Kent Youth & Family Services is currently accepting applications for one Full-Day, school year teacher position in the Early Learning Program – Head Start & ECEAP.  This position is responsible for providing comprehensive child development services for preschool children and their families, and encourage parental engagement in educational planning, goal setting, and lesson planning.


  • Work with assistant teachers to implement age/skill appropriate lesson plans based upon the children’s needs, interests including: indoor/outdoor and quiet/active activities, & health and nutrition activities, to ensure compliance with program regulations and Performance Standards.
  • Interact positively with children to support their learning and to meet their emotional needs.
  • Meet with parents on-going (at least three visits per year) to: partner in educational planning & goal setting; share health, dental, and development information; and to enhance parenting skills.
  • Administer developmental assessments and written observations for the purpose of identifying needs, setting educational goals, making appropriate referrals, and developing an individual learning plan for each child.
  • Implement the Teaching Strategies GOLD curriculum with fidelity to support each child’s growth.
  • Coordinate and perform child health and development screenings to evaluate growth, vision, hearing, nutritional status and appropriate development.
  • Collaborate with Teacher Assistants to meet the needs of the family, provide training, and encourage their participation in planning, curriculum development, and classroom activities.
  • Attend educational workshops, seminars, trainings, to keep current on professional development.
  • Participate as an active team member in interdisciplinary planning for children and families, and other cross-component coordination, evaluation, and training opportunities.
  • Provide transition activities for the children and their families assisting in a smooth transition from the Early Learning Program to the public school system.
  • Maintain a variety of manual and electronic documents, files, and records to provide required information and/or documentation, maintaining confidentiality and security.
  • Administer State and Federal Performance Standards to ensure program eligibility and compliance.
  • Report suspected incidents to appropriate parties to maintain student’s personal health and safety.
  • Assist with other staff as may be required to ensure an efficitient and effective work environment.
  • Model conversation, manners, clean-up activities, listening, and everyday interactions to demonstrate and support appropriate social behavior in a culturally sensitive manner.
  • Provide on-going active supervision of children to provide a safe & positive learning environment.
  • Respond immediately to emergency situations to resolve safety concerns and direct to appropriate personnel for resolution.



  • AA/BA/MA in Early Childhood Education or AA/BA/MA in related field with minimum of 30 credits (HS-20 cr) in Early Childhood Education and 1 school year experience in preschool class.
  • Current Washington State Teaching Certificate with endorsement in Early Childhood Education (PreK-Grade 3) or Early Childhood Special Education (PreK-Grade 3).
  • Provisional hire: 15 credits in ECE with at least 9 months experience in a preschool classroom AND willingness and ability to complete above requirements within 5 years.


  • Ability to work as a team member.
  • Ability to use effective organizational and time management skills.
  • Ability to work effectively with children, families, community members, and staff of diverse backgrounds.
  • Competence in various curriculum arts, science, literacy, math & language development.
  • Competence in planning, organizing, scheduling, classroom arrangement and management, staff and parent communications, and record keeping.
  • Ability to relate effectively with children, families, community members, and staff of diverse backgrounds.


  • Complete initial health examination and/or TB screening (see Staff Health Requirements), as recommended by health care provider.
  • Complete State Portable Background Check, including fingerprinting.
  • Obtain First Aid, CPR, and Food Handler’s card within 90 days of hire and keep current.
  • Must have a valid Washington State driver’s license and have access to a personal vehicle with proof of adequate insurance coverage.


  • Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet family needs including some evenings.
  • Must be able to travel to meetings and home visits in personal vehicle or agency vans.
  • Must be willing to assist child(ren) during emergencies and daily activities, including lifting & holding them. Lift/move educational materials and equipment. Lifting up to 60#.
  • Stand, stoop, kneel, bend, & work with children on the floor for extended periods of time.
  • Follow universal precautions when caring for children’s hygiene and emergency needs.


Based upon qualifications and experience utilizing the Early Learning salary scale ($18 – 28/hr.) Benefits include medical, dental, life insurance and short-term disability. Eligible for Agency contribution to 403b after one year and 1,000 of service during plan year.


July 8, 2019 or when filled


Cover letter and resume to (mail, fax, e-mail):
Kent Youth and Family Services
Attn: Behavioral Health Services
232 2nd Ave S, Ste 201
Kent, WA 98032
Fax: 253-373-9441


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