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Infant/Toddler Teacher (West Side YMCA)

YMCA of Greater New York
Date Posted: 04/16/2024
Location: New York, New York
Salary/Wage: $17.78 - $18.50 an hour
Job Type: Full-time
Work Arrangement: Onsite


Salary: $17.78 - $18.50 Hourly

The YMCA of Greater New York is here for all New Yorkers — to empower youth, improve health, and strengthen community. Founded in 1852, today the Y serves a diverse population of more than half a million New Yorkers who learn, grow, and thrive through programs and services at our 24 branches. Community is the cornerstone of the Y. Together, we connect active, engaged New Yorkers to build stronger communities.

To help fulfill our mission, we cultivate a culture of learning, leading, and collaboration to enhance community impact. Through our talented staff and “LEAP” career framework (Leadership, Empowerment, Accountability, Personal Growth), we are committed to a people-first approach that fosters trust, inclusion, growth, and development for all.

The West Side YMCA is seeking a lead teacher for an Infant or Toddler classroom. With input and approval from the Early Childhood Director, the Infant/Toddler Teacher will implement developmentally appropriate curriculum that supports and encourages the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical needs of infant, toddler students. They will work within the framework of the Center’s program to carry out its functions, policies, and procedures; including but not limited to student assessments, work sampling, individualized plans, and parent/ family engagement. The Head Teacher will coach and support Assistant Teachers and Activity Specialists as appropriate.

The Early Childhood Program operates, Monday – Friday, from September 1, 2023, through June 30, 2024.

The YMCA of Greater New York offers a variety of benefits to its staff members including retirement benefits, medical, paid time off, free YMCA membership, and more! Benefit eligibility is determined by an individual’s employment status (i.e., full-time or part-time), tenure and/or the number of hours scheduled to work. Click here for more information.


  • Ensure the health, safety and well-being of children in the program, by providing close supervision of all activities.
  • Support planning and lead implementation of developmentally appropriate and engaging lessons and activities.
  • Facilitate lessons and activities; including but not limited to literacy, arts, math, cooking, science, outdoor/indoor recreation, field trips, etc.
  • Develop classroom centers that respond to children’s interests and are coordinated with the ongoing curriculum.
  • Facilitate student assessments and work sampling.
  • Work with parents to promote understanding the growth and development of their child. Effectively communicate with parents, verbally and in written form, throughout the school year. 
  • Encourage parent participation in special events, meetings, and in-class volunteer opportunities. 
  • Work as a supportive team member within the Early Childhood Learning Center and the YMCA Branch; and supervise Assistant Teachers, Early Childhood Specialists, and Volunteers. 
  • Maintain a clean and safe classroom environment.
  • Maintain accurate program documentation; including by not limited to incident/ accident/ behavior reports, attendance sheets, sign-in/ sign-out sheets, development/ growth forms; document eating and sleeping, parent surveys, etc. · 
  • Ensure that all YMCA of Greater New York, Department of Health, and Department of Education (if applicable) guidelines are followed. 
  • Actively participate in designated meetings, all training sessions, and special events. 


  • Must have one of the below:
    • Master’s degree in Early Childhood Education (or related field) and State teacher certification.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education (or related field) and State teacher certification.
    • Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education and one (1) year of experience.
    • AA degree in Early Childhood Education (practicum included) and five (5) years of experience.
    • Child Development Associate (CDA) certification and an APPROVED DOH study plan (before hire) leading to an Associate’s degree in Early childhood Education within seven (7) years.
  • Strong interpersonal skills, leadership qualities, and comfortable with working with diverse youth and adults
Minimum Education Level: Bachelor's Degree
Preferred Education Level: NYS Teacher Certification

Application Instructions:

If you would like to be a member of our dynamic team, please complete our online application and submit your résumé and a thoughtful cover letter that explains your interest in the role and our organization.

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