Head Start Teacher Associate


POSITION TITLE:                                                               Head Start Teacher Associate

RESPONSIBLE TO:                                                             Head Start Teacher

SUPERVISES:                                                                      None

CLASSIFICATION:                                                             D1/D2 – Technicians/Skilled Craft/Para Professional


Full-time/35-40 Hours Per Week





The Teacher Associate shares in the day-to-day operations of carrying out the Head Start mission and goals of the center.  The Teacher Associate assists the Teacher and works under the Teacher’s supervision to help assure compliance with Head Start performance standards, all state childcare licensing, and policies and procedures.  The Teacher Associate will work closely with all supervisory staff in the Head Start program.  The Associate will assist the Teacher in providing developmentally appropriate experiences for all children and assure the overall safety of the children involved.




–              Become knowledgeable of and adhere to Head Start goals and performance standards, state child care licensing requirements, OSHA regulations, Universal Precautions  and the agency Personnel Policies and Procedures to ensure that the classroom environment is healthy and free of all hazards;


– Assist Teacher, Cook, Center Aide/Transportation Aide where appropriate, in all program operations;


– Refer all needs of assigned families to the Teacher and appropriate supervisory staff;


– Assist Teacher in establishing professional home-center relations, by making home visits and other parent contacts that will assure the maximum carryover benefits of the Head Start experience to child’s family environment;


– Help coordinate and assist with transition activities within the Head Start program and community/school programs;


– Responsible for the continued evaluation of children’s growth and achievement on assessment guide;


– Be sensitive to the special needs of children and incorporate responsive techniques into the daily activities;


– Assist children and adults with breakfast and lunch program.  Sit and eat with children while assisting them in socializing and independent mealtime skills;


– Help provide a variety of group and individual opportunities to interact with parents on a regular basis;


– Help enlist volunteers and substitutes for the center;


– Work with volunteers in the center at all levels of their program participation in such a way that they feel needed and accepted;


– Share problems which may occur with children or parents with Teacher;


– Advise Teacher of the need for classroom equipment and supplies; insure that indoor and outdoor equipment is safe and functional each day and that adequate supplies are on hand;


– Complete and sign all necessary paperwork and turn it in to the appropriate supervisor by the designated time;


– Assume job duties and responsibilities of the Teacher in his/her absence;


– Handle confidential information with discretion;


– Maintain the professional competence, knowledge and skills necessary for the satisfactory performance of all assigned responsibilities;



– Participate in meetings, seminars, conferences as necessary and required;


– Develop and complete a yearly Professional Growth Record; Record and maintain an up-to-date record of training;


– Abide by the Head Start Standard of Conduct




– Knowledge of early childhood development and best practices normally acquired through a Bachelor’s or higher degree in early childhood education, child development, or elementary education, or state awarded associates degree in child development, or a CDA (Child Development Associate) or be enrolled in a CDA or higher level of Early Childhood Education with a completion within two years of hire;


– Possess or successfully complete certification in young child/adult First Aid/CPR, Mandatory Child Abuse Reporting training and DHS Criminal Background check approval as required by the Iowa Department of Human Services;


– Obtain training in the topical areas of:  child development, guidance and discipline, developmentally appropriate practices, nutrition, health and safety, communication skills professionalism business practices, and cross-cultural competence.  Ten (10) hours the first year; six (6) hours, thereafter;


– Responsible for pre-employment physical within the last 6 months with a TB Screen, and every three years thereafter;


– Well developed oral and written communication skills;


– Adequate liability insurance, valid driver’s license and dependable transportation;


– The absence of a conviction record or felonious acts with children;


– Hiring subject to Policy Council approval;


– Position contingent on availability of grant funds.


    OVERVIEW – The position description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills or efforts associated with the position.  It is intended to be an accurate reflection of principal job elements.  This document does not create an employment contract, implied or otherwise, other than an ‘at will’ employment relationship.




Stationary Position Occasionally (up to 1/3)  
Move/traverse Constantly (2/3 or more)  
Ascend/Descend, Work atop, Traverse Occasionally (up to 1/3) As needed when using ladders and stairs.
Operate, Activate, Use, Prepare, Inspect, Place, Detect Constantly (2/3 or more) Constantly operates a computer and other office productivity machinery, such as a calculator, copy machine, and computer printer and/ or  kitchen equipment/appliances
Position self (to) move Constantly (2/3 or more) Constantly positions oneself for comfort and necessity
Communicate, Detect, Converse with, Discern, Convey, Express oneself, Exchange Information Constantly (2/3 or more) This position constantly communicates with coworker and clients both orally and in writing
Detect, Determine, Perceive, Identify, Recognize, Judge, Observe, Inspect, Estimate, Assess Constantly (2/3 or more)  
Move, Transport, Position, Put, Install, Remove Constantly (2/3 or more) May move up to 70 lbs. independently
Driving or Exposure to Work Occasionally (up to 1/3) Will travel occasionally for training and other business functions.  This position primarily works in a classroom setting, but will spend time outside when weather permits.



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Operation: New View Community Action Agency is an equal opportunity provider, lender and employer.