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Childcare Afterschool Leader

Job Details

Mission Viejo, Laguna Niguel and San Juan Capistrano area - , CA
Part Time
$15.50 - $19.90 Hourly


The YMCA currently has Full-time and Part-time childcare leader positions available in South Orange County. The key roles of this position include:   

  • Plan, implement, and oversee curriculum-aligned activities for participants, including homework assistance, social-emotional learning, arts and crafts, STEM/STEAM, and physical education.

  • Foster youth success through mentorship, guidance, and encouragement, actively encouraging program engagement and participation.

  • Conduct ongoing assessments of programs, services, and activities to uphold participant safety, maintain program excellence, and always ensure a well-maintained facility or classroom environment.

  • Support participants in making positive choices, implementing appropriate disciplinary actions when needed to create a stable and nurturing atmosphere conducive to their success.

  • Communicate and work effectively with participants, staff, parents, school personnel, and community partners.

  • Attend and actively participate in all required staff development workshops, meetings, and trainings.

  • Record and maintain daily attendance and other documentation as required.



Preferred availability: 

  • Opening shifts- 6:30am to 8:00am

  • Part time shifts- 1:30pm to 6:00pm

  • Full-time positions also available 


Benefits of working with the Y: 

  • Tuition Reimbursement*

  • Part-time and Full-time positions are available 

  • FREE Gym Membership

  • FREE Workout Classes

  • FREE Pool Access

  • FREE Training and Certifications

  • FREE Virtual Health Care Solutions (Teledoc)

  • Program Discounts *Up to 100 percent off child care programs

  • Paid Sick Time

  • YMCA Retirement Fund*

  • Community Impact

  • Flexible Schedule

  • Medical and Dental Benefits available for Full-time staff


* Certain conditions may apply. Inquire with Hiring Manager. 


What you need to apply:

  • Be over the age of 18

  • Enjoy working with children

  • Entry Assistant positions available

  • Experience working with children ages 5-12, in a daycare, after school program or camp is preferred

  • Early Childhood Education (ECE) credits or in a related field (Sociology, Psychology, more) for Teacher positions (no credits needed for assistant) When applying please upload any college transcripts you may have




The YMCA has opportunities available in the areas below:

  • San Clemente

  • Laguna Niguel

  • San Juan Capistrano

  • Aliso Viejo

  • Ladera Ranch

  • Mission Viejo

  • Lake Forest

  • Rancho Mission Viejo

  • Rancho Santa Margarita


Hiring Criteria: The following are the minimum qualifications which an individual needs in order to successfully perform the duties and responsibilities of this position.


Education & Certifications:

  • Assistant: High School Diploma or equivalent, and 6 units in Child Development (for licensed childcare programs) or 48 college units or passing proficiency exam prior to hire for (non-licensed/ASES programs).
  • Teacher 1: 6 units in Child Development or a related field; and continuous enrollment in a minimum of 2 units per semester toward completion of 12 units required.
  • Teacher 2: 12 units in Child Development or a related field.
  • Teacher 3: 12 college units with 6 units in Child Development, Education. 6 units may be in Psychology, Sociology, Recreation, Physical Education, Art, and Music. 15-hour preventative health practice certifications within 90 days of employment. Complete YMCA Core trainings within first 60 days of employment.


Experience & Background:

  • Must be 18 years of age, 6 months experience working with children preferred.
  • Teacher 1 & 2 6 months working with children required.
  • Teacher 3 one year working with children required.



The YMCA of Orange County offers excellent benefits as part of our compensation package. Programs such as medical and dental insurance options are available for full-time staff. Program discounts, retirement, and complimentary use of YMCA facilities are offered to all employees. Child and Youth Development Staff qualify for tuition reimbursement after one year of employment.


Learn more about opportunities at the Y


Once a conditional offer is made, candidates will be subject to criminal background check, drug screen, and will be asked to provide criminal history. Criminal history will be analyzed on a case by case basis as it related to the position. YMCA of Orange County participates in E-Verify and will provide the federal government with your Form I-9 information to confirm that you are authorized to work in the U.S