Job Application - Cortland County Community Action Program

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Head Start Assistant Teacher

Start Date - August 2023

Position: Assistant Teacher
Program: Head Start/Early Head Start
Reports to: Classroom Supervisor
Status: Full Time, Non-Exempt
Schedule: Monday through Friday, 8am-4pm, 44 weeks per year
Hourly Wage: $15.00


Job Function: Assist and share the daily responsibilities with the classroom teacher in providing a secure and positive learning environment which will enable each child to obtain the awareness and skills necessary for a successful transition into kindergarten. This environment should reflect an age-appropriate, self-learning, nurturing, enjoyable, engaging, and a self-confident space that requires performance of the following duties.

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

  • Arranges and prepares the classroom for the day’s learning activities.
  • Assists in administering children’s cognitive and social / emotional screening to identify their developmental level and special needs.
  • Works with classroom teacher to assist in the planning and curriculum preparation of the daily activities based on provided lesson plans.
  • Works collaboratively with the classroom teacher to create and implement lesson plans.
  • Promotes positive behavior guidance to help children develop appropriate classroom and social interaction skills. Practices effective behavior management skills and strategies
  • Supervises children at all times and keeps the teacher informed of any issues.
  • Works with parents to assume leadership role in educating their child.
  • Engage in positive interactions with families daily, informing family about child while in the classroom and asking applicable and appropriate questions about home life.
  • Working with the classroom teacher, conduct two home visits and two classroom conferences with families to discuss the child’s progress and include family members in creating child development goals.
  • Mentor new teachers on classroom operations, Head Start performance standards, policies and procedures.
  • Adheres to all Agency, Office of Head Start and NYS Office of Children and Family Services policies, procedures guidelines and standards,
  • Collect, track, and maintain information and data for program reporting.
  • Complete all applicable end-of-month paperwork timely per program guidelines.


Qualifications: At a minimum, applicant must have a High School Diploma/GED and be enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or bachelor’s degree. Each applicant will be required to obtain their CDA credential within two years from date of hire.

Requirements: Acceptable NYS Driver's License. Clearance through the NYS Maltreatment Registry. Must complete Daycare regulation trainings as required. Physical Examination, TB Testing upon hire. Fingerprinting for criminal background per the standards set forth by daycare licensing. Must be able to travel to all Head Start sites, training, visits, etc. as necessary and requested.

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.