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Head Start Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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Pros
  • A great place to work to support children and families for the greater long-term of the Dallas community (in 9 reviews)

  • Working with children and families (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay and summers without pay (in 14 reviews)

  • lack of communication among staff, some school events are poorly run and got hectic and stressful (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Ok."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Head Start part-time

    Pros

    very flexible work schedule...not on top of you as long as you do your paperwork

    Cons

    lots of paperwork, full time hours limited,


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Teacher in Dallas, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Head Start full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Head start is a great company to work. And a great support for families children.

    Cons

    Teachers are Under-compensated for the amount paper and challenges that they deal with daily. Taking some education specialist work load when they are to input data information about assessment. By adding it to the teacher work load, With that said teachers still have their assessments , home visit, parent conference, to complete and manger the activities to their classroom with low pay. Partnership with the district teacher however HS teacher has the most responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Be more professional and neutral, and building moral on the job.

  3. "Management was tough, kids were great!"

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    Former Employee - Family Support Worker in Bennington, VT
    Former Employee - Family Support Worker in Bennington, VT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Head Start full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Working with children and families
    Able to work independently with some supervision
    Feel accomplished in helping families meet needs
    Co workers are supportive and helpful
    Can work on passion to help others and see progress
    Can be creative in event planning and working as a team in community with other providers

    Cons

    Lack of communication throughout agency
    Lack of feeling supported and appreciated
    Staff with limited experience and knowledge of how to address difficult situations
    Crises at times with families
    High caseload (50 cases/children and their families) and being asked too much of when voicing overwhelm

    Advice to Management

    Management should be aware of what's going on at all levels. Each position has it's own job and responsibilities but they shouldn't ask too much of staff when they have voiced difficulties and/or feeling overwhelmed by being asked to do too much, not comparable to other staff's caseloads. Better means of communication should be created between among staff at different levels, between centers, and between partner programs and centers. Also, management should be trained on how to best support, listen to, and meet the needs and address the struggles of their staff.


  4. "Teacher assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at Head Start part-time

    Pros

    Lots of experience and had fun

    Cons

    Took me a while to memorize names


  5. "pre school"

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    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Paterson, NJ
    Current Employee - Licensed Practical Nurse in Paterson, NJ
    Recommends

    I have been working at Head Start full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great Pace, wonderful kids, understanding management

    Cons

    salary low compared to similar position requiring license, insurance costs are high- packages available are not attractive for cost


  6. "hi"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    helping children, free meals with the kids

    Cons

    uniform, so much documentation required


  7. "Family Advocate"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great people, great policies, great standards

    Cons

    The pay could be a little better

  8. "great staff tough kids #teacherlife"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Head Start full-time

    Pros

    love how humane, understanding and kind my boss is

    Cons

    tough kids, no back up from administrative staff


  9. "Family Service Worker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Head Start full-time

    Pros

    Camraderie with other Family Service Workers

    Cons

    Management sometimes very insensitive towards employee needs

    Advice to Management

    Employees that are respected, respect their company and the management


  10. "Teacher"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Head Start full-time

    Pros

    Kids are amazing
    Build relationships with families
    Great way to build teaching skills

    Cons

    Low pay
    Management priorities are poor

    Advice to Management

    My specific center had managers who did not care about the children and who only cared about filling the spots. Made for a very toxic environment and eventually was the reason i left.


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