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EHS Assistant Teacher

HumanKind Amherst, VA

  • Posted: over a month ago
  • $10 to $13 Hourly
  • Full-Time
Job Description

HumanKind’s Early Head Start center-based programming will be provided in Amherst, Bedford, and Lynchburg to low-income families with children 0-3 years of age. Early Head Start promotes the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of infants and toddlers through safe and developmentally enriching early childhood care and education. This prepares children for continued growth and development and success in school and life. Early Head Start supports parents in their roles as primary caregivers and teachers of their children. Programs assist families in meeting their own personal goals and achieving self-sufficiency across a wide variety of domains, such as housing stability, continued education, and financial security. Early Head Start programs also mobilize the local community to provide the resources and environment necessary to ensure a comprehensive, integrated array of services and support for children and families.

Special Conditions: 

  • Grant funded.
  • If hired prior to September 19, 2021, you may be eligible for up to $2000 in retention funds over the first year of employment.
  • Travel to Amherst/Bedford/Lynchburg locations will be required if your center is temporarily closed due to renovations and to provide coverage for other teachers as needed. The ability to utilize virtual instruction will be required when the center is not open. 


The Early Head Start (EHS) Assistant Teacher supports Teachers with providing high-quality early education and child development services that promote children’s cognitive, social, and emotional growth for later success in school.

The Assistant Teacher supports Teachers with providing a developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate learning environment as described in the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework (HSELOF). The Assistant Teacher assumes the duties of the Teacher during Teacher absences. The Assistant Teacher supports the Center Manager in ensuring licensing/subsidy requirements are met. This position actively participates in ongoing professional development. This position requires the ability to work extremely well within a team.

Knowledge and Abilities:

•    Knowledge in early childhood care and education, specifically infant and toddler development, and ability to work with mixed age groups and different age groups each year.

•    Ability to anticipate the needs of the EHS team and proactively take on tasks.

•    Ability to implement Virginia licensing and subsidy requirements, Head Start Program Performance Standards (HSPPS), and HSELOF.

•    Ability to establish and maintain professional relationships and effectively communicate with diverse children, families, and colleagues.

•    Ability to operate in an organized manner while maintaining flexibility.

•    Ability to work in a fast-paced environment, responding to stressful situations with maturity.

•    Ability to manage multiple priorities in a timely manner. 

•    Ability to lift children, bend, sit on the floor, and be physically active inside and outside in all weather.

•    Ability to accompany Teachers on home visits (or virtual visits when social distancing is necessary).

•    Ability to utilize technology and learn how to utilize the ChildPlus Data Management Software.

Illustrative Tasks:

•    Provide responsive care that promotes healthy development and children’s skill growth aligned with the HSELOF, including for children with disabilities and dual language learners.

•    Ensure environment utilizes nurturing interactions that foster trust and emotional security. 

•    In a Teacher’s absence, implement the Teacher’s lesson plans utilizing developmentally appropriate research-based early childhood curricula (HighScope).

•    Recognize parents’ roles as children’s lifelong educators and encourage parents to engage in their child’s education.

•    Assist Center Manager with ensuring center meets licensing/subsidy requirements which includes safely prepping and serving meals and snacks, appropriately diapering and toileting, laundering smocks and sheets, setting up classrooms for transitions (such as nap time), sanitizing toys and classroom surfaces between transitions, etc.

•    Participate in supervision, training, and professional development.

•    If your center is temporarily closed due to renovations, travel to Amherst/Bedford/Lynchburg locations and provide coverage for other Assistants and Teachers as needed.

Minimum qualifications:

•    High school diploma AND within two years of hire, complete the child development associate credential. 

•    Sufficient training, coursework, experience, and competency to be an infant and toddler Assistant Teacher.

•    Complete initial health examination.

•    Provide “TB free” documentation.

•    Complete all required background checks and drug testing.

HumanKind embraces and values diversity.  Our goal is to attract, develop, retain and promote a talented workforce in a culture where all employees contribute to their fullest potential.



Amherst, VA
24521 USA



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