Job Application - Cortland County Community Action Program

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UPK/Preschool Teacher

Position: UPK/Preschool Teacher

Program: Head Start

Reports to: Classroom Supervisor

Status: Full-time, Non-Exempt, for 37.5 hours per week, Program Year (44 weeks per year) with benefits


Job Function: Responsible for conducting an educational, social/emotional, developmentally appropriate center based program for enrolled children by implementing the Head Start Performance Standards, Day Care Regulations and other mandates. Responsible for the day to day operation of the classroom.


Essential Duties and Responsibilities include the following. Other duties may be assigned.


Make decisions about the education of children on the basis of information regarding:

  • Child development and how children learn
  • Individual strengths, needs, and interests of each child
  • The cultures of each child’s family and community


Follow and practice the following fundamental principles:

  • Positive interaction and relationships with adults provides a critical foundation for successful learning
  • Social-emotional competence is a significant factor in school success
  • Constructive, purposeful play supports learning
  • The physical environment affects the type and quality of learning interactions

·         Teacher, family, and partnerships promote development and learning


Administers cognitive, and social emotional screenings (within 45 days) of enrolled children. Develops ongoing individualize educational goals for each child. Integrate services with all Head Start staff and functional areas to implement each child’s goals.


Observes, records, and files observations of children. Keep ongoing records of the child’s progress.


Conduct two home visits and two classroom conferences with families throughout the year as per the HS planning calendar to discuss the child’s progress and include family members in creating child development goals.


Arrange and prepares classrooms to facilitate the Creative Curriculum, IMIL, The Incredible Years, Active Play, and the Pyramid Model. Plans and executes daily lesson plans. Provides materials and activities in all modalities of Head Start Birth to Five Early Learning Framework. Adds activities to lesson plans to maximize classroom experiences.


Helps to promote a literacy rich environment which encourages the development of the children’s language skills.


Engages children in active learning experiences. Provides positive behavior guidance, reflective of classroom and individual children’s needs.


Engages with children, showing affection, interest and respect.


Must provide for daily supervision of children, keeping appropriate teacher – to – child ration at all times. Keeps the classroom supervisor informed of any issues and/or problems that affect classroom operations.


Acts as advocate for early childhood developmentally appropriate practices.


Holds overall responsibility for day to day required paperwork as per each Head Start functional area.


Fill out required forms for children referred to CPSE committee meeting, attending committee meetings as needed.


Work collaboratively with classroom team (i.e. Teacher Assistant & Classroom Aides), taking the lead role in mentoring new staff in the classroom.


Must work jointly with all Head Start staff, volunteers, interns, and providers to promote a team approach of the delivery of Head Start services to all enrolled children, their families and the community at large. 


Monitor and complete multiple assessments for practicum students as necessary.


Must have the ability to adapt to last minute staff and daily schedule adjustments.


Must follow agency procedures for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect.


Must attend required trainings and all requested staff or community meetings.


Education and/or Experience                                                

Associate's degree (A. A.) in Early Childhood or Bachelor’s degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or equivalent coursework in early childhood education. Must have Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education for secondary level position. UPK Teachers must possess a NYS Birth – 2 initial or professional teaching certificate.


Certificates, Licenses, Registrations Acceptable NYS Driver's License. Clearance through the NYS Maltreatment Registry. Must complete Dare Care regulation trainings as required. UPK classroom teacher must possess NYS initial or professional teaching certification.



Physical Demands & Work Environment

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to stand; walk; use hands to finger, handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms and talk or hear. The employee is occasionally required to sit; climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl and taste or smell. The employee must frequently lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision and distance vision.


While performing the duties of this Job, the employee is occasionally exposed to outside weather conditions. The noise level in the work environment is usually loud.


CAPCO is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we do not discriminate against employees or applicants for employment on any legally recognized basis including, but not limited to: veteran status, uniform service member status, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, age, and physical or mental disability. CAPCO will make reasonable accommodations for qualified candidates in adherence of the Americans with Disabilities Act and New York Human Rights Act.

Application Deadline: Interested candidates should complete the online application and/or forward a resume and letter of interest to the HR Director, Greg Richards, no later than Friday, August 16, 2019 via email at or at the Main Office, 32 N. Main St., Cortland, NY  13045.