West Harlem Head Start preschool operates from a team teaching model which encourages and expects all members of the classroom team to become active participants in planning and implementing the curriculum. Each member of the team has four major roles :
To be a role model for children.
To be a source of security, and affection for all children.
To be an active participant in planning activities for the children and in carrying them out.
To help children handle conflict using positive discipline techniques.
The Lead Teacher is at the forefront of the classroom teaching team. The Lead Teacher is primarily responsible for implementing and planning a program which adheres to all federal guidelines, Head Start Performance Standard and local Head Start policies in providing children and families with Head Start services.
West Harlem Head Start has a comprehensive COVID-19 Health and Safety plan to minimize risks and safeguard the work environment. This plan is shared with staff once hired.
Baccalaureate Degree in Early Childhood Education or Special Education
Enrolled in Master Degree Program within 6 months of hire.
Approved Department of Health study plan to obtain certification within one year of hire.
Two years of documented experience working as a lead teacher in a program for children under 5 years of age
Masters Degree Early in Childhood Education
NYS Teacher Certification in Early Childhood or Elementary Education
Two years or more documented experience working as a Lead Teacher in an early childhood environment
West Harlem Community Organization, Inc. is a nonprofit community-based organization that has been educating young children for over 50 years in Harlem and Washington Heights. Through the Head Start Program & Family Child Care Network, we provide safe, nurturing, creative and high-quality educational environments for children from birth to five years old while empowering their families to be advocates in the community.