United Children's Services of Bennington County/ Bennington County Head Start- Early Head Start

Teacher Assistant / Bus Driver (Early Childhood)

Reference ID : 56645
Location : Bennington, VT
Category : None
Job Type : Full Time



Provides bus transportation for enrolled children in a safe and timely manner to and from the North Bennington Campus. Acts as a liaison between the program and parents by communicating effectively, as well as retrieving and disseminating documentation that goes back and forth between school and the parents. Under the direction of the head teacher and/or the child care coordinator or education manager, helps to create and maintain an atmosphere in the classroom in which children feel welcome, valued, comfortable and secure. In addition, assists teacher to involve parents in educational activities and participates in classroom activities.

Head Start Program will pay for the ideal candidate to obtain CDL



Transports children to and from Head Start at the North Bennington Campus, conducts field trips, and summer programs, as needed. Assists in providing required pedestrian/safety trainings to parents, children, bus monitor, and staff as mandated by federal and state regulations. Conducts emergency evacuation drills as scheduled. Maintains vehicle cleanliness and provides vehicle inspections and reports to facilities and transportation supervisor as required.


Maintains records for each bus family as required, including all emergency contacts and procedures. Keeps record of contacts with parents by entering case notes into the Child Plus database. Maintains daily inspection logs for the bus, daily attendance logs for children, and all records pertaining to CDL. Produces timesheets and UCS facility / maintenance inspections and requests in an accurate and timely manner.


The Classroom Assistant cooperates with the teacher to plan a schedule of daily activities, to plan field trips and special projects, and prepare educational materials and classroom environment for daily activities. Acts as the Teacher in Teacher's absence.


As directed by teacher, the classroom assistant will supervise play activities, participate in activities and direct small and large group activities. Will also observe, record and report children's behavior and play. He/she will help children with self-care routines and provide aid to children who experience difficulty or loss of control, and intervene in situations where injury may result. May provide supervision in the classroom, at offsite experiences and field trips.


The Classroom Assistant will maintain educational supplies and art materials, monitor equipment and supplies and cooperate with the teacher to maintain an orderly classroom environment. This includes assisting the teacher and children with clean-up at mealtime and after playtime.


In addition, provides childcare during after-hours parent events at minimum two shifts per year; during events, completes intake forms with parents. Helps parents to feel comfortable in their role as classroom helpers, and involves parents in activities and projects. Also, the classroom assistant refers parent's questions to the teacher as appropriate. To meet changing needs of families, it may be necessary to schedule meetings and family events after regular hours.


  • High School Diploma or Equivalent. 
  • Per OHS requirement, must hold a valid Child Development Associate (CDA) or Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (AA), or be enrolled in a program leading to a CDA or AA within 2 years of employment start date.
  • Valid commercial driver's license with passenger endorsement or willing to get one within 2-3 months of hire date.

Nice To Haves


Employee perks and benefits include:

  • Health, Dental and Vision Insurance
  • 403(b) Retirement Plan with Matching Contribution
  • Section 125 Flexible Spending Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Employer Sponsored Life Insurance
  • Employer Sponsored Disability Income Benefits
  • Paid Leave
  • Relias On-Line Learning System Access
  • Employer Sponsored Training and Development (including CPR, CPI, Mental Health First Aid)
  • Emergency Loan and Leave Bank Programs
  • Professional License Fee Reimbursements
  • Applicant Referral Bonus
  • Award winning Worksite Wellness Program
  • Access to corporate discounts and company events

About Us

United Children's Services of Bennington County/ Bennington County Head Start- Early Head Start operates 5STAR sites in North Bennington, Bennington, and Pownal VT, and serving children ages 6 weeks- 5 years and their families with comprehensive early childhood education. Our programs make up the Early Childhood Services Division of our grantee agency, United Counseling Services.

We are proud to announce that UCS has been selected as the Best Place to Work and the Best Community Service Organization for the 2020 Readers Choice award!

An established leader and provider of health and human services in Southern Vermont, United Counseling Service provides nearly 3,000 people each year with a broad range of mental health, developmental and children's services along with early childhood education. Approximately 300 employees are making a positive difference at 16 facilities operating throughout Bennington County.

Our employees are creative, thoughtful, energetic, forward thinking and empowered. UCS is living its mission: Building a stronger community by empowering individuals to live healthy and meaningful lives. If you want to make a difference and help those who need it most, consider joining our team. UCS is a great place to work and a great place to get care.

UCS is an equal opportunity employer. We celebrate diversity and are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees.

Apply online, or contact us

Division of Human Resources

(802) 442-5491


Minimum Education : High School or Equivalent
Job Type : Full Time
Category : None
Minimum Experience : None
Location : Bennington, VT

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