Preschool Lead Teacher (Head Start)

Mission Neighborhood Centers, Inc. | San Francisco, CA

Posted Date 6/23/2024

MNC is seeking a full-time Preschool Lead Teacher – Head Start for the Valencia Gardens Campus, that will primarily provide children with a positive learning environment and varied experiences that will help them develop in all areas in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development.  The Lead Teacher works in collaboration with the other teachers and site team to enhance the parent’s role as the principal influence on the child’s education and development.  Promotes health, safety, nutrition, social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of preschool children enrolled in the program. 

$2,000.00  Hiring Bonus 

Primary Functions

Interacting with Children

  • Instruct children and parents (e.g. nutrition, self-care, social, motor skills, language skills, etc.)
  • Uses English language in order to assist ESL learners to acquire English language skills and to expand the language skills and vocabulary of the English-Speakers.
  • Implements academic, behavior, family events, health and nutrition plans
  • Assists children with hand washing and tooth brushing for the purpose of modeling appropriate personal hygiene.
  • Helps to carry out small groups’ activities for the purpose of providing classroom activities and routines that support individual/group needs and/or delivering services in compliance with established guidelines.
  • Use positive discipline techniques in guiding children’s behavior.

Assessing Children

  • Observe children in all developmental domains and document observations according to policy and procedures within the identified timelines.
  • Monitors conversation, manners, cleanup activities, listening, etc. for the purpose of demonstrating appropriate social behavior.
  • Demonstrates awareness of entire group, including number ratio while working with primary care children.

Curriculum Preparation

  • Organize indoor/outdoor, quiet/active and field trip activities appropriate to age group
  • Conducts home visits and parent-teacher conferences (ILP’s)
  • Develop Individualized Learning Plans (ILP) for each child
  • Develop developmentally appropriate lesson plans

Communication with Parents

  • Inform parents about daily classroom routine, expectations, policies, field trips and volunteer opportunities.
  • Communicate with parents about incidents that have been observed and recorded on-site regarding their child.
  • Encourage and motivate parents to participate in all levels of the Head Start


  • Assist volunteers and parents in working with children in the classroom with proper health practices, food handling and interactions/supervision of children.
  • Assists other personnel as may be required for the purpose of ensuring an efficient and effective work environment.
  • Responsible for assisting that all adults in the classroom follow schedules, routines and policies of the classroom, the center and the agency.


  • May assume coverage in the absence of the Master Teacher/Site Supervisor and remain flexible about staffing schedule which may be adjusted as program needs change and may include working in another classroom.
  • Ensure the maintenance and filing of appropriate forms and documents in children’s files.
  • Work with other teaching staff and parents to ensure that required dental exams, physical exams and screenings
  • Maintain flexibility in changing planned activities according to children’s interests.
  • Ensure that the timelines of 30, 45, and 90 days are met upon enrollment dates (e.g. homes visits, mental health notes, developmental screenings, ASQ-3, ASQ-SE, vision & hearing screenings).
  • Assist in performing height and weight measurements of the children twice a year
  • Complete monthly meal counts and monthly records of daily attendance for the Childcare Food Program
  • Assist Master Teacher/Site Supervisor in organizing center parent committee

Classroom Maintenance

  • Maintains classroom equipment, work areas, student files/records for the purpose of ensuring availability of items, providing reliable information and/or ensuring a safe and sanitary environment.
  • Carries out Health & Safety Checklist; corrects and identifies deficiencies.
  • Cleans facilities, equipment, refrigerator and playground area for the purpose of ensuring a safe and sanitary environment.
  • Responsible to take the initiative to rotate a variety of materials on low open shelves for children to use independently.
  • Set-up and serves meals and snacks for the purpose of meeting nutritional needs of students.
  • Check food delivery
  • Responds to emergency situations for the purpose of resolving immediate safety concerns.
  • Assist in the maintenance of equipment and emergency supplies.

(Full Job Description on request) 



  • High School Diploma or GED 
  • AA Degree with an emphasis in Early Childhood Education or Child Development
  • Enrolled in college education working towards an BA degree in Early Childhood Development, ESL and/or General Education
  • 16-hour certification in training and experience in the principles of child health, safety and nutrition
  • 1 + year(s) experience in a preschool setting and meets the California Community Care Licensing requirements
  • 12 ECE Units including core course as listed on the Child Development Permit Matrix
  • 2 Units in Adult Supervision and 6 Units in Administrative Units
  • Bilingual in Spanish 



  • State of California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit
  • Must be register with the Early Care & Education Workforce Registry
  • Current Driver’s License, current auto insurance and a clean driving record.
  • Fingerprinting Clearance (DOJ/FBI) and Clearance Child Abuse Index
  • Current Physical Health Screening (every 2 years thereafter)
  • Current Immunizations (TB, Influenza, MMR, Pertussis) (every 2 years thereafter)
  • Current and completed Covid-19 vaccine. Provide proof of record
  • Current CPR & First Aid Certificate (every 2 years thereafter)


What we offer

  • Medical – Kaiser and CCHP / Dental – Principal / Vision – Vision Care / Life Insurance - $50,000 / 403b – 3% match / FSA / Pet Care
  • 15 paid sick days / 12 paid holidays / 12 paid vacations days
  • EAP (Employee Assistance Program) / WADP (Working Advantage Discount Program)
  • $2,000 Hire Bonus 



If you are seeking an organization that values, promotes, and develops leadership by delivering culturally sensitive, multi-generational, community-based services that empower families to build strong, healthy, and vibrant neighborhoods with the vision of a strong, healthier and more vibrant community that respects and celebrates its many rich, cultural traditions, please apply.


How to Apply

If you are qualified and interested in applying, please send your resume and cover letter with Preschool Lead Teacher – Head Start in the subject line to or 


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We are an equal opportunity employer that welcome diversity in the workplace with a great company culture.  Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment, qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records.

Salary36.96 - 42.60 Hour
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