Preschool Associate Teacher

This position is at the Bridgeport YMCA.


Central Connecticut Coast YMCA


New Haven, CT 06511-4506

Job Description

This position supports the mission and work of the Y, a leading nonprofit, charitable organization. The Preschool Assistant Teacher at the Central Connecticut Coast YMCA provides direct supervision and leadership to a group of children ages 3-5 years old. The Preschool Assistant Teacher is responsible for providing a program that fosters children’s social, physical, spiritual, and mental growth. The Preschool Assistant Teacher assures the well-being for each participant in line with YMCA of the USA guidelines and association policies in accordance with their training.


  • Experience working with children preferred.
  • Upon hire must have documentation of a physical examination and a TB Tine Test, to be repeated every two years.
  • Associate or higher degree in early childhood education (ECE) or a related major (child development, elementary education, early childhood special education).
  • Transcript reflecting an earned Associate degree or higher in ECE or related major; OR diploma reflecting that an AA or higher degree was completed and that lists the ECE or related major.
  • ECTC credential is awarded at two levels: Associate's Degree level with an endorsement(s) Infant/Toddler/Preschool or Associate's Degree level with an endorsement(s) Infant/Toddler/Preschool.
  • Must submit Office of Early Childhood Background Check and fingerprinting forms within 30 days of hire.
  • Remains calm and objective when under pressure and or when challenged by others or when working with children that display challenging behaviors.
  • Effective communication skills necessary to inform, counsel, motivate, and support members.
  • Must be observant, safety-conscious, and able to react calmly and quickly in an emergency, adaptable and flexible to the programs needs.
  • Possesses organizational skills.

Essential Functions

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
The essential functions of this position include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Models the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility with members, colleagues, guests, volunteers, and vendors.
  • Positively and proactively communicates with and responds to supervisor, staff, program participants, and parents.
  • Ensures that program participants, program areas, and equipment are kept clean and safe.
  • Maintains physical presence, remains alert at all times while on duty, maintains constant visual attention to program participants, remains aware of surroundings, and actively participates in all program activities.
  • Prepares activities so children can learn about the world, explore interests, and develop talents
  • Assists and tutors children individually and in small groups under teacher’s guidance to help master material and reinforce learning outcomes.
  • Develops schedules and routines to ensure children have enough physical activity, rest, and playtime and overall positive outcomes.
  • Watches for signs of emotional or developmental problems in children and brings problems to the attention of parents.
  • Keeps records of the students’ progress, routines, and interests, and keeps parents informed about their child’s development
  • Knows, follows, and enforces all YMCA policies, rules, regulations, and procedures, including those for the prevention of child abuse and the rule of three.
  • Ambassador of all YMCA programs with a focus on Child Care programs and member engagement that fosters loyalty among those we serve.
  • Follows all Office of Early Childhood and YMCA Child Care procedures and guidelines including those pertaining to health and safety, supervision of children, childcare discipline, policy drop-off/pick-up, attendance, forms, reports, and staff expectations as required by the YMCA, licensing, and the state health department.
  • Knows, reviews, and enforces all emergency procedures and responds to emergency situations immediately in accordance with YMCA policies, procedures, completes related reports as required.
  • Attends all mandatory meetings and trainings.

Cause-Driven Leadership® Competencies

  • Communication & Influence: Listens and expresses self effectively and in a way that engages, inspires, and builds commitment to the Y’s cause
  • Developing Self & Others: Develops self and supports others (e.g., staff, volunteers, members, program participants), both formally and informally, to achieve their highest potential.
  • Inclusion: Values all people for their unique talents, and takes an active role in promoting practices that support diversity, inclusion, and global work, as well as cultural competence.

Required Certifications

  • Must complete online Blood borne Pathogens and Employee Safety trainings prior to initial assignment to position.
  • Must complete online Hazard Communication training within the first 90-days of employment.
  • Must complete other New Employee Orientation and department onboarding within the first 90-days of employment.
  • Must complete Child Abuse Prevention and Mandated Reporter trainings prior to initial assignment to position.
  • Connecticut Child Care CPR/First aid certification must be obtained within 6 months of hire and maintained.
  • Administration of Medications certification is preferred.
  • Continue professional development as outlined in the State of Connecticut Office of Early Childhood licensing requirements (complete hours of training equal to or greater than 20% of hours worked) as well as any/all training required by the YMCA and other accrediting agencies.


$13.00 - $18.00

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Resumes Accepted Until

Dec. 6, 2019

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