Early Head Start Lead Teacher - Early Childhood Connections

Posted: 01/18/2023

 Early Headstart Infant-Toddler Lead Teacher
  • Early Childhood Connections - USD 489
  • $15.09/hr, 228 working day per year, with 3 additional Paid Holidays
FULL TIME Positions offer Tremendous Benefit Package, including:
  • Full District Paid Single Medical and Dental Coverage
  • Free Annual Eye Exams included with Medical Coverage
  • Ancillary and Voluntary offerings include Vision Materials Coverage
  • District Paid Basic LIfe Insurance, Voluntary Life
  • Short Term Disability, Accident, Critical Illness, Identify Theft Insurance
  • Flexible Spending options for Medical Expenses and Dependent Day Care 
  • District contribution to Health Saving Account 
  • District contribution to 403b retirement plan in addition to KPERS - State of Kansas Retirement Program
  • Tuition Assistance partnership with FHSU 
  • Paid Time Off
  • Seasonal Breaks, Weekends, Holidays Off

Job Description

General Function:
To provide leadership to families, staff, and volunteers in implementing a quality early childhood

Typical Duties and Responsibilities:
1. Provides an open and inviting learning environment.
  •  Provides positive guidance to children, encouraging self-discipline and problem-solving.
  •  Implements a developmentally appropriate curriculum based on individual children’s strengths,
needs, interests, and cultural background.
  •  Works with the coordinator to organize the environment to support children’s development.
  • Supports children’s learning in every area of the classroom and outdoors.
2. Works with families to create the educational curriculum through implementation of individual programs based on strengths, needs and interests using an on-going assessment.
  • Insures completion of assessments on each child and includes families in the process.
  • Develops individualized program plans for each child.
  • Conducts two educational visits in the home with families.
  •  Uses on-going assessment information to develop lesson plans.
3. Works jointly with families to help them develop quality life experiences. Encourages and develops activities which promote family involvement.
  •  Provides guidance and support at socializations.
  •  Models skills which promote healthy environments for children.
  •  Networks families with agencies and each other.
  •  Promotes preventative wellness.
4. Provides competent Center management.
  •  Carries out Performance Standards and established federal and local guidelines.
  • Notifies the Connections office and coordinator of absences as soon as possible and leaves
adequate plans for substitutes.
  • Takes care of school property and resource materials.
  •  Attends and participates in staff meetings (when possible).
5. Provides support, training and feedback for staff, families and volunteers.
  • Trains and guides assistants and volunteers.
  •  Evaluates assistants and volunteers on a timely basis.
  •  Practices and encourages open communication.
  •  Promotes effective problem-solving and conflict resolution.
6. Promotes and respects the Code of Ethical Conduct as set forth by the NAEYC.
  •  Maintains a professional manner and appearance at all times.
  •  Insures confidentiality.
  •  Participates in the development and implementation of a professional development plan. Adheres to a mandatory reporting policy for child abuse and neglect.
  • 7. Completes all other duties as assigned.

Scope of position:
Reports to the Center Coordinator. Receives moderate supervision from coordinator and central office
staff. Supervises children and volunteers. Works with 1-8 staff members and volunteers. Position
requires decision-making related to children, staff and families. Ongoing staff development is an integral
part of the position.
Knowledge, skills, and technical ability:
High School diploma or General Education Degree (GED) and a minimum of 60 hours of college credit in a
related field. (Early childhood or elementary education, nursing, or social services). Prefer candidates with
an AA in Early Childhood or Child Development Associates Credential (CDA in Infant-Toddler).

Must pass prior to starting position:
  •  TB Skin Test
  • Physical Exam
  •  Background Check

Willing to certify:
  •  Child Development Associates Certification (Infant-Toddler)
  •  Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
  •  First Aid

  •  Good communication skills including oral, written, and listening.
  •  Interpersonal skills working with children, volunteers, families and community members.
  •  Ability to make good decisions.
  •  Willingness to work a flexible schedule.
  •  Willingness to work as a team player.
  •  Must have a valid driver’s license and reliable means of transportation.

Working conditions:
Works 80% of the time in the classroom. Conditions may include a high noise level, a fast-paced schedule,
some bending, lifting and carrying. About 15% of the time is spent in planning and paper work and 5% off
site which may include Home Visits. Must be able to lift, move and handle up to 50 pounds. Position
requires much physical activity interacting with children. Office space may be shared with other staff.
The full day, full year program consists of services being provided year round. The classroom will be open
during some days when there are normally no classes in USD 489. Days open will be established on a
yearly basis.
As per USD # 489 Salary Schedule for Parent Educators.
Term of Employment:
  •  At will.
  • 11 month (228 days) position.
 Apply Online at: https://www.applitrack.com/haysusd489/onlineapp/