Early Childhood Programs Director

Middlesex YMCA is seeking a passionate, child-centered candidate to lead our early childhood programs.  
Job Description

Early Childhood Programs Director 

Reports to: Vice President, Youth Development & Community Relations

GENERAL DESCRIPTION: The Early Childhood Programs Director oversees two locations, one is a full-day full-year program and the other is based on the school year. The school year program is held off-site at a Middletown Public Schools elementary school. 



COVID VACCINE - As a condition of employment, any employees beginning employment after October 1, 2021 are required to be fully vaccinated. Employees beginning work after October 1, 2021 who wish to apply for a medical or religious exemption must make the request for exemption upon acceptance of the employment offer. 


•Bachelor of Science in child development, early childhood education or related field required

•Proficiency in Microsoft Office

•Must meet all School Readiness and NAEYC director requirements and maintain credentials

•Must have knowledge of the State of Connecticut Pre-School Curriculum and Assessment Framework, developmentally appropriate curriculum and practice, School Readiness and NAEYC Accreditation standards, policies and procedures

•At least 5 years’ experience in childcare administration and program development

•Must possess the ability to monitor programming and supervise staff at multiple sites

•Such alternatives to the above qualifications as the Vice President, Youth Development & Community Relations and/or the President & CEO may find appropriate and acceptable 

Essential Functions


•Recruit, hire, train, supervise, evaluate and oversee preschool staff.

•Ensure individual program compliance with all state and local licensing mandates as well as YMCA policy and procedure and quality standards.

•Order program supplies with attention given to budget and program requirements.

•Assist with developing, administering, and maintaining oversight of the preschool budget. 

•Provide program leadership to ensure ongoing compliance with quality standards.

•Reviews program plans and records to ensure consistency with evidence-based best practices. 

•Coordinate staff schedule and provide coverage when necessary.

•Provide parent orientation and oversee onboarding of new students.

•Provide parent education opportunities and events.

•Provide high quality customer service.

•Maintain a positive working relationship with School Readiness and other outside agencies.

•Attend meetings in response to a student’s behavior/developmental issues and coordinate services when necessary.

•Assist with special projects and perform additional duties as assigned.



•Support and promote organizational priorities.

•Work with supervisor to promote key elements of the strategic plan.

•Interpret the YMCA as a membership organization and represent the YMCA positively at work and in the community at all times.

•Actively participate in and contribute to all association special events.

•Update professional knowledge through self-study, research, and conference and workshop participation.

•Cultivates strong working relationships with the YMCA members, staff, program participants and parents.

•Attends all required staff meetings and trainings.  

Cause-Driven Leadership Competencies


•Advancing our Mission and Cause: Engaging Community – Builds bridges with other sin the community to ensure the Y’s work is community focused and welcoming of all, providing community benefit

•Building Relationships: Collaboration – Creates sustainable relationships with the Y and with other organizations in service to the community

•Leading Operations: Critical Thinking & Decision Making – Makes informed decisions based on logic, data and sound judgement

•Developing & Inspiring People: Emotional Maturity – Demonstrates the ability to understand and manage emotions effectively in all situations



Physical Demands:

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


2.While performing functions of this job, the employee is occasionally required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to  finger, handle or feel objects, tools or controls; reach with hands and arms; climb stairs; balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl; talk and hear. The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 25lbs. Specific vision abilities required by the job include close vision, distance, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus.


The YMCA strives to deliver positive change in communities throughout Northern Middlesex County. Every day, our staff -- of all ages, backgrounds and life experiences -- works to bridge the gaps in community needs by nurturing the potential of children and teens, improving individuals' health and well-being and providing support to our neighbors. 


The Northern Middlesex YMCA is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.


This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, and training. The Northern Middlesex YMCA makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time.