Lead Teacher – Preschool Room: L.E.A.P. Head Start Whitehall Center or River Street Center

Location: Cambridge Head Start Center, Cambridge, NYPosted 12/9/2021

Do you like working in a family atmosphere, as part of a team that goes above and beyond for each other and the children we serve every day?  You will not find a job that is more rewarding.  You will love your co-workers, the children, and the schedule, not to mention the benefits and paid holidays.

L.E.A.P. Head Start employs over a dozen staff members that have been with us for ten years or longer!  Why do they work for us for so long? Come apply with us and find out for yourself!  It will start as a job, and 10 years from now, you will realize that it was the best decision of your career.

For the position of Lead Teacher in the 3 to 5-year-old Head Start classroom, you should have a Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education (or a degree in any subject, and coursework equivalent to a major relating to ECE with experience teaching preschool-age children), two years experience working with young children, preferably in a preschool setting, an understanding of young children and low-income families, and an appreciation of parents as the primary educators of their children.

By the way, in this position, you get 8 weeks of summer off!


We are so confident that you will love working for L.E.A.P. Head Start that we provide you with 35 hours of personal time on your VERY FIRST DAY!  Plan for the future with our benefits including health insurance, 401k retirement account with agency match up to 1%, optional vision, dental, life, and accident insurance!  You will also accrue paid vacation time and sick time each pay period.  (Benefit plans vary for 52-week employees and less than 52-week employees.)


What is Head Start?  Head Start is a federally funded, school readiness program for income-eligible, pregnant women and families with children aged birth to 5 years old.  What does that mean? It means that because of L.E.A.P. Head Start / Early Head Start, more than 300 children are prepared to start kindergarten.  It means that parents are being supported as they raise their children amid the obstacles and challenges presented by living in and near the poverty line. Our staff work with families to establish goals focusing on their strengths and connecting them with community resources.

The Lead Teacher is directly responsible to the Education Coordinator and ensures that the classroom is in compliance with the Performance Standards and with the L.E.A.P. Head Start/Early Head Start Comprehensive Program Plan.  It is the understanding and expectation of this organization that all employees will take the opportunity to contribute to the overall success and mission of the agency above and beyond the basic requirements of their job.

Payrate: $26.25/hr.     Weeks Per Year: 44      Hours Per Week: 35


Work Weeks Per Year:  44 Classification:  Non-Exempt


We hope that you will consider applying to be part of the L.E.A.P. Head Start family!  To apply, for this position, please email your resume and cover letter to Kim Kenyon at [email protected]

L.E.A.P. is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer

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