Provide children with appropriate learning activities and experiences designed to fulfill their potential for intellectual, emotional, physical, and social growth. Ensure compliance with all Department policies, division procedures, Head Start Program Performance Standards, Child Care Licensing Minimum Standards and other local, state, and federal regulations.
Bachelor’s degree from an accredited university in Early Childhood Education or related field; or
Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field, with at least 18 credit hours in Early Childhood Education; or
Infant Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) credential; or
Enrolled in an Infant Toddler Child Development Associate (CDA) program with coursework completed within 12 months of hire date and CDA credential achieved within 24 months of hire date.
Special Knowledge/ Skills:
Knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Early Head Start or comparable child development programs, early childhood education and Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)
Ability to communicate effectively
Ability to use a variety of software applications, including Microsoft Word and Excel
Bilingual (English/Spanish) speaking skills a plus
Minimum two years of classroom experience working with children ages 0 to 3 in an Early Head Start program or other early childhood education program or completion of an internship or practicum program.
Harris County Department of Education is a public entity dedicated to helping meet the needs of uniquely challenged learners and school staff in the state’s largest county through innovative programming and support services. HCDE directly serves approximately 30,000 students with four alternative campuses, therapy services provided in local schools, 17 Head Start centers for early childhood education, after-school programming in dozens of community and school settings and the largest adult education program in Texas.
HCDE also supports educators and school staff with professional development opportunities in diverse instructional areas ranging from core content to special populations and educational technology, as well as offers programs supporting school safety and alternative certification. The department provides valuable operational support to districts and public agencies in Harris County in the form of an advanced records management system, facilities planning and purchasing power through the Choice Partners program.