Join Our Team: Classroom Caregivers and Floaters

The Richland First Steps Early Head Start program is adding new classroom caregivers and floaters to the team.

Classroom Caregiver

The classroom caregiver is responsible for children age 8 weeks to three years of age. Caregivers take care of children when their parents are at work or otherwise unavailable. They make sure that the children’s basic needs are met by supervising, feeding, assessing, and playing with them. These caregivers help prepare children for school by providing experiential learning and guidance in the major domains of development; social/emotional, health, cognitive, physical development, and literacy

This position will work within the framework given to ensure that all activities are grounded in positive, ongoing, and goal-oriented relationships with families. Outcomes may include family well-being, parent-child relationships, families as lifelong educators, families as learners, family connections to peers and community and families as advocates and leaders. The framework is supported by a positive program environment, professional development opportunities and continuous program improvement.

The positions work primarily 8-5 Monday through Friday. Occasional evening or weekend work may be required.


  • Minimum of Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential required. Associate or Bachelor degree in Child Development, Early Childhood Education or related field preferred as well as specific infant and toddler training
  • Experience as a teacher of infants and toddlers
  • Experience with Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child growth and development and teaching strategies
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing
  • Ability to work well with parents from diverse backgrounds
  • Respect for individual differences
  • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team
  • Ability to pass/maintain annual background checks including SLED and DSS (includes Sexual Registry).

Classroom Floater

The classroom floater will be responsible for supporting the classroom caregivers and the center director in creating classroom settings that meet the needs of the enrolled children and their families.


  • Must possess at least an Infant-Toddler CDA credential, have completed ECD 101, or a closely related course.
  • Experience working with infants, toddlers, and families with varied educational backgrounds and of all socio-economic and cultural groups.
  • Experience with Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos.
  • Demonstrated knowledge of child growth and development and age-appropriate teaching strategies.
  • Ability to communicate effectively verbally and in writing.
  • Respect for individual differences.
  • Ability to work with a multidisciplinary team.
  • Pass criminal and other background checks prior to employment.

Responsibilities / Expectations

  • Treat Head Start participants, community members and fellow staff with positive regard as defined in Head Start’s mission statement.
  • Provide a positive, nurturing, healthy, developmentally appropriate classroom and outdoor environment for infants and toddlers including:
    • Structure the environment appropriately for infants, toddlers and young children
    • Match expectations to the children’s developing capabilities
    • Show genuine respect for the children at all times
    • Model and encourage expected behaviors
    • Set clear limits
    • Recognize and reinforce positive behavior
    • Encourage problem solving and self-help skills
    • Direct communication with and listen to each child
    • Design interactions and activities that encourage success
    • Keep classroom and outdoor environment clean, safe, and appropriate for young children.
  • Care for infants and toddlers including feeding, diapering, dressing, and play. This may include lifting and carrying children throughout the day.
  • Encourage and promote parental involvement.
  • As needed, assist with parent conferences and home visits to share and gain information on children’s progress, needs, and interests and provides for other parent contacts on a variety of issues, including child’s attendance.
  • Assist classroom caregivers, as needed to assess physical, social, emotional and cognitive development and learning readiness of children using assigned tools.
  • Understand and follow both Head Start Performance Standards and First Steps Program Standards.
  • Understand and follow DSS, DHEC and CACFP regulations.
  • Help carry out weekly lessons plans.
  • Complete all paperwork and documentation as required by Richland County First Steps, Early Head Start, and the child care center.
  • Participate in individual professional development as well as organization training such as Blood Borne Pathogens, Mandated Reporting and First Aid.
  • Other duties as assigned.

Only online applications will be accepted. The application and complete job descriptions are available at the link below.

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