Head Start Teacher

Community Action Partnership of Kern - Bakersfield, CA

To provide a safe, healthy, developmentally appropriate, educational and supervised environment for children 3-5 years of age (i.e. indoor classroom, outdoor play area, and during field trips).  Encourage parent involvement in all aspects of the program.  To promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children.  To develop individual goals for children, provide ongoing assessments and children’s progress and facilitate transitions to kindergarten.  Responsible for maintaining compliance with all applicable regulations, policies and procedures.



In the absence of the Center Director:  Family Service Worker I/II, Associate Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and Aide/Custodian



Disclaimer – This list is meant to be representative, not exhaustive. Some incumbents may not perform all the duties listed or may perform related duties as assigned. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform essential functions.


A. Essential Job Specific Duties:

  1. Responsible for the completion and maintance of children’s educational records and parent/teacher conferences as required.
  2. Implement the 3 CLASS domains of effective teacher-child interactions in emotional support, classroom organization and instructional support.
  3. Reports all children accidents immediately to Center Director.
  4. Complete the Unusual Incident report in all related events and submit to Center Director immediately.
  5. Adhere to the American with Disabilities Act (ADA 1992), which prohibits discriminatory actions toward children and/or adult with disabilities.  In collaboration with disabilities staff and Local Education Agencies (LEA) ensure the delivery of services to any disabled child in accordance to the goals and objectives of the child’s Individual Education Plan (IEP) and Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP).
  6. Responsible for creating and implementing and ensuring the physical environment is clean, safe, and inviting; is stimulating and conducive to learning; is respectful of the children’s cultures and ethnic diversity and reflects the needs of the children served; space in the classroom is well organized into easily recognizable functional areas.
  7. Responsible for ensuring the completion and implementation of developmentally appropriate lesson plans which provide opportunities for children to participate in a variety of activities indoors and out; provide large group, small group, and individual activities; teacher-initiated and child-initiated activities; and integrate the educational concepts of health, nutrition, and social and emotional well being.
  8. Follow procedures as a mandated report to report suspected child abuse/neglect and ensures compliance.
  9. Implements and maintains compliance with universal precautions in the classroom or during home visits and administering first aid.

10. Prepares and submits accurate and timely reports, assessments and correspondence as required.

11. In collaboration with Center Director, plan and implements monthly fire and emergency drills.

12. Responsible for requisitioning appropriate supplies and materials for the classroom.

13. In collaboration with Center Director and Curriculum Specialist, plans and implements appropriate transitioning activities for children from the Child Development Center into local education agencies.

14. Coordinates and support staff development for the staff, parents and/or volunteers through participation in activity planning, program implementation and classroom record keeping.

15. Responsible for requisitioning appropriate supplies and materials for the classroom.

16. Works in cooperation with mentor coaches as assigned.

17. Maintain confidentiality of records and information on children and families at all times. 


B. Other Job Specific Duties:

  1. Works alternative hours as required.
  2. Prepare, and attends all meetings, trainings, and conferences as assigned.
  3. Maintains safe and functional work environment.
  4. Is proactive in the program effort to recruit and enroll families that qualify for CEDS programs.
  5. Performs other tasks as may be required for the efficient operation of the comprehensive, integrated program.
  6. Center assignment will determine 10-month (part-year) or 12-month (full-year) status.



The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to satisfactorily perform the essential duties and responsibilities.


Knowledge of:

Agency policies and procedures

Applicable federal, state, and local laws, codes, and regulations

Departmental policies and procedures

Regulations governing the administration of Head Start Program and State related programs desirable

Correspondence and report writing practices and procedures

Current problems of socially and economically challenged families 

The contributions of parents and volunteers who may be non-professional

Modern office practices, methods, procedures and equipment including computers

Word processing, spreadsheet, database, and other related software applications


Ability to:

Ability to deal with conceptual matters

Ability to plan, organize, allocate, and control substantial resources.

Ability to communicate effectively

Good interpersonal skills.

Effectively present Head Start program to the general public.

Establish professional working relationships with staff, agencies and parents.

Exhibit an understanding and design of a curriculum which fosters appreciation of cultural and linguistic diversity, integrates health and nutrition education, promotes language development, art, music, and dramatic play, and develops mathematical and science concepts.



The following requirements generally demonstrate possession of the minimum requisite knowledge and ability necessary to perform the duties of the position.


  • Must possess a valid California Teacher’s Permit; by meeting standards established by California Commission on Teacher Credentialing, options 1-3, dated February 1, 1997.
  • Must have an associate degree in child development, early childhood education or related field from an accredited college or university.
  • Experience working in State or Federally Funded Child Care Program is desirable.
  • Bilingual language fluency (Spanish/English) fluency highly desirable




  • Possession of a valid California Driver’s License and State automobile insurance, and acceptable driving record substantiated by a DMV printout.
  • Completion of a physical and substance abuse screening upon offer of employment.
  • Must be fingerprinted if required by funding source or state licensing and have such records filed with the State Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing.
  • Successful completion of TB screening upon employment and every three years thereafter.
  • Must have completed a First Aid/CPR Certificate or will obtain the certification within 90 days of employment.

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Contact Info

Dawn Bledsoe

Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: FT

Location: Bakersfield, CA

Salary: 18.06 - 19.75

Posted On: February 16th, 2018

Agency Details

Website: http://www.capk.org

Since 1965 Community Action Partnership of Kern (CAPK) has been working to provide an integrated network of services as the official anti-poverty agency for the county of Kern.  One of more than 1,000 community action agencies nationwide, CAPK is one of Kern County’s largest nonprofit 501(c) (3) corporations. Through a variety of programs and in collaboration with other human services agencies and organizations, CAPK helps low-income residents pursue their educational goals, secure and retain employment, maintain adequate housing, access medical services, obtain utility bill payment subsidies and residential weatherization assistance, counteract hunger and food insecurity, obtain child care and preschool education, and engage in personal and family development opportunities to build and achieve individual and family self-sufficiency.