Lead Teacher- Head Start

Salary: $42,200-$53,200 (Dependent upon applicable years of experience)

Full-time, Regular Status, FLSA Non-Exempt

10 month- School year program


Childhaven is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity, inclusion, and recruiting candidates of every race, creed, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, gender or gender identity, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or any other protected status as provided by law.  Qualified individuals who bring diverse perspectives to the workplace are highly encouraged to apply!


For over 110 years Childhaven has been a leader in serving children, families, and communities that have experienced trauma and adversity. In the past few years, we have been adding services and locations, becoming more community-based, and forming partnerships to increase our impact. In June 2020, Childhaven consolidated with Renton Area Youth and Family Services (RAYS) and Art with Heart, which further expanded our capacity to better serve more children, families, and communities. By combining our legacy of healing-centered care, with the expertise of our new partners, Childhaven is building a continuum of care model that is unlike any other in the Puget Sound Region.

We are proud to be a values-driven organization that serves families from diverse communities. Our values are the compass we use to get us there. They guide us in the way we treat each other, the decisions we make, and the success we achieve. Values are the touchstones to chart and guide our behavior, and reflect our commitment to:


  • TEAMWORK: Relationships come first.
  • EQUITY: There’s infinite value in every human.
  • EXCELLENCE: Constructively dissatisfied with the status quo.
  • DEDICATION: Do more. Do better.
  • RESPECT: Meet people where they are.
  • REFLECTION: Feelings Matter. Stepping back and exploring possibilities.


Going forward, we are embarking on a new and very ambitious strategic impact plan to further strengthen programs, expand impact, and embrace innovation. In the next five years our goals are to double the number of locations and quadruple the number of children and families we are serving - all while developing and strengthening partnerships with other community-based organizations, referral sources, government agencies, and universities. In so doing, we are opening doors to a host of new roles and opportunities within the organization. And that’s where you come in.



You are a passionate, driven, and dedicated Lead Teacher who is excited by this opportunity to bring your superpowers and diverse mix of skills and experience to advance our work. You share our vision to help ensure that all children are safe and healthy; thriving physically, socially emotionally and educationally; and well nurtured by family and by their community. You too are constructively dissatisfied with the status quo, embrace continuous improvement, and heed the call to better serve more. You are equal parts learner, leader, and mentor… and see around the corners of a challenge, replaying the question of “What if” with a reply of “Why not”.

You proactively break down silos and nurture a cohesive and collaborative team that prioritizes “we” and “ours” over “I” and “my”. You foster an environment of belonging, healing, and relationship-building - and recognize that feelings matter. You take initiative, participate fully, and engage deeply, all while maintaining a sense of humor and having fun. You whole-heartedly embrace diversity, equity, inclusion, and culture. You are curious, courageous, and reflective – and willing to bring your humanity to work.

If this sounds like you – we need to meet - and talk more about the positive impact we could have together.


Childhaven is seeking a dynamic Lead Teacher to support us in achieving our mission, vision, goals, and values.

Above all, the selected candidate will bring enthusiasm for helping us build and support a passionate and skilled workforce of diverse professionals who make significant positive impacts in the lives of children, families, and communities. Currently located in South King County. This position will report to our Early Learning Program Director.


The Lead Teacher provides preschoolers with a positive learning environment and varied experiences that will help them develop in all domains in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development. The Lead teacher works in collaboration with the assistant teacher and site team to enhance the parent’s role as the principal influence on the child’s education and development. This position follows a school year calendar.

Typical duties include:

  • Team Player: Contributes to the development of communication mutual respect, mutual support, competence, and creativity among all members of the Head Start & ECEAP staff
  • Leadership: Provides leadership, mentorship and support to assistant teacher(s)
  • Recruitment: In collaboration with other site staff, supports and participates in ongoing recruitment efforts to ensure full enrollment
  • Curriculum Planning: Plans and develops a daily schedule of classroom routines and activities Prepares and implements lesson plans in accordance with the ECEAP program performance standards and program service plans. Provides an integrated, child centered, comprehensive curriculum and multicultural environment, which meets the needs of every child, including those with disabilities
  • Guidance: Interacts positively with all children to support their individual learning and meets their emotional needs
  • Classroom Preparation: Collaborates with Assistant Teacher to prepare and organize the classroom and classroom materials in accordance with the planned classroom program
  • Communication/Family Support: Communicates regularly and respectfully with families and involves them in the educational program. Encourages and supports families in working toward goals they have set for themselves.  Collaborates with site team in planning and facilitating family events/meetings.  When working with diverse populations, accesses interpreters.
  • Educational Planning Meetings: Conducts four hours of educational planning meetings annually with each child’s family.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities (continued)

  • Record Keeping: Completes written observations of individual children throughout the year. Develops a learning plan for each child within 90 days of school entry. Maintains complete confidential records on each child.
  • Screenings: Administers standardized screening tools on every child within 90 days of school entry. Re-screens and refers as necessary
  • Family-Style Meal Service: Assists with planning, preparation and serving of snacks and meals; participates in and facilitates mealtime service, and joins children at the table for support and conversation
  • Health Supervision: Teaches and oversees health habits in the classroom, i.e. handwashing, toothbrushing, etc. Administers first aid as needed.  Checks indoor and outdoor environment for safety hazards.  Works in collaboration with Mental Health Professional and Nurse Consultant as needed
  • Supervision: Supervises, trains and supports preschool teaching assistants. Assists with recruitment and training of family/community volunteers to participate in the classroom
  • Interdisciplinary Staffings: Participates in interdisciplinary planning for children and families to include staffings, multidisciplinary teams, individual education plans and other cross-component coordination efforts
  • Professional Development: Participates in inservice staff trainings, staff meetings, and other education opportunities to gain knowledge and skills throughout the year
  • In collaboration with Assistant Teacher, families and site team ensures smooth transitions for children and families to before- and after-school.
  • Responsible to keep informed of ongoing program changes and updates
  • Complies with Childhaven policies and procedures
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities

  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for infants and toddlers
  • and relate positively to staff and volunteers in a diverse environment.
  • Ability to adjust to varied situations, demands and new instructional concepts
  • Ability to perform basic clerical tasks such as record keeping, filing, typing, copying, etc.
  • Ability to attend occasional evening meetings.
  • Ability to occasionally lift up to 50lbs.

Minimum Qualifications:

An associate or higher degree with the equivalent of 30 college quarter credits in early childhood education. These 30 credits may be included in the degree or in addition to the degree. May have a CDA credential or a state-awarded certificate that meets or exceeds the requirements for a CDA credential with a focus on infant and toddler development

  • Fingerprinting and background check.
  • First aid and CPR card within 90 days of hire.
  • Food and Beverage Handler’s Permit within 30 days of hire.
  • Completion of a one-step Mantoux tuberculosis (TB) skin test, unless there is written proof of one of the following:
    • A negative Mantoux TB test in the 12 months prior to hiring.
    • Medication therapy to treat TB.
    • A recent negative chest X-ray and a statement from a health care provider that the individual does not pose a risk to others.

*C-5 College Credit

  • When college credit is required for ECEAP staff, the following applies:
  • College credit must be earned from an accredited institution of higher education.
  • One college semester credit equals 1.5 college quarter credits.
  • Staff may replace up to 1/3 of required college credits with workshop hours related to the job description, at the rate of ten classroom hours to one college credit. This does not apply to requirements for a college degree. Acceptable workshop hours are Washington State Training and Registry System (STARS) approved training, Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) approved clock hours, in service training, conferences, or training provided by agencies specializing in professional development.
  • Credit counted for staff qualifications, such as specific 12 or 30 credit requirements for teachers and family support specialists must be directly related to the job description.
  • Early childhood education (ECE) credit is coursework with content closely related to the Washington State STARS Core Competencies and predominantly addresses children ages birth to eight.
  • Staff requirements for an associate degree allow any “two-year” community or technical college degree of 90 quarter credits or more, including degrees designated as AA, AAS, AAS-T, ATA, or AD.
  • Equivalent degrees and credentials from other states and countries are accepted.


Childhaven serves families from diverse communities, and we are committed to recruiting candidates who reflect this diversity. Multilingual and multicultural candidates are highly encouraged to apply!

No matter your role, you'll get opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and education topics, advocacy, management skills and more.

  • We also work hard to make sure that you have a mentor—a person who's helping you grow professionally.
  • We’re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that’s relevant to them and their values. As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and will participate on the ESIT Racial Equity/Social Justice Team to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.

We strive to make Childhaven a great place to work by living our values: Teamwork, Equity, Excellence, Dedication, Respect, and Reflection. Here’s a little bit about what we offer our staff:

  • We believe in fully transparent hiring process.
  • We offer a comprehensive benefit package including medical, dental and vision insurance. Expanded benefits include a flexible spending account, healthcare reimbursement account, a 403(b) savings program with employer A full listing of benefits is available.
  • Opportunities to attend a wide variety of trainings on clinical and education topics, advocacy and more.
  • We’re dedicated to serving the full range of cultural diversity in our community, and to providing families with care that’s relevant to them and their As a member of Childhaven staff, you’ll be encouraged to contribute to community engagement strategies and our anti-racism council, which makes ongoing recommendations to ensure that our programs and protocols are doing their part to dismantle systemic racism.



Please apply through Arcoro or our website.

Open until filled; qualified applicants are encouraged to apply by September 10th, 2021.  In addition to completing the application online, attach a resume and cover letter when prompted.

Those who do not attach a resume and cover letter may not be considered.

If you require an accommodation to participate in the selection process, please let us know.

Equal Opportunity Employer, including disabled and veterans.