Teacher Assistants
Requisition Number:2023-HS/C-031
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 assisting Teachers with the care and education of a group of children as part of a teaching team.
  • Provide preschool aged children with a nurturing, safe and healthy environment and individualized learning experiences to help them develop socially, intellectually, physically and emotionally in achieving social competency.
  • Participate in a minimum of two home visits and three parent/teacher conferences per family per year.
  • 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 the children with special needs.
  • Attend meetings as necessary.
  • Maintain the EEC requirements including child to staff ratios, classroom supervision, etc.
  • Provide classroom coverage as needed.
  • Perform other related duties as assigned from time to time.

Job Qualifications:
  • Minimum of a high school diploma or equivalent required.
  • Must have 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. EEC preschool teacher certified preferred.
  • Experience teaching preschool age children.
  • Good interpersonal skills required.
  • Bilingual skills where appropriate preferred.
  • Must be able to maintain confidentiality and professional boundaries with staff and families.
  • 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.
Please note: there are forty-three (43) week school year positions and fifty-two (52) week positions available.

Location: Agency wide