Employment Type
Job Location
Sumner Early Head Start, 215 Bassett Street, Syracuse, NY 13210
Date posted
December 19, 2022
Position title
Early Head Start Teacher

37.5 hours per week

52 weeks per year


SUMMARY: Promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of enrolled children. Provide and maintain a safe environment for children and ensure that they are appropriately supervised at all times.


• Completed or in-process Child Development Associate credential or degree in Early Childhood Education, or equivalent formal education.
• Basic computer skills required.
• Ability to work with and interact with children under age three.
• Ability to work in team environment.
• Ability to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.
• Must have received at least an initial vaccination for COVID-19.


1. Ensure that all children assigned to class are supervised at all times. Perform regular counts of children assigned to ensure that all children are accounted for.

2. Ensure a well-run, purposeful program, responsive to participant needs.
A. Manage the classroom, using available resources to ensure operation. This includes skills in organization, planning, record keeping, communication and cooperation with other staff members.
B. Work as a member of the Early Head Start Team to ensure that program requirements of all functional areas are being carried out.

3. Establish and maintain a safe, healthy, learning environment.
A. Provide a safe environment to prevent and reduce injuries.
B. Promote good health and nutrition, and provide an environment that contributes to the prevention of illness.
C. Use space, materials and routines as resources for developing an interesting, secure, and enjoyable environment that encourages play, exploration, and learning.

4. Advance physical and intellectual competence.
A. Provide a variety of equipment, activities and opportunities to promote the physical development of children.
B. Provide activities and opportunities that encourage curiosity, exploration, and problem-solving appropriate to the developmental levels and learning styles of children.

C. Actively communicate with children, and provide opportunities and support for children to understand, acquire, and use verbal and nonverbal means of communicating thoughts and feelings.
D. Provide opportunities that stimulate children to play with sound, rhythm, language, materials, space and ideas in individual ways and to express their creative abilities.

5. Support social and emotional development through attachment, initiative and self-regulation and provide positive guidance.
A. Provide physical and emotional security for each child; help each child to know, accept, and take pride in himself or herself, and to develop a sense of independence.
B. Help each child feel accepted in the group, help children learn to communicate and get along with others, and encourage feelings of empathy and mutual respect among children and adults.
C. Provide a supportive environment in which children can begin to learn and practice appropriate and acceptable behaviors as individuals and as a group.

6. Establish positive and productive relationships with families.
A. Maintain an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child's family, encourage their involvement in the program, and support the child's relationship with his or her family.
B. Serve as a role model for Early Head Start parents and foster appropriate parent-child interactions in the classroom and in the home.
C. Extend classroom learning into the home through a minimum of two education home visits and two parent/teacher conferences per year to assigned Early Head Start enrolled families

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