Preschool Teacher
Job Details
YMCA - Middletown, CT
Full Time
4 Year Degree
$15.00 - $17.00 Hourly
Nonprofit - Social Services

: Responsible for providing a high quality developmentally appropriate learning environment that fosters the positive growth and development of preschool children.

Responsibilities and Duties

Principal Activities:

  • Assist with co-teacher in the development and implementation of an age appropriate curriculum that encompass all developmental domains and meets the requirements of the School Readiness Benchmarks for Children in Preschool Programs.
  • To provide a nurturing well-organized environment that supports the intellectual, social-emotional, and individual needs of children while encouraging independence and decision-making.
  • To engage in positive discipline, setting clear expectations and appropriate consequences that support a child's ability to acquire the skills of self-discipline.
  • To complete observations, recordings, and documentation of the growth and development of children through the established evaluation tool, through anecdotal observations, and portfolio development.
  • To develop a working understanding of the School Readiness and NAEYC standards to ensure that the standards are being applied.
  • To assist with co-teacher in maintaining Transition Plans, Individual Education Plans, and Individual Behavioral Plans as needed.
  • To establish and maintain ongoing communication with parents that includes day sheets, bi-annual parent conferences or as needed, monthly updates on curriculum and special classroom events. To keep updated family information on each child's emergency card.
  • To work in partnership with community based agencies, program consultants and the Public School System to ensure that the children and families receive the support and resources necessary to address their needs.
  • Maintain program supplies and classroom equipment providing regular inventories, implementing a system for regular maintenance checks and disinfecting of toys and equipment.
  • To follow the established schedule and ensure follow through on daily classroom tasks such as basic cleaning, food preparation, room clean up, and disinfecting of food preparation areas.
  • To maintain open communication with the Director and other staff members regarding issues that pertain to the well-being of children and families.
  • Participates in family style meals, appropriately modeling to ensure a quality food service and nutritional experience, according to NAEYC and the USDA Child and Adult Food Program guidelines.
  • Participate with co-teacher in keeping NAEYC Portfolio documentation current throughout the year.
  • Conduct other duties as assigned by Director.

Additional Responsibilities:

  • Attend regular staff meetings and professional development workshops.
  • A commitment to work in partnership with other staff members to determine curriculum themes and implement program goals.
  • Participate in a minimum of 20 hours of ongoing professional development each year.
  • Attendance at monthly parenting events when needed.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age with at least a Bachelor’s Degree in  Early Childhood Education or related field, have at least two years of experience teaching preschool children
  • Certification in Child Care First Aid including CPR
  • Administration of Medication Training
  • State of Connecticut Head Teacher Certification for Preschool Age (3-5 years old)
  • Ability to bend and lift 40 pounds


Medical, Dental, PTO Time, LTD,STD, Life Insurance, Free Membership

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $13.00 to $15.50 /hour

The Middlesex YMCA is an Equal Opportunity Employer