• Full Time
  • Creston

Website MATURA Head Start


Education & Child Development Program Services

·       Create a developmentally appropriate environment for children that will incorporate and encourage the use of language, social, cognitive, and motor skills of each child.

o   Work with children individually and in small and large group settings

o   Follow the Creative Curriculum with fidelity

o   Implement Positive Behavior Intervention and Support

·       Prepare and carry out weekly lesson plans with developmentally appropriate activities incorporating all of The Head Start Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the Iowa Early Learning Standards; submit lesson plans two weeks in advance.

·       Provide an environment of respect for each individual child’s culture, home language and family composition through use of language and social experiences, and classroom materials.

·       Provide experiences of social/emotional development using a researched based curriculum (Teaching Strategies GOLD) for children through a balance of child initiated and adult initiated activities.

·       Demonstrates knowledge of, and implements, developmentally appropriate practices and early childhood development.

·       Provide inclusion of children with disabilities consistent with their Individual Education Plan (IEP) and attend IEP meetings. Implement their IEP goals in the classroom.

Completes the developmental, literacy and behavioral assessment screening on all children including parent input in this process.
Develop individualized education plans for each child following initial screening and assessment information. Document progress and update goals as skills change/grow throughout the year.
Complete child assessment three times per year and enter documentation of children’s development.
Complete General Education Interventions with children and document progress/changes.  Meet monthly with Education/Disabilities Coordinator to develop plans.
·       Must be willing to participate in on-going professional development.



Health Program Services

Make determination of a child’s health status. Refer families to appropriate primary healthcare, which includes medical, dental, and mental health.
Acts as a liaison involving parent(s) in a follow-up/treatment and ongoing health care for their child.
·       Implement practices and requirements that promote positive, culturally relevant health behavior.

·       Responsible for the completion and supervision of cleaning and maintenance of the classroom, restrooms, storage areas, kitchen and any building areas that the program uses.

·       Assist families in meeting each child’s nutritional needs, which includes implementing the food program requirements and supervision of staff responsible for food service tasks.

·       Collaborate with families, staff, mental health professionals, and the community to increase awareness and understanding of mental health wellness and early childhood development.


Family & Community Engagement Program Services

Assist with the support of families as they identify and meet their goals and nurture the development of their children.  Collaborate with community agencies to advocate for services that support children and families of all cultures.

Assist with the recruitment, coordinating, supervising and training of volunteers in the classroom.
Assist with completion of required family engagement documentation.
Complete two home visits and two parent teacher conferences (at minimum) per year.
·       Collaborate with classroom staff and the Family Engagement Coordinator regarding classroom family events, Parent Committee meetings and encourage community-wide events.

·       Must be flexible with schedule and hours to accommodate Family Events, home visits, and conferences, etc.

·       Encourage regular classroom attendance per Attendance Policy.

·       Encourage parent involvement through volunteering in the classroom, parent teacher conferences, home visits, parent meetings, parent training and education activities that are responsive to parent needs.

Skills, Knowledge, and Abilities

Work well with other staff members. Must be able to assume responsibility and work as a team member.
·       Attend all training workshops and in-services as required by the agency and state licensing regulations.

·       Have knowledge or are willing to learn MATURA services/referral system and ability to implement the system.

·       Learn and implement the DHS Licensing laws/regulations.

·       Develop and implement written lesson plans and meeting program requirements.

·       Learn and implement Head Start Program Performance Standards.

·       Communicate with Coordinators, center staff, families, and various business and community contacts in a professional and courteous manner.

·       Demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.

·       Maintain and complete required paperwork meeting required deadlines.

·       Skill in organizational and time management to meet all program requirements.

·       Supervise and assist in maintaining, and coordinating daily operations and all personnel of the classroom to meet Performance Standards.

·       Provide training on program requirements to classroom staff, volunteers and parents.

·       Handle confidential information with discretion.

·       Maintain regular attendance and be punctual.

·       Learn of the community resources and serve as a liaison between the program, family, and community.

·       Encourage parent involvement through volunteering, parent activity meetings, Policy Council, and parent committees.

·       Promote monthly In-Kind and assist with meeting In-Kind requirements.

·       Establish and maintain positive working relationships with Head Start families, staff, and various other business and community contacts.

·       Must have current physical (within 6 months of date of hire), and every 2 years thereafter.

·       Must have access to transportation with valid vehicle liability insurance, and current driver’s license.

·       Must be able to work in a professional manner with a partnering childcare center, public school district and the program landlord (on-site setting).

·       Willing to learn or are knowledgeable in the use equipment in the classroom (Example – computer, laminator, copier, etc.)

·       Supervise and assist with the maintenance of the facility and equipment. This would include cleaning and sanitation of bathrooms, classroom storage areas and all areas used by your center program.

Supervisory Responsibilities

Directly supervises one or more employees and volunteers in the Head Start program.  Must carry out all supervisory responsibilities in accordance with the organization’s procedures and applicable laws. Responsibilities include assisting with the interviewing and hiring, appraising staff performance and training center employee. Other responsibilities: program planning, assigning and directing work addressing center complaints, resolving problems, recruiting, review time cards, and training center staff.


To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations maybe made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Education And/Or Experience

Required BA in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Degree with Early Childhood Endorsement.   Must meet or be willing to meet a combination of training and experiences to meet DHS licensing requirements.  Prefer experience working in an early childhood preschool setting.

To apply for this job please visit www.maturacommunityaction.com.