Good PAY.  Generous BENEFITS.  In-Agency SUPPORT team.  PROFESSIONAL growth opportunities.  $1,000 Sign-On BONUS.

What’s great about working at HCS Head Start?

We help our teachers succeed, so our students can succeed.
Discover our generous BENEFITS packages.

Full Time Benefits (30+ hours per week)

  • Birthday off with pay
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Paid sick, personal, vacation days
  • 403b retirement plan with 3% Agency match
  • Education reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Health & dental insurance, employer paid life and long term disability insurance
  • First Aid and CPR recertification in-house, no cost to employees
  • Unique in-classroom and in-agency support
  • Embedded Professional Development
  • Career-Growth Coaching & Support
  • In-house Comprehensive Support Team helps teachers in all aspects of their work

Part Time Benefits (less than 30 hours per week)

  • Birthday off with pay
  • 13 paid holidays
  • Paid sick, personal, vacation days
  • 403b retirement plan with 3% Agency match
  • Education reimbursement
  • Employee assistance program
  • Unique in-classroom and in-agency support
  • Embedded Professional Development
  • Career-Growth Coaching & Support
  • In-house Comprehensive Support Team helps teachers in all aspects of their work

We Are an Equal Opportunity Employer

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, pregnancy, age, national origin, disability status, genetic information, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Open Positions: HCS Head Start

ADMINISTRATION

EDUCATION

Full Year Positions

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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PreSchool Teacher
Successful candidate must

  • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification OR
  • Possess a CDA in Preschool OR
  • Be enrolled in a Program to obtain a CDA or Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care with an expected completion date within one year of hire

Full Time: 35/40 hours per week
Full Year: 52 weeks per year
Starting Pay: $14.25 – $19.81 depending on education

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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Infant Toddler Lead Teacher

  • Successful candidate must –
    • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Infant and Toddler Certification OR
    • Possess a CDA in Infant and Toddlers OR
    • Be enrolled in a Program to obtain a CDA or Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care with an expected completion date within one year of hire
  • Full Time – 35/40 hours per week
  • Full Year – 52 weeks per year

Starting Pay: $15.33 – $20.47 depending on education

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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PreSchool Teacher Director                  

  • Successful candidate must –
    • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification, EEC DI Certification, AND
    • Possess an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field OR
    • Be enrolled in an Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education or related field with an expected completion date within one year of hire
  • Full Time – 40 hours per week
  • Full Year – 52 weeks

Starting Pay: $20.46 – $25.84 depending on education

Part Year Positions

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

PreSchool Teacher
Successful candidate must

  • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification OR
  • Possess a CDA in Preschool OR
  • Be enrolled in a Program to obtain a CDA or Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care with an expected completion date within one year of hire

Full Time: 35/40 hours per week
Part Year: 42/44/46 weeks per year
Starting Pay: $14.25 – $19.81 depending on education

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

Infant Toddler Lead Teacher

  • Successful candidate must –
    • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Infant and Toddler Certification OR
    • Possess a CDA in Infant and Toddlers OR
    • Be enrolled in a Program to obtain a CDA or Lead Teacher Certification through the Department of Early Education and Care with an expected completion date within one year of hire
  • Full Time – 35/40 hours per week
  • Part Year – 42/44/46 weeks per year

Starting Pay: $15.33 – $20.47 depending on education

Variable Positions

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
Preschool Teacher at Roger L. Putnam Vocational Technical Academy
Full Time: 35 hours per week
Part Year:  48 weeks per year
Starting Pay: $15.05 – $24.10 depending on education

Successful candidate must:

  • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Preschool and/or Lead Teacher Infant and Toddler Certification
  • Possess Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education or currently enrolled in a program with a targeted completion date.

Minimum of 5 years’ experience.
Willingness to mentor and train Putnam EEC students.
Strong written and verbal skills required.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
Full/Part Time: Varies – As Needed
Full/Part Year: Varies – As Needed
Location (Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee): Varies – As Needed
Pay Rate: $14.25 per hour

Summary: A position within the Head Start programs, working with children and families in the center on an as-needed basis.

  • Assist
    • with teaching and/or other general operations of the center or on the bus.
    • children in classroom activities, both in group and on an individual basis. Must continuously stoop, crawl, kneel and bend in order to speak to children at the child’s eye level; to play with children and to pick up toys from the floor.
    • with daily communication with parents/guardians.
    • with food preparation, cleaning of classroom, and any other duties assigned by supervisor.
  • Supervise and play/interact with children during outdoor play periods and on field trips. Continuously maintain visual and auditory supervision of children at all times to ensure their safety in the classroom, playground and field trips.
  • Maintain a commitment to professionalism.
  • Establish positive and productive relationships with families.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Current Infant and Toddler CDA OR
  • EEC Lead Teacher certification for Infant and Toddler

Qualities and Skills:

  • Good verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in a professional manner.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member.
  • Ability to maintain and adhere to boundary guidelines.
  • Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 51A, you are a mandated reporter and held to the statutory reporting requirements.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
Full/Part Time: Varies – As Needed
Full/Part Year: Varies – As Needed
Location (Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee): Varies – As Needed
Pay Rate: $14.25 per hour

Summary: A position within the Head Start programs, working with children and families in the center on an as-needed basis.

  • Assist
    • with teaching and/or other general operations of the center or on the bus.
    • children in classroom activities, both in group and on an individual basis. Must continuously stoop, crawl, kneel and bend in order to speak to children at the child’s eye level; to play with children and to pick up toys from the floor.
    • with daily communication with parents/guardians.
    • with food preparation, cleaning of classroom, and any other duties assigned by supervisor.
  • Supervise and play/interact with children during outdoor play periods and on field trips. Continuously maintain visual and auditory supervision of children at all times to ensure their safety in the classroom, playground and field trips.
  • Maintain a commitment to professionalism.
  • Establish positive and productive relationships with families.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Current Preschool CDA OR
  • EEC Lead Teacher certification for Preschool OR
  • Enrolled in a program that will lead to an associate or baccalaureate degree or, are enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within 2 years of the time of hire.

Qualities and Skills:

  • Good verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to maintain confidentiality in a professional manner.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member.
  • Ability to maintain and adhere to boundary guidelines.
  • Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 51A, you are a mandated reporter and held to the statutory reporting requirements.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here

HEALTH & NUTRITION

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Job Title: Health Services Manager
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

Summary:
A senior leadership position in the Health Services Program Area designed to provide leadership, management, and supervision for the administration and service delivery for child health, nutrition and food services.  Knowledgeable in public health and medical content approaches for children which include: preventative, early intervention, and health and safety practices.  Directs the overall development, direction, and operation of health, nutrition, food services and dental services, and ensures monitoring and coordination of quality services.  Implements and ensures compliance with all local, state, and Head Start Performance Standards. Provides oversight of the Health area program budget, participate in agency grant writing and engages in the implementation of the strategic directions of the agency.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in Health Administration, Public Health, Nursing or related field;
  • Master’s degree preferred.

OR

  • Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education, social work, psychology or related field with 5 yrs. Head Start Management experience;
  • Master’s degree preferred.

Experience:

  • Experience in Public Health Care, Pediatric Health Care, and Maternal/Child Health Care preferred.
  • Minimum of five (5) years of experience in pediatric care preferred.
  • Strong Supervisory Skills with 5 years’ experience required.
  • Strong Experience with non-profit, community-based program planning and implementation.

Qualities and Skills:

  • Computer literacy: word processing and database skills.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills; and can easily build rapport amongst team members and community partners.
  • Knowledge of pediatric primary care infrastructure and ability to work with physicians, key administrative staff, nurses, and managed care professionals.

Full/Part Time: 40 hours per week (Exempt Position)
Full/Part Year: 52 weeks per year
Starting Salary: $2,725 (biweekly); $70,866 (annually)

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Job Title: Program Nurse
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

Summary:
 A position which will provide health services to infant/toddler and preschool children and families; identify early interventions through appropriate health screenings (hearing, vision, height/weight and blood pressure); assist children and families with an ongoing source of continuous accessible care to meet their basic health needs; triage high risk medical concerns; assist teams in abiding by all public health guidelines and agency policies when it comes to COVID-19 and work as part of the Head Start/Early Head Start team to provide training and support to the teaching staff around infant/toddler and preschool health.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • Current Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) required.
  • Current Registered Nurse (RN) licensure preferred.

Experience:

  • Experience in working with infants/toddlers and preschool preferred.

Qualities and Skills:

  • Strong written/verbal and computer skills required.

Full/Part Time: 40 hours per week (Monday through Friday – 1st shift)
Full/Part Year: 52 weeks per year
Starting Pay: $26.71

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Job Title: Lead Cook
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
Starting Pay: $18.26 per hour
Schedule: 40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year.

Summary:
A position responsible for directing a team of cooks to prepare culturally and developmentally appropriate meals/snacks according to applicable regulations and requirements within the HCS Head Start, Inc. program. Knowledge of USDA and CACFP programs and requirements. Ability to run a kitchen and work with a team of cooks.

Education Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • ServSafe Food Manager with MA allergen training certification required

Skills and Experience:

  • 3 years’ lead cook experience
  • 2 years’ supervisory experience
  • Experience in both quantity and quality food preparation
  • Experience with meal preparation for special dietary needs
  • Strong communication skills, both verbal and written required
  • Basic computer skills preferred
  • A self-starter with the ability to multitask

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Job Title: Lunch Delivery Driver
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
Full/Part Time: 30 hours per week
Full/Part Year: 52 weeks per year
Starting Pay: $15.03 per hour

Summary: A position with the responsibilities of delivering lunch in a safe and timely manner.

Education and Certification Requirements:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.

Skills and Experience:

  • Ability to handle food safely.
  • Basic literacy and math skills.
  • Strong verbal and written skills.
  • Ability to maintain schedules.
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member.
  • Ability to maintain and adhere to boundary guidelines.
  • A strong commitment to quality childcare programs.
  • Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 51A you are a mandated reporter and held to the statutory reporting requirements.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Communicate any questions, problems and concerns to supervisor.
  • Attend and participate in community events and/or ERSEA activities to assist with educating the community about the Agency, as well as assist with Eligibility, Recruitment, Selection, Enrollment and Attendance of children.
  • Driving: approximately 85% of the time.
    • Provide lunch deliveries for the Holyoke-Chicopee-Springfield Head Start centers.
    • Assure that all lunches are picked up and delivered on schedule.
    • Cooperate with all parties to assure a smooth flow and delivery schedule between the kitchen and centers.
    • Ensure that all lunch boxes are secured for a safe trip.
    • Coordinate any and all paperwork between centers and kitchen.
  • Maintenance: approximately 5% of the time.
    • Work with staff and Transportation Specialist to design efficient bus routes.
    • Perform a complete visual safety check of each bus driven on a daily basis.
  • Minor Job Responsibilities: approximately 10% of the time.
    • Keep interior of the bus clean daily and exterior as needed.
    • Report any needed repairs and deliver bus to repair site as needed.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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ERSEA / SOCIAL SERVICES

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Job Title:
Enrollment Advisor
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled
Full/Part Time: 40 hours per week
Full/Part Year: 52 weeks per year
Starting Pay: $18.74 – $20.22 depending on education

Summary: A position that works within the Enrollment Department and carries out Eligibility, Recruitment, and Enrollment for all Head Start programs. Enrollment advisors require experience, knowledge and sensitivity with childcare issues of low-income, at-risk children and families. Strong time management, organizational, computer and customer service skills required. Knowledge of State subsidized childcare and community resources preferred.

Education and Certification Requirements:
• Bachelor’s degree in Social Work, Human Services, or related field, OR
• Associate’s degree in Human Services or related field AND one year of Human Services experience or three years of Head Start experience.

Qualities and Skills:
• Bilingual English/Spanish preferred.
• Valid driver’s license and reliable transportation required
• Computer Literacy; word processing, database skills, excel, spreadsheets.
• Strong communication skills, verbally, written, effective problem solving skills, and the ability to work in a diverse workplace.
• Effective and strong telephone communication skills.
• Must be task oriented, detailed.
• Basic mathematics skills.
• Ability to acquire good understanding of childcare subsidies.
• Ability to maintain confidentiality in a professional manner.
• Ability and willingness to work as a team member.
• Ability to maintain and adhere to boundary guidelines.
• Pursuant to Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 119, Section 51-A, you are a mandated reporter and held to the statutory reporting requirements.

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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BUILDING & GROUNDS

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
All positions require experience with and sensitivity to the health/nutrition and child care needs of lower income, culturally diverse, and at-risk families. Bilingual and/or bicultural candidates are strongly encouraged to apply
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

Summary
A position established for the purpose of providing maintenance services as needed i.e. plumbing, flooring, painting, electrical, locks, etc., experience with maintenance in old buildings a plus; snow removal required, and ensuring that tools, and materials are maintained in good working order and are available at job sites when needed, some custodial work required on occasion.

EDUCATION REQUIREMENTS:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • One year of responsible experience in building and mechanical equipment maintenance and repair. Certifications preferred.
  • Valid Driver’s License required, certifications a plus

 SKILLS AND EXPERIENCE:

  • Experience in sanitation procedures and general repair.
  • Familiarity with the operation and maintenance of heating/cooling systems
  • Ability to understand and carry out simple oral and written directions
  • Willingness to perform custodial and other manual tasks
  • Thoroughness, dependability
  • Ability to read and comprehend simple instructions, short correspondence and memos
  • Ability to apply commonsense understanding to carry out instructions furnished in written, oral or diagram form
  • Ability to deal with problems involving several concrete variables in standardized situations
  • Ability and willingness to work as a team member

Starting Pay:  $17.00 per hour
Schedule:  40 hours per week, 52 weeks per year

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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TRANSPORTATION

SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

Summary
The Transportation Supervisor is responsible to assist the Transportation Safety Manager in the oversight and maintenance of the HCS Head Start bus routes, supervision of transportation staff, drivers and monitors orientation and training, staff observations and evaluations, and maintenance of Agency fleet. This role will work closely with the Transportation and Safety Manager to ensure safe, effective, efficient and responsive service delivery to children, parents and staff of the HCS Head Start Program.

Education Requirements

  • Minimum Associates Degree in Business Management with two (2) years’ experience in related field preferred or 3 years’ experience in oversight of transportation services to young children.
  • Commercial Driver’s License with School Bus Endorsement “S” and Passenger Endorsement “P’
  • School Bus Driver’s Certificate.
  • School Bus Driver Instructor Certificate.
  • Driving record free of any moving violations within the last five years.
  • Strong computer skills with knowledge of Microsoft Office products.
  • Strong communication Skills.
  • Must be able to work unsupervised.

Qualifications:

  • CDL Class B license with School Bus Passenger and Safety endorsement,
  • Current MASSDOT Medical Card,
  • Current School Bus Certificate, and
  • Current RMV Driving Record.
  • No Air Brake endorsement needed.
  • Strong written and verbal skills required.
  • Driving record free of any moving violations within the last five years.
  • vaccination against COVID-19 is required

Schedule: Full time position
Starting Salary: $25.31/hour

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications:
September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

Summary
Transportation/Safety Manager supervises and coordinates HCS Head Start’s Transportation Department. The manager is responsible for creating and supervising all school bus routes and stops, purchasing new school buses and hiring and overseeing supervision of all bus drivers. The manager also sets and monitors Department policies, develops and manages budgets, maintains the Transportation Plan and completes all paperwork and records related to Student Transportation in compliance with all Head Start, State and Federal rules and laws

Education Requirements

  • Associates or Bachelor’s degree in Business or related field preferred, two (2) years in Transportation Management/Safety or three (3) years in Transportation Supervisor role required with experience in Transportation Management/Safety
  • Working knowledge of state and local regulations governing the transportation of children to and from school.
  • Strong oral/written communication.
  • Strong computer/database skills
  • Strong knowledge of school bus transportation systems, Local, State and Federal regulations.
  • School Bus Driver Instructor Certificate preferred
  • High School Diploma or GED required.

Qualifications:

  • CDL Class B license with School Bus Passenger and Safety endorsement,
  • Current MASSDOT Medical Card,
  • Current School Bus Certificate, and
  • Current RMV Driving Record.
  • No Air Brake endorsement needed.
  • Strong written and verbal skills required.
  • Driving record free of any moving violations within the last five years.
  • vaccination against COVID-19 is required

Schedule: Full time, Full year – Exempt position
Starting Salary:  $2,725 (biweekly); $70,866 (annually)

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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SIGN ON BONUS = $1,000.00
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

Summary
A position designed to ensure the safety of children that are transported by HCS Head Start, Inc. transportation. The position will provide Bus Monitor coverage when needed, in addition to providing some classroom support.

Education Requirements

  • High School Diploma or GED required.

Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma or GED required.
  • Experience working with pre-school children preferred
  • Reliable Transportation required.
  • Strong written and verbal skills required.

Starting Pay: $14.25 per hour
Schedule: 35/40 hours per week; 52 weeks per year

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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INTERNSHIPS

Open Positions: Educare Springfield

Join the Educare Team! Educare’s comprehensive program incorporates everything science says young children need to flourish. Educare partners with families because learning does not stop when children leave the classroom. Educare supports the continued learning of passionate teachers and staff because Educare wants to empower them to do their best work. Educare uses data and research to improve Educare schools because Educare is committed to creating a lasting positive impact with every family served.

Educare Springfield is a new early education and care school designed to meet the needs of children and families of Springfield, Massachusetts. The program is focused on 4 core areas; high quality teaching practices, intensive family engagement, embedded professional development and data utilization.

Building on the foundations of Early Head Start and Head Start, Educare promotes school readiness by implementing intentional and effective programming aimed at preparing children for a lifetime of success.

Successful candidate will provide at a minimum:

  • Provide proof of a High School Diploma or GED AND
  • Current Preschool CDA credential or EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification, preferred OR
  • Proof of enrollment in a CDA credential program or Associate Degree program in Early Childhood Education

Experience working with infants, toddlers and/or preschool age children

Starting Pay: $14.25 – $16.28 depending on education
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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Successful candidate must:

  • Provide proof of EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification AND
  • Possess an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field OR
  • Proof of enrollment in an Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education or related field

Starting Pay: $14.86 – $16.77 depending on education
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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Successful candidate must:

  • Provide proof of EEC Lead Teacher Preschool Certification AND
  • Possess an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field OR
  • Proof of enrollment in an Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education or related field

Starting Pay: $15.06 – $21.12 depending on education
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

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Successful candidate must:

  • Provide EEC Lead Teacher Infant and Toddler Certification AND
  • Possess an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field OR
  • Provide proof of enrollment in an Associate degree program in Early Childhood Education or related field

Starting Pay: $15.06 – $21.12 depending on education
Deadline for Applications: September 30, 2022 or until position is filled

HCS Head Start, Inc. requires all staff to be FULLY vaccinated.

To Apply, Click Here