lead preschool prep teacher – center of excellence


Center of Excellence


Center of Excellence Child Development Center Director




$17.25 per hour


BA or BS in Early Childhood, Elementary Education, Child Development or related field with Early Childhood Experience. Preferred: Current license from the Minnesota Department of Education for Pre-Kindergarten/Nursery or Infant/Toddler Teacher Certificate or Child Care Specialist Certificate or Infant and Early Childhood Mental Health Certificate.


The Lead Preschool Teacher supervises the Assistant Preschool Teacher, volunteers, interns and practicum students.


The Lead Preschool Teacher runs the preschool classroom based on a philosophy of trauma informed principles and culturally responsive care.  The Lead Preschool Teacher works with the assistant teacher to provide a warm, loving, atmosphere, and support the development of children ages 3 – 5 years and their parents .  Must be able to work and plan in a team setting, with patience, enthusiasm and respect for children, as well as parents and fellow staff.


  • Understands the social-emotional developmental needs of children.
  • Understands the impact of toxic stress and trauma on children and their families, and can implement and build on the trauma-informed framework developed in the classrooms.
  • Understanding of and willingness to implement sensory integration in the classroom.
  • In collaboration with other lead teachers the lead preschool teacher will plan, develop, and facilitate curriculum for young children in a developmentally appropriate setting based heavily in social-emotional development.
  • Continually updates curriculum to meet the needs of students and requirements of the center.
  • Encourages and teaches pre-literacy skills such as letter sounds and letter recognition.
  • Encourages oral communication with other children and adults.
  • Encourages social skills, such as sharing with and helping others.
  • Encourages developmental skills such as color recognition, shapes, counting, reading, writing and improvement of gross motor skills.
  • Works closely with Minneapolis Public Schools to refer children who might have special needs.
  • Administers basic first aid and cares for sick children.
  • Welcomes, talks with and meets with parents.
  • Observes, evaluates, and assess children’s progress.
  • Observes and reports on physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children.
  • Creates monthly and daily communications for parents such as daily reports and monthly newsletters.
  • Maintains clean classroom appearance by organizing, cleaning, and sanitizing daily.
  • Keeps track of any classroom supply needs.
  • Participate in trainings as required by licensing and/or accreditation.
  • Participate in Trauma Informed Healing and Cultural Competency trainings in relation to the focus of the Child Development Center.
  • Collaborates with People Serving People shelter programs and staff as needed.
  • Participates as an Associate within People Serving People, Inc.
  • Maintains appropriate program records.
  • Completes first aid and Red Cross certified CPR training every 2 years.
  • Completes yearly in-service training equal to 1-2% of the number of hours worked.
  • Completes required trainings and documentation for Parent Aware rating.
  • Performs other duties assigned by the Center of Excellence Child Development Center Director.


  • Knowledge of Trauma Informed Care principles and models.
  • Knowledge of the developmental and emotional needs of young children.
  • Knowledge of the methods and procedures used in a child development center.
  • Knowledge of basic health and first aid techniques.
  • Skill in coping with a variety of behaviors.
  • Skill in working with children, their families and the public.
  • Skill in evaluating situations.
  • Ability to determine the needs of children.
  • Ability to teach developmental, social, and emotional skills.
  • Ability to establish a warm and supportive relationship with the children and their parents or guardians.
  • Ability to keep accurate records.
  • Ability to articulate program goals and philosophy and apply it to working in the Early Childhood Development Program.

Child Guidance Skills – awareness of and sensitivity to particular problems of disadvantaged children and the specific needs of families and children who are homeless and in crisis.

Interpersonal Skills – Maintains confidentiality, listens to others without interrupting, remains open to others’ ideas and tries new things, has the ability to establish rapport and interact effectively with a wide variety of people including staff, clients and service providers.

Ethics – Treats people with respect, inspires the trust of others, works with integrity and ethically, upholds organizational values.

Planning/Organizing – Prioritizes and plans work activities, uses time efficiently, completes administrative tasks correctly and on time, follows instructions, responds to management direction.

Communication – Listens and gets clarification, responds well to questions, speaks clearly and persuasively in positive or negative situations, writes clearly and informatively, able to read and interpret written information.

Teamwork – Balances team and individual responsibilities, gives and welcomes feedback, contributes to building a positive team spirit, puts success of team above own interests, supports everyone’s efforts to succeed, contributes to building a positive team spirit, shares expertise with others.

Adaptability – Is able to adapt to changes in the work environment, manages competing demands, changes approach or method to best fit the situation, and is able to deal with frequent change, delays, or unexpected events.

Technical Skills – Assesses own strengths and weaknesses, pursues training and development opportunities, strives to continuously build knowledge and skills, shares expertise with others.

Dependability – Follows instructions, responds to management direction, takes responsibility for own actions, keep commitments, commits to long hours of work when necessary to reach goals, completes tasks on time or notifies appropriate person with an alternate plan.

Quality – Demonstrates accuracy and thoroughness, looks for ways to improve and promote quality, applies feedback to improve performance, monitors own work to ensure quality.

Stress Management – Possesses the capacity to maintain personal control and a balanced approach to stressful conditions.


  • Three or more years of experience working as a lead or assistant teacher in a Child Care Setting.
  • Two or more years of experience serving multi-cultural, socially diverse population desired.
  • First Aid and CPR certified or willing to be certified within 90 days of employment.


  • Basic computer skills and experience with Microsoft applications.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear.  The employee is frequently required to stand; walk; sit; use hands to finger, handle or feel and reach with hands and arms.  The employee is occasionally required to climb or balance; stoop, kneel, crouch or crawl and taste or smell.  The employee must lift and/or move 30 lbs.


The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate, but can be loud at times.

People Serving People is an EEO employer fully committed to attracting, retaining, and promoting the most qualified individual without regard to race, religious creed, color, age, sex, national origin, ancestry, marital status, sexual orientation, disability or any other classification protected by applicable federal, state, or local law. We are dedicated to providing and maintaining an inclusive work environment free from discrimination and harassment, where employees are treated with respect and dignity. Individuals who have experienced homelessness are encouraged to apply.


  • Please email or mail cover letter and resume to:


People Serving People

Attn: Human Resources

614 S. 3rd St.

Minneapolis, MN 55415