Project Eagle
November 18, 2022
Kansas City, KS 66101, 444 Minnesota Ave., Suite 100
Job Type
Desired Education
Bachelor's Degree In Early Childhood Education, Child Development or closely related field
Desired Experience
Experience working in an Center-based program. Experience working in an Early Head Start Center based program a plus.
Job Type
Lead Teacher
Company Contact
Jody Feuerborn
Contact Phone


Sign On Incentive ($500 at hire and $500 after 6 months of employment)

Comprehensive Benefits Package:

Health, dental, vision, employer paid life, LTD, flexible benefits plan, miscellaneous voluntary plans available, paid vacation and sick (begin accruing upon hire), paid holidays, paid discretionary day, paid bereavement leave, paid jury duty leave, military leave, paid parental leave, retirement plan. For more information

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About Project Eagle:

Project Eagle is an early childhood program focused on preparing children, engaging families, and promoting excellence for children and families in Kansas City, Kansas. Project Eagle provides home-based and center-based services to pregnant women and/or children ages birth to five through a variety of programs, the largest being Early Head Start. Project Eagle is also a member of the Educare Learning Network, part of a national initiative that serves as a platform for broader change, inspiring high-quality programs in communities, improving public policies within each state, and demonstrating a comprehensive approach to the first five years of life and learning. Educare Kansas City (


Position Summary:

The Early Head Start/ Head Start Teacher, in partnership with the Early Head Start/ Head Start Associate Teacher is responsible for the planning, implementation and coordination of a comprehensive education program.  The Teacher and Associate Teacher ensure that the classroom activities and environment are developmentally appropriate, meet the individual needs of each child, and reflect the agency's philosophy and curriculum. They work in partnership to develop and implement individualized lesson plans for children (ages 6 weeks through 3 years or 3 years to 5 years), which encourage their social, emotional, physical, linguistic, and intellectual development in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development. The teaching team (the Early Head Start/ Head Start Teacher, Early Head Start/ Head Start Associate Teacher and Early Head Start / Head Start Teacher Aide) provide a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment enriched by a high-quality early language experience and an emphasis on social and emotional growth. The Teacher and Associate Teacher are responsible for implementing all program requirements in adherence to performance and outcome standards as prescribed by funding and model requirements.


Knowledge, Abilities and Experience

  • Knowledge of child development, early childhood education, and best practice teaching methods and techniques.
  • Ability to work with an interdisciplinary team as a cooperative and supportive team member
  • Ability to provide leadership to the classroom team and ensure all tasks are completed in a timely manner while collaborating with other members of the classroom team
  • Communicate effectively, verbally and in writing, in a manner that fosters supportive relationships with staff, families and children from diverse backgrounds
  • Maintain child and family confidentiality and perform duties in an ethical and professional manner
  • Willingness to participate in observations and coaching sessions, and participate in research-based studies on high quality early childhood education
  • Familiarity with and willingness to use technology in all aspects of the program


Required Qualifications:


  • Meet one of the following educational requirements:
    • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or closely related field
    • Degree in an unrelated field with at least 30 early childhood credits
    • Associates Degree in Early childhood Education, Child Development, or closely related field, at least 2 years of experience in early childhood, and enrollment in a Bachelor’s degree program in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a closely related field to be completed within 3 years
  • 2 year experience in early childhood education
  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds.
  • Basic computer skills.
  • Ability to become CPR and First Aid Certified within 30 days of employment (paid for by employer).
  • Pass background check including fingerprinting.


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Early childhood teaching certification or graduate coursework/degree.
  • Master’s degree in Early childhood Education, child Development, or a closely related field
  • Experience working in an Early Head Start or Head Start Center-based program.
  • Bilingual Spanish/English.
  • Knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards.
  • Successful experience working as a part of a multidisciplinary team to provide high quality, developmentally appropriate care and education for young children.
  • Experience working with inclusion, early intervention, children with special needs and diverse populations. Experience implementing curriculum.  Experience using assessment tools to measure children’s development.  Experience using assessment data for instructional purposes.  Experience with research partnerships.
  • Experience sharing best practices with others within early childhood (volunteers, practicum students, etc.)


Duties and Responsibilities (Professional development/coaching will be provided upon hire)


High Quality Teaching Practices

  • Ensure children safety by maintaining a clean, healthy, and safe classroom environment, by conducting authorized emergency and safety procedures, and actively supervising children at all times.
  • In conjunction with the EHS/HS associate teacher and EHS/HS teacher aide, plan and implement developmentally appropriate classroom activities and environment that intentionally support the developmental and educational goals of children’s individual education plans utilizing the High Scope Curriculum
  • Support children to develop positive social relationships, provide opportunities for children to develop positive self-images and experience success, and help children develop conflict resolution skills utilizing Conscious Discipline.
  • Utilize the continuity of care model to support children and families to develop safe, secure attachments


Intensive Family Engagement

  • Partner with families to build mutually respectful goal-oriented relationships that support strong parent-child relationships, family well-being, and ongoing learning and development for both parents and children.
  • Interact with families through regular classroom contact and contribute to and participate in interdisciplinary meetings, child and family reviews, family conferences and home visits to develop individual child goals, share progress towards school readiness, and respond to their identified interests and/or needs
  • Provide monthly classroom family engagement activities based on the interests of the children and families


Data Utilization

  • Ensure the timely completion of necessary paperwork including developmental assessments, lesson plans, parent information, incident/accident report, attendance, USDA meal counts, etc.)
  • Observe, assess, and document each child’s skills, behavior, growth and development
    • Assess student needs and develop individualized learning opportunities for each child
    • be familiar with the referral process to Part B and Part C and alert interdisciplinary team when student screenings or assessments show areas of concern
  • Use classroom and school data to improve teaching practice, provide a high-quality early learning experience for children, and ensure school readiness
  • Ensure that all child files and portfolios are complete, accurate, and confidentially maintained


Embedded Professional Development

  • Collaborate with coworkers during team planning sessions and support of implementation of best practices in the classroom
  • Participate in ongoing professional development, coaching and reflective supervision activities and support the implementation of changes in classroom practice to promote high quality instruction
  • Share expertise and classroom experiences with other members of the school and or community


  • Follow all mandates of Head Start Regulations, state and local childcare licensing regulations, and Project Eagle/Educare of Kansas City's philosophy and curriculum.
  • Performs other related duties as assigned.


A complete application includes:

  • Resume
  • Cover letter addressing how you meet required and preferred qualifications.
  • 3 professional references
  • Copy of Transcripts



Health, dental, vision, employer paid life, LTD, flexible benefits plan, miscellaneous voluntary plans available, paid vacation and sick (begin accruing upon hire), paid holidays, paid discretionary day, paid bereavement leave, paid jury duty leave, military leave, paid parental leave, retirement plan. For more information



KUMC is an AA/EO Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of sex, including marital status, race/ethnicity, color, age, sexual orientation, gender expression, gender identity, national origin, creed, religion, ancestry, disability status as a Vietnam-era veteran, special disabled veteran, recently separated veteran or other protected veteran, or genetic testing and screening information