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Early Head Start Floater Teacher

Sheltering Arms strengthens the education, wellbeing, and development of high-need children, adults, and families across the New York metro area. We serve nearly 20,000 people a year from the South Bronx to Far Rockaway. Through compassion, innovation, and partnership, we respond to our community’s greatest needs and enable individuals to reach the greatest heights of their potential. Joining our team is an opportunity to collaborate with hundreds of dedicated colleagues who represent diverse backgrounds and talents as we work together to make a measurable impact for our neighbors in need. Every role at Sheltering Arms brings with it new opportunities for advancement and development so that team members can achieve their professional goals while helping others reach for theirs.


Job Summary: The Floater Teacher is a member of the classroom team who helps plan and initiate meaningful learning activities for Early Head Start children ages 6 months-3 years.  Responsibilities include promoting the social, emotional, cognitive, language and physical development of each child in a safe and supervised classroom. The Floater Teacher is assigned to a classroom as needed and the assignment changes according to the need. The Floater Teacher will share responsibility with the group teacher for keeping equipment and materials accessible and in good condition in addition to removing all hazardous material. They will participate in group discussions aimed at developing a program of sound educational goals. The Floater Teacher will promote their own personal growth through participating in regularly scheduled individual conferences, classroom group conferences and staff meetings.  The ideal candidate should have experience with children under 3 years of age and be able to work well with a team. This is a 12-month full-time position


Essential Functions:

  • Works within the framework of the classroom, carries out its functions, policies and procedures
  • Assists in planning and executing a child education and care program
  • Participates in planning the use of community resources for educational enrichment
  • Attends and participates in regularly scheduled classroom conferences and parent meetings
  • Participate in related training opportunities as they become available
  • Develop and maintain a positive working relationship with parents
  • Respects confidential nature of all information about parents and children
  • Writes records concerning the development of the program and children’s progress.
  • Assists with child observations
  • Assists Group Teacher with all classroom activities and outings
  • Other duties as assigned.


  • High School Diploma or GED required
  • Completed or are in the process of obtaining the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential required
  • Prior experience working with children under 5 years of age
  • Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
  • First Aid and CPR trainings required and recertified as needed


Physical Requirements: Must have the ability to complete all standard administrative and support tasks including but not limited to climbing up and down stairs, operation of computers/phones/fax/printer/copy machine, and the ability to lift boxes, furniture, and equipment up to 30lbs. Must be able to travel from the various locations and sites of Sheltering Arms. As a day care worker, providing quality care for children will require a high degree of physical exertion. Must have the ability to lift and hold children, sit down on the floor and stand up frequently and walk quickly around the classroom. In addition due to the high level of energy in the clients during all physical activities and outings, must be able to run, play, and travel with the children. Physical and PPD clearance required

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