Job Description

Overall Job Objective

What Success Looks Like In This Job

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We are seeking a caring, organized Teacher to perform a variety of duties involved in planning and implementing instructional and recreational activities appropriate for the needs and skills of the children enrolled in our Head Start Program.

  • Hiring Salary Range: Teacher I - 39,495.24 - 45,419.52 per year, Non-Stretch rate, dependent upon qualifications.
  • Hiring Salary Range: Teacher II - 44,376.85 - 51,033.37 per year, Non-Stretch rate, dependent upon qualifications.

Examples of Duties for Success

  • Develop, prepare, and implement daily, weekly and monthly instructional activities in accordance with Head Start Program standards, taking into consideration the needs and skills of the children; participate in curriculum design and application.
  • Provide instruction to children involved in various classroom activities including educational programs to develop children's growth in socio-emotional, psychomotor, cognitive/language, health and personal hygiene skills, using DAP activities and best practices.
  • Observe, record, and evaluate each child's activity, performance, behavior and development; develop and modify individual education plans; identify and convey individual child behavior problems.
  • Adapt and individualize program to meet the needs of each child; coordinate with consultants and attend IEP staffing.
  • Support ethnic/racial/cultural diversity in students.
  • Implement the nutrition program in the classroom.
  • Attend staff meetings, workshops, formal classes, and in-service training classes to continually advance teaching skills and knowledge.
  • Screen children in all areas of development (language, hearing, vision, and diagnostic screenings).
  • Meet the individual needs of all children in the Head Start Program.
  • Attend and participate in staff meetings and program events as requested.
  • Ensure that the appearance, cleanliness, and safe environment of classroom is appropriately maintained.
  • Direct the activities of other staff in the classroom to ensure the classroom functions in an orderly manner, including completion and monitoring of daily health & safety checklists.
  • Physically arrange the classroom into well-defined interest centers.
  • Schedule and conduct home visits and parent/teacher conferences with families.
  • Prepare various reports and performance appraisals for Assistant Teachers and Classroom Aides.
  • Maintain on-going contact with parents; encourage and promote parent involvement; work with parents in developing an understanding of their role as primary educator of their children; encourage parents in the reinforcement and transfer of concepts and behaviors from the school to the home setting; schedule and participate in parent conferences; visit parents; prepare home activities for parents and children.
  • Work with parents and local school districts to ensure a smooth transition from Head Start to public school.
  • Recruit volunteer parents to assist in the classroom.
  • Organize and direct field trips.
  • Attend parent meetings as required.
  • Assist in all forms of communication with parents.
  • Maintain parent board and other bulletin boards.
  • Ensure that all classroom/outdoor equipment is in good working condition and is used /maintained properly.
  • Ensure the accuracy and completion of daily health checks on all children.
  • Ensure the accuracy and completion of Health and Safety Checklists.
  • Ensure the accuracy and completion of Record of Meals, meeting SOP timelines.
  • Assist children with a family style mealtime and clean up, nuturing social/emotional and self-help development.
  • Accept temporary work assignments within Adams County in the event regularly scheduled personnel are not available.
  • Perform other related duties and responsibilities as required.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Basic principles of child development theory and early childhood education.
  • Basic principles and practices of instructional program development.
  • Appropriate activities for children of various age and skill levels.
  • Principles and procedures of record keeping and report writing.
  • Bus transportation for Head Start and School District.
  • Pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations, including childcare licensing regulations.
  • Maintain professional boundaries and confidentiality
  • Learn and apply the policies and procedures of the Head Start Program.
  • Learn pertinent Federal, State, and local laws, codes, and regulations.
  • Learn principles of supervision and training.
  • Instruct and supervise children involved in Head Start Program activities.
  • Observe, record, and evaluate child activity, performance, behavior, and development.
  • Apply appropriate disciplinary action.
  • Successfully complete TS GOLD Reliability yearly.
  • Communicate clearly and concisely, both orally and in writing.
  • Establish, maintain, and foster positive and harmonious working relationships with those contacted in the course of work.
  • Demonstrate professional and positive attitude and appearance.
  • Demonstrate willingness to serve and a passion for exceeding customer service expectations.
  • Safely operate an automobile.

Qualifications for Success

Teacher I Qualifications

  • Experience: Two (2) years experience in early childhood education.
  • Education and Training:
    • Associate of Arts degree is required, with major course work in early childhood education or a related field.
    • Preference given to candidates possessing Bachelor's/Advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field.
  • License or Certificate: 
    • Valid Colorado Drivers License and Proof of vehicle insurance. A Motor Vehicle record check will be conducted.
    • Ability to obtain CPR and First Aid Certification.
  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check, FBI background check, and Central Registry check.
Teacher II Qualifications
  • Any combination of experience and training that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities is qualifying. A typical way to obtain the knowledge and abilities would be:
  • Experience: Three (3) years of experience in early childhood education. 
  • Education and Training: Bachelor of Arts degree with major course work in early childhood education or a related field.
  • License or Certificate: 
    • A Child Development Associate (CDA) credential appropriate to age of children being served OR
    • A State-awarded certificate for preschool teachers that meets or exceeds CDA requirements.
    • Must possess, or have the ability to obtain a valid Colorado Drivers License and Proof of vehicle insurance. A Motor Vehicle record check will be conducted.
    • Ability to obtain CPR and First Aid Certification.
  • Background Check: Must pass a criminal background check, FBI background check, and Central Registry check.

More Qualifications for Success


  • Ability to sit, stand, walk, run, kneel, crouch, stoop, squat, crawl, twist, and climb.
  • Must complete physical examination and TB test upon hire.
  • Ability to lift up to 45 pounds.
  • Exposure to childhood diseases.
Work Schedule: Monday - Friday, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., with some evenings.

Application Instructions

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