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Advanced Early Learning Professional

Works within a teaching team to support the care and development of young children ages 6 weeks to 12 years in a structured early learning environment.

Department: Improving Lives of Children
Supervisor: Assistant Director Advanced Training
Compensation: $20 per hour
FLSA Status: Non-Exempt, Full-Time
Employee Classification:  Level 2
Hours of Work: Varies based on programming. Some evening and weekend work required

Kalamazoo 49007

Brief Description

Works within a teaching team to support the care and development of young children ages 6 weeks to 12 years in a structured early learning environment.

Job Responsibilities

  1. Organizes and implements age-appropriate learning activities/ experiences with individual

children and small and large groups within the approved curriculum.

  1. Observes and assesses utilizing Teaching Strategies GOLD and ASQ-3/ASQ-SE.
  2. Supervises children’s activities to ensure safety, and promote socialization and enjoyment of children attending the facility.
  3. Assists children in all daily activities including, but not limited to: toileting, personal hygiene, dressing, and eating.
  4. Works cooperatively with the Assistant Site Director, to resolve any programmatic or family concerns including but not limited to communication, service delivery, quality, curriculum, personnel, and assessment.
  5. Works cooperatively with the Assistant Site Director, on assigned duties, such as preparing activity materials, room cleanliness, and using time effectively.


  1. Participates in mealtime activities with the children to encourage good eating habits, good table manners, conversation, and clean-up.
  2. Accompanies and supervises children on field trips.
  3. Commits to self-education on anti-bias education, racial justice, and gender equity issues.
  4. Monitors the health status of children for illness or areas of concern.
  5. Cleans up after activities.
  6. Provides written and/or verbal communication to parents regarding the child’s daily activities, progress, and behavior.
  7. Observes all Children’s Center and YWCA policies and procedures.
  8. Agrees to participate in 4 hours of classroom training and admin weekly.
  9. Agrees to participate in 3 hours of in-classroom coaching weekly with the Assistant Director.
  10. Provide coverage of the classroom during ELP admin days or instructor absences.
  11. Complies with applicable local, state, and federal licensing requirements/certification and/or regulations.
  12. Complies with association policy regarding required reporting of child abuse.
  13. Safeguards confidential information gained as a result of the position.
  14. Works cooperatively with program participants, YWCA staff, and volunteers.
  15. Performs other duties as assigned.


  1. YWCA location
  2. Off-site location
  3. Potential outdoor events
  4. Sitting, standing, kneeling, bending, some lifting
  5. Frequently required to stand
  6. Frequently required to walk
  7. Frequently required to sit
  8. Occasionally required to utilize hand and finger dexterity
  9. Frequently required to climb, balance, bend, stoop, kneel, or crawl
  10. Continually required to talk or hear
  11. Frequently required to taste or smell
  12. Occasionally exposed to wet and/or humid conditions (non-weather)
  13. Occasionally work near moving mechanical parts
  14. Occasionally work in high, precarious places
  15. Occasionally work around fumes, airborne particles, or toxic chemicals
  16. Occasionally/Frequently exposure to outside weather conditions (we do go outside so can this be and/or situation?)
  17. Occasionally exposure to extreme heat or cold (non-weather)
  18. Occasionally/Frequently exposure to bloodborne and airborne pathogens or infectious materials (does this mean when we get exposed to the blood of kids)
  19. While performing the duties of this job, the noise level in the work environment is usually moderately loud.
  20. The employee must occasionally lift and /or move more than 60 pounds(or can it be more/less) / frequently lift and/or move up to 60 pounds / continually lift and/or move up to 25 pounds
  21. Specific vision abilities required by this job include: Close vision, Depth perception, and the ability to adjust focus
  22. Assist with parent engagement efforts and activities and encourage family participation in the program

Education requirements, certifications, work experience

  1. High school diploma or equivalent required.
  2. Significant and relevant post-high school education or training in early childhood education or child/family-related field.
  3. At least two years of experience working with young children and families in some capacity. Licensed child care experience preferred.
  4. Understanding of Creative Curriculum (curriculum), Teaching Strategies GOLD (developmental assessment tool), and Ages and Stages Questionnaire (developmental screener) preferred.
  5. Ability to meet requirements of the Bureau of Child and Adult Licensing.
  6. Has and maintains active CDA certification.
  7. Satisfactory response to criminal and child abuse and neglect history checks.
  8. Able to work with people of diverse backgrounds.


  1. Orientation to YWCA Personnel Policies, Mission, Purpose, and One Imperative.
  2. Racial Justice Training
  3. Pronoun Training
  4. Orientation to Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault, Confidentiality, Mandatory Reporting.
  5. All required state of Michigan Child Care Licensing training requirements
  6. Minimum 20 hours of ongoing professional development per year
  7. Other appropriate training and in-service will occur during employment.

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