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Toddler Teacher

Location: Dorchester, Massachusetts
Department: Early Education Centers
Posted: 04-06-2018
Location Name: Dorchester, Roxbury
Wage: Depends on Experience
Position Type: Full time

Company Information

For 25 years, Horizons for Homeless Children has championed the needs of homeless children in Massachusetts and their families. Our mission is improving the lives of these children and helping their families succeed by providing high-quality early education, opportunities for play, and comprehensive family support services. To support our mission, we also advocate on behalf of young children, train educators and human services providers, and research the impact of early education on homeless children.  Our vision is that every homeless child will have the opportunity to learn, play, and thrive. Today, we provide services to more than 3,000 homeless children each week in Massachusetts, and we are recognized as a national leader in the education of homeless children. 


Job Description

We are seeking enthusiastic Toddler Teacher for our NAECY-accredited Child Care Center located in Dorchester.

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 impacting 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
  • Coordinate transitions of children to and from classrooms
  • Ensure that classroom equipment is in good repair and inform Lead Teacher when supplies are low
  • Submit all records and reports in a timely and accurate manner including attendance sheets, accident reports, progress reports and time sheets

Job Requirements

  • BA Degree, preferrably in Early Childhood Education or a related field, 15 credits ECE 
  • Minimum of AA in ECE or CDA, 15 credits ECE 
  • EEC Teacher Certification
  • One or more years of experience
  • Professional, sensitive, and enthusiastic team player, committed to working with homeless families
  • Flexible and willing to work between the hours of 8:00 am and 6:00 pm
  • Experienced with homeless or at-risk populations preferred
  • Bilingual Spanish-English
  • Able to lift up to 50 lbs

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”


Horizons for Homeless Children offers a competitive salary and a highly competitive benefits package.  Salary commensurate with skills and experience.

Horizons for Homeless Children is an AA/EEO employer.