Early Learning Center - Preschool Teacher

Cordova, Memphis, TN, USA ● Lakeland, TN 38002, USA Req #81
Friday, April 30, 2021
Our mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.


Under the general direction of the Center Director, this position ensures the successful operation of an early learning classroom, supporting the academic, social, and emotional development of young children.    


  1. 21 years of age or older.

  2. At least 12 college units in early childhood development or education. Comparable training, coursework or certifications will be considered. 

  3. Two or more years of experience as an early learning educator or teacher. Experience in a YMCA center is preferred, but comparable experience in other organizations will be considered. 

  4. Meets minimum qualifications for childcare educator as outlined in the Tennessee Department of Health standards for childcare.

  5. Knowledge of child care licensing requirements for Tennessee Department of Health for childcare and YMCA standards.state approved first-aid certification.*

  6. Current state approved infant/child (or community if school aged) CPR certification.*

  7. TB test or signed statement from a medical provider showing negative results for tuberculosis **

  8. Medical Physical Exam- Required by DHS** 

  9. Completion of minimum STARS required training

  10. Prefer knowledge of, and previous experience with, diverse populations (language, culture, race,  physical ability, etc.). Ability to speak any language in addition to English may be helpful. 

  11.  Must meet all other required qualifications set by DHS- Child care Licensing

* At hire, or earliest possible training (but no later than 90 days after employment.) 

** Prior to beginning child care duties. 


    1. Lead assigned classroom and take responsibility for ensuring all classroom standards are met. 

    2. Coach and support Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers in areas including, but not limited to:

      • planning and implementation of the classroom daily schedule and structure.

      • providing a high quality, developmentally appropriate curriculum meeting state of Tennessee early education standards.

      • completing developmental portfolios on enrolled children.

      • ensure parents are communicated with regarding their child’s development through daily use of parent communication tools and parent conferences.

      • maintaining clean, stimulating and orderly program spaces.

      • submitting order requests appropriate supplies, equipment, and materials in a timely manner. 

      • maintaining accurate and complete records.

      • has established emergency procedures that meet or exceed all safety and licensing standards and that these procedures are followed.

      • planning and conducting parent involvement events (i.e. Parent Group, picnics, holidays, and parent/child activities).

    3. Participates and takes an active role in planning program promotion and publicity.

    4. Complies with all risk management standards to ensure a safe environment, responding to all incidents and following the YMCA incident management process. 

    5. Assure compliance with state and local regulations, operating their classroom in conformity to state/county licensing and agency regulations.

    6. Maintains all trainings and education hours required by the State of Tennessee Department of Human Services-Child care Licensing.

    7. Ensures that program standards are met and safety procedures are followed.

    8. Model superior communication and leadership to their classroom team to include teachers, assistant teachers, and classroom aides.

    9. Assume other duties and responsibilities as assigned by and agreed to with the Center Director or Child care Coordinator to meet the changing needs of the program.


Mission Advancement: Reinforces the Y’s values within the organization and the community.  Effectively communicates the benefits and impact of the Y’s efforts for all stakeholders.  

Collaboration: Builds and nurtures strategic relationships to enhance support for the Y.  Serves as a community leader building collaborations based on trust and credibility to advance the Y’s mission and goals.  Communicates for influence to attain buy-in and support of goals.  Provides tools and resources for the development of others.

Operational Effectiveness: Integrates multiple thinking processes to make decisions.  Involves staff at all levels in the development of programs and activities.  Ensures execution of plans. Institutes sound accounting procedures and financial controls.  Assigns clear accountability and ensures continuous improvement.

Personal Growth: Fosters a learning environment embracing diverse abilities and approaches.  Creates a sense of urgency and positive tension to support change. Has the functional and technical knowledge and skills required to perform well; uses best practices and demonstrates up-to-date knowledge and skills in technology. 

Behavioral Characteristics:  Welcoming, Nurturing, Determined, Hopeful, and Genuine.


  • Climbing, sitting, standing, pushing, walking, kneeling, and stooping 

  • Some Exposure to the outdoor elements

  • Exposure to electrical/mechanical mechanisms 

  • Exposure to some chemical elements

  • Ability to lift up to 50 pounds

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Other details

  • Pay Type Hourly
  • Min Hiring Rate $10.00
  • Max Hiring Rate $12.00
  • Cordova, Memphis, TN, USA
  • Lakeland, TN 38002, USA