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This position does require a background check. 



In accordance with the needs of the ages of the population, the Childcare Lead Teacher is responsible for the daily planning, management and supervision of the classroom and children. The Childcare Lead Teacher will consult with the Child Development Specialist or Family Center Director prior to implementing any programmatic/daily decisions. 

Specific Responsibilities:

  • Work as a team member to provide a warm, nurturing environment, model and encourage appropriate social interactions and assure individual age appropriate activities for each child. 
  • Lead child centered non-directive play within the program 
  • Work with Child Development Specialist in planning lessons, classroom strategies, therapy and educational goals for individuals and groups, and daily care plan, using Teaching Strategies Goal as a framework
  • Assume responsibility for classroom activities and informally supervising assistants to assure classroom functions are in an orderly manner and in a least restrictive environment 
  • Develop plan and prepare instructional aids/materials for classroom
  • Assure that all center/classroom paperwork is completed in timely fashion (Daily log, child observations, attendance, assessment tools, progress notes)
  • Ensure that appearance, cleanliness, and safe environment of classroom is appropriately maintained 
  • Maintain courteous communications with parents regarding their child's progress, needs, and concerns 
  • Provide informal parenting education specific to parents' expressed interests, needs, and concerns in a positive, non-judgemental manner 
  • Participate in implementation of trauma informed, attachment-based activities/model 
  • Other duties as assigned related to the program



  • Must be able to perceive the nature of sounds at normal speaking levels with our without correction 
  • Must be able to receive detailed information through oral communication and to make discriminations in sound
  • Must have visual acuity to determine the accuracy, neatness and thoroughness of the work assigned 
  • Must be able to bend, squate and life to 50 pounds 
  • Must be able to get up and down off a floor 
  • Must be able to travel to and from different locations and sites in the greater Baltimore area 
  • Must have manual dexterity sufficient to perform various keyboard functions 
  • Must be physically present at the assigned job site 
  • May be exposed to occupational hazards as communicable diseases, blood pathogens, and aggressive or combative participants 
  • Able to pass background check 
  • Knowledge of normal/abnormal growth and development throughout the age continuum 
  • Ability to provide, assess, interpret, and communicate age-specific data in response to protocols 
  • Must be able to accept constructive feedback 
  • Must be able to organize and manage time and manage multiple tasks 
  • Must possess excellent verbal and written communication skills 
  • Must maintain adequate personal grooming consistent with professional appearance 
  • Ability to develop and maintain effective communications and working relationships with other employees, participants, and their families 
  • Ability to demonstrate professional behavior by adhering tp departmental and organizational policies and procedures and assuming authority appropriately 
  • Must pursue education or training necessary to perform at the level of competence required to incorporate the hardware, software, technologies, and ideas relevant to specific job responsibilities 
  • Must demonstrate a positive attitude throughout the work environment by presenting with a pleasant and positive tone of voice and affect 



  • AA degree, or equivalent college credits in Early Childhood Education or related Healthcare field is preferred. Child Development Associate (CD) certificate is required within one year of date of hire (unless AA/AS specifically in Early Childhood Education). 
  • 90 hour childcare certificate or equivalent education required; 45 hours infant and toddler certificate required 
  • At least 2 years experience working in a childcare or early learning environment 



Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via email to:

United Way of Central Maryland
Attention: Human Resources
1800 Washington Boulevard, Suite 340
Baltimore, MD 21230