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Lead Teacher- Early Head Start

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Safford, AZ

Title:            Head Start Lead Teacher

Location:    Safford

Status:        Full-time

Educational Qualifications:

Preschool Classrooms (3-5 yr olds)

  • Minimum Associate degree in  ECE or
  • Bachelor’s degree in ECE  or
  • Associate or Bachelor’s degree in other field with 24 units of coursework equivalent to a major in Early Childhood Education

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.


Have a minimum of 6 months documented experience working in a paid or volunteer position in an early childhood setting


Provide a warm and nurturing environment in which each child can grow physically, socially, emotionally, and intellectually.  Plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets Head Start standards and NAEYC high quality programming practices. Ensure compliance at all times with Arizona Department of Health Services and Office of Child Care Licensure rules and regulations in classroom and playgrounds as well as HS/EHS National Performance Standards.


  1. Interact, initiate, and encourage children in daily activities to lead their own small groups, share and learn from each other.
  2. Help children control behavior using a positive age-appropriate approach always using consistent techniques.
  3. Facilitate a sense of self-regulation & responsibility in children, intervening only as needed to guide children in settling disputes/differences and always ensuring safety.
  4. Serve meals and snacks to children and comply with CACFP regulations. (i.e. complete required training, monitor meal portions, counts and record totals daily.)
  5. Help children gain knowledge of positive interactive social skills through communication and modeling.
  6. Plan activities, creating and maintaining a classroom environment to enhance learning based on the needs and interests of children.
  7. Meet the Head Start curriculum and practice standards through teaching, planning, paperwork, observations and family partnerships.
  8. Comply with all NAEYC criteria to maintain a high quality early childhood program.
  9. Maintain records & observe children’s health, behavior, and development.
  10. Keep parents and administrators informed of progress and development of children attending the program. 
  11. Identify concerns and make referrals as necessary to appropriate agencies.
  12. Serve as a mentor to co-teacher and support staff and aid in training them in Head Start, NAEYC, Easter Seals Blake Foundation, AZ Dept. of Health Services and Office of Licensure rules and regulations for classroom environments.
  13. Supervise and evaluate performance of co-teacher and others that work closely with children in your room (i.e. educational support staff, subs).
  14. Maintain, collect information from parents and update HS/EHS children’s files ensuring compliance with regulations in OHS National Performance Standards.
  15. Use a variety of teaching strategies to encourage learning, following the individual child’s lead and preferred learning approach.
  16. Assess all children using selected screening and assessment tools (i.e. Ages and Stages, OUNCE, Accuscreen & Work Sampling).  Follow procedures to ensure documentation of required information in Child Plus.  Communicate results in quarterly parent conferences and home visits and through jointly developed family partnership agreements (FPA’s).
  17. Establish and maintain good communication with parents through monthly newsletter, monthly calendars, and parent/teacher conferences four times a year and on a daily informal basis.
  18. Attend staff orientation, staff meetings, class programs, parent meetings and special events sponsored by the center.
  19. Prepare shopping lists, complete order requests for new equipment/ supplies and prepare material needed in the classroom.



  1. Ability to relate joyfully and sensitively with children and to approach work with families in an empathetic, nonjudgmental, respectful and professional manner
  2. Excellent communication skills: written and verbal.
  3. Ability to complete and submit all required paperwork promptly (i.e. end of month reports, lesson plans, Child Plus data, Accident Reports, assessments, FPA’s, etc.)
  4. Evidence of emotional maturity, stability and professionalism.
  5. Ability to recognize and to record significant individual and group behavior.
  6. Ability to lead a team of co-teachers and assistants.
  7. Knowledge of NAEYC Accreditation Criteria
  8. Knowledge of Head Start & Early Head Start curriculum & teaching practice through National Performance Standards
  9. Knowledge of typical and atypical child development.
  10. Ability to be self-directed.
  11. Ability to handle crisis situations.
  12. Maintain strict confidentiality concerning children and families.
  13. Conduct self in a professional manner at all times.


  • 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
  • Successfully complete pediatric CPR and First Aid within 6 weeks of hire.


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

When appropriate based on behavior plan:

Physical ability to restrain children by placing the child in front of him/her on the floor, s/he then wraps his/her arms around the child and holds the child’s arms criss-crossed above the wrist in front of the child’s body. Or holds the child in a chair, in order to carefully limit energy given to negative behavior.

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