) as needed.

  • Performs other related duties as required.


Teachers who work with infants and toddlers must obtain a National Credential as a Child Development Associate (CDA)  for Infant/Toddlers; and

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, and

A State of Florida Child Care and Education Program Director Credential, within six months of the date assigned to this classification.