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Become A Head Start Teacher

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Working As A Head Start Teacher

  • Assisting and Caring for Others
  • Thinking Creatively
  • Establishing and Maintaining Interpersonal Relationships
  • Communicating with Supervisors, Peers, or Subordinates
  • Making Decisions and Solving Problems
  • $33,400

    Average Salary

What Does A Head Start Teacher Do At Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

* Adhere to all policies and standards as per Tribal Personnel Policies Head Start Performance Standards, NYS OCFS Child Care Licensing Regulations, and all other applicable regulations pertaining to health, safety and sanitation.
* Conduct and document two home visits and two parent/teacher conferences per school year.
* Complete threeassessments per school year utilizing the Creative Curriculum Developmental Continuum.
* Develop and implement lesson plans to meet the developmental outcomes outlined for each child.
* Document a minimum of 3 observations per week for each child enrolled in the classroom to be utilized during lesson planning and child assessment.
* Report all incidents, injuries, accidents or allegations of abuse to Education Supervisor, complete necessary documentation to forward designated personnel.
* Document in the classroom log and inform the Ed.
* Supervisor of any issues that may affect the development of the children.
* Submit a monthly log and report to the Education Supervisor that will include at a minimum; in-kind records, daily attendance, meal counts and educational updates.
* Submit weekly lesson plans to the Education Supervisor for each calendar month
* Establish a daily routine in individual classroom environment, incorporating a variety of teaching techniques including modeling, observing, questioning, demonstrating and reinforcing.
* Follow behavior management and discipline policies as dictated by the program.
* Maintain open communication with parents by sharing information regarding lesson plans, suggesting activities to reinforce learning, and sharing a monthly newsletter.
* Participate and assist in facilitating classroom procedures during monthly fire drills.
* Work in a close relationship with the Teacher Aide, Family Service staff, Registered Nurse, Education Supervisor, management and consultants to ensure quality education for the children.
* Provide leadership, mentorship and empowerment to the Head Start Teacher Aides.
* Handle concerns and complaints expeditiously and effectively.
* Completes other duties as assigned by supervisor

What Does A Head Start Teacher Do At Childcare Network

* Responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
* Planning, teaching and implementing the curriculum for all children from infants through preschool children
* Providing love and quality care for the children throughout the day in order to meet their emotional and physical needs
* Planning and executing indoor and outdoor experiences appropriate to the developmental levels of the children
* Interacting with children both physically and verbally throughout the day
* Assisting children with their personal hygiene and clean up of classroom
* Serve and eat meals with the children
* Meet with parents, staff, and administration
* Attend in-service and staff development training programs
* Familiarity with state licensing requirements and CNI

What Does A Head Start Teacher Do At Rocky Boy Head Start

* Takes responsibility for entire classroom operations, supervision, and discipline of children
* Participates in staff meeting to prepare and discuss lessons plans field trips, etc
* Attends parent meetings, extra-curricular activities and special events whenever scheduled; (e.g,Christmas, plays, concerts, etc.)Supervises teacher assistants assigned to specific daily group activities (e.g., aides and volunteers.)Prepares and implements the daily activity plan
* Provides center information to parents through notes, newsletters, teacher assistants, and children
* Maintains an orderly physical environment conducive to optimal growth and development of children
* Greets children as they come into the classroom
* Maintains daily students records, medical reports, tests, and all other permanent information in child'scumulative folders
* Keeps daily attendance records of each child and turns in at the end of each month
* Establishes and posts safety rules for adults and children
* Supervises children during meal time, sacks, on playground, art, library, music, and physical education
* Makes home visits regarding child's progress and enrollment
* Arranges and coordinates parent/staff meetings
* Posses knowledge of school policies and procedures and abides by them
* Works with children who have disabilities
* Performs additional duties assigned by the Education Manager and Head Start

What Does A Head Start Teacher Do At Northern Rivers Family Services

* Plan and implement individualized, developmentally appropriate, nurturing care for infants and toddlers in a center-based setting
* Coordinate use of community resources to enrich the learning environment
* Support program philosophy that parents are the primary educators and nurturers of their children
* Supervise Teacher Assistants and provide direction to supervisees and volunteers
* Coordinate screening tools, records, and required documentation
* Enhance the relationship of parents and their children by encouraging parent participation
* Oversee and assist with classroom cleanup and follow universal precautions daily
* Assist children in transitioning beginning and end of each day and during field trips
* Participate in program Self
* Assessment Review Team
* Maintain program standards regarding confidentiality and professional boundaries

What Does A Head Start Teacher Do At YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

* Demonstrate enthusiasm and interpersonal skills in order to relate well with children, parents, co-workers, administrators and community.
* Model and promote high-quality teaching and learning in the classroom that promotes academic readiness.
* Obtain information regarding families’ social-cultural background and design meaningful learning experiences for children based on their findings.
* Responsive to, and respectful of, children’s culture and home language.
* Integrates collaborative partnership with parents and families to address individual needs.
* Support and embrace the agency written plan for continuity of care.
* Assist the Early Head Start Teacher in rigorous academic instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) that will support children’s academic, intellectual and linguistic development.
* Assist the Early Head Start Teacher in utilizing fidelity measures to support curriculum implementation and informing linguistic and culturally responsive practices.
* Maintain awareness and supervision of the needs of the entire classroom and ensure the health and physical safety of children, at all times.
* Interact with, and assist, children individually or in small groups in order to guide and reinforce learning concepts.
* Organize and supervise games and other recreational activities to promote physical, mental and social development.
* Guide and support all children, including dual language learners and those with special needs.
* Model and promote appropriate English grammar, language, positive interactions and discipline and interactions for children and parents.
* Establish a professional rapport and work cooperatively with adults assigned to the classroom (i.e., Teacher, Aide, Parents, and Volunteers), establishing clear expectations for roles and responsibilities.
* Develop effective partnerships with families and encourage parent involvement through a variety of methods (e.g., classroom parent meetings & events, center-wide activities).
* Complete at least thirty clock hours of professional development annually, through participation in offered trainings, workshops, in-service days, all staff conferences and maintain log of professional development achievements, including documents supporting completion.
* Participate and support agency/center efforts toward recruitment, enrollment, attendance and retention of eligible families.
* Adhere to Head Start Performance Standards, Developmentally Appropriate Practices and the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Two’s.
* Lesson Planning and Classroom Management
* Collaborate with classroom team members to develop lesson plans with goals, objectives, activities and outcomes for children that integrate health, nutrition, mental health, disabilities and parent involvement.
* Assist in the planning, preparation and delivery of age appropriate instructional activities that facilitate active learning experiences and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of each child.
* This includes both indoor and outdoor activities.
* Gather, arrange and display children’s work to help develop perceptual skills and in a manner appropriate for their eye level
* Establish and maintain an attractive, clean, safe and engaging classroom environment which includes positive guidance techniques and that encourages children's independence and self-selection of activities.
* Model and implement family style eating during meal times.
* Regularly sanitize all surfaces, classroom toys, equipment and laundry.
* Assist with classroom management, arrangement, organization, and labeling materials.
* Assume joint share of classroom team to maintain a safe, clean, environment, and practice good personal hygiene and frequent hand washing.
* Assist with completion of classroom inventory quarterly; and the selection of materials and equipment to support instruction and children’s learning.
* Issue and change furnishings and materials to maintain and encourage new learning.
* Assist in Evaluations, Assessments, and Reports
* Timely and accurately administer required screenings.
* Observe, document and assess children’s health, skills, behavior, growth and development.
* Follow established system for collecting and managing daily observations of children, including weekly entries on-line.
* Take pictures and maintain anecdotal notes, written observations, and other approved forms of documentation for each child.
* Maintain documentation of each child’s progress and growth according to Head Start guidelines and the methods of Teaching Strategies GOLD.
* Input classroom data into appropriate information systems, as required (TSG, Home Visits and Parent/Teacher Conferences).
* Adhere to timelines and complete child assessment information, at least four times annually.
* Complete all necessary paperwork for classroom activities including attendance and meal count sheets.
* Assume joint share of the classroom team to maintain and ensure accurate and up to date education folders and portfolios for each child.
* Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
* Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
* Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
* Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
* Completing all child abuse prevention training as required

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How To Become A Head Start Teacher

Education and training requirements vary based on settings and state regulations. They range from a high school diploma and certification to a college degree.


In childcare centers, preschool teachers generally are required to have a least a high school diploma and a certification in early childhood education. However, employers may prefer to hire workers with at least some postsecondary education in early childhood education.

Preschool teachers in Head Start programs are required to have at least an associate’s degree. However, at least 50 percent of all preschool teachers in Head Start programs nationwide must have a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Those with a degree in a related field must have experience teaching preschool-age children.

In public schools, preschool teachers are generally required to have at least a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or a related field. Bachelor’s degree programs teach students about children’s development, strategies to teach young children, and how to observe and document children’s progress.

Licenses, Certifications, and Registrations

Some states require preschool teachers to obtain the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential offered by the Council for Professional Recognition. Obtaining the CDA credential requires coursework, experience in the field, a written exam, and observation of the candidate working with children. The CDA credential is valid for three years and requires renewal.

Some states recognize the Certified Childcare Professional (CCP) designation offered by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation. Some of the requirements needed to obtain the CCP include that the candidate must be 18 years old, have a high school diploma, have experience in the field, take courses in early childhood education, and pass an exam. The CCP accreditation requires renewal every two years through the CCP maintenance process.

In public schools, preschool teachers must be licensed to teach early childhood education, which covers preschool through third grade. Requirements vary by state, but they generally require a bachelor’s degree and passing an exam to demonstrate competency. Most states require teachers to complete continuing education credits to maintain their license.

Other Experience

A few states require preschool teachers to have some work experience in a childcare setting. The amount of experience necessary varies by state. In these cases, preschool teachers often start out as childcare workers or teacher assistants.

Important Qualities

Communication skills. Preschool teachers need good communication skills to talk to parents and colleagues about students’ progress. They need good writing and speaking skills to convey this information effectively. They must also be able to communicate well with small children.

Creativity. Preschool teachers must plan lessons that engage young students. In addition, they need to adapt their lessons to suit different learning styles.

Interpersonal skills. Preschool teachers must understand children’s emotional needs and be able to develop good relationships with parents, children, and colleagues.

Organizational skills. Teachers need to be organized to plan lessons and keep records of their students.

Patience. Working with children can be frustrating, and preschool teachers should be able to respond calmly to overwhelming and difficult situations.

Physical stamina. Working with children can be physically taxing, so preschool teachers should have a lot of energy.


Experienced preschool teachers can advance to become the director of a preschool or childcare center or a lead teacher, who may be responsible for the instruction of several classes. Those with a bachelor's degree in early childhood education frequently are qualified to teach kindergarten through grade 3, in addition to preschool. Teaching positions at these higher grades typically pay more. For more information, see the profiles on preschool and childcare center directors and kindergarten and elementary school teachers.

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Head Start Teacher Demographics


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  • White

  • Hispanic or Latino

  • Asian

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  • Black or African American

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Languages Spoken

  • Spanish

  • Chinese

  • Mandarin

  • Portuguese

  • French

  • Vietnamese

  • Japanese

  • Russian

  • Swedish

  • German

  • Greek

  • Hmong

  • Dari

  • Turkish

  • Cantonese

  • Arabic

  • Korean

  • Malayalam

  • Italian

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Real Head Start Teacher Salaries

Job Title Company Location Start Date Salary
Head Start Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Capitol Heights, MD Jul 01, 2011 $53,581
Head Start Teacher Brackett Independent School District Brackettville, TX Jul 11, 2013 $46,510
Head Start Teacher Prince George's County Public Schools Upper Marlboro, MD May 02, 2011 $44,799 -
Head Start Teacher Crossroads Youth & Family Services, Inc. Norman, OK Apr 18, 2016 $33,571
Head Start Teacher/Supervisor Lulac Head Start Inc. New Haven, CT Dec 20, 2009 $33,392 -
Head Start Teacher Paradise Christian School & Development Center, In Hialeah, FL Sep 28, 2014 $26,060
Head Start Teacher Paradise Christian School & Development Center, In Hialeah, FL Sep 28, 2011 $26,000

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Top Skills for A Head Start Teacher


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Top Head Start Teacher Skills

  1. Child Care
  2. Weekly Lesson Plans
  3. Creative Curriculum
You can check out examples of real life uses of top skills on resumes here:
  • Coordinated community recruitment efforts that provided child care education and referrals.
  • Developed weekly lesson plans for children in various stages of cognitive and physical development.
  • Created and implemented lessons based on Teaching Strategies Creative Curriculum standards.
  • Transferred to the Webster Center as a lead teacher in the preschool classroom ages 3 to 5.
  • Prepared required Federal reports and performed ongoing monitoring of Federal performance standards in accordance with agency policy groups and governing boards.

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