University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences

Returning Candidate?

Preschool Caregiver

Preschool Caregiver

Requisition ID 
Hidden (2140)
Position Type 
Regular Full-Time
Sub Category 
COM Headstart Southwest
Posted Date 
Post End Date 

More information about this job


UAMS Head Start/Early Head Start currently serves 928 children at 16 sites throughout Pulaski County.  The program’s overall goal is to increase the social competence of children in low income families and children with disabilities, while improving the chances of success in school. Head Start/Early Head Start addresses the needs of the whole child including the educational, vocational and material needs of the entire family.  The program strives to enhance children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive development while enabling parents to be better caregivers and teachers to their children. Head Start/Early Head Start helps parents meet their own goals while giving children a head start in life.


The Preschool Caregiver works in a team situation to provide daily care to Head Start/Early Head Start children, such as, welcome children, changes diapers and/or potty trains others. S/He prepares children for eating by insuring clean faces and hands and assisting children with feeding. S/He supervises age appropriate activities with children and performs general duties, such as disinfecting tables, changing tables, beds/cribs/cots, etc. 


UAMS offers amazing benefits and perks:

  • Merchant discounts
  • Training and education opportunities (Including tuition discounts of up to 50%, for full-time employees and eligible dependents seeking undergraduate credit)
  • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family.
  • UAMS employees are automatically enrolled in basic life at no cost. This benefit is annualized base on salary, up to $50,000 (Benefits are reduced at ages 70 and 75)
  • Optional Short and long term disability enrolment options. (Eligible employees are automatically enrolled in basic STD covering the first $45,000 of their salary and basic LTD covering your first $20,000 of salary at no cost to the employee).
  • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution for full-time employees.
  • Convenient pharmacy, family doctors, dental, and vision on campus (discounts for using UAMS providers).
  • SmartCare concierge assistance to setup health appointments

Salary: $17,680 annually ($8.50 hourly)



  • Models appropriate language and behavior for children and parents in all situations
  • Guides learning through discovery in the environment
  • Utilizes curriculum for developing age appropriate activities
  • Adheres to the Lesson Plan and class schedule as listed in the classroom
  • Assesses children’s development levels of learning and plans activities in accordance with developmentally appropriate practices
  • Works cooperatively with other staff to ensure that the children’s needs are met inside and outside the classroom
  • Ensures that the learning environment is safe for Head Start/Early Head Start children
  • May perform other duties to assure program standards are met


Minimum Qualifications:

  • High School Diploma/GED plus six (6) months of experience working directly with preschool age children (0-5) in a child related atmosphere
  • Current CDA Infant/Toddler/Preschool OR must be willing to enroll in CDA Course

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Bilingual English/Spanish (Speaking, Reading & Writing)

Physical Requirements

Stand: Continuously
Sit: Occasionally
Walk: Continuously
Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Frequently
Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Frequently
Talk: Continuously
Hear: Continuously
Taste or smell: Continuously
Read, concentrate, think analytically: Continuously
Physical Environment: Inside Classroom Setting, Inside Office Environment, Outdoor Weather Conditions
Noise Level: Moderate
Visual Requirements: Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
Hazards: None