Crystal Stairs
  • 02-Jun-2015 to 30-Jun-2017 (PST)
  • Headstart
  • Los Angeles, CA, USA
  • Hourly
  • Full Time

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What We're Looking For:

We are looking for a Lead Teacher who, under the supervision of the Site Supervisor, is responsible for early childhood education that is geared toward the overall goal of social competence and school readiness, which is age and developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. The Lead Teacher will also provide for the children's social intellectual, physical and emotional development. Is responsible for classroom operation including, planning, curriculum and child assessment implementation, and supervision of children; responsible for conducting parent/teacher conferences and home visits, and supervision of classroom volunteers. The ideal candidate will provide support to the Head Start Program in the following areas:

  1. Designs and plans the daily classroom program based on the program curriculum and aligned with the HS Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the California Preschool Learning Foundations; coordinate schedule with the teaching team and develops individual education plans for each child; conducts parent-teacher conferences and      home visits.
  2. Completes child assessment for designated group of preschool children including implementing the developmental screening, Desired Results Developmental Profile, Individualized Goals, Observational Notes, Portfolio Assessment, Individual Lesson Plan activities for all children including those with diagnosed disabilities, and use of child      outcomes and school readiness reports to develop the child's educational plan.
  3. Helps children to develop verbal and non-verbal language and communication skills, including the ability to communicate in and further the child's familiarity with his/her dominant language.
  4. Evaluate classroom quality using the Early Childhood Education Rating Scale (ECERS) and other assessment tools such as the Environmental Math Scan; create improvement action plans and follow through with corrections based on findings.
  5. Provides opportunities for children to use their creative abilities, and to explore and experiment with a variety of media      through art, music, drama in all aspects of the program; helps each child develop a sense of awareness and self-esteem; and helps each child to accept and express his/her feelings.
  6. Maintains a vibrant, well-arranged and orderly classroom; develops a plan to ensure the safety of the children while they are using indoor and outdoor facilities.
  7. Inspects facilities for hazardous conditions, unsafe equipment and materials; follows an emergency exit plan and conducts      monthly emergency exit drills.
  8. Supervises children visually at all times to ensure their continuous safety and care.
  9. Creates and maintains a warm emotionally supportive classroom environment that is well managed and provides quality instructional support for children's learning.
  10. Plans and implements activities to meet the physical needs of the children, including children with disabilities and special needs due to physical and/or mental impairment.
  11. Engages parents in participating in educational activities in the classroom and in their homes and developing lesson plans to enhance their role as the principal influence on the child's education and development.
  12. Communicates with staff and parents verbally and in writing; plans and participates in parent education programs, including orientation, child development, curriculum, and parent meeting/workshops; works effectively in a bilingual, diverse cultural setting.
  13. Assist with recruitment as assigned.
  14. Responsible for the inventory of all supplies and materials in the classroom.
  15. Performs home visits on a regular basis.
  16. May be assigned to transfer at anytime to another site and/ or classroom based on program need.
  17. Able to consistently meet attendance requirements.
  18. Able to work harmoniously and productively with others.
  19. Able to accept and implement constructive criticism.
  20. Able to maintain professional demeanor in difficult situations.
  21. Other duties as assigned.


  • Associates/Bachelor's or advanced degree in early childhood education or child development; or an Associates/Bachelor's degree in a related field and 24 Early Childhood Education coursework units equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children.
  • Child Development Permit at the Teacher level or above.
  • A minimum of one (1) year direct experience working with young children, 3-5 years experience in a preschool setting, with culturally and ethnically diverse population.
  • Knowledge of Child Care Licensing Regulations and Head Start Performance Standards and best practices related to early childhood education.
  • Knowledge of program planning and practices in preschool, center-based and/ or home-based programs.
  • Knowledge of general business practices such as supervisory practices, administrative basics, general financials, and risk management.
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office Suite, e-mail and internet.


  • Must possess a valid California driver's license, have use of a motor vehicle and provide evidence of automobile liability insurance.
  • Must meet State health requirements including passing a physical examination as a condition of employment, and must provide verification of a TB clearance at the time of employment. 
  • Mandatory CPR and Basic First Aid certificate, which employee is responsible to maintain for the duration of their employment with Head Start. Fingerprints must be on file with the Justice Department.
  • Official transcripts of educational attainment are required before interview is granted.

 Crystal Stairs is committed to building and sustaining a diverse workforce and culture. As part of this commitment, Crystal Stairs provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, medical condition as defined by state law, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other legally protected status.


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 All Head Start positions are implemented in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards in each service area.

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