Associate Teacher (Early Childhood Education)

**$1,000 Hiring Bonus!


Educare of Omaha, Inc. is a collaborative partnership between the Early Head Start/Head Start, Omaha Public Schools and the Buffett Early Childhood Fund. Comprised of the two Educare Omaha Schools (Kellom and Indian Hill) and the three Early Learning Centers (Skinner, Gateway and Kennedy), the mission of Educare of Omaha, Inc. is to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children ages 0 to 5 through the provision of evidence-based education, health, nutritional, social, family engagement and other services to enrolled children and their families.  

The Associate Teacher works cooperatively with the Lead Teacher to plan and implement the daily education program for the children. Under the supervision of the School Director/MTS and Lead Teacher, the Associate Teacher will ensure the education program is developmentally appropriate meeting the individual needs of children as well as program standards of Educare of Omaha, Inc., Head Start/Early Head Start, Sixpence, and the Nebraska state licensing guidelines.  In the absence of the Lead Teacher, the Associate Teacher takes responsibility for the management of the classroom.


Schedule: This position is full-time, 40 hours per week, Monday-Friday. There is a variation of schedules available with the hours falling between 7:00am-5:30pm.

Classification: Non-Exempt/Hourly 

Reports to: Lead Teacher, Master Teacher 

Supervises: The Associate Teacher is a non-supervisory position.


Child Development 

  • Observe, assess, and document each assigned child’s health, skills, behavior, growth and development.
  • Provide opportunities for children to develop positive self-images and experience success.
  • As assigned, develop an individualized educational plan for each child.
  • Contribute information for child and family staffing.
  • As assigned, coordinate referrals for children with special needs or mental health needs with the Lead Teacher/Mentor Teacher.
  • Foster positive relationships with all children in the classroom.

 Classroom Management  

  • Maintain an attractive and stimulating learning environment and encourage child’s independence and self-selection of activities.
  • Ensure that all children are under appropriate supervision and guidance at all times.
  • Maintain a clean, safe and healthy classroom environment.
  • Assist with the timely completion of necessary paperwork, including developmental assessments, lesson plans, newsletters, incident reports, etc.
  • Participate in reflective supervision.


  • Assist in the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate classroom activities that will enhance the social, emotional, physical, and cognitive development of each child.
  • Assist in the development of lesson plans with goals, objectives, activities, and outcomes for children and participate in implementing them intentionally.
  • Assist in the integration of other areas, i.e., health, nutrition, mental health, disabilities, and parent involvement, into the education plan.
  • Assist in, or take responsibility for as assigned, the creation of documentation panels on a regular basis to make the learning that the children are experiencing visible to parents and visitors.

 Parent Involvement  

  • Develop effective relationships with parents through regular informal conversations.
  • As assigned by the Teacher, communicate with parents regularly about their child’s progress.
  • As assigned, participate in home visits with each child’s family to clarify child and family needs.
  • Encourage parent participation in program activities and in implementing education activities for their children at home.
  • Develop effective partnerships with parents by encouraging input into all aspects of the educational program.


  • Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development; or
  • Bachelor’s Degree in a related area with a minimum of 30 credits of college level coursework to include 18 credits of Early Childhood coursework and an additional 12 credits earned from a related area.
    • Related areas can include, but are not limited to, child development, early childhood curriculum, early childhood assessment, psychology, family development, social work and children’s literature. It is up to each prospective employee to provide Educare with information on the college courses taken and to demonstrate that the courses address early childhood education or child development.
  • A minimum of six months’ experience teaching in an early childhood program.
  • Must be able to pass a background check that meets compliance standards.

Educare of Omaha recommends all employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Candidates stating they are vaccinated will be required to show proof of being fully vaccinated against COVID-19 upon commencing employment. If not vaccinated, masking may be required while on the premises.


Competitive Benefits Package:

  • Medical, Dental, and Life Insurance: We’ve got your health and well-being covered.
  • Tuition Reimbursement: Invest in your education and professional growth with our support.
  • 403(b): Educare matches up to 3%. Secure your financial future with our retirement savings plan.

Work-Life Balance:

  • Rolling Vacation and Sick Time Accruals: Enjoy the flexibility to take time off when you need it.
  • Ten Paid Holidays: Celebrate and recharge with paid time off for important occasions.

Holiday Break Bonus:

  • 2 Weeks Paid Time Off for Holiday Break: Take a well-deserved break and spend quality time with loved ones during the festive season.

Educare of Omaha, Inc. is committed to ensuring equal opportunity and non-discrimination in all hiring and employment practices. We are committed to equal treatment for all applicants and employees and will not discriminate based on age, race, color, ancestry, national origin, disability, sex/gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, religion, pregnancy, genetic information, veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.  

Equal Opportunity Employer

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Additional Information

This position has a starting pay of $17.00+ per hour depending on experience and education.

Contact Information

Educare of Omaha Inc
4201 N 34th Ave
Omaha, Nebraska 68111

Human Resources
(p) (402) 561-6123

How to Apply

Apply at Recruitment (