Position Title: Teacher, Early Head Start
Employee Type: Full-Time Regular
Supervisor Title: Center Director or Manager, Education &
Division: U.S. Programs & Advocacy
The Early Head Start Teacher develops and implements individual
and group educational plans for infants and toddlers, designed to
promote social-emotional, physical and cognitive growth in a manner
appropriate to their stage of development. In each Early Head Start
classroom, two Early Head Start Teachers work together to lead
child development activities with support from Program Aides and
In collaboration with a Co-Teacher, you will be responsible for
the general, day-to-day operations of the Early Head Start
classroom, verifying legal compliance with federal, state and local
regulations. You will create and nurture strong partnerships with
families and ensures that program quality is of the highest
standards. The Teacher reports directly to the Center Director or
Manager of Education & Inclusion.
As a frontline representative of Save the Children, the Early
Head Start Teacher is required to ensure the safety and security of
children and families that he/she comes in contact with, adhering
to the agency's values of Accountability, Ambition, Collaboration,
Creativity and Integrity.
As a Save the Children employee who comes into contact with
children on a routine basis, you are expected to prevent child
abuse in every situation by striving, through mental awareness,
good practice and training, to minimize risk to children. You must
take positive steps to protect children who may be a subject of
concern and report and respond to any instance of child abuse and
promote training and awareness around all child safeguarding
What You'll Be Doing (Essential Duties)
- In collaboration with a Co-Teacher, develop and implement
individualized and group lesson plans and educational activities
that promote all developmental areas to improve the readiness of
children for preschool.
- Guide and facilitate activities of the children including daily
classroom activities and field trips.
- Select and set up equipment and materials in the classroom and
ensure a safe and developmentally appropriate learning
- Practice responsive caregiving to promote relational learning
and include individualized and small group activities that
integrate appropriate routines into a flexible schedule of learning
- Plan and conduct conferences (minimum 2) and home visits
(minimum of 2) or more often as needed to ensure parents/caregiver
is well informed on their child's progress of development and
learning, routines, activities and behavior and assist parents in
developing observational skills.
- Maintain accurate records, both on paper and in designated
- Maintain confidentiality regarding children and families.
- Plan, conduct and document observations, assessments and
screenings; maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio
assessment for each child including weekly observations, examples
of the child's work and developmental assessments.
- Work with Program Aides and Volunteers to develop their skills
and abilities in planning and carrying out classroom
- Protect the safety of children by implementing active
supervision techniques to ensure no child is left alone or
unsupervised at any time.
- Use the playground as an extension of the classroom; ensure
that the playground is safe.
- Eat with and assist children in eating during mealtime to teach
social and self-help skills and sound nutritional practices.
- Ensure that the physical needs of children are met, assisting
children in health and personal habits, such as resting, brushing
teeth, diapering and toilet habits.
- Create ways to engage parents in the education of their
children such as encouraging classroom involvement and home
- Create an inventory of all classroom equipment and supplies
- Work in cooperation with Manager of Education & Inclusion to
develop and document progress on professional development plan;
actively engage in professional development activities to increase
- Keep classroom clean and organized.
- Ensure the mobilization and documentation of matching-in-kind
activities, goods and services.
- Work may require the flexibility to stay until all children
have been pick up by parent/legal guardian.
- Perform other related duties as assigned.
- At a minimum, a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or
comparable credential and have been trained or have equivalent
coursework in early childhood development with a focus on infant
and toddler development.
- Professional proficiency in spoken and written English
- Demonstrated ability to successfully communicate and
collaborate with individuals and teams at all levels-whether
internal or external-in the provision of high quality services to
children and families
- Demonstrated successful interpersonal, communication and
organizational skills; great problem solving and time management
- Demonstrated ability to follow established and communicated
directions and take initiative
- Demonstrated knowledge of the purpose of the Head Start/Early
Head Start program.
- Proven ability to relate sensitively with children.
- Proven ability to keep all required information strictly
- Must participate in professional development training including
basic first aid and pediatric CPR certification as required by
state licensing and HSPPS.
- Demonstrated commitment to fostering an environment of
diversity, inclusion, and belonging
Physical Requirements related to essential functions: Ability to
perform medium to heavy physical work exerting up to 50 pounds of
force occasionally, up to 20 pounds frequently and up to 5-10
pounds constantly, performing such activities as sitting, crawling,
stooping, kneeling, crouching, reaching, standing, walking,
pushing, pulling, lifting and grasping. This also includes some
duties that require repetitive action and motion skills,
keyboarding and computer use.
Clear pre-employment background check requirements, including
local, state, and national criminal records check, sex offender
registries, employment, and education verifications (including
child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and
pass all state and local health requirements required post job
offer and prior to employment.
This position may require the incumbent to operate a motor
vehicle to fulfill certain essential functions of the job. The
incumbent should maintain a valid driver's license and remain in
compliance with any Save the Children policies pertaining to the
safe operation of motor vehicles.
Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will
receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are
- Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other
languages used by children and families).
- If in North Carolina, holding a Birth-Kindergarten (B-K)
Why you should join the Save the Children Team
Save the Children US offers outstanding benefits that include
health, dental, vision and life insurances, pet insurance,
short-term and long-term disability coverage, an Employee
Assistance Program, 403(b), generous vacation, personal sick leave,
family leave, parental/adoption leave, commuter benefits, dress for
your day, and much more.
About Save the Children
Save the Children believes every child deserves a future. In the
United States and around the world, we give children a healthy
start in life, the opportunity to learn and protection from harm.
We do whatever it takes for children - every day and in times of
crisis - transforming their lives and the future we share.
Our work for children and their families requires that we
commit-at every opportunity-to work together to identify and
dismantle persistent systemic and structural racism, inequality,
and any other forms of discrimination in this country and beyond.
As an anti-racist organization, Save the Children will not tolerate
discrimination in any form-in our employment practices, amongst our
staff, in our leadership or toward the people we serve. We stand in
solidarity with all people to fight for equal rights, justice,
inclusion, and belonging.
We provide equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees
and qualified applicants for employment without regard to race,
color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, ancestry,
sexual orientation, national origin, age, handicap, disability,
marital status, or status as a veteran. Save the Children complies
with all applicable laws.
Save the Children is committed to conducting its programs and
operations in a manner that is safe for the children it serves and
helping protect the children with whom we are in contact. All Save
the Children representatives are explicitly prohibited from
engaging in any activity that may result in any kind of child
abuse. In addition, it is Save the Children's policy to create and
proactively maintain an environment that aims to prevent and deter
any actions and omissions, whether deliberate or inadvertent, that
place children at the risk of any kind of child abuse. All our
representatives are expected to conduct themselves in a manner
consistent with this commitment and obligation.
Save the Children is committed to minimizing safety and security
risks for our valued employees, ensuring all are given training,
support and information to reduce their risk exposure while
maximizing the impact of our programs for children and families.
Our shared duty, both agency and individual, is to seek and
maintain safe working conditions for all.