Job Title:

Assistant Teacher


Matrix Head Start

Job Description/ Duties:

The Assistant Teacher is responsible for assisting in the provision of a safe, nurturing learning environment for children and their parents. They are required to assist with planning and assessment of the individual needs of children. They assist in the planning of activities that reinforce the program philosophy and promote developmentally appropriate activities. The Assistant Teacher works with the teacher and volunteers in the classroom to build a team approach to educating children.

Must pass requirements for licensing including criminal clearance, Central Registry Clearance, drug screen.



  • Assist in the planning and implementation of lesson plans
  • Assist in maintaining a safe, healthy, and developmentally-focused learning environment for the children
  • Assist in taking ongoing anecdotal notes in order to monitor children’s individual development.
  • Communicate ideas, problems, and concerns to the teacher
  • Lead small groups and large groups of children in a variety of activities planned in conjunction with the teacher
  • Check daily routine and lesson plans on a daily basis. Plan time to assist with the preparation of proper materials
  • Assist teacher with two (2) home visits and two (2) parent teacher conferences yearly
  • Perform related tasks and required tasks as outlined by the program
  • Must be involved in ongoing professional development.
  • Must work to recruit children for the program and assist to maintain enrollment.
  • Must participate in all program sponsored activities, including community events.
  • Act as a resource person for parents.
  • Obtain required Food Handler’s training.
  • Assist custodial team in keeping classroom and other educational areas clean; clean toys daily to prevent spread of germs, bacteria and other communicable diseases
  • Assist with continuous recruitment in the program
  • Assist with management of ADA by encouraging parents to bring children to school
  • Assist with parent engagement
  • Perform other duties as assigned by supervisor.

In working with children with special needs, you are expected to:

  • Assist in implementing the Individual Education Plan (IEP) developed for children with disabilities and their families.
  • Write progress notes of special needs children and include in child’s folder.
  • Care for the special needs of children.
  • Encourage independent participation of special needs children in all aspects of the program.


By September 30, 2013 the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 mandates that anyone holding the position of Assistant Teacher have, has a minimum requirement, one of the following:

  1. A current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential;
  2. Be enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years; or
  3. Be enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree in ECE or related field.

Must pass requirements for licensing including criminal clearance, Central Registry Clearance, drug screen.


NOTE: Equivalent combinations of education and experience that could provide the required knowledge, skills and abilities, will be evaluated on an individual basis.

If applicable federal, state or local Head Start or child care regulations, now or as amended in the future, contain additional requirements or qualifications for this position which are not specifically stated in this Job Description, the requirements and qualifications will apply, even if not specifically set forth in this Job Description.


Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area). Within 90 days of employment, must obtain and continually maintain basic first aid and pediatric CPR certification (or sooner if required by local/state regulations). Acceptable tuberculosis screening results, a clear criminal records check (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment. To drive agency vehicles (if applicable), must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the Matrix Human Services insurance carrier and have a Motor Vehicle Record acceptable to Matrix Human Services.



All personnel of Matrix must adhere to the NASW Code of Ethics and incorporate Continuous Quality Improvement efforts into their everyday performance. All employees of Head Start must adhere to the federal regulations and requirements for Head Start operations including the Performance Standards, Licensing rules, and be of Good Moral Character as stated in Code of Ethics.



  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to lift up to 45 pounds
  • Able to read, write, and communicate in standard English.
  • Noise level in work environment may be moderate to loud.
  • Job may require lifting, sitting, standing, walking, squatting, kneeling, climbing, and bending for periods of time.
  • Ability to write clear and accurate reports.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of all discussions and records.
  • Must be resourceful, patient, and sensitive to the needs of staff, children and family.
  • Must be culturally sensitive to work in a diverse community.
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of performing the duties of the classification.

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