Careers in Teaching Head Start


A Rewarding Role Where You Can Make A Big Difference.


Are you passionate about children and shaping their very bright futures? Do you want an exciting job close to home with competitive pay? We have opportunities available for caring, compassionate and creative people to join our team. If this sounds like you, then apply to Head Start today and start shaping lives for tomorrow.

Maricopa County has a generous benefits package including low-cost healthcare options, tuition reimbursement, and enrollment in the Arizona State Retirement System. Our classrooms are fully stocked so that means you’re not paying out-of-pocket for supplies! We pay for your continuing education and offer plenty of professional development opportunities during work hours.


Current openings

Early Head Start Teacher

As an Early Head Start Teacher, you will provide active learning by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate individualized experiences and creating a safe and nurturing environment in which 0 to 3-year-old children can enhance their development and skills. You will also plan and participate in parent education, parent involvement, and family support activities. As an Early Head Start Teacher, you will help build stronger families and brighter tomorrows for our youngest residents of Maricopa County.

Family Support Specialist

Head Start Teacher

As a Head Start Teacher, you will promote active learning in a preschool classroom by planning and implementing developmentally appropriate, individualized experiences and creating a safe and nurturing environment for children. We will count on you to use cognitive-developmental approaches to enhance the student’s language and literacy skills. You will also have the opportunity to plan and participate in parent education, parent engagement, and family support activities. 

Professional Development Coach

Site Supervisor

In your role as a Site Supervisor, you will be responsible for leading, supporting, and supervising a Birth to Five or Head Start teaching team, by overseeing the planning and daily operations of an infant/toddler and/or preschool classroom where assigned.

Teacher Assistant

As a Teacher Assistant, you will support teaching teams in promoting active learning in the classroom for infants and toddlers or preschool-age children. We will count on you to support developmentally appropriate, individualized experiences and create a safe and nurturing environment. You will be part of a team that helps build stronger families and brighter tomorrows for our youngest residents of Maricopa County. 

Eligible teachers and site supervisors can earn a $2,000 hiring bonus and eligible teacher assistants can receive a $1,000 hiring bonus.

Work for Head Start

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We Support You With

  • Coaching and support from CDA Specialist
  • Fully stocked classrooms (no out-of-pocket costs)
  • Paid CDA certification (renewal, testing, fees)
  • Paid CPR certification
  • Paid Fingerprint Clearance card
  • Paid First Aid certification
  • Paid Food Handlers card
  • Paid online courses
  • Paid professional development during work
  • Paid tuberculosis testing

Head Start student and teacher

Head Start Teachers Stock Their Classrooms


Maricopa County Head Start Locations

Maricopa County Early Head Start and Head Start are offered by the Early Education Division of the Human Services Department of Maricopa County. The Early Education Division is dedicated to ensuring children have the knowledge and skills to be successful in school and life through service delivery to children and families in core areas of early learning, health, and family well-being while engaging parents as partners every step of the way. Head Start encompasses Head Start preschool programs, which primarily serve 3- and 4-year-old children, and Early Head Start programs for infants, toddlers, and pregnant women.



Looking for additional locations? The City of Phoenix and Catholic Charities offer Head Start programming in select areas.