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Teacher Head Start South LA

Children Services – Head Start – Childcare | South Los Angeles, CA | Full Time

Job Description

About Us:

Helping Our Most Vulnerable Change Their Life Stories

Volunteers of America is a non-profit human services organization committed to serving people in need, strengthening families, and building communities. VOALA provides a variety of social services to Los Angeles area communities such as Head Start programs, Upward Bound college prep programs, veterans’ services, homeless shelters, low-income housing program as well as drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Learn more at


Through our Head Start and Early Head Start programs, we work with children (Infant 2 – 5) and their families to provide the skills, confidence and stable home life necessary for a smooth transition into kindergarten and beyond. Head Start positions are generally Monday through Friday.


The Head Start Teacher instructs children in activities designed to promote their social, emotional, physical, and intellectual growth.  This position assists in planning individual and group activities to stimulate learning according to the ages of the children.


  • Provide children with an environment that includes varied activities to help children develop socially, emotionally, intellectually, and physically, in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development, with the overall goal being to achieve social competence for the child;
  • Implements the program curriculum for children enrolled in morning and afternoon classes (double sessions)
  • Plan individual and group activities to stimulate learning and promote parent involvement in the child’s learning
  • Conducts daily classroom planning and maintains children's records; submits accurate monthly paperwork and reports on a timely basis
  • Observe, screen and assess a child development level and develops goals that relate to the child's individual development.
  • Integrate various Head Start and Early Head Start services into the learning of each child; such as parent involvement, social services, nutrition, health, mental health services, and disabilities;
  • Provide a physical environment consistent with state and local licensing requirements and the health and safety needs of the children.
  • Provide a planned program of activities, which supports and enhances the role of parents as the prime educators of their children;
  • Provide a learning environment that reflects the varied cultural and ethnic backgrounds of the children in the program.
  • Other duties as required



  • Must be able to pass a fingerprint clearance, background check, including criminal history, personal references, employment and education verification
  • Valid California driver's license and access to automobile with adequate insurance (or have easy access to other means of reliable transportation) to make home visits and travel to other school sites


  • Proof at the time of hire
    • TB clearance within 6 months prior
    • Annual Influenza vaccination (between Aug 1 – Dec 1)
    • Pertussis (whooping cough) and measles immunization
  • Health screening at the time of employment
  • Requires ability to interact with children in a busy environment including, but not limited to:
    • Able to lift up to 50 lbs
    • Frequently kneel and squat
    • Ability to move quickly


  • Associate degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or related field
  • Valid Child Development Teacher permit
  • Transcripts required to prove a minimum of 24 semester units of coursework in in Early Childhood Education / Child Development, including:
    • 16 semester units in General Education
    • 6 semester units in Administration (At least 3 semester units is required at hire and any additional units for a total of 6 units must be completed within 1 year of hire)


  • Minimum of 1 year of teaching experience


  • Excellent computer skills including working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel


  • Must be able to clearly impart information to children in a manner that is understandable to them according to age and background
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work well as a team member
  • Ability to safely and successfully perform the essential job functions consistent with the ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards, with or without reasonable accommodation, including meeting qualitative and quantitative productivity standards.
  • Ability to maintain regular, punctual attendance consistent with ADA, FMLA, and other federal, state, and local standards


  • Prompt, collaborative/team player, adaptable, communicator, organized, consistent, and compassionate  


  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education/Child Development or related field
  • Valid Child Development Teacher permit (must be completed within 1 year of hire)
  • 2 semester units in Adult Supervision (a total of 2 units must be completed within 1 year of hire)
  • 2 years of teaching experience
  • Knowledge of Head Start performance standard Creative Curriculum
  • Bilingual in English and Spanish (written and verbal)

Volunteers of America is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex including sexual orientation and gender identity, national origin, disability, protected Veteran Status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable federal, state, or local law

This employer participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form 1-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S.

If E-Verify cannot confirm that you are authorized to work, this employer is required to give you written instructions and an opportunity to contact Department of Homeland Security (OHS) or Social Security Administration (SSA) so you can begin to resolve the issue before the employer can take any action against you, including terminating your employment.