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Early Head Start Teacher

Southern NH Services

On May 21, 1965, the Hillsborough County Community Action Program was chartered in the State of New Hampshire to serve the City of Nashua and the twenty-nine towns in Hillsborough County, in accordance with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. In 1969 the organization became the Community Action Agency for the City of Manchester as well, which meant that its service area included all of Hillsborough County. The agency’s name was officially changed to Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc. (SNHS) in 1974.  On July 1, 2011, Rockingham Community Action was merged with SNHS, expanding the service area to include both Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties.

SNHS’ Board of Directors is comprised of 18 members, with representatives from both Hillsborough County and Rockingham County.  The Public, Private and Low-income Sectors are each represented by one third of the total board membership. Members of the Board of Directors are unpaid, volunteer community leaders and representatives who formulate the agency’s policy and direction. 

As a Community Action Agency, it is SNHS’ purpose to provide social service programs and advocacy activities for the economically disadvantaged, elderly, youth and other specialized populations in the organization’s service area.  To that end, SNHS operates more than 50 programs, contracting with the Federal, State and local governments as well as other social service agencies and private entities. The programs offered include Child Care, Early Head Start, Head Start, the New Hampshire Employment Program, several initiatives under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act, Adult Basic Education services, Women Infants and Children Nutrition Program (WIC), Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), Energy and Utility Assistance, Weatherization, Financial Capability, Elderly Housing, Supportive Housing for the Homeless, Homelessness Prevention/Intervention programs, and the Retired Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP).  Between 35,000 and 40,000 individuals are assisted through these programs and services each year.

SNHS administers between $35 and $40 million in financial resources on an annual basis.  Of that amount, 80% or more of funding comes from federal grants.  Private resources, including utility companies, foundations and other local sources account for approximately 18% on average, and state funds make up the remainder, generally 2% or less.

Come work for Early Head Start and advance your career in early childhood education!

Teacher responsibilities include:

  1. Establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment. Developing trusting relationships with the children and families by creating a positive, nurturing environment; encouraging the involvement of families and supporting the development of relationships between children and families.
  2. Assuring completion of teaching responsibilities including, but not limited to:
  • Complete developmental and behavioral screenings on each child and continue with on-going observation and assessment procedures throughout enrollment in the program.
  • Plan weekly and provide daily classroom activities (both teacher-initiated and child-initiated) geared to meet individual needs and interests of the children.
  • Plan and implement 2 nutrition lessons per month.
  • Facilitate Family Style Meals in accordance with Classroom Food Service Management procedures.
  • Complete 4 family visits per year, scheduling all meetings at the convenience of the family, with the goal of 2 home visits and 2 center visits each year. 
  • Maintain required classroom paperwork (including but not limited to: lesson plans, bleach logs, meal tallies and attendance).
  • Know the health and nutrition conditions of the children in their care and maintain up to date   Health and Nutrition Binder.  Maintain medication records.
  • Understand and follow Emergency Preparedness Procedures

SNHS Early Head Start offers:

  • Low teacher-child ratios ~ multi-aged classroom of 8 children with 2+ teachers
  • Four training days per year; additional professional development opportunities including workshops or coursework for credit
  • Generous compensation package including
    • Competitive hourly rate
    • Health, dental & vision insurance plans
    • Retirement program with a 10% employer contribution after 1 year
    • Paid vacation, sick leave, all major holidays
    • Agency Employee Assistance Program
    • Staff wellness program
    • Staff member discounts and savings through State Early Learning Alliance of NH (SELA)
  • Opportunities for Advancement

Qualifications: Bachelor’s Degree or Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education or an Infant Toddler Child Development Credential (CDA).


The Teacher has primary responsibility for the overall health and safety of the infants, toddlers/ preschoolers in the program.  S/He works as a member of the classroom team in forming trusting relationships with the children and families, developing lesson plans, ongoing assessment, and general classroom management.

How to Apply:

Apply online at:

Visit our Open House on Saturday January 26th and learn more about what we have to offer! Location: 88 Temple Street, Nashua from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM!

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SNHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer

Salary Range:

$14.77 - $17.55 per hour based on education and experience

Job Location:


Date Added: January 18, 2019

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