Learning Grove

Lead Teacher (Infant & Preschool) YWCA

Reference ID : 35490
Location : Cincinnati, OH
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Full Time



The Lead Teacher is responsible for the care and education of a group of children as part of a teaching team, and functions as a team leader, or co-leader. The teacher plans and implements the curriculum, and with active participation of other members of the teaching team, works with parents and assesses the needs of individual children.


Primary Responsibilities:

Classroom Management and Early Learning Oversight 

Create and maintain safe and healthy learning environments for children with appropriate arrangement of materials, space, and supplies.

Manage a classroom of children including a daily schedule and transition times that encourages a child's learning through discovery, curiosity, creativity, and a healthy self-concept that leads to school readiness.

Understand and implement quality content area components (Child Growth and Development, Family and Community Relations, Health, Safety, & Nutrition, Child Observation and Assessment, Professional Development, Learning Experiences and Environments), as defined by Learning Grove and SUTQ/STARS/National Accreditation.

Plan and implement the quality curriculum in a manner that supports the intellectual, social-emotional, physical, and language development of each child enrolled in his or her classroom.

Complete lesson plans that incorporate the Kentucky and /or Ohio Early Learning Standards in a timely manner.

Utilize assessment information on children to implement learning plans to advance a child's development.

Strive to develop and maintain trusting relationships with families in support of their child's development. Involve families in setting developmental goals for their child.

Complete tasks assigned in a timely manner to ensure the smooth operation of the program.

Utilize best practices and positive discipline techniques with children, to support children's growth and understanding of self and others, and promote resilience.

Internal and External Collaboration

Be familiar with and abide by Learning Grove's Vision, Mission, and Beliefs. 

Be familiar with and abide by Learning Grove's Code of Ethics.

Uphold all standards and policies set forth by Learning Grove.

Maintain confidential information about the program, families, children, staff and the agency, at all times.

Maintain and demonstrate professionalism in the workplace and in the community.

Show initiative for continued professional growth and skills development.

Maintain positive relationships with children, families and co-workers. 

Model the attributes of acceptance of diversity, nurturing behavior, cooperation, respect, and responsiveness.

Maintain a positive attitude and be a team player.

Professional Development

Responsible for obtaining required training hours and maintaining educational credentials.

Demonstrate knowledge of and agreement to abide by state licensing mandates and SUTQ/STARS.

Report for assigned work hours on time and prepared for assigned responsibilities. 

Relate to all families, staff, and community partners in a positive manner

Other duties as assigned

Minimum Education, Experience and Other Skill Requirements:

Ability to read, speak, and write English

Associate required (/Bachelor/Master's Degree preferred) (related degrees must include child development classes)

Prior experience working with young children commensurate to responsibilities

Completion of State Approved Orientation for Child Care Providers or 

Current First Aid/CPR Certification

Successful clearance of required Criminal Background Checks

Compliance with licensing requirement for TB testing

No physical or mental/emotional limitations that would prevent the implementation of caring for and safe- keeping of infants through school age children

Work Environment:

Classroom settings with children between the ages of 6 weeks to 6 years old.

Physical demands:

The physical demands are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to:

Regularly required to sit, stand, walk, bend and lift objects of up to 20 pounds


Must have thorough knowledge of and be able to implement a developmental constructivist approach. Must be at least 18 years of age, a high school graduate, and have an Associate or Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education, be professionally prepared as a teacher of young children. In addition, he/she must be able to meet the requirements of the city and state licensing agencies.

Nice To Haves

Experience in infant, toddler, or preschool classrooms.


Health, dental, vision, life insurance, long-term disability, 403b, PTO, personal days and extended illness bank.

About Us

All children deserve to be nurtured through high-quality education, to think critically, get along with others, and set the path toward a productive future. To help realize these experiences, we never compromise on practices and programs that are best for your child. Extraordinarily dedicated women and men innovate and advocate for our children, parents, and community. We work together as one, because when we are all invested in far-reaching, high-quality early childhood education, it lifts up the whole community.

For over 40 years, Cincinnati Early Learning Centers and Children, Inc. were both well known for their commitment to delivering this outstanding level of early education. On January 1, 2020, these two highly acclaimed organizations joined efforts, combining strengths under a new name: Learning Grove. Now more than ever, we are able to serve a racially and socioeconomically diverse population of nearly 7,000 children, youth, and families annually with programs across Northern Kentucky and Southwest Ohio. 

Learning Grove will reach more children and empower more families. This new partnership allows our organization to move further faster and combine resources to support youth, parents, and educators more effectively. Through the might of collaboration, we have exponentially increased our ability to nurture lifelong successes for children and students, families, professionals, and the community.

Together, we transform lives and help build brighter futures. Together, we thrive for lifelong success. 

Salary : $13 to $18/Hr
Minimum Education : High School or Equivalent
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : 1 Yr
Location : Cincinnati, OH

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