Employment Opportunities

DPI Licensed Teacher - Arcadia

Department: Head Start
Location: Arcadia
Shift: Days
Starting Wage: $28.27 - $35.22

Job Description:

Western Dairyland Head Start is hiring a DPI Licensed Teacher to work at the Arcadia Early Learning Center, located within the Arcadia Elementary School in Arcadia, WI.

Head Start promotes school readiness of children under the age of five from income-eligible families by supporting their growth and development in a positive learning environment through comprehensive services, which include early learning, health, and family well-being. We're a mission-driven organization making a positive impact in our community since 1966.

Job Duties: 

  • Plan lessons for assigned classrooms.
  • Integrate child assessment data in individual and group planning to ensure inclusion of all children.
  • Provide for the health and safety of participants in the Center along with the Center Manager.
  • Recommend purchases of equipment and supplies to the Center Manager.
  • Responsible for daily activities with children individually and in assigned groups.
  • Complete developmental screenings.
  • Conduct ongoing assessment to evaluate each child's developmental level and progress in outcomes aligned to the school readiness goals.
  • Conduct at least two home visits per program year for each family to engage the parents in the child's learning and development.
  • Facilitate parent conference at least two times per year to enhance parents knowledge and understanding of the child's education and developmental progress
  • Train volunteers for classroom assistance.
  • Implement classroom activities and outdoor activities.
  • Prepare the classroom, outdoor space, and other center facilities for daily activities.
  • Prepare classroom materials for daily activities.
  • Attend IEP meetings and other agency's consultations to coordinate activities and to share information.
  • Coordinate component efforts for families through Tiered staff meetings with Head Start staff and program managers when necessary.
  • Provide information on class activities at parent meetings and through handouts and newsletters.
  • Implement positive guidance and model appropriate practice.
  • Work closely with center staff, program managers, and outside agency, if applicable, to refer children to the appropriate services.
  • Maintain online records on each child to document progress. (TSG online assessment)
  • Maintain attendance records on each child.
  • Maintain children's portfolios, work samples, files and medical log.
  • Maintain necessary Child Plus documentation for children and families.
  • Maintain Current DPI license, DPI PDP if applicable.
  • Knowledge of state and federal Head Start regulations; Child Care Licensing Rules; Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework; Head Start Parent, Family, and Community Engagement; and Developmentally Appropriate Practices
  • Demonstrate understanding of Head Start philosophy and Western Dairyland Head Start's core values
  • Demonstrate sensitivity to culture and family background
  • Comply with Policies and Procedures and Standards of Conducts
  • Maintain confidentiality
  • Complete individual needs assessment and develop professional development goal annually
  • Complete a minimum of 25 hours of professional development per year

Education Requirements:

  • The right candidate must have a minimum of a Bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or a closely-related field with DPI licensure for teaching 4K.


This is a full-time, school-year position. Western Dairyland is committed to employee wellness and work-life balance. We have implemented a four-day 36 hour workweek! 

We offer a complete benefits package including:

Vacation, personal leave, holidays, sick leave

  • Summers off
  • 63 hours of vacation during the school year
  • 18 hours of personal time off
  • 8 paid holidays during the school year
  • Sick leave accrued at 0.05709 hours per hour worked
    • approximately 8 hours of sick leave per month for full-time employees
    • maximum accrued sick leave of 450 hours
  • Short-Term Disability
  • Long-Term Disability agency paid

401(k) plan with up to a 6% match 

Employees can contribute immediately. After 1 year of employment, the agency will contribute between 3 and 6 percent, dependent on the employee's contribution.

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Health Insurance

  • 90% of premiums covered for individual coverage
  • 75% premiums covered for additional coverage needed
  • $3,750 deductible reimbursement for individuals and up to $6,500 reimbursed for family deductibles
  • Health Savings Account
  • Flexible Spending Accounts for both Health and Dependent Care

Dental Insurance

  • Single $36.67 per month
  • Family $108.20 per month

Additional Benefits

  • Employee Assistance Program - fully paid
  • Basic Life Insurance - fully paid (plus additional group coverage amounts)
  • Flexible work schedule with generous accommodations for family, school, and volunteer commitments
  • Opportunities for continuing education, conferences, and classes
  • Employees have access to our Discount Marketplace
  • WDEOC is a qualified employer under the federal Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program.

To apply:
Complete an online application at wdHeadStart.org/jobs

Send a cover letter and resume to HR at hr@wdeoc.org

This position is open until filled.

Minorities are strongly encouraged to apply. This agency is an equal-opportunity employer.


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