Lead Teacher

  • Middletown, RI
  • Full Time
  • Entry Level

Company Overview

At Child & Family, we hold two core beliefs. That individuals and communities thrive when supported by strong families and that a community works best when it accepts responsibility for all of its members. These beliefs influence everything we do and have guided our growth since we first opened our doors in 1866.

Job Summary

A Lead Teacher is responsible for the optimal development and well being of children through family-centered child care. This includes the planning and implementation of developmentally appropriate program which emphasizes learning through play in accordance with Rhode Island Department of Children, Youth and Families (DCYF), BrightStars Quality Rating and Improvement System and the Rhode Island Early Learning and Development Standards. 

Responsibilities and Duties

  • Ensure that all work is accomplished in a safe manner; includes the safety of the employee as well as others who are using the facility
  • Protect employees and clients by maintaining a safe and clean working environment
  • Maintain a professional demeanor by acting as a role model; demonstrate a professional manner through promptness, proper notification of tardiness or absence, maintaining a professional appearance and attitude, and proper respect for the program and agency
  • Maintain a safe, sanitary, warm, stimulating, and inviting environment
  • Possess the skills necessary to manage a high quality early care and education classroom, while providing appropriate supervision of children at all times
  • Aware and supportive to children’s needs: physical, social, emotional, and cognitive
  • Responsible for the completion of monthly curriculum plans and engaging assistant in planning process
  • Ensure monthly curriculum contains detailed lesson plans, outlining specific activities which meet the emotional, social, physical, and cognitive needs of the children
    • Activities must encompass the following areas: math, science, literacy, fine motor, gross motor, dramatic play, sensory, music and movement, and language development
  • Share in the implementation of daily activities based on the children’s individual assessments
  • Oversee children’s activities interacting directly with groups and individuals
  • Responsible for the completion of developmental profiles and family/child goal sheets
  • Plan and participate in parent conferences in January and July, or as requested by parent
  • Ultimately responsible for the cleanliness, sanitation, and maintenance of laundry and housekeeping tasks in assigned classroom
  • Responsible for the timely submission of paperwork including: daily notes, attendance, meal sheets, newsletters, curriculum plans, volunteer and intern evaluations and developmental profiles
  • Create and follow through with an annual Professional Development Plan in compliance with the Rhode Island Workforce Knowledge and Competencies for Early Childhood Teachers to fulfill 20 hours of professional development beyond the every other week staff meetings or family engagement events within the center
  • Responsible for arranging the classroom in a developmentally appropriate fashion
    • Classroom should contain a balance of the following areas: active, art, fine motor, dramatic play, quiet

Qualifications and Skills

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood education or related field 
  • Hold Rhode Island Teacher Certification Pre-K to grade 2 
  • Certification in Rhode Island Early Learning Standards Level II, Implementing Standards Based Curriculum  
  • Knowledge of and experience with The Creative Curriculum System for Preschool and Teaching Strategies Gold
  • Must meet all state licensing regulations and requirements

Benefits and Perk

The competitive benefits program offered by Child & Family includes, but is not limited to:

  • Medical, dental, and vision insurance
  • 401(k) Plan
  • Life and long-term disability insurance
  • Discounted child care available at main building
  • Flexible Spending Account (FSA)
  • Worksite wellness programs
  • Generous vacation & sick time
  • Tuition Assistance Program (TAP)

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Child & Family will not discriminate against any individual on the basis of age, gender, sexual orientation, color, race, creed, national origin, ancestry, religious persuasion, marital status, political belief, pregnancy, military status, veteran status, physical or mental disability that does not prohibit performance of essential job functions with or without reasonable accommodations, genetic predisposition or genetic carrier status, or any other protected category under local, state or federal law, nor will anyone receive special treatment for those reasons, except for reasonable accommodation as required by law. It is our intention that all qualified applicants be given equal opportunity and that selection decisions be based on job-related factors.


C&F strives to achieve a workforce that includes representation of qualified affirmative action group members in proportion to the qualified and available target group workforce in the community that we serve.

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