• Preschool/Infant Toddler Caregiver

    Posted Date 4 weeks ago(4 weeks ago)
    Requisition ID
    Position Type
    Regular Full-Time
    COM Headstart Southwest
    Post End Date
  • Overview


    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 (Infant/Toddler) 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; 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:


    • Health: Medical, Dental and Vision plans available for staff and family
    • Holiday, Vacation and Sick Leave
    • Education discount for staff and dependents (undergraduate only)
    • Retirement: Up to 10% matched contribution from UAMS
    • Basic Life Insurance up to $50,000
    • Career Training and Educational Opportunities
    • Merchant Discounts


    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 as assigned. 


    Minimum Qualifications:

    • High School Diploma/GED plus at least six (6) months of child care experience
    • Current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential for Infant Toddler and/or Preschool OR must be willing to enroll in CDA Course

    Preferred Qualifications:

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



    UAMS is an Affirmative Action and Equal Opportunity Employer of individuals with disabilities and protected veterans and is committed to excellence.

    Physical Requirements

    Stand: Continuously
    Sit: Continuously
    Walk: Continuously
    Bend, crawl, crouch, kneel, stoop, or reach overhead: Continuously
    Lift, push, pull, carry weight: 26 - 50 lbs
    Use hands to touch, handle, or feel: Continuously
    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: Loud
    Visual Requirements: Color discrimination, Depth perception, Far visual acuity, Near visual acuity
    Hazards: None


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