Job Title:

Head Start Assistant Teacher


Focus: Hope

Center Name:

Center for Children

Employment Type:

Regular Full Time

Job Description/ Duties:

Assist in teaching academic and living skills to children ages 3-5 year old in the Head Start classroom by supporting the teacher in implementation of the overall operations of the classroom including and not limited to curriculum delivery, assessment and observation and parent and volunteer engagement.


Major Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Ensure health, welfare, and safety of children enrolled in the class.
  2. Assist with the development of weekly lesson plan relating to the curriculum and each developmental age group.
  3. Assist teacher in completion of all assessment tools and computer entries on an ongoing basis.
  4. Support assigned teacher in managing student behavior throughout daily routine.
  5. Assist teacher in managing classroom structure, i.e. schedule, routines and transitions.
  6. Assist with monthly meetings for parents and recruit their input into planning for classroom activities.
  7. Assist with the daily outdoor play when children are in attendance for 5 or more continuous hours per day.
  8. Assist with the development of written goals and objectives for each child and implement the goals and objectives through individualized, small and large group or other related activities. As the goals/objectives are met, new goals and objective are to be written.
  9. Assist with the completion of Child Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) classroom forms which includes time and attendance taken daily, average daily attendance submitted weekly, meal count sheets are completed at point of service and temperature charts completed daily and submit all forms to CFC administration as instructed either monthly or weekly.
  10. Assist with meeting the Rules and Regulation of Child Care Licensing, CACFP, Health and Fire Department FH grants and Head Start Performance Standards are implemented within the classroom as mandated.
  11. Support Teacher with home visits and parent-teacher conferences.
  12. Communicate and meet regularly with assigned teacher regarding status and needs of the classroom.
  13. Assist in maintaining a neat, appealing, clean classroom and center (including bathrooms, floors, etc.).
  14. Keep informed on developments in Early Childhood Education.
  15. Attends and actively participates in Head Start and Core Knowledge trainings to continue professional growth.
  16. Assist in documenting and ensure that all children participate in transitional activities and field trips as appropriate.
  17. Assist in the setup of children’s meals and engage in sitting with the children during mealtimes and having mealtime conversations.
  18. Assist children with health needs through daily tooth brushing, hand washing and toileting skills.
  19. Assist with updating the assigned class allergy and photograph list. Ensure that it is posted in a confidential manner so that all staff are aware of the special needs of the children.
  20. Assist with sanitizing all equipment, toys and other surfaces weekly or more if needed.
  21. Maintain confidentiality both written and verbal as it relates to children, families and colleagues.
  22. Annually, complete 12 hours of training as outlined in the Licensing rules. Annual training hours may include participation in any of the following: (1) In service- trainings (2) Sessions offered by community groups, faith-based organizations, and child care provider associations (3) Workshops and courses offered by local or intermediate school districts or colleges (4) Trainings, workshops, seminars, and conferences on early childhood, child development or child care administration and practices offered by early childhood organizations (5) Online trainings.


Skills and abilities:

  1. Ability to be flexible as well as work with a team.
  2. Ability to interpret and implement the Michigan Department of Child Care Licensing rules.
  3. Ability to sit on the floor, and lift up to 30 pounds.
  4. Ability to help lead classroom team with effective communication skills, organizational skills, and planning skills. Embraces and supports Focus: HOPE mission related to diversity, inclusiveness and anti-racism.
  5. Ability to interact effectively with individuals from a wide range of cultures. Ability to discuss cultural differences with colleagues and clients.
  6. Ability to assess one’s own strengths and limitations or challenges and integrate this understanding into interpersonal interactions.
  7. Communicate effectively both orally and written with parents, and administrative staff.
  8. Computer skills and basic knowledge.
  9. Must practice good attendance.


Supervision Received

Duties and responsibilities received and supervised by Teacher.


Education and Experience Required

  1. Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development Associate (CDA) or Elementary Education and/or higher degree preferred.
  2. Two years’ experience or higher.
  3. Experience working with children in a federally funded program and/or formal child care setting.
  4. Some knowledge of the COR Assessment tool and High Scope.


Other Qualifications

  1. Must be able to: 1) work with all members of the community regardless of race, gender, age and cultural or ethnic background; 2) work cooperatively with supervisors, colleagues and all agency staff; 3) accept supervision and demonstrate an interest and willingness to continue his/her personal and professional growth and skill development; 4) demonstrate a commitment to the welfare of the children and families the program serves and to the delivery of quality services; 5) work as a positive and productive member of a team; 6) represent the agency in a professional manner.
  2. Must be able to relate to the needs and concerns of low-income children and families. Must be knowledgeable of services provided by various local social service agencies.



To perform the job successfully, an individual should demonstrate the following competencies:

  1. Analytical – Synthesizes complex or diverse information; Uses intuition and experience to complement data; Designs work flows and procedures.
  2. Design – Generates creative solutions; Demonstrates attention to detail.
  3. Problem Solving – Identifies and resolves problems in a timely manner; Gathers and analyzes information skillfully; Develops alternative solutions; Works well in group problem solving situations; Uses reason even when dealing with emotional topics.
  4. Project Management – Coordinates projects; Communicates changes and progress; Completes projects on time and budget.
  5. Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses; Pursues training and development opportunities; Strives to continuously build knowledge and skills; Shares expertise with others.
  6. Customer Service – Manages difficult or emotional customer situations; Responds promptly to customer needs; Solicits customer feedback to improve service; Responds to requests for service and assistance; Meets commitments.
  7. Interpersonal Skills – Focuses on solving conflict, not blaming; Maintains confidentiality; Listens to others without interrupting; Keeps emotions under control; Remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things.
  8. Oral Communication – Speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations; listens and gets clarification; Responds well to questions; Demonstrates group presentation skills; Participates in meetings.
  9. Written Communication – Writes clearly and informatively; edits work for spelling and grammar; Varies writing style to meet needs; Able to read and interpret written information.
  10. Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities; Exhibits objectivity and openness to others’ views; Gives and welcomes feedback; Contributes to building a positive team spirit; Puts success of team above own interests; Able to build morale and group commitments to goals and objectives; Supports everyone’s efforts to succeed.
  11. Visionary Leadership – Displays passion and optimism; Inspires respect and trust.
  12. Change Management – Communicates changes effectively; Builds commitment and overcomes resistance; Prepares and supports those affected by change.
  13. Delegation – Delegates work assignments; Gives authority to work independently; Sets expectations and monitors delegated activities; Provides recognition for results.
  14. Leadership – Exhibits confidence in self and others; Inspires and motivates others to perform well; Accepts feedback from others; Gives appropriate recognition to others.
  15. Quality Management – Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness.
  16. Business Acumen – Understands business implications of decisions; Aligns work with strategic goals.
  17. Cost Consciousness – Works within approved budget; Conserves organizational resources.
  18. Diversity – Demonstrates knowledge of EEO policy; Shows respect and sensitivity for cultural differences; educates others on the value of diversity; promotes a harassment-free environment; Builds a diverse workforce.
  19. Ethics – Treats people with respect; Keeps commitments; inspires the trust of others; Works with integrity and ethically; Upholds organizational values.
  20. Organizational Support – Follows policies and procedures; Completes administrative tasks correctly and on time; supports organization’s goals and values; Supports affirmative action and respects diversity.
  21. Judgment – Displays willingness to make decisions; Exhibits sound and accurate judgment; Supports and explains reasoning for decisions; Includes appropriate people in decision-making process; Makes timely decisions.
  22. Motivation – Sets and achieves challenging goals; Demonstrates persistence and overcomes obstacles; Measures self against standard of excellence; Takes calculated risks to accomplish goals.
  23. Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities; Uses time efficiently; Sets goals and objectives; Develops realistic action plans.
  24. Professionalism – Approaches others in a tactful manner; Reacts well under pressure; Treats others with respect and consideration regardless of their status or position; Accepts responsibility for own actions; Follows through on commitments.
  25. Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness; Looks for ways to improve and promote quality; Applies feedback to improve performance; Monitors own work to ensure quality.
  26. Quantity – Meets productivity standards; Completes work in timely manner; Works quickly.
  27. Safety and Security – Observes safety and security procedures; Reports potentially unsafe conditions.
  28. Adaptability – Adapts to changes in the work environment; Manages competing demands; Changes approach or method to best fit the situation; Able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.
  29. Attendance/Punctuality – Is consistently at work and on time; Arrives at meetings and appointments on time.
  30. Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction; Takes responsibility for own actions; Keeps commitments; Commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals; Completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.
  31. Initiative – Volunteers readily; Undertakes self-development activities; Seeks increased responsibilities; Takes independent actions and calculated risks; Looks for and takes advantage of opportunities; Asks for and offers help when needed.
  32. Innovation – Displays original thinking and creativity; Meets challenges with resourcefulness; Generates suggestions for improving work; Develops innovative approaches and ideas; Presents ideas and information in a manner that gets others’ attention.

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