YMCA of Greater Boston Preschool Teacher in Reading, Massachusetts

Job Description


  • Keeps safety of children as a first priority;emphasize personal safety and emotional well-being with the children, families, and other staff at all times.

  • Uses positive and constructive methods of behavior guidance and ensures that colleagues are utilizing similar strategies.

  • Sets a tone of professionalism and efficiency while maintaining a nurturing classroom environment.

  • Supervises children to ensure safety, appropriate behavior, and smooth transitions.

  • Works with the Site Director regarding daily duties/ needs of the program; ensures classroom and materials are properly maintained sustains and engaging atmosphere throughout the day.

  • Is actively engaged in assessing children’s progress, curriculum planning, program assessments, and communication with families and ensures that his/her classroom administration is up to date.

  • Works with the Site Director to introduce activities that positively engage the group while considering individualized instruction as necessary.

  • Participates in a minimum of 20 hours of training per year and meets EEC/YMCA training guideline.

  • Attendsregular staff meetings and Association-wide or regional events as assigned.

  • Exhibits flexibility with scheduling, classroom assignments, and substituting in varied areas of the program.

  • Considers exceptional attendance at work, promptness for shift, and reliability as core work ethic.

  • Is knowledgeable in and adheres to the rules, regulations, and procedures set forth by the YMCA of Greater Boston and the Department of Early Education and Care.

  • Is active in branch-related activities and communicates regularly with other department staff.

  • Participates in some manner in the Annual Campaign.

  • Performs other duties as assigned by supervisor.



  • *Is Lead Teacher qualified by the Department of Early Education and Care standards.

  • *First Aid and CPR certified within the first 6 months of employment.

  • *Excellent skills in working with families, conflict resolution, and community relations.

  • *Knowledge of group process with ability to make contributions to a positive team dynamic.

  • *Commitment to the philosophy and goals of the YMCA.

  • *Effective leadership skills and crisis management skills.

  • *Excellent organizational and communication skills.

  • *Participate in online training - Blood Borne Pathogens, Sexual Harassment, and Child Abuse Prevention - within the first 60 days of employment.

Effect on End Results: Effectiveness is measured by:

  • *A warm, engaging environment for children, staff and families which meet quality standards and EEC licensing requirements.

  • *A developmentally sound program for children which provides positive channels to grow, learn and develop to their fullest potential.

  • *Positive program assessments through observations and parent feedback.

  • *A program which meets the community needs in a manner consistent with the YMCA mission.

  • *A classroom team that works in sync with one another and with children and families as priorities.