Early Head Start Teacher
Job Details
Schenectady-Bigelow - Schenectady, NY
Full Time
High School/GED


Vaccination required, new hires will need to provide proof of vaccination to successfully complete onboarding for this position



To provide a safe, clean, nurturing environment for children.


  • Provide a balance of open-ended exploration, teacher guided inquiry, structured activities, and sensory-based play; fostering childrens curiosity, engagement, reasoning, and problem-solving
  • Provide and maintain a safe, clean, nurturing environment in every classroom and parent room by establishing a tone that is comforting, strengths-based and supportive of every childs and parents feelings.
  • Demonstrate respect for families values, strengths, and culture by welcoming their contributions and participation, encouraging children to talk about their families, and designing learning experiences accordingly.
  • Foster teacher-child and child-child communication intentionally by facilitating mutual sharing and authentic exchange of ideas, thoughts and feelings.
  • Support the goals of the curriculum by planning and establishing distinct and child-accessible learning centers and changing material intentionally.
  • Monitor childrens progress per the goals developed by parents, self, and other staff and specialists, including those in IFSPs and IEPs by observing and documenting childrens play, conversations, routines/schedules, and work samples and through conversations with families.
  • Demonstrate respect for others by sharing information objectively and non-judgmentally and adjusting verbal and written communication strategies for different audiences.
  • Support other staff if assigned and demonstrate effective support skills by the ability to provide directions, work as a part of a team, and assuring the completion of records, attendance reports, as required.
  • Use information about children obtained through home visits, parent-teacher conferences, and other parent-staff interactions by incorporating this data into daily routines and interactions with children.
  • Participate in staff training according to program staff training plan and policies.
  • Report any suspected injuries immediately.
  • Assist with the planning and use of community resources to enrich the learning environment of enrolled children.
  • Maintain and model punctuality in all interactions with children, parents, team members and community volunteers.
  • Interact positively with and provide choices to children during meal and nap times.
  • Oversee and assist with classroom cleanup and follow universal precautions daily.
  • Assist staff in safely exiting children from Center during fire drills and any hazardous situations.
  • Adhere to agency and program standards regarding children and families confidentiality and maintain appropriate professional boundaries.
  • Lift up to 35 pounds.


  • Associates degree in Early Childhood Education preferred
  • 2 years experience working with infants or toddlers


  • Child Development Associate (CDA)

If you’ve got the talent, drive and desire to make a real difference in your community, you need to be a part of Northern Rivers Family of Services. We’re a family of human service agencies united in our passion to help the children, adults, and families of the Capital Region and beyond. 

Our employees receive a generous time off and benefits package, tuition reimbursement, loan repayment assistance, free training/CEU opportunities, flexible work schedule, and much more! 

Apply today to become part of our team!

Northern Rivers is an Equal Opportunity Employer. All applicants will be considered for employment without attention to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, veteran or disability status, or any other characteristic protected under applicable law.

The Agency will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant.


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