STATUS:                       Non Exempt

DEPARTMENT:      Childcare

REPORTS TO:         Childcare Manager

DATE:                            4/13/2023

SUMMARY:  The Lead Teacher is responsible for implementation of activities in the classroom, supervision of Assistant Teachers, curriculum planning, and parent communications in accordance with the Center’s philosophy and policies.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES include the following.  Other duties may be assigned.

  • Ensure EmBe brand, mission, vision, and values are reflected in all interactions.
  • Actively embrace a culture of empowerment and an attitude of honesty and mutual respect. Maintain professionalism, take responsibility for actions and mentor positive behaviors to assistant teachers, children, coworkers, and customers.
  • Plan and implement classroom curriculum and daily activities.  Oversee and interact with children, while ensuring the safety and well-being of each child
  • Submit weekly written lesson plans covering all areas of growth and development to meet the intellectual, social, emotional, and physical needs of children.
  • Provide opportunities and support for children to develop self-discipline.
  • Assess child’s development through age-appropriate developmental checklists.
  • Create a stimulating learning environment, including room arrangement, bulletin boards, seasonal decorations, etc.
  • Implement and reinforce positive guidance techniques using Conscious Discipline training.
  • Must be able to work independently with children and make independent decisions
  • Accurately provide documentation (such as meal sheets, daily sheets, accident reports, medication forms, etc.)
  • Verbally greet parents/visitors and children upon arrival to the classroom.  Share information and involve parents in the education and care of their children daily.
  • Maintain confidentiality of children and family information. No information shall be released by any staff member, past or present, concerning any present or former employee, member, donor, or family without written consent.
  • Encourage parents to discuss concerns or issues with Site Manager or Director of Childcare Services.
  • Maintain a safe, healthy, and clean learning environment inside and outside the classroom. Follow cleaning guidelines according to EmBe checklist.
  • Provide leadership and direction to Assistant Teachers.  Mentor professional behavior and coach when necessary.
  • Participate in recommended professional development training opportunities and adhere to licensing standards.
  • Maintain appropriate staff to child ratio and consult with the Site Manager when substitutes are needed, or children should be moved classrooms.
  • Demonstrate initiative and propose ideas to demonstrate high level of problem-solving skills.
  • Report suspected child abuse and neglect as required by law.
  • Provide input for the Site Director in coordination of staff, scheduling of substitutes and grouping of children.
  • Regular attendance as scheduled


  • CDA, associates, or bachelor’s degree in early childhood required.
  • General knowledge of children’s growth and development.
  • CPR and First Aid training.
  • Good written and oral communication skills.
  • Minimum age of 18 years.
  • No substantiated history of child abuse or neglect.
  • No staff member or volunteer will have a felony conviction on record within the past five years.
  • No staff members name will appear on the sex offender’s registry


  • Ability to see, speak, and hear
  • Frequent standing and walking
  • Frequent use of hands and arms
  • Occasional lifting of 20 to 40 lbs.
  • Occasional need to climb, balance, kneel or crouch


  • Work is primarily performed in an indoor classroom environment. Occasional outdoor exposure when weather permits.
  • Noise level is moderate to loud due to equipment and children.
  • Routine exposure to household sanitization and cleaning chemicals

Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable people with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.