Article Title: Center Aide – Early Head Start

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Have a passion for working with children? Join our Early Head Start/Head Start team, providing early childhood education services.  Penquis, a social services agency serving Penobscot, Piscataquis, and Knox counties for over 50 years, is currently seeking a full-time (38 hours per week; 52 weeks per year, benefits eligible) Early Head Start (6 weeks to 3 years of age) Center Aide.  As the Center Aide, you are a nurturing, positive, team member working closely with the lead teacher.  

Center Aide Responsibilities:

  • Greeting children, getting them settled into the facility.
  • Assisting with classroom and playground supervision, and other daily activities related to the operation of the classroom, including light cleaning duties.
  • Maintain the confidentially of client files and information.

Center Aide Requirements:

  • High school diploma or equivalent and up to 12 months of experience.
  • Ability to read, write and perform basic math functions.
  • A minimum of an age appropriate Child Development Accreditation (CDA) must be obtained within first 12 months of assignment to an Early Head Start/Infant Toddler/Head Start classroom. Penquis Child Development will pay for newly hired staff to obtain appropriate credentials or continued educational opportunities!
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds.
  • Upon hire and periodically thereafter, must comply with Penquis background check requirements with satisfactory results as outlined in current contract provisions.

  Excellent Benefits Package: (benefit eligible)

  • 14 Paid Holidays (Including your Birthday!)
  • Paid Time off-3 Days upon hire
  • Paid training for all required certifications
  • Dental/Health/Vision
  • Retirement Plans
  • Tuition Reimbursement
  • Wellness Incentives

Eligible upon hire, new employees in our Early Childhood programs who work 24-40 hours per week, will receive a monthly stipend which is based on your lattice through MRTQ (Maine Roads to Quality).

The starting rate of pay for the Center Aide position is $16.10 per hour and additional compensation may be given consideration with relevant experience.

Penquis offers an excellent benefits package and competitive wages.  Apply on line at or contact us at 973-3500 (TDD: 973:3520) or by email at  to request an application and job description.

Please submit application materials, including relevant educational course work and transcripts.

In accordance with federal regulations, Penquis does not discriminate.  Reasonable accommodation will be made for otherwise qualified persons with disabilities. Penquis is a smoke-free workplace.

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