*Head Start Teacher* 3's classroom

Marin Head Start - Novato , CA


    Marin Head Start Program


Job Title:                    Head Start Teacher     

Reports to:                  Supervisor

Job Status:                  40 Hrs – per week / Salaried / Full Benefits/10 month

Job Summary:              Under the supervision of the supervisor, the Teacher is responsible for supporting the

                                       overall functioning of the preschool classroom and ensuring that daily program is

                                       meeting the Head Start Performance Standards and Licensing Regulations. 


Primary Responsibilities

Child Health and Development

  • Create a warm, accepting and developmentally appropriate environment, which encourages the cognitive      physical, emotional and social development of preschool child and family.
  • Provides an environment that meets all the requirements of Community Care Licensing.
  • Demonstrate the competencies to review data, plan and implement a program that promotes the physical and social emotional development of children by planning and implementing      developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports positive growth of      the whole child. This is includes school readiness skills and home school      connections.
  • Create a weekly written curriculum utilizing computer based program developed to support ongoing assessment, observation and lesson planning.
  • Provide positive guidance to children.
  • Promote good health and nutrition and provide an environment that contributes to the prevention of illness. Develop and implement daily cleaning and sanitizing procedures.
  • Reinforce the role of the parent as primary  caregiver and educator of their child.
  • Ensure that screening takes place on each  child for possible developmental delays and that appropriate referrals are  made to Disabilities Specialist for children who are suspect for special  needs.
  • Implement a system of observing children, recording observations and developing individualized curriculum for the children based on program guidelines.
  • Build community connections with public school that allow for appropriate transitions of Head Start children and families.
  • Other Duties as assigned


Family Development

  • To establish positive and productive relationships with parents including communicating with parents and other staff in a respectful and effective manner.
  • Support parents as they gain knowledge of basic child development concepts and work with parents to develop home interactions and activities based on each child’s assessment and identified needs.
  • Insure that information is shared with parents on  a regular basis regarding the growth and development of their child including scheduled parent conferences and home visits.
  • Participate with other staff in case management conferences for children and families on a regular basis.
  • Participate in parent club planning to provide meaningful experiences for parents.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Supervision and Teambuilding

  • Support all center staff and directly supervise the Associate Teacher and Site Assistant.
  • Use of reflective supervision and other techniques that support positive growth through clear communication, honest and frequent feedback.
  • Complete performance reviews for assigned staff.
  • Assist in supporting and developing ongoing  professional development plan.
  • Assist in new employee orientation.
  • Depending on the site may serve as the designated site director for Community Care Licensing purposes.
  • Schedule/arrange for staffing to cover absences.
  • Insure that necessary paperwork is completed in a timely manner.
  • Support and facilitate team building through  activities, clear communication, and shared problem solving and  decision-making.
  • Participate in case conference meetings on a regular basis to consider family needs.
  • Integrate results of screenings/assessments and family partnership plans into planning for center routine, parent conference, parent meeting and other program activities.
  • Organize and maintain system for facility management including ordering supplies and equipment.
  • Maintain confidentiality according to program guidelines.
  • Read, understand and implement program policies and procedures.
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • Regular one on one meetings with supervisor
  • Site meetings as scheduled
  • Classroom team meetings monthly
  • Case conference meetings with assigned advocate
  • One on one meetings with Associate Teacher(s) and      Site Assistant
  • Regularly scheduled parent meetings
  • Staff meetings and trainings.
  • Additional meetings as requested.


Education /Experience:

  • BA in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, Human Development, Sociology or an AA or BA in a related field and eligible for a valid California Child Development Teacher Permit.


  • BA in any field and a member of Teach for America.
  • Three (3) units of Administration may be required depending on site.
  • At least one year experience working with groups of children under age five.
    • Experience in supervising adults.
    • Basic computer skills including ability to enter data into TS GOLD computer based system.
    • Demonstrated ability to work well with parents.
    • Strong verbal/ written communication.
    • Experience working with low-income families desirable.
    • Bilingual English/Spanish desirable.
    • Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards desirable
  • Must have Pediatric First Aid and Infant/Child CPR or be willing to obtain within first two weeks of      employment.
  • Must have a current Criminal Record Clearance with current Child Abuse Index Check on file with Community Care Licensing  or provide fingerprints and a Child Abuse Index Check resulting in a      Criminal Record Clearance from the Department of Justice prior to beginning employment.
  • Successfully complete an employment physical and provide proof of the absence of TB within 7 days of hire date.
  • Provide the proof of completing the measles and pertussis vaccine


Physical Requirements

  • Physical agility to lift and carry objects up to 25 pounds and children up to 40 pound for safety reasons.
  • Physical agility  to bend, stoop, walk, reach overhead, push, pull, squat, twist, kneel, and turn.
  • Fine Motor physical ability including simple and power grasp, pull, twist, and grip.




How to Apply

Please send resume and cover letter to the email address below

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Contact Info

Kelsey Lombardi, 415-883-3791 x13

Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: FT

Location: Novato , CA

Salary: 17.44 - 20.71

Posted On: August 2nd, 2017

Agency Details

Website: http://camarin.org/children-services/marin-head-start-program.html

Marin Head Start is a small, but mighty, Head Start program striving towards excellence in the work we do. To be a part of a quality program like Marin Head Start means that we offer integrated services for low-income children and families through a team approach, we believe relationships are the foundation of our work, we learn together in agency wide trainings, and exemplify best practice. Equally important our staff love what they do!  Come share in our success....