Preschool Lead Teacher

Do you have a passion for helping children and families develop and reach their goals? Do you have experience delivering high-quality early childhood education and leading a classroom?

Community Action Head Start is looking for a caring Preschool Lead Teacher to join our team! This classroom leadership position will develop a comprehensive education program to support the social-emotional and developmental needs of our children for one of our preschool classrooms in our Head Start Program.

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: $17.75-20.82/hour based on qualifications

The Role:

  • Plan and implement a developmentally appropriate education program for children ages 3 years to 5 years that will enhance the social-emotional, physical, language, and cognitive development of each child.
  • Observe, assess and document each child’s health, skills, behavior, growth and development.
  • Develop effective partnerships with parents/caregivers by regularly sharing information and encouraging parent/caregiver input into all aspects of the educational program.
  • Provide day-to-day supervision of classroom staff, including Associate Teachers and Teaching Assistants.
  • Develop individualized goals and educational plans for each child.
  • Foster positive relationships with all children in the classroom.
  • Provide training and mentoring to staff.


  • Minimum of an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood or a Bachelor’s degree in a related field with the equivalent of an Early Childhood major required.
  • At least one year of experience working with young children and their families in a child 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.
  • Paid Time Off plan and 11 paid holidays.
  • 401K with employer match.
  • Education Assistance Program for continuing education.
  • Qualifying employer for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program for federal student loans.
  • Extensive opportunities for personal and professional development.
  • Engaging work environment with friendly and supportive team members.
  • Meaningful work that positively impacts families and children in our community.

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.

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. 

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: $17.75-20.82/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