Kids and Company of Linn County (Kidco Head Start/Early Head Start) provides a comprehensive preschool program in Linn and Benton counties for children from low-income families and children with special needs. Kidco Head Start is now accepting applications for the following position in Linn and Benton counties:

WAGE:  $16.39 w/Bachelors, $15.14 w/Associates degree $14.55 w/CDA (6% increase for bilingual Spanish/English) classified non-exempt 

HOURS:  32 hours per week / two week summer program closure

BENEFITS:  Paid vacations, holidays, sick/personal leave, 403(b) retirement plan, tuition reimbursement, and job-related training opportunities 


  • Associates degree or Bachelor’s degree in ECE or related field with course work or training in infant/toddler development that meets Head Start requirements, or current Infant/Toddler CDA.

  • Experience in early childhood, social services health or family support programs providing parent education and support. 

  • Experience in planning and scheduling developmentally appropriate activities for children age 0-3. 

  • Sensitivity to individual and group needs of adults and children in target area; knowledge of family dynamics. 

  • Demonstrated ability to maintain written and computerized educational record keeping systems in an organized and accurate manner.  

  • Excellent communication and problem solving skills. 

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective working relationships with parents, staff and public 



Parent Involvement: Develop with parent, individualized plans for each home visit.  Encourage families to become the “teachers” on home visits. * Maintain family contact recordkeeping system for assigned families. * Work cooperatively with other agencies providing home visits, including Early Intervention. Conduct screening and assessment of each child. * Develop individual goals for each child with family; encourage parents to be involved in curriculum planning. 


Socialization groups: Assess individual and group needs, attending to special needs, specific interest, strengths and concerns in planning socialization groups. Encourage parent participation in planning. * Provide twice monthly socialization groups. * Establish goals which reflect individual and group needs. * Structure environments/curriculum within EHS guidelines responsive to developmental task acquisition and promotion of age appropriate participation, and independence. * Prepare materials to support activity plans; change and create learning areas as needed. * Adapt curriculum to address and meet individual goals for children as identified in their IFSP. * Provide a safe and consistent care environment by demonstration appropriate, effective group and individual management skills with children and families. * Establish a consistent schedule that includes flexibility to meet the changing needs of the families and infants/toddlers. 

Family Partnership: conduct weekly home visits; maintain adequate social service support and referral system for supporting family needs and goals. Work with families to complete all health related requirements.  

Please note: A program application is required.


Questions: Human Resource Department 541-451-1581 x115 or larnold@kidcoheadstart.org


USDA and this institution are equal employment opportunity employers

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