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General Early Education Teacher Application

Location: Boston - Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury, MA
Department: Early Education Centers
Posted: 10-01-2017
Location Name: Dorchester, Jamaica Plain, Roxbury
Wage: Depends on Experience
Shift: Day

Company Information

Horizons for Homeless Children is an independent non-profit organization dedicated to providing high-quality services to homeless children and families throughout the state of Massachusetts. We have three NAEYC-accredited early education centers located in Roxbury, Dorchester, and Jamaica Plain which serve a total of 175 children aged 0-5. We provide a friendly, trauma-informed teaching environment with high teacher-child ratios to allow for individualized support. The agency is committed to career growth and encourages promotion from within once teachers are ready to take the next step.


Our salaries are competitive and commensurate with experience. Teachers work eight hour shifts with a paid one-hour break built into the shift. At Horizons, we understand that work/life balance is crucial to well-being, so we provide excellent benefits including generous time off, vision, health and dental insurance plans, retirement savings options, and discounts on goods and services such as gym memberships and pet insurance. 

Job Description

This listing is for candidates who have no specific age group preference. If we feel you may be a match for one of our centers, we will reach out and have a discussion about how we can best utilize your skills.

Join us in a teacher position by December 31st and receive a $500 sign-on bonus!

As a Teacher with Horizons, you will be an integral part of our shared mission of helping children. As you work with our children on the “front lines” every day, you will:

  • Collaborate with a talented, dedicated team of early childhood professionals like yourself.
  • Teach with high teacher to student ratios in each classroom, ensuring that our children get the individualized attention that they need.
  • Develop your professional career through mentorship from your Directors and teamwork with your peers, in addition to ongoing trainings in current topics in your field, and financial support for your own continuing education.
  • Nurture and inspire children who need it most, knowing that you are improving the lives of children and families each and every day that you go to work at Horizons.



  • Display knowledge of early childhood development
  • Contribute to the design and implementation of a dynamic, creative, age-appropriate and multi-cultural curriculum
  • Practice positive behavior management techniques in guiding the children’s behavior
  • Inform parents of classroom curriculum plans (e.g., posting lesson plans)


  • Communicate with children in a positive way that demonstrates genuine interest and respect and exhibits sensitivity to children as individuals
  • Communicate positively with parents on a daily basis to inform them of their child’s ongoing development and activities
  • Assist in the design and implementation of other classroom parent communication systems (i.e. bulletin boards, monthly newsletters, etc.)
  • Complete children’s progress reports and participate in parent conferences
  • Assist in plans for and attending Parent-Teacher functions
  • Communicate openly and effectively with classroom team including participation in weekly team meetings
  • Work closely with Family Advocates to promote healthy family relationships

Classroom Management

  • Maintain appropriate standards of health and safety in accordance with state regulations and Horizons for Homeless Children policies and procedures
  • Understand and implement emergency procedures
  • Organize classroom schedule to allow for child initiated and teacher directed activities as well as individual and small group learning

Job Requirements

  • BA Degree, preferrably in Early Childhood Education or a related field, 15 credits ECE
  • EEC teacher certification qualified 
  • (Preferred) One or more years of teaching experience, preferably in a NAEYC-accredited center
  • Commitment to working with homeless families
  • Flexibility and willingness to work between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm (in 8-hour shifts with paid hourly break built into the shift)
  • (Preferred) Experience with homeless or at-risk populations 
  • (Preferred but not required for all roles) Additional language skills, especially Spanish fluency
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs

Horizons for Homeless Children is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Must be able to embody the values of Horizons for Homeless Children:

Collaborative – “We get more done together”

Inclusive – “We are culturally responsive”

Innovative – “We ask, what would it take?”

Passionate – “We are inspired by our mission”