Preschool Assistant Teacher

Diversified Community Services - Philadelphia, PA (30+ days ago)

DCS Overview

Diversified Community Services is a deeply-embedded neighborhood based nonprofit agency serving nearly 8,000 children, youth, adults, and families in the Point Breeze section of South Philadelphia. Diversified is a multi-purpose social service agency emphasizing education and skill-building while providing early childhood education as an integral function of its mission to serve Point Breeze’s low-income community. Diversified has been providing a comprehensive array of services to children and adults in the Point Breeze neighborhood of South Philadelphia for over a century. Services include:

  • For young children: Early childhood education
  • For school-ageyouth: Out-of-school time programming (after school and summer camp); and case management for at risk youth
  • For adults: Employment training, parenting education, energy assistance programs, housing counseling programs, and financial literacy; and
  • For thecommunity at large: Affordable housing and community economic development

Diversified has been a leader in early childhood education for 42 years. Diversified’s childcare centers are nationally recognized and accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). NAEYC sets the standard for quality early education with rigorous requirements and regulations regarding programming, staffing, and family and community involvement. Diversified’s centers have also obtained a Keystone STAR 4 and 3 rating. The Keystone STARS is Pennsylvania’s program to improve the quality of early learning. It is a voluntary program that recognizes Department of Public Welfare (DPW) regulated child care providers who exceed state health and safety certification requirements. The Keystone STARS is a nationally recognized quality rating system beginning at STAR One, then progressing up through Two, Three, and Four.

Position Overview:

The Assistant Center Director is responsible to assist in the overall operations of the assigned facility, and the administration and development of programs in order to reflect the goals and objectives of the agency. This position ensures the facility is a safe and fun place for children to learn. The Assistant Director is tasked with a wide variety of responsibilities; including managing and training staff, assisting in full compliance with all internal and external funding sources, interacting with parents, and marketing and financial duties. This position will also supervise the assigned family advocate in the enrollment process.

Key Responsibilities:

  • The teacher cares for the children under the guidance and supervision of the group supervisor in order to meet the developmental needs of the children.
  • The teacher must know and understand standards in accordance to the guidelines set forth by the Department of Human Services, NAEYC, Keystone STARS, and any other governing bodies.
  • Provides the children with routine interactions that promote the well-being (comfort, health and safety) of the children as prescribed by the agency and center’s written and oral policies and practices.
  • Assist the group supervisor with developing and implementing an action plan that addresses a specific developmental need of children.
  • Encourage the children to engage in activities that will enable them to develop and enhance their fine and gross motor skills, their cognitive skills, their language skills and their social skills.
  • Provide input for the planning of lesson plans and daily activities, and engage in the implementation of those plans and activities.
  • Keep the classroom clean, neat, safe, and inviting.
  • Actively engage with children in order to provide guidance as they learn and process information.
  • Communicate with parents, children, co-workers and community persons in a cordial and professional manner.
  • Provide routine information to parents concerning their children (accidents, activities, problematic concerns and health issues). Discuss unusual/severe concerns/problems with the program director.
  • Assist with maintaining separate anecdotal records in each child’s folder along with their L.A.P., IPP/IEP and any other pertinent information.
  • Assist with maintenance of the daily roll book and food forms according to established rules and procedures.
  • Keep the group supervisor, program and center director abreast of all needs, concerns and issues regarding the children, parents and staff.
  • Prepare and maintain each student's portfolio, including assessments, antidotal notes, sample of work, progress reports and parent/teacher conferences.
  • Adhere to policies and procedures of diversified Community Services.
  • Keep center management and lead teacher abreast of all needs, concerns, and issues regarding children, parents, and staff.
  • Teacher must maintain professional development requirements.
  • Perform other duties as assigned.

Professional Development/Training Requirements:

  • 24 PQAS hours per school year
  • Competition of the following trainings are required:

1. Health & Safety

2. Mandated Reporter

3. CPR & First Aide

4. Fire Safety

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $10.00 to $13.00 /hour


  • Associate


  • CDA