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Co-Teacher, Early Childhood

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Safford, AZ


Assist the lead teacher in providing a warm and nurturing environment in which each child can grow physically, emotionally, socially and intellectually.  In cooperation with the Lead Teacher, plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets Head Start standards and NAEYC quality programming practice.  Substitute for and lead the class in the absence of the Lead Teacher.


  • Interact, initiate, and encourage children in daily activities to lead their own small groups, share and learn from each other.
  • Use a positive and appropriate approach always using consistent techniques to assist with children’s behaviors.
  • Facilitate self-regulation & responsibility in children, intervening as needed to guide children to settle disputes/differences and to ensure safety.
  • Serve meals and snacks to children and comply with CACFP regulations. (i.e. family-style serving, complete required training, monitor meal portions, count and record totals daily.)
  • Help children gain knowledge of positive interactive social skills through communication and modeling.
  • Maintain positive communication with parents to encourage each parent to feel comfortable and secure at the center.
  • Assist the lead teacher in planning activities, creating and maintaining a classroom environment to enhance learning based on the needs and interests of each child. Work as a collaborative member of a team, being flexible to meet the needs of the families and program.
  • Meet the Head Start curriculum and practice standards through teaching, planning, paperwork, observations and family partnerships.
  • Comply with all NAEYC criteria to maintain high quality early childhood program.
  • Assist lead teacher in record keeping & on-going observations and assessments of children’s health, behavior, and development.
  • Include children of all abilities in every aspect of the program.
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and obtain 24 training hours per year.


  • Ability to relate joyfully and sensitively with children and to work well with all ages of enrolled children (12 months to 5 years old).
  • Able to approach work with families in an empathetic, nonjudgmental, respectful and professional manner.
  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate and best educational practices support by research and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of NAEYC Accreditation Criteria and Quality practice.
  • Knowledge of Head Start & Early Head Start curriculum and practices.
  • Good communication skills; written and verbal.
  • Knowledge and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Knowledge of how to include children with special needs in every aspect the day’s routine and learning.
  • Ability to be self-directed and also take direction.
  • Ability to handle crisis situations.
  • Commitment to maintain strict confidentiality regarding children and families.
  • Conduct self in a professional manner at all times.

Please review the requirements listed below to determine if you can work in the above capacity.


  • Stooping, bending
  • Up and down from 12” – 14” chairs
  • Up and down from carpeting
  • Moving quickly around objects
  • Lifting of up to 50 lbs

May also do the following:

  • Run, jump, jog
  • Push and pull up to 25 lbs. force
  • Stepping up and down of up to 17” in height


Preschool Classrooms (3-5 yr olds)

  • Minimum CDA in preschool age group or
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in other field and willingness to complete 21 units of coursework in ECE

Toddler Classrooms (1-3 yr olds)

  • Minimum Infant/Toddler CDA (Candidates currently  in the process of acquiring an Infant/Toddler CDA must complete their CDA by 9/30/2010) or
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education or
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in other field with demonstrated coursework in early childhood development, preferably infant/toddler development that meets CDA coursework requirements.
  • Consideration may be given to applicants with other degrees.


  • Must possess a High School Diploma or GED and
  • Have a minimum of 6 months documented experience working in a paid or volunteer position in an early childhood setting and
  • Submit a current Fingerprint Clearance Card on hire OR pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment and submit the Fingerprint Clearance Card after hire and
  • Pass an agency paid physical exam and
  • Pass a TB screening and
  • Successfully complete pediatric CPR and First Aid within 6 weeks of hire.


Qualified employees who are interested in applying must first notify their current Supervisor of their intent to apply for another job opening within EBF for informational purposes.

Qualified employees must have held their current position with EBF for a least twelve (12) consecutive months and, have a satisfactory performance record and have no disciplinary actions during the last twelve (12) consecutive months.

Must submit a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card on hire OR pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment and submit an active Fingerprint Clearance Card after hire.

Maintain a current valid driver’s license, proof of insurance, and a driving record that meets EBF requirements.

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