Prekindergarten Teacher Assistant
Requisition Number:2023-HS/C-021
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 assisting the Lead Teacher with the care and education of the children in the Prekindergarten Program. 
  • Within the framework of the Building Block, OWL and CSEFEL teaching practices, provide pre-school children 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 competency.
  • Develop activities and strategies for involving parents in the educational aspects of the program in order to enhance their role as the principle influence in their child's education and development and increasing their knowledge and understanding of the skills and experiences in child growth and development.
  • Participate in the development of and implementation of developmentally-appropriate lesson plans and individualized activities.
  • Participate in the development and implementation of written Individual Education Plans (IEP's) for children with special needs.
  • Engage in coaching sessions through assessment of strengths and needs, asking questions, sharing pertinent information, reflecting, listening and identifying goals and means to achieve those goals in collaboration with the coach.
  • Attend meetings as necessary.
  • Perform other related 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.
  • Possess bilingual ability where appropriate.
  • Demonstrated knowledge and sensitivity to the education and socioeconomic needs of the children and families served in Head Start/Early Head Start.

Teacher Level Specific Requirements:
Teacher I - High school diploma or equivalent required. Active Preschool Child Development Associate Credential; ECE Certificate or EEC Preschool Lead Teacher certified, or enrolled in a degree program leading to an Associates or Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education or related field, or enrolled in a CDA program to be completed within two years with experience teaching preschool age children.  EEC preschool teacher certified preferred. Bilingual in a language spoken by families served by ABCD preferred.

Teacher II - Associate’s degree in early childhood education or Associate’s degree and coursework equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education with experience teaching preschool age children required. 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. This is a forty-six (46) week school year position.