Co-Teacher – Starts at $16.47 per hour

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Position Overview

The Co-Teacher works collaboratively with the Head Start Teacher or Kindergarten Teacher to plan and implement the daily education program for the children. Under the supervision of the Head Start Teacher or Kindergarten Teacher, the Co-Teacher will ensure that all classroom activities and environment are developmentally appropriate and meet the individual needs of children as mandated by Head Start, state, and local standards.


Must work collaboratively with the Head Start Teacher or Kindergarten Teacher, family members and other staff to achieve positive outcomes for children of all abilities. Assists in creating a safe and secure environment in which children can be curious, active and encouraged toward self-discipline, and self-motivation. Assists the Head Start Teacher or Kindergarten Teacher to implement and document the developmental assessment for each child. Plans and assists in preparing materials and supplies in advance for activities. Meets regularly with the Head Start Teacher or Kindergarten Teacher to develop and implement daily and weekly lesson plans aligned with Head Start Development and Early Learning Framework and Wisconsin Model Early Learning Standards. Guides the child’s behavior in positive ways that support total growth and development, and promotes self-esteem. Assists in the compliance of Head Start Performance Standards, Licensing requirements, policies, procedures and guidelines in the day-to-day operation of the classroom. Assumes responsibility for own personal professional development including attending meetings and trainings, and maintaining the appropriate competencies and abilities as required by the position. Develops a warm, caring relationship with each child and parent in the assigned classroom that is based on mutual respect, and serves as a model to the child of appropriate relationships with others. Collects in-kind using take-home activities, field trips, and etc.

Accountability and Performance Requirement

All staff members are accountable for knowing and performing the responsibilities associated with their individual position in an efficient and effective manner, understanding that each of us plays an integral role in the success of our mission.  All staff will support the agency mission, vision, standards of conduct/code of ethics and strategic directions and support administrative decisions.  This must be demonstrated by maintaining a positive work environment, and by behaving and communicating in an appropriate manner with children, families, coworkers, supervisors and the public while achieving performance expectations.


Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development or related field.

Special Position Requirements

Teacher must have a basic understanding of how children develop and learn.


Experience working with preschool children in a group setting.

Safety and Health

Next Door is committed to providing a safe work environment and to fostering the well-being and health of its employees. An essential part of each employees’ job is the development of safe working practices and the observance of safety rules, including: Following safety warnings and directions at all times. Using personal safety devices when required. Reporting any unsafe conditions to supervisor. Following process for reporting suspected child abuse and neglect. Reporting unsupervised children, after ensuring child’s safety. Implement active supervision practices at all times, including transition times. Ensure knowledge of each assigned child’s location at all times. Ensure medication is stored according to licensing regulations (DCF 251) and Next Door policies and procedures.

Physical Demands   

Primarily active work; occasionally lifting, holding or moving up to 50 lbs. A biannual physical exam, drug screen and TB test are required as a condition of initial employment and continued employment.

Physical Activity      

Bending, stooping, kneeling, sitting on the floor, walking/transporting, handling, feeling reaching, climbing, balancing, crouching, crawling, talking and speaking clearly, hearing conversation level, smelling, and seeing; ability to interact daily with children outdoors in varied weather condition.

Work Environment

Mainly classroom setting and travel to various sites for meetings and/or trainings.


Ability to make frequent, significant decisions to understand and react to the employees and candidates. Ability to respond quickly and competently to an emergency or crisis situation in order to keep children and staff safe.

Note: This position description is not intended and should not be construed to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities, skills or efforts associated with the position.  It is intended to be an accurate reflection of principal job elements.

Join an award-winning team doing the most important work in Milwaukee.

This is your opportunity to help create bright futures and a stronger Milwaukee! Our teachers and staff are guided by Next Door’s mission: to support the intellectual, physical and emotional development of children by partnering with their families for success in school and in the community.

At Next Door, we work hard to ensure Milwaukee children living in poverty get a strong start to life during the most critical period of brain development, ages birth to three. You can help a child achieve that start in the classroom, in a home visitation setting, through family advocacy or in a wide variety of support roles.

Our employees also play a big role in shaping the future of Next Door. Driven by our strategic plan, you can help Next Door become the preeminent leader in early childhood education in Milwaukee and the employer of choice among early childhood professionals.

What we offer
Next Door teachers and support staff enjoy low teacher-student ratios, ongoing professional development opportunities at no cost, coaching support and extensive community partnerships that enhance our services.

We also offer employees competitive salaries, a strong benefits package, staff engagement opportunities with the KEEP (Keep Employees Engaged as Partners) Committee, paid holidays plus a paid time-off program and free parking.

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