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Preschool Teacher

Posted: 01/22/2023

Preschool Teacher
Project Eagle
Educare 1
Position Title:
Preschool Teacher
Job Family Group:
Professional Staff
Job Description Summary:
Sign On Incentive ($500 at hire and $500 after 6 months of employment)
Project Eagle is an early childhood program focused on preparing children, engaging families, and promoting excellence for children and families in Kansas City, Kansas. Project Eagle provides home-based and center-based services to pregnant women and/or children ages birth to five through a variety of programs, the largest being Early Head Start. Project Eagle is also a member of the Educare Learning Network, part of a national initiative that serves as a platform for broader change, inspiring high-quality programs in communities, improving public policies within each state, and demonstrating a comprehensive approach to the first five years of life and learning. Educare Kansas City (
Position Summary:
The Teacher, in partnership with the Associate Teacher is responsible for the planning, implementation and coordination of a comprehensive education program. The Teacher and Associate Teacher ensure that the classroom activities and environment are developmentally appropriate, meet the individual needs of each child, and reflect the agency's philosophy and curriculum. They work in partnership to develop and implement individualized lesson plans for children (ages 3 years to 5 years), which encourage their social, emotional, physical, linguistic, and intellectual development in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development. The teaching team (Teacher, Associate Teacher and Teacher Aide) provide a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment enriched by a high-quality early language experience and an emphasis on social and emotional growth. The Teacher and Associate Teacher are responsible for implementing all program requirements in adherence to performance and outcome standards as prescribed by funding and model requirements.
Job Description:
Sign On Incentive ($500 at hire and $500 after 6 months of employment)
Knowledge, Abilities and Experience

Knowledge of child development, early childhood education, and best practice teaching methods and techniques.

Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team as a cooperative and supportive team member

Ability to provide leadership to the classroom team and ensure all tasks are completed in a timely manner while collaborating with other members of the classroom team

Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a manner that fosters supportive relationships with staff, families and children from diverse backgrounds

Maintain child and family confidentiality and perform duties in an ethical and professional manner

Willingness to participate in observations and coaching sessions, and participate in research-based studies on high quality early childhood education

Familiarity with and willingness to use technology in all aspects of the program
Required Qualifications:

Meet one of the following educational requirements:

Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or closely related field

Degree in an unrelated field with at least 30 early childhood credits

Associates degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or closely related filed, at least 2 years experience in early childhood, and enrollment in Bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a closely related filed to complete within 3 years.

2 years experience in early childhood education

Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or closely related field

Degree in an unrelated field with at least 30 early childhood credits

Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or closely related field, at least 2 years of experience in early childhood, and enrollment in a Bachelor's degree program in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a closely related field to be completed within 3 years

2 year experience in early childhood education

Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.

Basic computer skills.

Ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified within 30 days of employment (paid for by employer).

Pass background check including fingerprinting.
Preferred Qualifications:

Early childhood teaching certification or graduate coursework/degree.

Master's degree in Early childhood Education, child Development, or a closely related field

Experience working in an Early Head Start or Head Start Center-based program.

Bilingual Spanish/English.

Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards.

Successful experience working as a part of a multidisciplinary team to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate care and education for young children.

Experience working with inclusion, early intervention, children with special needs and diverse populations. Experience implementing curriculum. Experience using assessment tools to measure children's development. Experience using assessment data for instructional purposes. Experience with research partnerships.

Experience sharing best practices with others within early childhood (volunteers, practicum students, etc.)
Duties and Responsibilities (Professional development/coaching will be provided upon hire)
High Quality Teaching Practices

Ensure children safety by maintaining a clean, healthy, and safe classroom environment, by conducting authorized emergency and safety procedures, and actively supervising children at all times.

In conjunction with the associate teacher and teacher aide, plan and implement developmentally appropriate classroom activities and environment that intentionally support the developmental and educational goals of children's individual education plans utilizing the High Scope Curriculum

Support children to develop positive social relationships, provide opportunities for children to develop positive self-images and experience success, and help children develop conflict resolution skills utilizing Conscious Discipline.

Utilize the continuity of care model to support children and families to develop safe, secure attachments
Intensive Family Engagement

Partner with families to build mutually respectful goal-oriented relationships that support strong parent-child relationships, family well-being, and ongoing learning and development for both parents and children.

Interact with families through regular classroom contact and contribute to and participate in interdisciplinary meetings, child and family reviews, family conferences and home visits to develop individual child goals, share progress towards school readiness, and respond to their identified interests and/or needs

Provide monthly classroom family engagement activities based on the interests of the children and families
Data Utilization

Ensure the timely completion of necessary paperwork including developmental assessments, lesson plans, parent information, incident/accident report, attendance, USDA meal counts, etc.)

Observe, assess, and document each child's skills, behavior, growth and development

Assess student needs and develop individualized learning opportunities for each child

Be familiar with the referral process to Part B and Part C and alert interdisciplinary team when student screenings or assessments show areas of concern

Use classroom and school data to improve teaching practice, provide a high-quality early learning experience for children, and ensure school readiness

Use classroom and school data to improve teaching practice, provide a high-quality early learning experience for children, and ensure school readiness

Ensure that all child files and portfolios are complete, accurate, and confidentially maintained
Embedded Professional Development

Collaborate with coworkers during team planning sessions and support of implementation of best practices in the classroom

Participate in ongoing professional development, coaching and reflective supervision activities and support the implementation of changes in classroom practice to promote high quality instruction

Share expertise and classroom experiences with other members of the school and or community

Follow all mandates of state and local childcare licensing regulations, and Project Eagle/Educare of Kansas City's philosophy and curriculum.

Performs other related duties as assigned.
A complete application includes:


Cover letter addressing how you meet required and preferred qualifications.

3 professional references

Health, dental, vision, employer paid life, LTD, flexible benefits plan, miscellaneous voluntary plans available, paid vacation and sick (begin accruing upon hire), paid holidays, paid discretionary day, paid bereavement leave, paid jury duty leave, military leave, paid parental leave, retirement plan. For more information
KUMC is an AA/EO Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, including marital status, race/ethnicity, color, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, creed, religion, ancestry, disability status as a Vietnam-era veteran, special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran or other protected veteran, or genetic testing and screening information
Employee Type:
Time Type:
Full time
Rate Type:
Pay Range:
$19.00 - $26.60
Application Instructions:
To learn more and apply online, please visit or go to and search for position number JR004672.
Applications must be submitted directly through the KU Medical Center website to be considered for this position. Any applications submitted via email or this website will NOT be reviewed or considered.
About KU Medical Center:
The University of Kansas Medical Center’s mission is to educate exceptional health care professionals through a full range of undergraduate, graduate, professional, postdoctoral and continuing education programs in the schools of Medicine, Nursing and Health Professions. KU Medical Center also advances the health sciences through world-class research programs; provides compassionate and state-of-the-art patient care in an academic medical center environment; and works with communities in every Kansas county to improve the health of Kansans. Learn more at
KUMC offers a range of great benefits that support employees and eligible family members. Our health insurance benefits begin on hire date and KUMC offers other exciting benefits such as paid parental leave, generous employer retirement contributions and other resources to improve health and well-being. For more information, please visit
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