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Preschool Head Start Assistant Teacher
Job Code:18-10009
Reports to:Center Director
Position Status:Regular Full Time
Home Site:Family Village - Redmond
Location:16601 NE 80th St, Redmond, WA 98052
Our mission is to eliminate racism and empower women. To this end, our goal within Children & Youth Services is to uplift young people's voices and eliminate the opportunity gap. The YWCA Early Learning Center provides Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms to provide affordable, high-quality care to children from low-income backgrounds. The Preschool Head Start Assistant Teacher works cooperatively with the Preschool Head Start Lead Teacher to implement a planned anti-bias curriculum, create a nurturing environment, and uphold sound classroom management in accordance to YWCA policies and licensing standards.

This position has a social justice component that requires critical thinking through the lens of racism and intersections with poverty. Knowing the core principals of anti-racism and grounding those principles in everyday work are required job skills and core values. As an equal opportunity employer, we highly encourage people of color to apply.

  • Implements curriculum under the direction of the Lead Teacher
  • Implements lesson plans for individuals and assigned groups
  • Assesses group and individual needs
  • Administers developmental testing programs, assessments, etc. for the purpose of identifying needs, assessing student development and/or developing individual learning plans with collaboration from the Center Director and Lead Teacher
  • Completes conferences quarterly with portion of the children in the classroom
  • Develops goals and objectives in coordination with Lead Teacher
  • Maintains room, supplies and equipment in coordination with Lead Teacher
  • Participates in training and remains knowledgeable about current research and practices in Early Childhood Education, 20 hours every year
  • Develops positive relationships with children, parents, co-workers and volunteers
  • Communicates frequently with parents (verbally, in writing and through conferences)
  • Communicates any problems or concerns regarding the program or children to the Lead Teacher and Center Director
  • Maintains necessary records
  • Provides care to preschoolers (e.g. diapering, toilet training, supervision, etc.) for the purpose of ensuring a safe and healthy environment for children
  • Maintains health and safety standards according to licensing requirements
  • Works with assigned volunteers and students
  • Actively engages in agency-wide Race and Social Justice Initiative (RSJI), and strives for racially equitable outcomes; takes responsibility for creating and maintaining a safe and welcoming community by making room for people of color, trans and gender-non-conforming folks, and other populations who routinely encounter systemic oppressions
  • Responsible for providing direct and active supervision of the children in care in a variety of educational settings (e.g. classroom, playground, field trips, nap times, etc.) for the purpose of providing a safe and positive learning environment; follows child safety standards of conduct
  • Adhere to all Volunteer Services protocol relative to volunteer usage, recognition and monitoring
  • Performs other duties as assigned

Qualifications & Core Competencies:


  • High School Diploma or GED
  • Experience working with children
  • Demonstrated understanding of the intersection of racism and poverty
  • Experience working with communities of color and people from different cultures than your own
  • Demonstrated commitment to anti-racist principles 
  • Proof of physical exam and negative TB test must be on file before start date
  • First Aid/CPR card within 90 days
  • Food Handler’s Permit within 90 days
  • Requires some scheduling flexibility for training, staffing, and parent events
  • Core Competencies: Race & Social Justice Advocacy, Fostering Diversity, Reliability, Collaboration, Flexibility, Initiative, Relationship Building, Continuous Learning
  • Any of the following:
    • AA in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Child Development, Special Education, Human Development, or Child & Family Studies
    • Child Development Associate (CDA) credential from the Council for Professional Recognition
    • Early Childhood Education Initial Certificate
  • 12+ months experience with children 0-5
  • Experience working with communities of color
  • Experience working with children with special needs and high behavioral needs
  • Experience working with children and families experiencing homelessness

Physical Demands:

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an individual to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.  In performing this position, the employee:

  • Continuously works indoors and outdoors with the children
  • Frequently stands, walks, sits, and climbs in performing duties and in traveling to off-site meetings
  • Frequently reaches and grasps in using telephones, computers, and in general operations
  • Frequently lifts and carries up to 50 lbs.

    *Continuously = Over 80% of the time * Frequently = 20-80% * Occasionally = Under 20%

Hours, Rate & Benefits:
• Hourly rate: $15.38-$16.00
• Hours per week: 40
• FLSA Classification: Non-Exempt
• Excellent benefits package including medical insurance, retirement plan, plus generous vacation, holiday and sick leave plans
• At the time of hire, employees may choose to voluntarily enroll in the Fidelity 403b Plan. Typically after two years of employment, employees are eligible to participate in the YWCA Retirement Fund.