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Assistant Teacher

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County

Community Action Partnership of Strafford County is a 501(c)(3) private nonprofit organization established in 1965 under the provisions of the Equal Opportunity Act of 1964. We work with community, state and federal partners to assist children, families, low-income and elderly residents with their efforts to become or remain financially and socially independent through a variety of coordinated programs. Without the services provided by our agency, many local residents would be without a means to provide for their basic needs, including food, education, child care, utilities assistance, transportation, shelter and access to other services.

CAPSC offers a number of benefits including:

  • 403(b)
  • Medical coverage
  • Dental coverage
  • Earned time-off
  • Flexible spending accounts
  • Vision care coverage
  • Work/Life resources
  • Employee and Dependent life insurance
  • Disability insurance
  • 11 Paid Holidays a year

General Description:

Teacher, the Assistant Teacher will implement the Creative Curriculum, the Project Approach, and other appropriate content with emphasis on development of the whole child, in preparation for school readiness. This includes establishing a partnership with parents and working with the entire family. The Assistant Teacher will also help provide and maintain a safe and interesting environment for children, using active supervision practice. The Assistant Teacher will assume responsibility for continuing planned classroom activities in the absence of the Lead Teacher.

Education and/or Experience:
• Must have either a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA); OR be enrolled in a program leading to an Associate or Baccalaureate degree in Early Childhood.
• Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) highly preferred.
• Proficiency with Microsoft Office
• Experience working with preschool age children. Previous Head Start experience preferred.


Other Qualifications:
• Strong commitment to maintaining confidentiality
• Excellent organization and time management skills with ability to prioritize and manage work load and deadlines
• Excellent problem solving skills
• Ability to work independently as well as in a team environment
• Ability to work flexible hours and travel when necessary.
• Knowledge of and sensitivity to the unique challenges faced by families living in poverty.
• Reliable source of transportation with 100/300 liability insurance coverage.
• Physical strength/endurance/mobility to perform in a standard daily required work routine (i.e. walking, sitting, lifting, and driving to various sites as required).
• Maintain and model good hygiene, appropriate dress (neat, clean and modest), and professional behavior to parents, staff and the community.
• Maintain a positive and productive attitude regarding the Head Start Program and the CAP Agency when interacting both within Head Start and with the greater community.
• Demonstrate, through positive words and actions, respect for and acceptance of income eligible families.


• Participate in pre-service training and ongoing professional development opportunities.
• Become familiar with and work with the Teacher in providing a comprehensive program including implementation of Creative Curriculum, Project Approach and other appropriate content in compliance with Head Start Performance Standards.
• Assist with the planning of daily and weekly lesson plans.
• Participate in the daily activities planned for the children.
• Create a positive climate in the classroom, establishing a caring community of learners.
• Assist in individual planning for each child, as well as the class as a whole.
• Assist in the daily classroom routine (i.e. helping children brush their teeth, go to the bathroom, eat lunch, and clean the classroom).
• Actively assist in managing classroom operations, including providing active supervision of children at all times, and using positive reinforcement in the classroom.
• Utilize Pyramid Model strategies to help the children develop self-regulation and good social skills.
• Assist children in their use of materials in a variety of ways.
• Participate in the daily review of classroom activities and children’s behavior.
• Discuss and become familiar with your center’s policies and Head Start policies.
• Consult with the Teacher when a problem arises.
• Greet parents and children pleasantly and appropriately, ensuring a smooth transition into the classroom, a positive home-classroom connection, and family partnership. Maintain ongoing professional and appropriate communication with parents and guardians. Provide activities parents can do at home with their children to support the curriculum and the child’s learning. Encourage parents to become involved in the classroom and other Head Start activities.
• Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, language acquisition through conversations, and sound nutritional practices.
• Help organize and encourage parent involvement to include: planning and participating in monthly classroom Parent Meetings; orienting and training of parent volunteers, and attendance at Policy Council meetings.
• Continue professional growth by participating in ongoing; ECE education, training programs, workshops/conferences as budget allows, reading articles and professional journals pertaining to ECE and Head Start.
• Participate in various meetings to include weekly center staffing, program meetings and collaborative meetings with other agencies as assigned.
• Assume the Teacher’s responsibilities when the Teacher is absent, if accreditation allows.
• Report any concerns for safety, health, or non-compliance to the Teacher, Education Supervisor, and/or Sr. Education Manager.
• Perform other duties as may be assigned by supervisors that are reasonably within the scope of duties listed above.

How to Apply:

Please submit your application to or apply through our posting on Indeed. 

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Date Added: January 29, 2020

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