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Floater (Substitute Pre-K Teacher)
Job Code:2020-EHS-014
Department:Early Head Start/Head Start
Location:Suffolk - Executive Court Center
FT/PT Status:Regular Part-time
Salary:$9.81 per hour-

Job Responsibilities:

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The Children's Center, a non-profit agency, is dedicated to making a positive difference in the lives of young children, one family at a time. Our mission is to nurture and educate children and their families. We provide opportunities for education, parenting support and resources to families in our communities.

The Children's Center Head Start/Early Head Start is a federally funded program that provides no cost services to qualifying families who reside in the community. 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. 

This position rotates between several departments (e.g., EHS teaching program, Custodial) and acts as a temporary substitute while a permanent employee is unable to perform their regularly assigned duties.  The position supports the respective functions and tasks of that department according to established procedures.

This position will give you the opportunity to work at all Suffolk Centers (Suffolk Children's Center, Suffolk Head Start Center and Pruden Early Head Start Center) and Smithfield Centers (Smithfield Head Start and Smithfield Early Head Start). 

  • Teacher Assistant:
    • Conducts small group activities while providing classroom coverage.
    • Attends required training.
    • Communicates with parents while providing classroom coverage.
    • Ensures compliance with safety standards.
    • Sanitizes classrooms at end-of-day; washes laundry.
    • Prepares and serves snacks.
    • Prepares incident reports.
    • Changes diapers and assists with toilet training while providing classroom coverage.
    • Monitors children in a variety of settings.
    • Documents child arrival and departure while providing classroom coverage.

  • Administrative Assistant:
    • Provides support for front desk/receptionist tasks.
    • Opens buildings at the beginning of the work day; prepares computers for operation.
    • Provides customer services; answers telephone and greet visitors; provides information and assistance; refers to appropriate personnel; takes messages and makes appointments.
    • Prepares charts and packets.
    • Maintains department files and records.
    • Sorts and processes mail.


  • Bus Monitor:
    • Rides a bus along an assigned route to monitor the safety of children.
    • Enforces seal belt restraint rules.
    • Reports broken or damages car seats to supervisor.
    • Cleans the interior and exterior of bus.
    • Provides care to children in transit as needed.
    • Notifies parents when bus is behind schedule.




  • Cook Assistant:
    • Assists with cooking meals in accordance with approved menus.
    • Ensures compliance with Health Department requirements.
    • Stores food in designated areas.
    • Assists with cleaning work areas, tools and equipment; sanitizing kitchen.
    • Assist in cleaning and restocking dishes, cups and utensils.
    • Serves meals as needed.
    • Removes garbage; cleans garbage containers.
    • Assists in receiving food shipments.
    • Assists with cleaning assigned facilities; cleans floors, windows, office, classrooms, appliances and bathrooms.
    • Washes and restocks dishes.


  • Custodian:
    • Empties and cleans waste receptacles; collects recyclables.
    • Cleans and sanitizes restrooms; restocks restroom supplies.
    • Sweeps, mops, vacuums, and buffs floors; spot-cleans carpets.
    • Dusts and polishes furniture.
    • Cleans windows and mirrors.
    • Cleans blinds and window sills.


  • Across all areas:
    • Approach all tasks with a “can-do” attitude understanding that there is no other kind of attitude
    • Willingness to assist with a variety of tasks and assignments, including such tasks as changing diapers, washing dishes, cleaning toilets, picking up needed supplies from a local store and transporting food
    • Take ownership of assignment
    • Present a cheerful, positive manner in all interactions


  • Performs other related duties as needed and requested.



Job Qualifications:
  • Knowledge of early childhood education principles and practices.
  • Knowledge of Children's Center policies and procedures.
  • Skill in the delivery of instruction to students.
  • Skill in the operation of computers and job related software programs.
  • Skill in decision making and problem solving.
  • Skill in interpersonal relations and in dealing with the public.
  • Skill in oral and written communication.


  • $750 Sign-on bonus
  • 401(k)

Keywords:  preschool, pre-school, pre-k, pre k, infant, toddler, daycare, nursery, pre-primary, ECE, ECD, early childhood, early care, childcare