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Substitute Teacher

Position: Substitute Teacher

Program:   Head Start / Early Head Start
Supervisor:   Site Supervisor
Hours/Week:   On-Call
Classification:   Non-Exempt/Hourly
    *Position requires occasional evenings and weekends.

Alameda Family Services

Alameda Family Services is a non-profit agency providing comprehensive human services to youth, families and children in Alameda and Oakland.  These services include counseling for youth and their families; homeless youth services; early childhood development and family services; drug and alcohol education and prevention programs; sliding scale fee counseling; social work case management services; school-based programs and a high school health clinic.

Alameda Head Start / Early Head Start

Alameda Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally funded program that provides no cost services to qualifying families who reside in the city of Alameda.  Comprehensive services are provided to pregnant women and their partners and children from birth to 5.  Child development, health and family services are provided through a variety of program options designed to meet the needs of low-income and at risk families.

Job Summary

The Substitute Teacher will provide support to children and families in accordance with Community Care Licensing and Head Start Performance Standards when the regular classroom teacher is absent.  The Site Manager will oversee supervision of the Substitute Teachers with Site Supervisors and/or Assistant Site Supervisors providing direction when performing daily responsibilities.  Substitutes will be contacted by the Support Services Assistant when openings are available.  Teachers and Site Supervisor requests for specific substitutes will be supported when possible.




  1. Support and assist in developing, implementing and evaluating the daily operations of a quality Head Start classroom and child development program.
  2. Support and assist in ensuring that the Head Start classroom is in compliance with Agency and Program policies; Community Care Licensing standards; Child Protective Services regulations; Child Care Food Program standards; Head Start regulations and all other appropriate and applicable regulations and policies.
  3. Support and assist in ensuring that classroom activities are in keeping with the Program’s curriculum and philosophy (Creative Curriculum, Anti-Bias Curriculum and Developmentally Appropriate Practices) and reflect and respect the individual development and diversity of the Program’s children, families and staff.



  1. Support and assist in ensuring that classroom activities and lesson plans reflect and include all Head Start services:  education, health, nutrition, mental health, social services, parent involvement, disabilities and transition.
  2. Support and assist in ensuring that the classroom is a safe, nurturing, welcoming and quality environment for all children and parents in the program, including children with disabilities.
  3. Support and assist in maintaining a safe classroom and playground in compliance with federal, state and local health and safety regulations.
  4. Support and assist in ensuring quality food services, including recording and reporting children’s food preferences; completing necessary paperwork and appropriate food handling and storage practices.
  5. Support and assist in ensuring that classroom activities and lesson plans reflect and include all Head Start services:  education, health, nutrition, mental health, social services, parent involvement, disabilities and transition.
  6. Support and assist in involving parents, as appropriate, in all aspects of developing, implementing and evaluating the classroom and child development activities.
  7. Support and assist on field trips as needed.
  8. Support and assist in the timely completion of requirements and paperwork, including curriculum development and lesson plans; children’s education and health screenings; field trips; Education Plans; Individualized Education Plans; attendance records; children’s files; case conferences; referrals; in-kind documentation; NRS paperwork; field trip forms; time sheets; equipment and supply inventory; home visits and parent conferences and meetings.
  9. Support and assist with NRS testing as needed.
  10. Support and assist as needed in program-wide activities, including family trainings and activities, Program’s funding grant and Program’s annual self evaluation.
  11. Set up and clean up classrooms, including beginning and end of the year.
  12. Support and assist by being available to parents to answer questions and work to resolve parent and staff conflicts in a positive manner to the benefit of the children, parents, staff, Program and Agency.
  13. Support and promote a team environment within the classroom and Centers; encourage and facilitate problem solving; accept supervision and work closely with the Education and Family Services staff.
  14. Support and promote the Agency and Program mission and philosophy within the Agency, Program and community, including following the Agency and Program lines of communication.
  15. Honor confidential information.
  16. Be flexible, organized and demonstrate strong time-management skills.
  17. Demonstrate promptness and responsibility, calling the office in a timely manner to report any absences or lateness.
  18. Behave in a professional manner at all time with all other staff, children and parents.
  19. Perform other duties as assigned.






  1. Minimum of 2 years teaching experience with preschool children and 12 EC units. 
  2. Must have knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices; working with children with disabilities and special needs and problems affecting families and children who are low income. 
  3. Abilities to communicate effectively with staff and parents both verbally and orally; to understand and comply with Community Care Licensing standards and Head Start regulations and to successfully operate a classroom are essential to the position.
  4. Second language skills are desirable
  5. Must meet Community Care Licensing requirements for a fully qualified Associate Teacher and a minimum of a current CDA.  Units must include Child Development, Children and Families in the Community, Preschool Curriculum and related coursework.
  6. 2 years of experience in early child care setting or social service setting
  7. Computer literacy
  8. Positive, professional and courteous work demeanor
  9. Ability and desire to work as part of a team in a culturally diverse environment
  10. Must have California driver's license and automobile insurance



  1. Primary responsibilities are performed in an office setting in a seated position.
  2. Ability to use desktop computer and telephone on a frequent basis. 
  3. Lifting of books and other documents weighing up to 20 pounds may be encountered in performing essential functions.
  4. The ability to hold, carry and/or assist children weighing up to 50 pounds is often required.
  5. Please see physical demands checklist for additional activity frequency.
  6. Regular and predictable attendance is an essential function of this position.
  7. Position requires occasional evenings and weekends.



    1.  Community Care Licensing and Head Start Performance Standards require a background check

          and clearance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and Department of Justice (DOJ)  

          background prior to employment

     2.  A Health Screening Report completed by a physician and current TB Test Results are required

          prior to employment



          Exposure to bodily fluids and infectious diseases.