Now hiring at the following locations:
- Keystone Learning Academy, 1705 South 13th St., Louisville, KY 40210
- Neighborhood House Preschool, 201 North 25 St., Louisville, KY 40212
- St. Benedict Center for Early Childhood, 946 South 25th St., Louisville, KY 40210
- WesKids Child Development Center, 5114 Preston Highway, Louisville, KY 40213
- Auburndale Learning Academy, 7604 Third Street Road, Louisville, KY 40214
The Head Start Teacher is responsible for a Head Start classroom of 3 to 5-year-old children. S/he works collaboratively with an assistant teacher, family members, and other staff to achieve positive outcomes for children of all abilities.
The premise of Head Start is simple: every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to reach their full potential.
Working in partnership with Family & Children's Place, Greater Louisville Head Start is a free program helping nearly 450 families each year by:
- Enhancing each child's growth and development
- Strengthening parents' ability to nurture their child
- Connecting families with needed community resources
- Providing children with educational, health, and nutritional services
Early Head Start is designed for income-eligible children from birth through age 3, with families choosing between daily programs at learning centers around Louisville or weekly home visits. Head Start is designed for income-eligible children from ages 3 to 5 and is offered only at learning centers. Both Early Head Start and Head Start are inclusive of children and families with disabilities and/or special needs.
- Ensure classroom arrangement, materials and displays are organized and conducive to children's learning.
- Maintain positive teacher-child interactions that provide emotional support and behavior management.
- Implement GLHS's chosen curriculum with fidelity, being aware of the big ideas while also following all guidance and resources.
- Prepare or modify weekly lesson plans and prepare to implement individual plans, small-group activities and other curriculum components.
- Provide children with a consistent classroom routine and facilitate all parts of the routine to support child learning.
- Interact with children intentionally throughout the day to provide differentiated support.
- Collect documentation of children through ongoing observation, embedded and direct assessment activities.
- Complete quarterly assessment checkpoints, reliably, for each child.
- Analyze child assessment data and use it to plan and individualize.
- Complete developmental and social-emotional screenings on all children within prescribed time frames.
- Integrate Individual Education Plans (IEPs) or referral action plans for children with diagnosed or suspected special needs.
- Establish positive and productive relationships with families through building rapport and trust.
- Schedule and complete two home visits and two parent-teacher conferences each year.
- Participate in ongoing reflective coaching and self-assessment.
- Collaborate with the assistant teacher and other staff in the center.
- Share pertinent information with family services, disabilities/mental health or health/nutrition staff, as needed, to meet the needs of individual children and families. Participate in case conferences as appropriate.
In addition, the teacher will:
- Know and understand GLHS's School Readiness Goals and strive to help all children achieve them.
- Provide classroom experiences that are developmentally, linguistically, culturally and age-appropriate for the children served.
- Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment, including full supervision of children at all times, and monitoring of daily health/safety practices in accordance with Head Start and childcare licensing requirements.
- Maintain required documentation of activities, including child and family information, assessment data, volunteer logs, etc.
- Participates in assigned meetings, events and training as required.
- AA/AS in Early Childhood Education
- OR BA/BS in Early Childhood Education -OR- State awarded preschool teacher certification with experience teaching preschool aged children-OR- BA/BS in related fields with at least six college courses in Early Childhood Education plus experience teaching preschool aged children (or must agree to complete one of these requirements within 2 years of hire. Tuition assistance is available).
- Physical exam and background checks are required for this position.
- Travel required locally or long-distance up to 10% of the time for work-related meetings and functions.
- Must have a valid state issued ID; valid KY driver's license preferred
- Must have reliable transportation.
Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities:
- Ability to communicate effectively and interact with people from diverse backgrounds.
- Demonstrated computer literacy skills, using MS Office applications and other basic data systems including internet navigation.
- Must be dependable and able to meet deadlines.
Nice To Haves
- Benefits are specific to each employer/child care center and Salary is based on education and experience.
Salary : $15.30 to $18.36/Hr
Minimum Education : High School or Equivalent
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 1 Yr
Location : Louisville, KY