Who provides Early Head Start and Head Start in Detroit? What agency would I work for?

Ten agencies operate more than 70 centers across Detroit: Starfish Family Services, Matrix Human Services, Southwest Solutions, Focus: HOPE, Development Centers, United Children and Families, New St. Paul Tabernacle, Children’s Center, Renaissance Head Start and The Order of the Fishermen. These agencies are funded to provide up to 3,778 Head Start and 1,149 Early Head Start seats.

Each provider agency handles its own staffing and will post job opportunities to this site (and others).

What are the current requirements to be a Head Start teacher?

Head Start teachers must have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential that is appropriate to the age of children they teach
  • A certificate from the State of Michigan that meets or exceeds the CDA requirements
  • An associate, bachelor’s or advanced degree in early child education
  • An associate degree in a field related to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool-age children
  • A bachelor’s degree in any field and Teach For America admittance, training, and professional development

Click here for more information on how to obtain these requirements, including which Michigan educational institutions offer these degree programs.

There are many career opportunities available with Detroit Head Start agencies. Visit our career opportunities page to see current openings.

What are the current requirements to be a Head Start teacher aide/assistant?

Head Start teacher aides/assistants need to have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or be enrolled in a CDA credential program that will be completed within 2 years
  • An associate, bachelor’s or advanced degree (in any area) or be enrolled in a program leading to such a degree

Click here for more information on how to obtain these requirements, including which Michigan educational institutions offer these degree programs.

There are many career opportunities available with Detroit Head Start agencies. Visit our career opportunities page to see current openings.

What are the current requirements to be an Early Head Start teacher?

Early Head Start teachers need to have at least one of the following qualifications:

  • A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for Infant and Toddler Caregivers
  • An equivalent credential that addresses comparable competencies within one year of hire as a teacher of infants and toddlers

Click here for more information on how to obtain these requirements, including which Michigan educational institutions offer these degree programs.

There are many career opportunities available with Detroit Head Start agencies. Visit our career opportunities page to see current openings.

How much do Head Start and Early Head Start teaching staff make in Detroit?

Compensation varies by position and provider agency. On average, Head Start assistant teachers make $13 an hour, teachers make $18 to $20 an hour, and site leaders make around $25 an hour. Early Head Start teachers make an average of $15 to $19 an hour and site leaders make an average of $24 an hour. Download these infographics for more information.

Job posts for specific positions contain more information, including other benefits and professional development opportunities that can factor into your decision.

What benefits do Detroit Head Start agencies offer?

Benefits vary by position and by agency. This infographic provides an overview of benefits, including medical, dental and life insurance, short- and long-term disability, paid time off and retirement contribution plans.

 

 

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