The YMCA of Metropolitan Los Angeles is not only the premiere non-profit in LA, it's also a great place to work, make a difference in your community and meet like-minded individuals. The LA area is home to the second largest YMCA Association in the US, with 26 branches, 3 resident camps and over 50 child care sites. The LA Y is a highly-collaborative, rewarding and fun environment where you will discover your passions, grow your career and make an impact!
We believe in the four Core Values of Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility and understand that our staff are our biggest asset! We strive to create high-performing, strong teams in each of our branches and are looking for passionate and enthusiastic staff who will help us to strengthen our impact, empower our community and deliver incredible programming!
At the Y, we nurture the potential of every child and teen by supporting their unique youth development journey through holistic programming. From cradle to career, we provide all youth with the tools and resources they need to succeed in life. With so many demands on today's families and the increased focus on early brain development, families need all the support they can get to nurture their child's potential. Our YMCA distance learning support child care programs focus on holistically nurturing child development by providing a safe and healthy place for children to learn foundational skills, develop healthy, trusting relationships and build self-reliance through the Y values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Children have the opportunity to explore nature, find their talents, try new activities, gain independence and make lasting friendships and memories. And, of course, they have a lot of fun too! Although the YMCA has had to pivot its programming in response to the COVID-19 national health emergency and put extra safety measure and precautions in place, one thing remains the same: at the YMCA, it is easy for every child to live, grow and thrive!
This position supports the work of the Y, a leading nonprofit committed to strengthening community through youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility. The Child Care Teacher supports students unable to attend school on-campus, in YMCA Distance Learning Support Child Care programs by providing virtual schoolwork and homework assistance, enrichment activities and recreation, all while maintaining current health and safety precaution and physical distancing requirements. The Child Care Teacher develops positive, nurturing relationships with students while building cooperative relationships with parents/caregivers. Provides direction for children in the classroom, and implements program curriculum. Promotes and supports the potential of all youth in programs and facilitates peer-to-peer connections as part of the overall program experience. Provides direction for the students in the program. Provides a quality experience to students and parents that focuses on building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families. This is a seasonal position.
- Must be 18 years of age or older
- High school diploma or equivalent
- ECE/CD UNITS: 12 semester units in ECE or CD or 12 semester units in recreation, sociology, psychology, education, arts & humanities, human services or a related field, that can be directly applied to program delivery.
- A minimum of 6 months of experience working with children in a group setting. Ability to plan, organize and implement age-appropriate/developmentally appropriate program activities. Previous experience with diverse populations preferred. Ability to develop positive, authentic relationships with people from different backgrounds.
- Strong character values (respect, responsibility, honesty, caring); strong communication skills; emotional maturity
- Current approved EMSA First Aid; Adult, Infant and Child CPR Certifications (8 hours). Completion of child abuse prevention training prior to first day in program. 8 Hour course in Preventative Health Practices (PHP).
- Current TB, influenza (limited exceptions), pertussis, and measles vaccination and physical exam.
- Support school-age children (ranging in grades K-12) in their distance learning/virtual learning (assisting children with logging in to technology, ensuring children are attentive and engaged in their online classes, supporting schoolwork and assisting with homework, managing children's class schedule, etc.)
- Managing a classroom cohort of up to 12 children.
- Maintaining an environment that maintains all health orders related to COVID-19: physical distancing, face coverings, hand washing breaks, visual health assessments, etc.
- Nurtures students through purposeful programming dedicated to building achievement and belonging in youth and relationships among youth and within families.
- Maintains close visual supervision of a group of assigned students in a weekly session and in alignment with program ratios set by the YMCA.
- Ensure that no child is left unsupervised or staff alone with a child at any time.
- Help student manage behavior using a positive approach, including proactive strategies, redirection and using constructive discipline with natural and logical consequences.
- Actively supports the YMCA is committed to inclusion and compliance with the American with Disabilities Act (ADA) where appropriate.
- Planning, preparation and leading weekly curriculum implementation, activities and enrichment with an emphasis of the outdoor environment, developmentally appropriate, culturally relevant, and within the guidelines of the YMCA's program standards and the current health orders related to COVID-19.
- Adheres to program standards including safety and cleanliness standards, maintains site and equipment, and maintains required program records in accordance YMCA
- Makes ongoing, observations of each child. Communicates with supervisor regarding child's development.
- Cultivates positive relationships and maintains effective communication with parents. Engages parents as volunteers and connects them to the YMCA.
- Attends and participates in family events, program activities, staff meetings and trainings.
- Follows YMCA policies and procedures, including those related to medical and disciplinary situations, child abuse prevention and emergencies. Follows reporting procedures and proactively responds to situations to ensure a safe environment for all involved.
- Understands and complies with current federal, state, local regulations, Community Care Licensing, and YMCA policies and procedures at all times.
- Maintains positive relationship with parents, other YMCA team members and community Models relationship-building skills (including Listen First) in all interactions.