Prekindergarten Lead Teacher
Requisition Number:2023-HS/C-020
Department:Head Start and Children's Services
Employee Type:Regular w/ Temporary Date
Hours Per Week:25


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 the care and education of a group of children as part of a teaching team.
  • Provide children in the program with a joyful, nurturing, safe, healthy, individualized environment 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 competence.
  • Develop activities and strategies for involving parents in the educational aspects of the program in order to enhance their role as the principal influence on the child’s education and development and increasing their knowledge and understanding of and skills and experience in child growth and development.
  • Provide training, support, and feedback with guidance from the Education Supervisor, to the Teachers and Teacher Assistants in understanding and implementing the program performance standards and established principles of early childhood education. 
  • Engage in coaching sessions through assessing of strengths and needs, asking questions, sharing pertinent information, reflecting, listening and identifying goals and means to achieve those goals in collaboration with the Education Coach.
  • Provide orientation, guidance, support and feedback to volunteers and how they can be of assistance in the classroom.
  • Assist with the development and implementation of special events or projects.
  • Perform other duties as assigned from time to time.


Job Qualifications:
  • Strong interpersonal skills; work cooperatively as a member of a teaching team, with other program staff and parents.
  • Bilingual skills are preferred.
  • Must be able to engage in physical activities while attending to the needs of the center’s children and/or moving classroom equipment.
  • Must be able to work sensitively and effectively with individuals of diverse educational, socio-economic and cultural backgrounds.

Teacher Level Specific Requirements:
PreK Lead Teacher I - Bachelor's degree in early childhood education or Bachelor’s degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool age children. EEC Preschool Teacher certified preferred. Bilingual in a language spoken by families served by ABCD preferred.

PreK Lead Teacher II - Master’s degree in early childhood education or Master’s degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool age children. EEC Preschool Teacher certified preferred. Bilingual in a language spoken by families served by ABCD preferred.

Please note: This position is temporary through June 30, 2024.