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21 Apr 2022

Full-Time Early Learning Lead Teacher

YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties – Posted by ymcapkc University Place, Washington, United States

Job Description

Why Work for the Y?

The Y is a leading non-profit committed to strengthening our community by connecting all people to their potential, purpose, and each other. Working locally, we focus on empowering young people, improving health and well-being, and inspiring action in, and across our communities. By bringing together people from different backgrounds, perspectives, and generations, we ensure that we all have access to the opportunities, relationships, and resources necessary to learn, grow, and thrive.

Ignite your Passion, Live the Y Cause, and Join our Team!

As the Early Learning Lead Teacher, you will support the YMCA Early Learning Center (ELC) program year-round to serve our community with a variety of programmatic and activity options to explore and develop interests and talents with a focus on safety, health, social growth, and academic enhancement so that children have fun, grow and thrive in our care.  You will help in providing balanced recreation, education, and character development through enriched activities full of fun and friendship.

If hired for this position you will be responsible to plan, organize, and implement services of the child care program at the Early Learning Center. You will maintain positive communication with parents, children, schools, and other staff; practice risk management, and develop positive community relations.

Are you a good fit?

  • Two years or more years of related experience in an Early Learning setting is required.
  • Reliable transportation – the ability to support at all sites across Pierce and Kitsap County, as needed.
  • At least 18 years old.
  • Have a high school diploma or GED.
  • Have an ECE initial certificate or equivalent (12 ECE/Edu Credits) as approved and verified in the electronic workforce registry by the department or be willing to obtain by August 1, 2026.
  • Have an ECE short certificate or equivalent by August 1, 2028, or within two years of receiving an ECE initial certificate.
  • Positive attitude and previous experience with diverse populations.
  • A desire to have fun, engage with children, and inspire creativity!
  • Knowledge and skills in program activities and related equipment set-up, and the ability to instruct participants in age-appropriate techniques.
  • Preferred: Knowledge and skills to lead a large group using behavior management skills.
  • Possesses (or is willing to obtain prior to hire): CPR, First Aid, TB Test, Food Handler’s Card, Child Care Basic STARS, proof of MMR vaccine, Merit account.
  • Able and willing to complete a Department of Children, Youth, and Families Portable Background Check.
  • Able and willing to complete online Child Abuse Prevention training on the first day, and other online and in-person training as required.

Starting Wage: $16.50+ per hour, depending on qualifications

Benefits: Medical/Dental/Vision benefits package, Retirement Savings Plan, Employee Assistance Plan (EAP), Life and Long Term Disability benefits, Paid Time Off (PTO), Extended Leave Plan (ELP), a family membership to the YMCA of Pierce and Kitsap Counties, training and professional education, YMCA program and merchandise discounts (up to 50%), employee referral bonus program, the opportunity to participate in a retirement savings plan and more!

Hours:  Full-Time, 40 hours per week

Location: YMCA Early Learning Center, University Place, WA


Per Governor Inslee’s Proclamation 21-14.1, individuals that work in an educational setting must be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, unless a medical or religious exemption is received and approved. As a condition of employment, newly hired employees will be required to provide proof of their COVID-19 vaccination. If you need to request a medical or religious exemption please contact

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Job Categories: Equal Opportunities. Job Types: Full-Time. Job Tags: Child Care, Lead, Teacher, and youth. Salaries: 40,000 - 60,000.

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