FAQs & Resources

Looking for a career in teaching? We’re looking for you! CSB continues to stress the importance of the first years of a child’s life and learning experiences. The positive impact a stimulating, engaged and caring preschool teacher can make on a child’s life is enormous.

Do you see yourself nurturing young minds and hearts? Our Head Start Teachers are valued, respected member of our community. If you’re ready to roll up your sleeves and dedicate your working hours to society’s future, keep reading!

The Community Services Bureau is the largest provider of Early Care and Child Education in Contra Costa County. Annually, we serve over 3,000 children and their families in Head Start, Early Head Start, and Child Development programs. To keep the teacher-to-child ratio low, we employ over 300 teaching staff in 14 child care centers countywide. Childcare is one of the fastest growing career opportunities nationwide and our need to teachers is increasing rapidly. As an employee of Contra Costa County Community Services, you are offered:

  • The highest preschool teacher salaries in the county.
  • Outstanding health, dental and retirement benefits for you and your family.
  • Excellent vacation, sick pay, personal days and holiday time off programs.
  • Continued education, professional growth and mentoring.

Our largest curriculum is our Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Head Start is a comprehensive program designed to promote the healthy development of young children form low income families. Head Start provides children with daily nutritious meals and many opportunities for social, intellectual, and emotional growth preparing them for success in school and life.

Early Head Start provides child development services for infants, toddlers and pregnant women. Its principles are based on research proving the importance of the period from birth to age three in a child’s healthy growth and development. Contra Costa County Community Services also provides State Preschool and General Child Care programs funded by the California Department of Education. These necessary programs provide child care support to income eligible parents who are working , in job training or seeking employment.

Site Supervisor ($38,592.12 to $55,343.76)

You love your work as a Site Supervisor in a small capacity Early Childhood Development Center. You know your staff and parents well, and treasure the children trusted to your program. Your attention to detail has earned praise. Your staff trust your judgment and mentoring.


  • Minimum 2 years of full-time experience as a Teacher in a publicly funded pre-school.
  • Possession of a Child Development Site Supervisor Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Valid California Driver’s License.
  • Proven ability to meet standards required by all State and Federal Head Start Performance Standards.
  • High level of expertise in working with sensitive issues in a multicultural environment.
  • Intermediate Level Computer Literacy.

Master Teacher ($36,150.84 to $43,941.60)

Do you enjoy planning curriculum, training your staff, and directing preschool education and parent involvement activities? Can you effectively discuss our programs with the general public and other childhood education professionals?


  • Bachelors Degree or higher.
  • Valid Master Teacher Permit.
  • Valid California Driver’s License.
  • Minimum of 2 years for full time experience as a preschool teacher, 1 must be in a supervisory position.
  • Proven ability to communicate with multicultural population with dignity and respect.
  • Outstanding planning and administrative abilities.
  • Intermediate Computer Literacy.
  • Exceptional Interpersonal skills with peer, children, and parents.

Teacher ($34,032.00 to $41,366.16)

Watch your class bloom as you build and maintain a nurturing environment promoting family involvement, social, intellectual, linguistic & emotional growth.


  • Bachelors Degree or higher
  • Child Development Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Valid California Driver’s License
  • Outstanding ability to effectively communicate with a diverse, multi-cultural population.

Associate Teacher ($25,261.31 to $30,705.24)

Under the mentorship of an experienced teacher, you’ll focus on providing a safe and stimulating lerning environment for children. Every day, you’ll make a difference!


  • High School Diploma, G.E.D equivalency, or High School Proficiency Certificate
  • Child Development Teacher Permit issued by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing.
  • Excellent communication skills with children, peers and parents.

Teacher Assistant Trainee (TAT) ($17,704.56 to $19,519.32)

Are you interested in gaining hands on experience and earning college credits while getting paid? Has your heart always told you that your calling is to work with children 3 months to 5 years of age? Please explore this opportunity.

Contact Personnel Services at (925) 313-1777.

Employment Applications are also available at http://www.co.contra-costa.ca.us/depart/hr/

Please contact the center (link to locations) nearest you. They will be able to see the status of the waiting list.

Please keep in mind that enrollment is not on a first-come-first-serve basis, but rather based on eligibility: age, income and need.

  1. Age eligibility: Children who are between birth and five years of age, and are not yet old enough to go to Kindergarten, are age eligible for our program.
  2. Income eligibility: We have three different income guidelines we follow for all our programs, which are all based on family size:
  3. Need Eligibility: If you are applying for our full-day, full-year program, parents need to be working, in school or training, or incapacitated. Documentation is required for all need requirements.
Most notices from PG&E are either a 15-day notice or a 48-hour notice. Should you get a notice and are unable to make a payment, please call the HEAP office at (925) 681-6380, and leave your name and a good contact number where you can be reached. A HEAP staff will return your call and set-up an appointment with you at our office.

Once the application has been processed and you qualify for funds, intake staff be able to determine that amount you qualify for. Please note that the amount you qualify for, may not be enough to pay the entire bill. If this is the case, you will first need to make a co-payment, then fax or bring in proof of payment, and finally the HEAP intake staff will be able to call PG&E’s agency line and guarantee to pay the qualified amount.

The Federally funded Head Start half-day program is completely free to income-qualified families. The State and Combined programs have minimal fees that are based on family income.