YMCA of Greater Kansas City

Substitute Teacher Assistant

Job Location US-MO-Liberty
Req No.
Location Site
Liberty Head Start
Early Education Child Care
Minimum Salary
USD $8.00/Hr.
Midpoint Salary
USD $10.05/Hr.
Position Hours
As needed between 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. M - F
Location : Location


The Substitute Teacher Assistant ensures the safety and well-being of each child in the program at all times by providing a safe and healthy environment under the direction of the teacher responsible for the classroom. This position assists in implementing a developmentally appropriate plan for a group of preschool age children or infants and providing quality early childhood experiences while following the policies required at that location.


  • Contribute to the overall YMCA mission of healthy living, youth development and social responsibility. 

  • Assist in implementation of lesson plans based on Head Start Performance Standards (if at a Head Start location), Constructivist Curriculum Plan and the Project Approach.
  • Assist in implementation of appropriate behavior management throughout the daily routine.
  • Follow Licensing Procedures and Missouri Accreditation Standards.
  • Maintain professionalism and teamwork with other associates.
  • Follow the lead of full-time classroom associates to insure implementation of curriculum and safe environment.
  • Active involvement with, and supervision of children required at all times.
  • Prepare materials, activities and environment ahead of time, as needed or assigned.
  • Develop and maintain supportive professional relationships with children and their families.
  • Maintain staff-to-child ratios within licensing standards and according to YMCA of Greater Kansas City policies for classroom coverage; assists in insuring adequate staff coverage at all times.
  • Attend and participate in team, site, and agency required meetings, trainings, professional development, and continuing education.
  • Attend required activities, meetings, and trainings scheduled during evening and/or weekends.
  • Maintain confidentiality regarding children and families.
  • Participate in family style meal service. Eat nutritionally prepared meals with the children as a curriculum activity, modeling good nutrition and proper social skills
  • Communicate concerns about a child’s special needs to appropriate manager or specialist.
  • Ensure that site-appropriate health, safety, classroom organization, classroom aesthetic and sanitation guidelines are followed.
  • All associates are mandated to report suspected child abuse and neglect and must notify appropriate associates of any suspected abuse, unsafe conditions, needed repairs, complaints, accidents or injuries immediately.
  • Communicate important program issues and information to the program director and/or center manager.


  • High School diploma or GED.
  • Commitment and desire to provide premiere child care services at all levels.
  • Sensitivity to individuals representing a variety of family, cultural, and socio-economic backgrounds.
  • Six months experience in early childhood setting preferred.
  • CDA preferred.
  • Minimum of three college credit hours in Early Childhood Education strongly preferred at MO Accredited locations.
  • Minimum of twelve college credit hours in Early Childhood Education strongly preferred at NAEYC Accredited locations.


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