Job Title:

Head Start Teacher


Matrix Head Start

Job Description/ Duties:

The Teacher is responsible for providing a safe, nurturing learning environment for children and their parents. They are required to plan, assess, and meet the general and individual needs of the children. The Teacher is required to plan specific activities that reinforce the program philosophy, promote developmentally appropriate activities, and insure that the classroom meets all licensing and Head Start requirements. The Teacher also works with an assistant and volunteers in the classroom to build a team approach to educating children.



  • Participate in self assessment process.
  • Work to recruit children for the program and assist to maintain enrollment.
  • Provide training for other teaching staff, as needed on site.
  • Ability to work with parents and children in the classroom setting and during home visits to insure parental input in daily program planning.
  • Plan, write, and implement individual and group lesson plans.
  • Create and maintain a safe, healthy, and developmentally focused learning environment
  • Administer a developmental screening device, observe and assess the development of each child, write and implement the Individual Education Plan (IEP), COR and any other tool to insure we meet the needs of the individual child
  • Maintain ongoing anecdotal notes to monitor children’s individual development.
  • Submit required reports to Site Supervisor/Content Area Manager.
  • Attend staff and parent meetings.
  • Participate in all program sponsored activities, including community events.
  • Complete two (2) home visits and two (2) parent teacher conferences for each child each year.
  • Overall management and maintenance of classroom.
  • Plan specific activities that reinforce the program philosophy.
  • Attend on-going program training activities.
  • Maintain a positive attitude toward assigned work, clients, and staff.
  • To provide bilingual, multicultural activities.
  • Lead small and large groups of children in a variety of activities planned in conjunction with the assistant teachers and volunteers.
  • Greet parents and children everyday and develop a good rapport with parents and inform them about center activities, field trips, and child’s progress.
  • Assist in all aspects of services to children and including helping with food preparation, cleanup, and other activities.
  • Complete all paperwork as assigned.
  • Assist with potty training and changing diapers as needed.
  • Direct team members and provide for their training.
  • Perform other related tasks as required by the program.
  • Commit to ongoing professional development.
  • Obtain required Food Handler’s Training.
  • Participate in the licensing process to insure compliance.
  • 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 any other duties as assigned by supervisor.

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 file.
  • Care for the special needs of children.
  • Encourage independent participation of Special Need children in all aspects of the program.


Current minimum qualification is one of the following:

  1. An associate, baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education;
  2. An associate degree in a field related to Early Childhood Education and coursework* equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with at least 500 clock hours of experience in an early childhood setting teaching preschool-age children;
  3. A baccalaureate degree in any field and has been admitted into the Teach For America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exam, such as the Praxis II, participated in a Teach For America summer training institute that includes teaching preschool children, and is receiving ongoing professional development and support from Teach For America’s professional staff.

By September 30, 2013, the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 mandates that at least 50% of Head Start teachers nation-wide must have a baccalaureate or advanced degree in Early Childhood Education; or a baccalaureate or advanced degree in any subject, and coursework* equivalent to a major relating to Early Childhood Education with experience teaching preschool-age children.

*Coursework equivalent to a major related to Early Childhood Education includes but is not limited to the following:

  1. Teaching Credentials: licensure or certification by the state for Pre-K teachers recognized by the local school district or state education agency as qualifying teachers to teach pre-school children in that school district or state if the individual has at least 500 clock hours of experience in an early childhood setting teaching pre-school aged children. This typically requires a bachelor’s degree plus licensure or certification.


  1. *Coursework: No less than 15 semester credits for the associate’s degree or 30 semester credits for the bachelor’s degree in courses that focus specifically on child development, early childhood education and curriculum, early childhood teaching and assessment, psychology, family development, health and physical

development, mathematics, science, and children’s literature. Such courses may have been taken in various departments, such as Education, Home Economics, Music, Art, Library Sciences, Physical Education and Recreation, Psychology, Family Studies, and others and must specifically address young children.


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

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


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 defined by Code of Ethics.



  • Good professional work habits and attitude.
  • Good oral and written communication skills.
  • Able to lift up to 45 pounds
  • 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.
  • Able to work independently and provide guidance and direction to team members.
  • Documented experience working with low-income families.
  • Must be culturally sensitive able to work in a diverse community.
  • Able to read, write and communicate in standard English.
  • Must be resourceful, patient, and sensitive to the needs of staff, children and families.
  • Documented experience working with persons of various racial, ethnic, social, and cultural backgrounds.
  • Ability to write clear and accurate reports.
  • Good organizational and time management skills.
  • Able to maintain confidentiality of all discussions and records.
  • Must be physically and mentally capable of performing the duties of the classification.

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