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Associate Teacher

at MAAC Project

Posted: 4/3/2020
Job Status: Full Time
Job Reference #: 2019-SM-CD-CD-NC-002
Keywords: preschool

Job Description

Associate Teacher
Job Code:2019-SM-CD-CD-NC-002
Department:Child Development Program
Location:Multiple Location - San Diego North County, CA
FT/PT Status:Regular Full Time
Salary Range$15.38-$16.56
Definition:Under the direct supervision of the Center Director and the appointed guidance of the Lead Teacher, will assist in planning, supervising, and implementing the education program within the classroom in accordance with the policies, procedures, and philosophy of MAAC Head Start.


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Essential Duties and Responsibilities:

The duties listed below are intended only as illustrations of the various types of work that may be performed. The omission of specific statements of duties does not exclude them from the position if the work is similar, related or a logical assignment to this class.

  • Provides input and assistance into daily classroom activities and lesson plans
  • Assists in designing and implementing classroom activities to meet the needs of the individual child
  • Assists in implementing the approved curriculum and multi-cultural education
  • Assists with classroom arrangement and related physical requirements to provide a safe, healthy, interesting, and enjoyable learning environment
  • Develops and maintain an open, friendly, and informative relationship with parents and volunteers
  • Assists in the interpretation and explanation of Head Start policies, programs, and principles
  • Records individual children’s behavior and observations on appropriate record keeping forms
  • Provides experiences for growing and learning for the individual child in relationship to his/her cultural and socioeconomic background
  • Performs accurate numerical counts, such as attendance and meal counts
  • Assists in maintaining classroom cleanliness; assists in set-up and maintenance of the classroom lunch area; assists in laundry and other maintenance; supervises children on bus as needed
  • Assists in home visits at times convenient to the parent(s); assists in developing an Individual Family Plan for each child and family beginning at time of enrollment (phase-in) and updating it at least three times in the school year
  • Attends mandated training programs, conferences, meetings
  • Ensures personalized special services are provided to special needs children (i.e., feeding, assistance with toileting, including diapering, catheterization, training, urine bags, physically carrying the child - specialized training and equipment will be provided as needed)
  • Assists in the development of individual education plans and teaching
  • Provides an environment that facilitates growth and positive self-image for children
  • Performs other related duties as assigned

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Twelve (12) units (including core units) from an accredited college/university in Early Childhood Education OR Child Development
  • Current California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit or California Child Development Associate (CDA) credential
  • Bilingual (Spanish/English) preferred

    1st Preferred Experience Requirement:

  • One (1) year Head Start experience with children in a classroom setting

    2nd Preferred Experience Requirement:

  • One (1) year preschool experience with children in a classroom setting


Valid CPR, First Aid and Food Handlers Cards must be obtained within first two months (2) of employment and maintained throughout employment (paid, designated training available through MAAC). In the event employees do not attend the scheduled training, they must obtain the cards through outside resources and costs will not be reimbursed. The cards must be obtained and maintained within prescribed timelines.

Knowledge of:

  • Development and developmental patterns of children ages 3-5 years
  • Oral and written English and grammar; basic arithmetic; developmental needs and requirements of preschool age children; methods and techniques of early childhood development; health, safety and nutritional requirements of preschool age children; methods for effective cooperation with teachers, children, and parents; general goals and purposes of early childhood education and family development
  • Head Start philosophy, principles, and comprehensive services preferred

Ability to:

  • Learn and apply curriculum methods and procedures at MAAC Head Start; project a mature, constructive, stable and healthy team attitude in a learning environment
  • Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred

Union Membership ( if applicable):This position is represented by Service Employees International Union, Local 221, CTW. Dues/deductions begin after 30 days of employment.

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