Preschool Associate Teacher

Preschool Associate Teacher – $1,000 HIRING BONUS

Are you ready to use your early childhood experience in a supportive and meaningful new environment? Do you love supporting the development of young children?

Community Action Head Start Start is growing and we are looking for passionate Preschool Associate Teachers to join us! In this role, our Associate Teachers partner with our Lead Teachers to deliver a high-quality education program to preschool-aged children in our Head Start Program. This role will support the needs of children through classroom engagement and developmentally appropriate activities.

We are looking for someone that loves working with young children and is passionate about providing all the resources necessary to positively impact the development of children. Our team members have the unique opportunity to support children and families from at-risk backgrounds reach their goals and achieve success.

Starting Wage: $13.49-$15.00/hour based on qualifications

The Role:

  • Foster positive relationships with all children in the classroom.
  • Work with the Lead Teacher to plan and implement the daily education program for the children.
  • Assist in the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate classroom activities for children aged 3 years to 5 years that will enhance the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of each child.
  • Observe, assess and document each assigned child’s health, skills, behavior, growth and development.
  • Ensure the education program is developmentally appropriate meeting the individual needs of children as well as program standards.
  • Ensure that all children are under appropriate supervision and guidance at all times.
  • In the absence of the Lead Teacher, take responsibility for the management of the classroom.
  • Develop effective relationships with parents through regular communication.


  • Formal education/training in Early Childhood Education or Child Development: Child Development Associate (CDA) certification, or enrolled in a CDA program that will be completed within two years, or an Associate’s degree, or currently enrolled in a program leading to a degree.
  • Minimum of one year experience working with young children and their families in a day care or related setting required.
  • Strong verbal and written proficiencies of the English language and communication skills required.
  • Sensitivity to the experiences, needs, and strengths of low-income and diverse populations, and individuals with disabilities.
  • Ability to take initiative to continually improve service.
  • Knowledge of curriculum, principles and best practices of early childhood education.
  • Ability to work independently and with interdisciplinary teams to achieve shared program goals.
  • Commitment to building relationships with staff and families.

Benefits & Perks:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance plans.
  • Employer-paid life insurance, short term disability, and long term disability coverage.
  • Generous Paid Time Off plan and 11 paid holidays.
  • 401K with employer match.
  • Education Assistance Program for continuing education.
  • Extensive opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • Engaging work environment with friendly and supportive team members.
  • Meaningful work that positive impacts families and children in our community.

About Community Action:

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties is a private, not-for-profit organization with the belief that extraordinary employees have the power to positively transform lives and communities. We value people who are passionate, ethical, and dedicated to empowering those living in poverty to reach economic stability.

About Head Start:

Community Action Head Start gives children from at-risk backgrounds opportunities to build the skills they need to be successful in school and life. We work alongside children, families, and the community on the path to success. Services are provided at no cost to families.

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression), national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, marital status, genetics, or any other status protected under federal and state law.

COVID-19 Vaccination Policy:

Effective January 1, 2022, all employees are required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, in compliance with any federal, state, and local regulations; and contract/funding requirements related to COVID-19 vaccination.

New or prospective employees hired after January 1, 2022, will need to have completed their first dose prior to their start date, and provide documentation of their current vaccination status.  Full vaccination status, defined as vaccinated two weeks after receiving the requisite number of doses of a COVID-19 vaccine approved or authorized for emergency use by the FDA, must be completed no later than 6 weeks after their start date.

Reasonable Accommodations are available, including, but not limited to, for disabled veterans, individuals with disabilities, and individuals with sincerely held religious beliefs, in all phases of the application and employment process. To request an accommodation please email and we will be happy to assist. All information provided will be kept confidential and will be used only to the extent required to provide needed reasonable accommodations. 


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Additional Information

Starting Wage: $13.49-$15.00/hour based on qualifications

Contact Information

Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties
210 O Street
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

Jannah Vanie
(p) (402) 875-9315