Teacher I

YMCA of Greater Charlotte
Job Description

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The Teacher I is responsible for supporting the holistic growth and development of all the children in their care which may include infants, toddlers and or preschool age children: developing partnerships with parents to engage and encourage parent participation in their child’s development and the program. Teacher I is also responsible for complying with all accreditation and licensing requirements; interact professionally and cordially with other staff members, administrators, prospective families, observers, partner and supporters. The Teacher Aide is a key contributor to a work environment that exemplifies trust, respect, teamwork and cooperation.


Curriculum, Pedagogy, Assessment

  • Helps to implement weekly plans and age appropriate curriculum to nurture and stimulate all domains of children’s development in their care.
  • Assists with ongoing developmental assessment of each child’s growth and development.  
  • Maintains and contributes to a safe, beautiful physical environment in the classroom to support learning, celebrate children’s creativity and address the changing needs and interest of the developing child.
  • Provides responsive care to all children by adapting daily care giving routines and plans to the interests and needs of the individual child and the group.
  • Demonstrates cultural competency and respect for the child's background by incorporating the cultural, linguistic and familial values and beliefs into the classroom activities and lesson plans.
  • Exchange information and serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary intervention/prevention team.
  • Assist with child transitions.
  • Support the development a classroom environment that encourages parent participation.

Health, Safety and Nutrition

  • Maintains a healthy, safe, clean and developmentally appropriate environment for children.
  • Adhere to all health and safety licensing and accreditation requirements.
  • Assist with health, safety and nutritional record keeping.
  • Report all cases of suspected cases of child abuse according to the policies and procedures of the HLCDC
  • Assists daily health checks regarding hygiene, safety, and overall wellbeing of the children.
  • Conduct safety checks of all indoor and outdoor equipment.
  • Assist with functioning and monitoring of nutrition and food service.

Parent/Family/Community Engagement

  • Help each family to have a positive experience with the HLCDC.
  • Assist with transitions into and out of the classroom.
  • Communicate with families on a regular basis under the direction of the Lead Teacher.

Professionalism, Teacher Leadership and Advocacy

  • Remain updated in all matters concerning the classroom and program.
  • Participate in all staff meetings, professional development sessions and team meetings.
  • Contribute to the evaluation of center’s goals and objectives.
  • Attend trainings and access professional development opportunities; implement skills and key concepts into classroom under the direction of the Lead Teacher and Program Manager.
  • Be an ambassador of the Howard Levine Child Development Center.


  • Associate degree required with 24 units in Child Development or Early Childhood Education including core courses in Child/Human Growth and Development; Child, Family and Community and Program/Curriculum OR Childcare Credential and 5 years of experience in a high quality child care facility.
  • Early Child Development knowledge and experience.
  • Knowledge of Creative Curriculum, Conscious Discipline, PITC, Early Start and Head Start Program Standards, CACFP, ITERS, ECERS.
  • Good communication, problem solving, and priority setting skills as well as maintaining an overall positive and professional attitude /disposition.
  • Ability to use the computer to input developmental data.
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize and implement educational activities.
  • Ability to make decisions on behalf of children and protect their well-being.
  • Must be able to manage confidential information.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40-pound child.


  • Frequently walks, uses hands to finger, handle or feel objects, tools, or controls, and talks and hears.
  • Often required to stand and sit; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl.
  • Ability to lift and carry up to 25 pounds and in case of emergency a 40-pound child.
  • Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.
  • May occasionally be required to drive a motor vehicle.
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