Pine Forest Children's Center

Early Childhood Educator

Reference ID : 57991
Location : Burlington, VT
Category : Education/Training
Job Type : Full Time



At Pine Forest Children's Center we believe in hiring great people from a wide variety of backgrounds, because it makes our school stronger and our learning opportunities richer. We are seeking full time teachers to join our dedicated teaching community who are committed to their own personal growth as well as supporting young children and their families. 

Do you want to join a creative, upbeat, supportive and growth-minded teaching community?  Do you enjoy exploring nature and emergent learning while sharing the experience with young children? 

Pine Forest Children's Center (PFCC) has been providing high quality early childhood education for a diverse community of families in the South End of Burlington since 1988. We pride ourselves on our ability to partner with families to help children grow to the best of their abilities. Our curriculum is emergent and play-based, allowing children to guide their own learning. We plan developmentally appropriate activities that are teacher guided and open ended, utilizing large and small groups, reflecting the best research in early childhood education. We believe that allowing children to build upon their experiences provides a diverse and stable foundation for all future learning to occur. Our goal is that all children leave PFCC with a social and emotional toolkit for success.

Do you want to make a difference in your community?  Do you want to work in an environment where everyone is comfortable sharing their authentic whole selves?

PFCC is a multi-faceted community which values imagination, integrity, curiosity and responsibility in children and adults. We view ourselves as adults who are continually learning, growing, and becoming better teachers. We are innovative, yet with a sense of tradition and attention to the natural world. In the 2021/22 school year we plan to embark on a yearlong journey together exploring our curriculum, materials, and environments to ensure we are meeting our goals and school philosophy. 

We are seeking teachers who are able to provide nurturing care, scaffolding, and appropriate guidance to children in their classrooms. These positions will work together in our classrooms and work amongst teams of teachers to create dynamic learning environments. The ideal candidate will be a motivated, responsible, flexible team player that loves working with young children and will possess strong communication skills. A degree in Early Childhood Education, a related field or related coursework is preferred. We are also willing to support you in attaining credentials and degrees as you work toward your professional goals. 

Please send a resume and cover letter to Christina Goodwin.


At Pine Forest, Early Childhood Educators are responsible for supervision of children, curriculum creation and implementation, classroom management, collaboration with colleagues, and adherence to VT Licensing Regulations and VELS Standards.

Early Childhood Educators:

  • Assist in the implementation of open ended curriculum opportunities and engage children in the experience. 
  • Actively engage in activities; manage cleanliness, maintenance, and availability of classroom materials for continuous child-led learning. 
  • Maintain frequent communications with parents through informal discussions and progress reports, including the use of technology.
  • Encourage self-help, emotions awareness, and the development of social skills through behavior modeling and narration. 
  • Help ensure smooth, daily transitions from home to school, and throughout the daily routines.
  • Follow all center policies and state regulations.
  • Maintain a personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement and learning. 


Minimum of a High School diploma or equivalent.

1-2 years of professional early childhood education experience or willingness to be mentored. 

Ability to work well with others.

Strong oral and written communication skills and basic computer skills.

An understanding of child development.

Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.

Infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.

Must clear full background check

Will need to be able to lift 50 lbs, stoop, bend, and lift.

Nice To Haves


*20 paid vacation days (accumulate throughout the year)

*Paid vacation weeks- 1 full week in July and 1 full week in December

*5 paid holidays

*9 paid full day professional development days

*5 paid on site staff meetings.

*18 hours of professional development paid by the employer- can be applied toward coursework.

*Vision Insurance

*Dental Insurance


*EAP Benefits

*Employer Funded Retirement

*Employee Tuition Discount 


*Comprehensive Wellness Plan

*Being a part of an amazing community, and making a difference EVERY DAY!

Minimum Education : High School or Equivalent
Job Type : Full Time
Category : Education/Training
Minimum Experience : None
Location : Burlington, VT

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