Job Title: Early Head Start Caregiver

Reports to:Site Administrator
Typical Schedule:230 or 245 days/7.5 hours
Bargaining Unit:USEP SRP


Job Code:5037, 5038, 5201
Salary Schedule:SRP S10


Responsible for leading children toward the fulfillment of their potential for intellectual, social, emotional, physiological growth, and maturation and for assisting families to receive comprehensive services.


The following statements are intended to describe the general nature and level of work being performed by individuals assigned to this position. These statements are not intended to be construed as an exhaustive list of all duties and responsibilities required of those in this position.


  1.  Prepare weekly written developmentally appropriate lesson/activity plans for children and families.
  2.  Cooperate with other members of the staff involving all aspects of the program.


  1.  Meet and instruct assigned groups in the locations and at the times designated.
  2.  Develop and maintain a developmentally appropriate learning environment and routine conducive to effective learning.
  3.  Employ a variety of developmentally appropriate instructional techniques and instructional media in accordance with the Prekindergarten       Services curriculum to meet the needs and capabilities of the individual or groups involved.
  4.  Establish and maintain positive behavior supports consistent with district and program policies.
  5.  Implement Early Head Start Performance Standards.
  6.  Take all necessary and reasonable precautions to protect children, materials, equipment and facilities.
  7.  Evaluate child progress on a regular basis and utilizing appropriate screening and assessment instruments in order to provide appropriate   feedback to families and staff.
  8.  Assist in upholding and enforcing school rules, administrative regulations, and Board policy.
  9.  Assist in the selection of books, equipment, and other child development materials.
  10.  Develop and maintain a family style atmosphere during mealtime, including participating in the same menu as the children.
  11.  Complete child care assignments, implement the curriculum, provide play activities and stimulation for children.
  12.  Support children's play and modeling skills in order to promote developmentally appropriate practices.
  13.  Assist children with personal care needs (toileting, changing diaper, feeding, etc.).

Public Relations

  1.  Make provision for being available to children and parents for program related purposes outside the instructional day when required or requested.
  2.  Attend and participate in meetings.
  3.  Work to establish and maintain open lines of communication with families concerning the intellectual, social, emotional, physiological   and maturational growth of the child through telephone calls, written communication and home visits.
  4.  Establish and maintain cooperative relations with other employees.
  5.  Assist with the delivery of comprehensive services to children and families Revised March 20, 2012.
  6.  Promote the importance of a home-school team approach in meeting the educational needs of families.
  7.  Support parents to be the first educators of their child and developing educational goals with parents.
  8.  Complete home visits to each child's home during the program year.
  9.  Conduct parent conferences.
  10.  Assist with planning for Socialization groups.
  11.  Plan and conduct parent meetings.
  12.  Support parents with the Family Partnership Agreement process.
  13.  Coordinate with staff to connect families to community services and obtaining resources for families.
  14.  Assist families to complete the Orientation and Transition process.
  15.  Participate in the School-based Intervention Team and/or Case Management services to ensure involvement of professionals needed to provide interventions and address children suspected of having special needs.
  16.  Ensure program attendance procedures are followed.



  1. Maintain and promptly submit accurate, complete, and correct records as required by federal/state guidelines, district policy and administrative regulations.
  2. Ensure each child has the necessary records in the permanent record and portfolio.


Requirements are representative of minimum levels of knowledge, skills and/or abilities. To perform this job successfully, the incumbent will possess the abilities or aptitudes to perform each duty successfully. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Ability to organize, prioritize, manage and carry out duties efficiently and within established timeframes.
  • Ability to communicate effectively with all stakeholders in written and oral form, including electronic media, using positive interpersonal skills.
  • Capacity to perform physical requirements necessary to care for infants and toddlers.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of infant and toddler development and care.
  • Ability to effectively use technology.
  • Ability to function as an effective team member with co-workers and the community to build productive, collaborative relationships and to achieve            program goals and objectives.
  • Ability to communicate with preschool children in ways than ensure a sense of safety and security.


  • Associate in Arts (A.A.)/Associate in Science (A.S.) in Early Childhood
  • OR
  • Associate in Arts (A.A.)/Associate in Science (A.S.) with a Child Development Associate Credential (CDA) or Child Development Associate Equivalent (CDAE) Credential
  • OR
  • An Associate in Arts (A.A.)/Associate in Science (A.S.) and agree to earn a CDA/CDAE Credential within two (2) years of employment: An employee must enroll in a CDA/CDAE program within the first year of employment and must complete all requirements for the credential and obtain the certificate by the end of the second year of employment.
  • Initial health examination that includes screening for tuberculosis
  • Valid Florida driver’s license and record of safe driving




  • Previous training and/or experience working with infants, toddlers, and/or prekindergarten children
  • Experience working with low-income families
  • Individual is representative of the population being served
  • Bilingual
  • Satisfactory completion of American Red Cross First Aid and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) course for infants and toddlers




Light Work: Exerting up to 20 pounds of force occasionally and/or up to 10 pounds of force frequently. If the use of arm and/or leg controls require exertion of forces greater than that for sedentary work and the worker sits most of the time, the job is rated as light work.


The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is required to sit, talk and hear; stand and walk; use hands/fingers to handle, or feel; reach with hands and arms. Specific vision ability required by this job includes close vision, distance vision, and the ability to adjust focus.


Indoors and Outdoors: The worker is subject to both environmental conditions. Activities occur inside and outside.


  • General office equipment, including personal computers, fax machines, copiers, telephones, etc.


Salary and benefits shall be paid consistent with the District’s approved compensation plan. Length of the work year and hours of employment shall be established by the District.

Performance of the job will be evaluated in accordance with provisions of the School Board’s policy on evaluation of personnel.

Nothing in this job description restricts management’s right to assign or reassign duties and responsibilities to this job at any time.

Pasco County Schools will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities to allow them to perform the essential functions of the job when such individuals request an accommodation.

Early Head Start Caregiver;   EST: March 20, 2012;   REV: n/a;   Board Approved: March 20, 2012