Assistant Teacher Infant/Toddler
Job Details
Roxbury - Roxbury, MA
Full Time
Teacher Certification
Job description


Assistant Teacher Infant/Toddler at Horizons for Homeless Children

As an Assistant Infant/Toddler Teacher at Horizons for Homeless Children, you will have the opportunity to nurture and teach children at an exciting stage in their development.  You will guide learning through one on one moments in an environment rich with sights, sounds, and textures to stimulate their growth. The first year in a child’s life is filled with new experiences and new developmental milestones. You will share these moments with children as they discover the world with eager curiosity. Through your passion for teaching and nurturing a child’s growth you will play a crucial role in building a positive foundation for learning at a vital stage in their development.


Horizons for Homeless Children-Who We Are

For more than 30 years Horizons has worked to improve the lives of young children and their families experiencing homelessness. We support homeless families exclusively by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. Nobody knows early childhood homelessness – both the challenges and solutions- better than us. 

Great things are on the Horizons for the children of Boston! Horizons for Homeless Children is moving all three centers to the newly constructed Edgerley Family Horizons Center at 1708 Columbus Ave, Roxbury, MA that will provide full-time early care and education services for homeless children and support services for parents, in an atmosphere of safety, nurturance, and stability. This state-of-the-art children’s center is opening in Spring 2021 and we want you to join us in creating more classrooms in our new space!

The classrooms are bright spaces filled with natural light and high-quality materials to enhance a child’s learning. The center has playgrounds with developmentally appropriate gross motor opportunities designed by occupational therapists. The center has a STEM room, Art zone, and Library that add to a child’s opportunity for positive educational and creative moments on their journey of learning each day. It is an exciting time to join our growing and thriving team of education professionals! Explore more at


As an Infant/Toddler Teacher you will…

  • Display knowledge of early childhood development
  • Create a warm, safe, and inviting environment for infants where their senses are stimulated to develop their mental and social growth.
  • Care for an Infants basic daily needs while creating positive one on one experiences to build trust
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a dynamic, creative, age-appropriate and multi-cultural curriculum
  • Practice positive behavior management techniques in guiding the children’s behavior
  • Support and follow all Community Children’s Center and Horizons for Homeless Children policies and procedures.
  • Collaborate with and be supported by a talented team of early childhood professionals
  • Become an ally and partner for parents, supporting, guiding and sharing in their child’s growth and development
  • Impact the lives of children and families each and every day, during an important time of growth and development
  • Must be able to embody the values of Horizons for Homeless Children: 
  • Collaborative – “We get more done together” 
  • Inclusive – “We are culturally responsive” 
  • Innovative – “We ask, what would it take?” 
  • Passionate – “We are inspired by our mission” 

Required Experience and Competencies

  • Strong communication skills, both written and oral
  • Ability to collaborate and solve problems using a team approach
  • Ability and willingness to handle all sensitive information confidentially
  • Ability to lift 50 pounds
  • Priority will be given to individuals who have had previous experience working with homeless children and their families, multi-ethnic urban families or with children-at-risk
  • Basic computer skills and knowledge to effectively use MS Office applications and other relevant ECE software applications


  • Display knowledge of early childhood development
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a dynamic, creative, age-appropriate and multi-cultural curriculum
  • Practice positive behavior management techniques in guiding the children’s behavior
  • Inform parents of classroom curriculum plans (e.g., posting lesson plans)


  • Communicate with children in a positive way that demonstrates genuine interest and respect and exhibits sensitivity to children as individuals
  • Communicate positively with parents on a daily basis to inform them of their child’s ongoing development and activities
  • Assist in the design and implementation of other classroom parent communication systems (i.e. bulletin boards, monthly newsletters, etc.)
  • Complete children’s progress reports and participate in parent conferences
  • Assist in plans for and attending Parent-Teacher functions
  • Communicate openly and effectively with classroom team including participation in weekly team meetings
  • Work closely with Family Advocates to promote healthy family relationships

 Classroom Management

  • Maintain appropriate standards of health and safety in accordance with state regulations and Horizons for Homeless Children policies and procedures
  • Understand and implement emergency procedures
  • Organize classroom schedule to allow for child initiated and teacher directed activities as well as individual and small group learning
  • Coordinate transitions of children to and from classrooms
  • Ensure that classroom equipment is in good repair and inform Lead Teacher when supplies are low
  • Submit all records and reports in a timely and accurate manner including attendance sheets, accident reports, progress reports and time sheets

Educational Requirements

  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Child Development Associate (CDA). 
  • Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Teacher Certification. 

Benefits we offer

  • Competitive salaries
  • Career growth opportunities
  • Extensive health benefits
  • Paid Time Off
  • Sick Time
  • 401(b)
  • Commuter benefits
  • Health club discounts
  • Cell phone discounts and much more


Horizons for Homeless Children offers a competitive salary and a highly competitive benefits package.  Salary commensurate with skills and experience.


Horizons for Homeless Children is an AA/EEO employer.




Horizons for Homeless Children