Lead Teacher Toddler (Harlem)

Children's Aid (Harlem)
Date Posted: 09/13/2018
Salary / Wage:
Location: New York, New York
Job Type: Teacher


Position Summary:  Children’s Aid, established in 1853, is one of New York City’s leading child and family service organizations. Today the Children’s Aid Early Childhood Department serves nearly 1200 low-income children ages 0-5 in schools and community centers across 14 sites throughout Manhattan, the Bronx, and Staten Island, through a combination of Universal Preschool, Head Start and Early Head Start funding and child care subsidies. The Lead Teacher position provides direct services to children in the classroom setting and works in partnership with co-teachers and parents to provide high quality early childhood programming.


Responsibilities: Under the direct supervision of the site’s Education Director, the Lead Teacher’s responsibilities include the following:

Curriculum and Instruction

  • Promote high-quality teaching and learning in the classroom that leads to children’s school readiness. 
  • Plan and establish an environment in which children develop trusting and accepting relationships with adults and peers that foster growth and development. 
  • Design and execute a developmentally appropriate and integrated curriculum which provides opportunities for children’s meaningful exploration. 

Record Maintenance, Screening and Assessment

  • Responsible for maintaining accurate educational records and portfolios on each child.
  • Responsible for implementing child observations, screening and assessments.  This includes ensuring that all children receive a developmental and behavioral screen within the first 45 days of school and assessment at three time points over the course of the year (November, February and May). 

Family Engagement

  • Encourage parent involvement and communication through a variety of methods (e.g., newsletters, bulletin boards, classroom events, center-wide activities, and “open-door” policy).
  • Facilitate meetings with families when there are outstanding developmental or behavioral issues with children.
  • Depending on the Center and the funding requirements, participate in home visits, Parent/Teacher conferences, Open Houses, and/or Family Days.

Professional Development

  • Participate in offered trainings, workshops, in-service days, and/or all-staff conferences.
  • Maintain certification requirements and proof of attendance in professional activities. 
  • Support the growth of the center including participating in program-wide goal setting and individual and program self-assessment. 
  • Oversee additional teachers and volunteers in the classroom. 

Health and Safety

  • Adhere to all state and city licensing requirements, teacher child/ratios, and CPR/first aid certification.
  • Maintain a safe and healthy environment for children.

And other related duties as assigned, at the discretion of the Educational Director and /or Children’s Aid.


Qualifications:  The Lead Teacher must have qualifications that satisfy Federal Head Start requirements, the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Article 47 regulations, and Universal Preschool Guidelines. 

Preferred Credentials (required for UPK Lead Teachers):

(1) A master’s or baccalaureate degree in early childhood education or related field of study and

(2) A current, valid teaching certificate issued by the New York State Education Department. This may include early childhood (Birth-Grade 2); Nursery, Kindergarten and Grades 1-6; or Prekindergarten – Grade 6 certification.

Accepted Credentials:

(1) In order to meet the preferred credentials above, Lead Teachers may be on a study plan, approved by an accredited college, to be completed within a specified period of time agreed to by Children’s Aid, the teacher and the college which is a condition of employment that cannot be extended.  In order to be eligible for a study plan, a teacher must have:

(A) A Baccalaureate or master’s degree in any other academic subject and one year paid classroom experience teaching children up to third grade; or

(B) A Baccalaureate in any field and admittance into the Teach for America program, passed a rigorous early childhood content exams (CST, ATSW, LAST), and participated in the TFA summer training institute. 

Other Qualifications:

  • Bilingual preferred
  • Experience working with infants and toddlers, and children with Special Needs
  • Dedicated, excited and passionate about teaching and learning with young children
  • Professional approach
  • Resourceful & dependable
  • Effective communication skills


A review and final determination of credentials and qualifications are reserved for the site Education Director and the Children’s Aid Director of Early Childhood Programs.

Application Instructions:

From Children's Aid website, in "Careers", use the "Define Search" bar to type in the following Job ID number;


Complete the online application.  Thank you for your interest in Children's Aid.  We look forward to reviewing your submission.


  • Taft Early Childhood Center (Harlem)
  • 1724-26 Madison Ave (between 112th & 115th St)
  • NYC 10029