CLC YMCA Childcare Lead Preschool Teacher
This position supports the work of the YMCA, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibilities. Under the guidance of the Childcare Director and the Lead Pre-Kindergarten Teacher, the Lead Childcare Teacher shall have the responsibilities for the overall operation of the assigned classroom and oversees the staff at the Center. The Lead Teacher insures that the classroom maintains the standards of instruction that follows DHHS Licensing Standards.
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Lead Child Care Teacher
- Establish a warm and professional rapport with all children and families in the classroom.
- Maintain healthy and safety standards in the classroom
- Develop integrated, developmentally appropriate, standards-based curriculum for children designed to promote social, emotional, physical and cognitive growth
- Maintain accurate attendance records
- Ensure cleanliness of the classroom including counter tops, sinks and tables
- Greet families and children as they enter or exit the classroom and or building
- Ensure a Teacher Assistant understands the plan for the day and can be supportive to the needs of the children
- Support social and emotional development and positive guidance in the classroom
- Maintain accurate records of daily attendance and meal counts
- Design an appropriate room arrangement to support the goals of the age of the children
- Observe and document the individual progress of each child through authentic assessment practices for the dual purpose of informing classroom instruction and curriculum and communicate children’s’ progress with families through TSG assessment tools and conferences
- Ensure lesson plans are submitted based on the schedule given out at the beginning of each school year
- Ensure appropriate active supervision of children at all times of the day (especially in the bathroom and on the playground)
- Be familiar with DHS licensing regulations
- Participate in Family Engagement Activities run by the center
- Develop a yearly Professional Development Plan that is aligned to the MRTQ Workforce Knowledge Competencies, which will include 30 hours of training in a related field.
- Participate in all staff trainings and parent/staff meetings and other mandatory or required meetings during the year.
- At least twenty-one (21) years old and at least one of the following:
- At least a Level 3 MRTQ
- Degree in Early Childhood Education. A BA/BS in Early Childhood Education OR
- Degree and experience. An AS/AA in Early Childhood Education and three (3) years in direct childcare experience; OR
- BA/BS and experience. BA/BS in a related field with eighteen (18) credit hours in Early Childhood Education and three (3) years direct childcare experience; OR
- Credentials and experience. Child Development Associate (CDA) as awarded by the CDA National Credentialing Program and five (5) years direct childcare experience; OR
- Experience and training. Seven (7) years experience and (180) hours of training in healthy, safe environments, child development; observation and assessment ; developmentally appropriate assessment; guidance; relationships with families; individual and cultural diversity or business an professional development; childcare early childhood education, topics related to operating a Child Care Facility; or other subjects related to the age or characteristics of children for whom care is planned.