Teacher (Head Start)

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The Worcester Community Action Council’s (WCAC) Head Start program currently serves over 200 children, ages 3-5, and their families in two centers – one located at 25 Cole Avenue, Southbridge; the other site located at 116 School Street, Webster. The center-based programs provide developmentally appropriate curricula, health and nutrition services, breakfast, lunch and snack, special education opportunities, and family services.

Our Head Start program is planning to reopen, abiding by the guidelines set forth by the State and EEC. In doing so, WCAC seeks to hire qualified teachers to help with the new ratio requirements. WCAC has openings in both our Southbridge and Webster locations, either year round (52 weeks) or school year (40 weeks), as well as part time (30 hrs) and full time (37.5 hours) in which the successful candidates will collaborate with their co-teacher to plan, organize and carry out classroom activities that contribute to children’s overall growth, self-esteem, social competence, development and safety.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Collaborate with co-teacher on weekly curriculum planning and the day to day programs and activities.
  • Assist with child observation, outcome assessments, individualization forms, log parent and child contacts in database as well as other paperwork required by the program.
  • Serve as a role model for behavior, speech and sensitivity when addressing staff and family members.
  • Treat children for minor first aid and health-related needs.
  • Maintain an open, friendly, and informative relationship with each child’s family, encouraging their involvement.
  • Communicate with health, education and family service staff to meet the needs of the families in the program.

Qualifications:

  • Department of Early Education and Care license, Teacher.
  • Minimum of an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. Bachelor’s preferred.
  • Good communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Basic computer skills including Microsoft Office, Outlook, internet searches and ability to learn agency databases.
  • Ability to speak Spanish as a second language, preferred, other languages a plus.
  • Ability to relate to children and families in a positive professional manner. Experience with complex family situations.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid Driver’s License and reliable transportation.
  • Ability to successfully complete a CORI/SORI/DCF review every two years.
  • Mandatory physical every two years and evidence of negative Mantoux, required. Hepatitis B, optional.
  • First Aid and CPR certificates for infants and children.
  • Evening hours may be required to meet the needs of families and programs.
  • Job site assignment may change based upon program needs.
  • Physical ability to perform the job with reasonable accommodation including; ability to lift a child up to 50 pounds and bend to speak with child at the child’s level, ability to physically set up and break down classrooms, including moving furniture and light housekeeping, and the ability to see and hear with reasonable accommodation.
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