Child Development Teacher
Job Details
Downtown - Birmingham, AL
Full Time

YWCA Central Alabama is dedicated to eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all. We work every day to make positive impacts in the community by responding to the needs of women, children and families. 


The CDC Teacher position is responsible for providing high quality programming and specialized learning experiences to students in the child development center programs which serve homeless and low-income children between birth and five years of age. The Teacher should provide services in a supportive and positive classroom climate that develop the skills, attitudes, and knowledge to meet and exceed the Curriculum Standards.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

  • Create and implement developmentally appropriate activities children.

  • Create a positive home-classroom connection by maintaining appropriate ongoing communication with parents of children.

  • Communicate regularly with parents to nurture a supportive and cooperative relationship between home and school.

  • Keep accurate records on children as required by program:  lesson plans, assessment, NAEYC documentation, attendance, USDA, etc. 

  • Maintain classroom discipline using behavioral management techniques: positive reinforcement, praise, encouragement and redirection.         

  • Organize classroom and maintain a safe and healthy learning environment: both indoors and outdoors.

  • Provide constant supervision of all children during all activities      

  • Assist with development of instructional classroom materials.

  • Plan personal professional growth and knowledge of current developments within the field.

  • Attend required meetings and in-service training.

  • Protect confidentiality of records and information for students.

  • Report to administration when knowledgeable or suspicious that a child’s health or welfare has been or appears to be at risk as a result of abuse or neglect.

  • Perform all other duties deemed necessary for the smooth operation of the program and the agency, as directed by the Director of YWCA Child Care, COO or CEO of the YWCA.

  • Adhere to the policies of the YWCA.



Creative thinker

  • The ability to come up with original and innovative ideas and solutions.

  • The ability to look for better alternatives and offer suggestions for new approaches.

  • Thinks independently within the confines of the guidelines, policies and procedures.

Classroom management

  • The ability to provide direction and guidance to a group of children and to encourage cooperation in order to attain an objective.

  • The ability to use various teaching strategies (within the realm of CDC Standards) to effectively teach the curriculum.

  • Engage all children in classroom activities, building on the ideas of those participating while ensuring others are not discouraged.


  • Participate in professional development and in-service training to continue to provide quality education.

  • Continuous learner; motivated to learn and grow in position and does not give up easily.

  • Maximize all opportunities afforded by the CDC and other agencies. 

  • Does the right thing, even when it is difficult.  Does not yield to pressure to show bias or manipulate others.

Learning Ability

  • The ability to absorb new information readily and to put it into practice effectively.

  • Understand the policies and processes and acts accordingly.

  • Demonstrate openness to new organizational/program structures, procedures and technology.


Work Environment

This job operates in a learning environment.  This position requires a person who can work with many distractions, interruptions and still accomplish their objectives and meet established deadlines. The Teacher must be able to implement activities, while maintaining program safety. This role routinely uses standard office equipment such as computers, photocopiers and other equipment necessary for classroom adornment.

Physical Demands

This is a physically active role that would require the ability to lift at least 35 pounds; participate on the floor with children and move swiftly without limitation.

Position Type and Expected Hours of Work

This is a full-time position. Days and hours of work are Monday through Friday, shifts are between the hours of 6:30 am – 6:00 pm. Some flexibility in hours is required based on program needs, but the employee must work 40 hours each week to maintain full time status and at least 30 hours each week to maintain health benefits.


This role may be required to attend field trips as well as occasionally drive to training and professional development.

Required Education and Experience

  1. Certificate with Child Development Association, Associates degree or Bachelor’s degree.

  2. 1-2 years of teaching or training experience preferred.

  3. Background Check is required.

Other Duties

This job description is not designed to cover or contain a comprehensive listing of activities, duties or responsibilities that are required of the employee for this job.  Duties, responsibilities and activities may change at any time with or without notice.