Greater Louisville Head Start

Head Start Teacher - Child Care Center Based Program

Reference ID : 35378
Location : Louisville, KY
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Full Time



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.

COVID-19 precautions

  • Remote interview process

Nice To Haves

  • Bilingual skills.


  • Benefits are specific to each employer/child care center and Salary is based on education and experience.

Salary : $10.20 to $22.36/Hr
Minimum Education : High School or Equivalent
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 1 Yr
Location : Louisville, KY

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