Early Childhood Teacher

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The Early Childhood Teacher is responsible for providing educational services to children within a classroom. In collaboration with the special education teacher and therapists, the Early Childhood Teacher will address all areas of developments, especially focusing on communication development, and base his/her treatment activities on the goals written by the parents and stated on the IFSP. The Early Childhood Teacher reports directly to the Director of Child Care. 

Prime Functions

Maintains a professional commitment to program excellence:

  • Maintain prompt hours and notifies supervisor of illness/absence.
  • Monitors and appropriately utilizes earned time off
  • Attends and participates in department staff meetings.
  • Meets State requirements for in-service training and continuing education.
  • Is familiar with Licensing Rules and NAEYC Accreditation Criterion.
  • Complies with Penfield Children’s Center personnel police. 
  • is familiar with emergency procedures and is able to calmly apply them. 
  • Maintain a neat and orderly classroom including assisting with daily cleaning, disinfecting, laundry, and general cleaning and repair of equipment.
  • Provide direction and guidance to any volunteers assigned to the classroom. 
  • Maintain accurate records of daily attendance, accident logs, food counts, food intake and medication and weight as needed.
  • Maintain a professional representation of the classroom daily activities in the classroom portfolio for accreditation.

Plan, implement, and evaluate developmentally appropriate practices for a group of young children:

  • Plan and implement activities, which enhance the physical, social, emotional and intellectual development of children.
  • Promote language development and self-confidence through storytelling, drama, music and other daily activities.
  • Develop and implement weekly lesson plans based on the children’s interest and developmental levels as approved by the child care director.
  • Modify the environment, daily schedule and activities to meet the Childs motional and physical needs. 
  • Provide multiracial, nonsexist, no stereotyping pictures, dolls, books, and materials.
  • Supervise children’s play, ensuring their physical safety at all times. 
  • Offer choices during large portions of the day, including small/large group activities, quiet/active play, indoor/outdoor play, fine/gross motor play.
  • Conduct smooth transitions. 
  • Work in collaboration with Special Education Teachers and therapists and service coordinators in developing and implementing an individualized program for each child and their family.
  • Assess children’s progress on a quarterly basis that does not have a current IFSP or IEP. 
  • Position children in adaptive equipment.
  • Gain new skills in medical and educational areas.
  • Promote good nutritional habits including mealtime as a pleasant, social, and learning experience for children. 
  • Sit with children during meals to serve as a good role model and encourage conversation.
  • Properly provide bottle and G-tube feeding as necessary.
  • Monitor health and respiratory condition and status of children. 

Maintain positive interactions among staff, families and children:

  • Treat staff, parents/families and children of all races, religions, family backgrounds and cultures with respect and consideration.
  • Work with other staff members in a cooperative manner. 
  • Effectively communicate ideas, needs or concerns to other agency professionals.
  • Willing to assist in other classrooms based on needs of the agency and department.
  • Maintain on-going communication with parents/families regarding their frustrations, concerns and needs or refer them to the appropriate resource. 
  • Communicate with parents/families in regards to appropriate activities to conduct at home with their child. 
  • Inform parents/families of food consumption and other daily routines of the child. 
  • Use positive approaches to help children behave constructively including but not limited to, redirection, planning ahead, consistent and clear rules, logical or natural consequences and problem-solving techniques.
  • Interact frequently with children showing affection, interest and respect. 


  • 2-year/4-year degree in Early Childhood Education, CDA or a related filed is required.
  • Thorough knowledge of child development and developmental disabilities. 
  • Familiarity with design and implementation of early childhood curriculum. 
  • Experience working with children from birth to age six and/or children with developmental delays.
  • Excellent organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Excellent communication skills – written and oral.
  • Computer literacy required: efficiency in Microsoft office. Ability to learn new programs.
  • High level of confidentiality and ethics.
  • Ability to work well independently or as a member of a team.
  • Ability to adapt to changes in work priories.
  • Ability to work as flexible schedule based on program needs. 
  • Proficiency in the use of specialized therapy equipment (including G-tubes, oxygen, bolsters, wheelchairs etc.).
  • Ability to lift or move objects of 50lbs. or less on a daily basis. 
  • Must have sufficient mobility to move – including bend, stoop, reach, lift and grasp.
  • Meeting vaccine standards as outlined in Bloodborne Pathogens Exposure plan.

Job Type: Full-Time

Salary: $12.00 – $17.00 per hour


  • 401(k)
  • Dental Insurance
  • Flexible Schedule
  • Flexible spending account
  • Health insurance
  • Life insurance
  • Paid time off
  • Professional development assistance
  • Vision insurance
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