Teacher Assistant - Preschool

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Job Description

Under the supervision of the classroom teacher, the  Teacher Assistant is responsible for assisting in the delivery of a high-quality educational experience, using the Creative Curriculum, for the children and families under his/her care.  

The Teacher Assistant will consistently strive to demonstrate cause-driven leadership through the following YMCA Leadership Competencies - Mission Advancement, Collaboration, Operational Effectiveness and Personal Growth.  The Teacher Assistant also engages in and promotes, the YMCA mission through the core values: Honesty, Caring, Responsibility, Respect, and Faith.

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.
  • Minimum of one year related experience or proven performance working in a child care program, preferably with children ages 3-5 years old (this requirement may be fulfilled through a practicum or student teaching).  
  • Demonstrate a willingness to grow professionally. 
  • Strong written and oral communication skills. 
  • Bi-lingual in Spanish required.
Essential Functions
  • Assist the teacher in planning and conducting daily activities for children. 
  • Have a strong knowledge of all aspects of the daily routine, and anticipate the needs of the Teacher.
  • Assist the teacher in guiding the children’s behavior and learning through active interaction and implementation of lesson plans.
  • Assist the teacher in maintaining accurate records for licensing and funding agencies.
  • Appreciate the diversity of families and how to effectively and appropriately share with them information about their child when directed by Teacher or Preschool Director.
  • Know and follow all state and center emergency policies and procedures.