The Lead Teacher is responsible for the implementation and coordination of the comprehensive education program in the classroom. The Lead Teacher ensures that the classroom activities and environment are developmentally appropriate and reflect the agency’s philosophy and curriculum. The Lead Teacher ensures that the individual needs of the children are met as mandated by federal, state and local standards.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Working knowledge of early childhood education, child development theories and teaching best practices.
Ability to effectively train and mentor classroom staff in small or large groups.
Communicate effectively and function well with parents, staff and various professional community groups.
Analytical and problem solving skills.
Knowledge of and ability to implement early childhood curriculum and developmentally appropriate practice for the specific age group (0-3 or 3-5) and be able to remain abreast of developments in the child development field.
Knowledge of and ability to implement Head Start Performance Standards and state and local licensing requirements.
Demonstrated leadership abilities and ability to implement reflective supervision.
Ability to work as a cooperative and supportive team member.
Ability to communicate and work with diverse families and professionals.
Ability and willingness to work in a program located in a high-risk, low-income community.
Ability to exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
Intermediate knowledge of computer applications, word-processing software in a Windows environment and ability to learn and master other computer technology /software as needed.
Ability to communicate and respond in a manner that consistently demonstrates respect and concern.
Must have excellent command of the English language and grammar, both verbal and written.
Must be able to manually operate and use a telephone, copier, computer and other office equipment.
Bachelor’s degree in ECE, CD, or related field with a minimum of 27 credits in ECE and two years’ experience in a relevant early childhood group setting required.
Head Start: Type 04 Education Certificate / Educator License with ECE approved Endorsement in Special Education Endorsement preferred; Level 5 Credential Required.
Early Head Start*: Infant Studies Certificate (in 0-3 age classrooms), or Level 5 Infant Toddler Credential.
Clearance of background check by Department of Children and Family Services.
A biannual physical examination and TB test are required as condition of initial employment and continued employment.
About The Ounce Prevention Fund
The Ounce of Prevention Fund gives children in poverty the best chance for success in school and in life by advocating for and providing the highest-quality care and education from birth to age five.