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Group Teacher – Preschool

Henry Street Settlement


Since 1893, Henry Street has delivered the most effective, compassionate and comprehensive services possible to residents of the Lower East Side. As a multifaceted not-for-profit, Henry Street provides innovative social services, arts programs and healthcare services from 17 locations throughout the Lower East Side. Building upon its legacy for innovation and effective programming, Henry Street has grown to offer more than 50 different programs, currently making it one of the most comprehensive settlement house in New York City, as well as one of the City’s largest social service agencies. Henry Street is governed by a 45-member Board of Directors and is supported by government grants and contracts, as well as foundation, corporate and individual support.

Henry Street's Early Childhood Education Center provides a warm and safe environment that supports and enhances the social, physical, intellectual, creative, and emotional development of young children. Teachers implement the Creative Curriculum, which fosters the development of a positive self-concept and cognitive skills, with a focus on the creative process, integrating music, movement, drama, and arts and crafts. Center is licensed by the New York City Department of Health and meets the requirements of all regulatory agencies. This position reports to the Education Director.


• Age-appropriately provide students with a nurturing, safe, and healthy environment to help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally
• Develop engaging activities and lesson plans in accordance with the Creative Curriculum, Early Learn, Head Start and the NYS Pre-Kindergarten Standards for the Common Core, as applicable
• Provide services to all children and families with respect, confidentiality and dignity
• Exhibit knowledge of and sensitivity to the educational and socio-economic needs of the children and families served in the program
• Regularly create and post visual and written documentation to highlight the voice of the children and communicate the learning and growth that they experience daily
• Relate to families in a holistic fashion that incorporates education, social services, health and nutrition, and family issues
• Nurture and uphold positive working relationships with parents and staff
• Ensure parent involvement and/or awareness in program planning through regular, open communication (i.e. parent meetings and events, parent newsletters, daily notes, and parent conferences, etc.)
• Supervise and collaborate with Assistant Teacher and Teacher Aide regarding program development, planning and implementation and delegate their responsibilities professionally and accordingly
• Consistently update and maintain children’s progress reports, daily health logs, incident logs, accident reports, lesson plans, and weekly child observation notes, etc.; comply with other required documentation and record keeping responsibilities as necessary
• Solve problems quickly and efficiently
• Maintain an open, frequent dialogue with the Education Director and Program Director regarding all things pertaining to the Early Childhood classroom, students, parents, etc.
• Familiarity of community resources that support Henry Street’s overall mission and the student and families served within the Early Childhood Education program
• Supervise assigned group of children at all times
• Assist in maintaining a clean, safe facility for children and parents
• Work with other staff to coordinate use of shared space within the Early Childhood Education facility
• Display ethical and professional conduct that enables the building of a respectful, trusting and collaborative relationship with the center staff
• Comply with the established agency performance standards (including, but not limited to productivity/personal responsibility, embracing a team player orientation, and maintaining a professional demeanor, etc.)
• Seek professional development opportunities and participate in related training opportunities as they become available
• Model professional, appropriate behavior at all times
• Additional duties as required or assigned


• Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education required; Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or active plan to obtain Master’s Degree preferred
• New York State Certification required (B-2 or N-6)
• At minimum three (3) years of experience working with pre-school children (2-5 years of age)
• Demonstrated capacity in planning appropriate Early Childhood classroom activities aligned with NYS Common Core Standards and DAP, observing children’s behaviors, maintaining educational records and conferring with parents
• Must have knowledge of progressive approaches to Early Childhood education and experiences with the Creative Curriculum
• Mastery of child development including typical and atypical language, cognitive, motor, social, and self-help skills development
• Desire to work with a diverse population of children and families (including, but not limited to families and children in transitional housing, first generation speakers of languages other than English)
• Exceptional supervisory and leadership skills; capability to motivate others
• Excellent communication, organizational and interpersonal skills
• Self-motivator; ability to multi-task and work efficiently and effectively under deadlines
• Well-versed in ACS/DOH/DOE contractual and licensure requirements relative to classroom layout, curriculum, lesson plans, and service delivery to Henry Street children and families
• Knowledge of federal, state, and local rules and regulations which govern childcare (including but not limited to Early Learn, Head Start, DOH Article 47 standards)
• Experience working with groups and/or families from diverse cultural, linguistic, economic, and ethnic backgrounds
• Bi-lingual (English/Spanish or English/Mandarin or Cantonese) a plus
• Current CPR/First Aid Certification


Commensurate with experience


To Apply email Cover Letter and Resume to
In the subject line, please indicate “Group Teacher – Preschool”

Due to the high volume of applicants, only qualified candidates will be contacted.

Henry Street Settlement offers excellent benefits and is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Program

Posted on 08/03/18; CVMHA ID #12243