Portage Learning Centers Careers and Volunteer Opportunities

join our team wall decor


Working for us can be a very rewarding experience because it offers the opportunity to positively impact young children’s and their family’s lives. Here are three reasons why someone might choose to work for Portage Learning Centers:

  1. Fulfilling mission: Head Start aims to promote school readiness for young children in low-income families by providing comprehensive services that promote health, nutrition, social-emotional development, and academic learning. This mission can motivate people who want to make a positive difference in young children’s and their family’s lives.
  2. Professional development: We provide various professional development opportunities for our staff, including training in early childhood education, health and safety, and family engagement. This can benefit people who want to build their skills and knowledge in these areas.
  3. Community engagement: Head Start programs are often deeply rooted in their local communities, providing opportunities for staff to engage with families, community organizations, and other stakeholders. This can be a great way to build relationships and make a meaningful impact in the community.

Overall, working for us can be a fulfilling and rewarding experience for people who are passionate about early childhood education and want to positively impact young children’s and their family’s lives.

Head Start, Careers

We always seek talented, community-minded individuals passionate about children and social services! Our teams are filled with the most caring, talented, creative, and diverse people who work closely together to better the lives of children and families in Portage County.

Portage Learning Centers (PLC) employees have endless opportunities to make a difference in the lives of children from the time they are born until they begin kindergarten.

In addition to a competitive pay scale, PLC employees are eligible for the following benefits:

  • 100% Paid professional development
  • Personal Leave – 27 hours year-round; 18 hours academic staff
  • Paid holidays – 11 year-round; 6 academic staff
  • Sick Leave
  • Vacation for year-round employees
  • Health Insurance (currently employer paid at 95%), dental and vision insurance, Short & Long-Term Disability, Life Insurance **
  • 401k retirement plan*
  • PLC employees qualify for the Public Service Loan Forgiveness program
  • Employee Development funds*
  • Academic staff are off for winter and spring breaks and during the summer months.

*After completing one year of employment
**Employees working 30 hours or more per week

If you are interested in one of our careers at Portage Learning Centers, start by looking at our current Open Positions below, and please apply!

Portage Learning Centers is an Equal Opportunity Employer (EOE) and an Equal Opportunity Provider (EOP). We currently have the following immediate job openings and are taking resumes now.

a teacher talking with her pupils

Teacher Assistants

  • Full-Time, academic-year
  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Classroom Experience with preschool children preferred
  • High School Diploma or GED: $15.14 per hour
  • CDA: $15.75 per hour
  • Associate or Bachelor’s Degree: $16.58 per hour
  • For a complete job description, please click here.

substitute teacher, careers

Substitute Teachers

  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Classroom experience with preschool children preferred.
  • Must be available on-call
  • $14.93 per hour

For a complete job description, please click here.

If you want to apply for any of the careers listed above, please send your resume and cover letter to

Employees are hired, promoted, and rewarded based on talent, performance, and dedication. Discrimination is not allowed based on race, religion, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, disability, or veteran status.

careers, employment, volunteer


If you are interested in volunteering at one of our centers in the future, please send your resume and a cover letter of general interest to We will keep your information on file and contact you if needed.