Assistant Teacher, Early Learning

Mar 26, 2021

Under the supervision of the Director of Early Learning and the direction of the Classroom Teacher, a successful incumbent may work independently in the absence of the teacher but for the majority of the time works with the teacher in the classroom.


Relationships – assists in

  • Building strong partnerships with families
  • Establishing on-going community with families, children and co-workers
  • Developing and maintaining effective classroom team

Curriculum – assists in

  • Implementing developmentally appropriate practice in the five key areas of practice
  • Planning and responsibility for and implementing weekly lesson plans in all domains using the Creative Curriculum Goals and Objectives
  • Preparation of lesson plans in cooperation with the teachers

Teaching – assists in

  • Creating an inviting and positive learning environment across all domains using Creative Curriculum
  • Using intentional and purposeful multiple instructional methods
  • Supervision of all classroom activities
  • Implementing lesson plans with the assistance and cooperation of the teacher

Assessment – assists in

  • Conducting ongoing observations and documentation of the children
  • Maintaining portfolios and observation notes for every child with the assistance of the teacher Conducting yearly screening of every child
  • Referring children for additional assessment to the appropriate professionals in a timely fashion
  • Preparing Individual Child Profiles and Child Progress and Planning Reports for family conferences three times a year

Health and Safety – assists in

  • Assuring a safe and secure environment in the classroom and throughout the center
  • Promoting the complete physical, oral and mental health and social well-being of children because health is not merely the absence of disease or infirmity


  • Assists in establishing and maintaining positive and effective relationships with each child’s family to foster children’s development
  • Is sensitive to the diversity of children, their families and co-workers, including but not limited to family composition, language and culture
  • Maintains confidentiality of children and parents
  • Assists in reinforcing a families’ responsibility in their child’s education, growth and development

Community Relationships – assists in

  • Developing community resources outside the scope of the program
  • Building reciprocal relationship with community groups to achieve the center’s goals for curriculum, health promotion, children’s transitions, inclusion and diversity
  • Advocating on behalf of children and families
  • Networking with other early care and education professionals

Physical Environment – assists in

  • Setting up and maintaining the classroom’s physical environment to foster learning, comfort, health and safety of children, parents and colleagues
  • Assuring that the classroom is accessible to all

Leadership and Management

  • Knowledge of and adherence to the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
  • Knowledge of policies and procedures of the organization generally and of the center specifically
  • Adherence to the policies and procedures of the organization and the center
  • Be a role model for the classroom and for the center
  • Be proactive in identifying problems and providing solutions
  • Being a willing participant in continuing educational growth and development


  • An Early Childhood Certificate or
  • Current CDA with 12 ECE credits or
  • 3 or more ECE credits or currently enrolled in ECE education program at an accredited institution
  • Experience and/or training in working with children under six years old


  • Effective interpersonal skills, effective communication, organizational and guidance skills
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse children, families and co-workers
  • Specific preparation, knowledge and skill in Early Childhood Education
  • Strong, positive and nurturing approach to the care and education of children


  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds (picking up children when necessary and retrieve supplies)
  • Ability to stand, walk, reach, stoop, kneel or crouch (To work with and communicate with children at their level and to keep classroom tidy)
  • Move throughout the classroom (and outdoors) supervising children
  • Stand for long periods of time
  • Walk or run for long periods of time
  • Sit on the floor for periods of time
  • Walk up/down flight of stairs daily

This is a full time, non-exempt position, scheduled for 35 hours per week.