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Head Start Teacher

Childcare Resources
Childcare Resources in Birmingham, AL 35209
From $39,388.80 a year - Full-time


Childcare Resources in Birmingham, AL 35209

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  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off

Full job description

Position Title: Head Start Teacher

Reports To: Education Leader

Classification: Salaried / Exempt

Position Summary:

The Head Start Teacher is responsible for a Head Start classroom of 3- to 5-year-old children. S/he works collaboratively with an assistant teacher, family members, and other staff to achieve positive outcomes for children of all abilities.

CLASSteacher-child interactions:

  • Provide emotional support through establishing a positive climate, being aware of and

responsive to children, and encouraging child expression and autonomy.

  • Use strategies for behavior management, such as clear behavior expectations, being proactive and redirecting misbehavior.
  • Foster classroom productivity and maximize learning time, while engaging children with a variety of modalities and materials.
  • Provide instructional support through concept development, fostering children’s analysis and reasoning, engaging in feedback loops, and modeling and supporting high-quality language.
  • Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required
  • Maintain confidentiality in regard to staff and family information
  • Be present at work in order to provide consistency of services
  • Be a contributory team member in a positive/productive manner
  • Demonstrate commitment to mission, values, and policies in the performance of daily duties
  • Follow agency procedures to assure reporting of suspected child abuse and/or neglect
  • Follow agency procedures in reporting any suspected licensing deficiencies observed at child care programs
  • React productively to change and handle all other work-related responsibilities as assigned

Learning environment:

  • Ensure classroom arrangement, materials and displays are organized and conducive to children’s learning.


  • Implement Childcare Resources’ chosen curriculum with fidelity, being aware of the big ideas while also following all assigned guidance and resources.
  • Prepare or modify weekly lesson plans and prepare to implement small-group activities, read-alouds, circle time, and other curriculum components.
  • Provide children with a consistent classroom routine and facilitate all parts of the routine to support child learning.
  • Interact with children intentionally throughout the day to provide differentiated support.

Child assessment:

  • Collect documentation of children through ongoing observation, embedded and direct assessment activities.
  • Complete quarterly assessment checkpoints, reliably, for each child.
  • Analyze child assessment data and use it to plan and individualize.

Meeting all children’s needs:

  • Complete developmental and social-emotional screenings on all children within prescribed time frames.
  • Complete theme based Individualized Learning Plans to identify specific goals and implement developmentally appropriate strategies for each child in class.
  • Integrate Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or referral action plans for children with diagnosed or suspected special needs.
  • Implement PBS practices and Program Wide Expectations

Working with families:

  • Establish positive and productive relationships with families through building rapport and trust.
  • Schedule and complete two home visits and two parent-teacher conferences each year.
  • Encourage and engage family members to serve as classroom volunteers.
  • Collaborate with family services staff to support families in implementing family life practices, extending learning into the home, and meeting expectations for attendance
  • Follow all guidance and expectations to support of Shine On, Families initiative

Professional growth and collaboration:

  • Participate in ongoing reflective coaching and self-assessment.
  • Collaborate with the assistant teacher and other staff in the center.
  • Share pertinent information with family services, disabilities/mental health or health/nutrition staff, as needed, to meet the needs of individual children and families. Participate in case conferences as appropriate.

In addition, the teacher will:

  • Know and understand Childcare Resources’ School Readiness Goals and strive to help all children achieve them.
  • Provide classroom experiences that are developmentally, linguistically, culturally and age-appropriate for the children served.
  • Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment, including full supervision of children at all times, in accordance with Head Start and childcare licensing requirements.
  • Conduct daily health/safety monitoring of the indoor and (as requested) outdoor environment.
  • Follow all health and hygiene practices, including hand-washing, sanitizing, and universal precautions.
  • Supervise mealtimes and “family style dining” with children.
  • Supervise all classroom field trips and outdoor activities.
  • Maintain required documentation of activities, including child and family information, assessment data, volunteer logs, etc.
  • Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.


  • AA/AS in Early Childhood Education OR BA/BS in Early Childhood Education –OR- state awarded preschool teacher certification with experience teaching preschool aged children–OR- BA/BS in related fields with at least six college courses in Early Childhood Education plus experience teaching preschool aged children. BA Highly preferred.
  • Bilingual (Spanish) preferred
  • Physical exam and background checks are required for this position.
  • Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings and functions.
  • Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable transportation.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:

  • Ability to interact effectively with people from diverse backgrounds
  • Ability to communicate effectively, verbally and in writing
  • Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office applications and other basic data systems including internet navigation
  • Must be honest, dependable and able to meet deadlines
  • Self-motivated and able to work independently

Physical Requirements:

  • Ability to sit most of the time with some bending and reaching
  • Ability to stand, walk, and bend periodically
  • Ability to engage in repetitive movement of wrists, hands, and fingers – typing and/or writing
  • Ability to work frequently at close visual range (i.e. preparing and analyzing data and figures, accounting, transcription, computer terminal, extensive reading)
  • Ability to receive and respond to oral communication
  • Ability to exert up to 10 pounds of force to lift, carry, push, pull, or otherwise move objects

Work Environment:

  • Work is generally performed in an office environment
  • Noise level in the work environment is moderate to occasionally loud (examples: business office with computers and printers, light to moderate traffic, human voices)
  • Standard office equipment generally used includes:
  • Telephone
  • Personal Computer (monitor, keyboard, and mouse) or Tablet
  • Printer/Photocopy Machine
  • Calculator
  • Fax Machine
  • May be required to operate a motor vehicle during the course of duties

The statements contained above reflect general details as necessary to describe the essential functions of this job, the level of knowledge and skills required, but should not be considered an all-inclusive listing of work requirements. To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to carry out each essential duty in a satisfactory manner. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. Please be advised that this document should not be construed, in any manner, as a contract of employment. All employees of Childcare Resources are employees “at-will”. I have read and understand the responsibilities and requirements of this position.

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Job Type: Full-time

Pay: From $39,388.80 per year


  • 401(k)
  • 401(k) matching
  • Dental insurance
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Retirement plan
  • Vision insurance


  • Monday to Friday


  • Associate (Preferred)


  • Childcare: 1 year (Preferred)
  • Early Childhood Education: 1 year (Preferred)

Work Location: In person