Early Childhood Teacher

  • Encinitas, CA, USA
  • Full-time

Company Description

Join one of the largest and most dependable nonprofit organizations in the nation!

Easterseals Southern California provides a variety of services that are designed to help people live, learn, work and play in their communities. One of the services is the Easterseals Child Development Services (CDSs). This service provides a comprehensive, inclusive child development program for children birth to 5 years of age and their families.

We provide experiences and activities that are appropriate for the age and development of each individual child.

We continually improvs the lives of children and families through quality early child development services. 

We believe quality early childhood education is the foundation for young children and will positively impact future generations.

We strive to empower families and ensure that they have the tools needed to build a strong future for their children.


Come join our team and we look forward to speaking with you!

Job Description

Pay: $14.25 - $19.21 per hour.

The Early Childhood Teacher plans, implements, and evaluates a developmentally appropriate and inclusive educational curriculum for children in the Early Head Start/Head Start program. Performs as an educator for assigned children.

  • Performs as an educator for assigned children in the classroom throughout the child’s enrollment in the program. Supports primary care-giving in meeting the personal care of children, including safety and visual supervision.
  • Plans, implements and supervises a developmentally appropriate and inclusive educational curriculum for young children, in accordance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, policies and procedures and Easterseals Southern California (ESSC) standards of conduct. Conducts home visits and parent conferences within required timelines.
  • Ensures individual child goals are created and implemented with parent input.  Maintains weekly lesson plans, progress and anecdotal notes, and current paperwork. Completes child screenings and assessments within required timeframe.
  • Coordinates and conducts bi-monthly classroom unit meetings.  Provides input to evaluate volunteers and college interns. Actively participates in staff meetings, parent meetings, and in-service training.  Participates in planning associate and parent training activities, parent meetings and workshops.
  • Coordinates parent education, training and support for pregnant women including prenatal education, breast-feeding information, and other health resources.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.


  • A.A. Degree in early childhood education, child development and/or related field. Must possess and maintain a Child Development Associate Teacher Permit. Must meet ongoing educational requirements to qualify for child development permit/CDA requirements.
  • Experience teaching in a preschool or infant/toddler classroom setting, which includes 175 days of 3+ hours per day within 4 year period.
  • Training and experience necessary to develop consistent, stable and supportive relationships with very young children; must develop knowledge of infant and toddler development, safety issues in infant and toddler child care settings (i.e., reducing the risk of SIDS).
  • Must possess and maintain current pediatric (infant/toddler) CPR and first aid certificate as well as a food handler’s certificate.
  • Must complete California-mandated Child Abuse Reporter Training as well as Pesticide Safety Training (per Healthy Schools Act) prior to beginning work.
  • Demonstrated proficiency with MS Office applications (e.g. Outlook, Excel, Skype).
  • Ability to properly interpret and implement regulations of the California Department of Education, Funding Terms and Conditions (Title 5), Department of Social Services, Community Care Licensing (Title 22), Head Start Performance Standards, and of Easterseals policies and procedures.
  • Ability to communicate effectively, through oral and written skills, and work cooperatively with a variety of individuals and groups. Must relate well to children and their families and maintain a positive affect.
  • Ability to exercise sound judgment, plan, establish and meet timelines.
  • Ability to stand for extended periods. Ability to lift 40 lbs. continuously.  Ability to reach, bend, stoop, and squat.  Must possess fine manual dexterity. Ability to push, pull, talk/hear, with near and far visual acuity/depth perception/color vision/field of vision.
  • Ability to pass a post-offer physical examination and a TB test.
  • Ability to provide any/all current immunizations as required by the State of California for child development centers and staff.
  • Ability to obtain and maintain a criminal record/fingerprint clearance from the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation per Easterseals Southern California and/or program requirements. Must have sex offender index clearance.

Why work with Easterseals? Here’s a few great reasons:

  • You will make an impactful change in children and the lives of people with disabilities! This is an opportunity to invest into individuals who truly need your help to maximize their great potential!
  • We provide not just a job, but a meaningful career for service minded people! Join a team that is supportive, positive, and puts a focus on your individual growth.
  • We offer pay progressions!
  • To enhance your growth, we provide ongoing training as well.
  • We offer awesome employee benefits!
  • We offer highly competitive pay!

While we do our best when taking care of others, we take care of you, too. ESSC offers several employee benefits!

Additional Information

All your information will be kept confidential according to EEO guidelines.