Infant/Toddler Child Care Trainees
Requisition Number:2023-EHS/C-004
Department:Head Start and Children's Services
Employee Type:Regular
Hours Per Week:35


Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) stands as Boston's largest community action agency. Since its inception, ABCD has been deeply committed to promoting self-help efforts for low-income families and individuals. We offer a wide array of programs that cover all stages of life, from infant care to elder services, and ensure that every individual, regardless of their background, has an opportunity to thrive in their community. Every year, we touch the lives of more than 100,000 Greater Boston residents, creating ripples of positive change.

Why Work Here:

  • Make a Difference: Every day, your work directly impacts the lives of thousands in the Greater Boston community, empowering them and making positive, lasting change.
  • Inclusive Environment: ABCD values the diversity of its workforce, with an inclusive culture that respects individuality and promotes collaboration.
  • Continuous Learning: We offer numerous training and development opportunities, ensuring our staff remain at the forefront of community action methodologies and strategies.
  • Comprehensive Benefits: At ABCD, we take care of our own, providing a competitive benefits package, including health coverage and retirement plans.
  • A Legacy of Impact: Join an organization that boasts a legacy spanning over half a century, consistently championing the rights and needs of our community's most vulnerable.
  • Teamwork & Camaraderie: Be a part of a passionate team, united in their mission to combat poverty, and ensure every individual can reach their fullest potential.

ABCD Head Start & Children's Services is a family development program serving children from birth to age five, as well as pregnant women. Part of a highly successful national program, we provide comprehensive services to the whole family and foster a safe, creative learning environment to support children in school readiness and their social-emotional development. We are looking for dedicated individuals who want to make a meaningful impact on the communities we serve!

Essential Duties:

  • Responsible for supporting the care and education of a group of children as a team member, with the responsibility for classroom operation including planning, carrying out activities, maintaining the classroom environment, and supervising and maintaining the safety of all children in care.
  • Provide infants and toddlers with joyful, nurturing, safe, healthy, environment, individual care, responsive caregiving and the varied experiences which help them develop socially, intellectually, physically, and emotionally in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development in relationship to the overall goal of social competency.
  • Supervise and monitor children by sight and sound at all times and respond appropriately to crisis or emergency situation that may occur.
  • Follow a consistent schedule including effective transitions between activities.
  • Attend required meetings, trainings on and off site.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned from time to time.

Job Qualifications:
  • This is an entry-level position for individuals with an interest in teaching infants and toddlers to begin a career within the child development component of the ABCD Head Start Program.
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent and successfully completed Child Growth and Development course required.
  • Upon hire, individuals in this position must enroll in the Infant/Toddler Child Development Associate Credential or be matriculated in a degree program in early childhood or related field.
  • Must have excellent written and verbal communication as well as interpersonal skills.
  • Ability to handle sensitive family situations in a non-threatening and professional manner.
  • Willingness to attend and participate in community activities, training, and night meetings as needed.
  • Bilingual skills and the ability to translate as necessary preferred.
  • Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Please note: this is a fifty-two (52) week position.