Associate Child Care Teacher – (Los Angeles, California, United States)

Job Title:

Associate Child Care Teacher

Reports to:

Child Care Program Specialist/Supervisor


University Relations/School for Early Childhood Education

Job Location:

Los Angeles

Direct Reports:


USC’s School for Early Childhood Education is dedicated to providing comprehensive, high-quality early childhood education services to children and their families in the South Los Angeles area. Founded in 1970 as a teaching school for future early-childhood professionals, the USC School for Early Childhood Education (USC SECE) seeks to promote school readiness, health/nutrition, mental wellness, and family engagement. Today, our licensed Head Start and Early Head Start centers serve more than 500 infants and pre-school children and their parents each year. We are seeking enthusiastic, creative, dynamic, and team-oriented individuals who enjoy working with children while fostering a supportive learning environment.

Job Overview:

The Associate Child Care Teacher will assist in planning, supervising, and implementing the education program within the classroom in accordance with the policies procedures and philosophy of Head Start Federal and State regulations. There will also be home visits to the families.

Responsibilities and Duties:

  • Provide relationship-based care in daily routines such as mealtime, toileting, hand washing, and napping for preschool age children.
  • Assist in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate curriculum.
  • Assist and collaborate with teaching team and Head Teacher on developing and implementing daily lesson plans.
  • Assist Head Teacher on conducting assessments, developing individual development plans, and record ongoing observations of children in assigned groups.
  • Assist and help prepare and conduct parent-teacher conferences for each child in the assigned group according to schedule of requirements.
  • Assist Head Teacher in scheduling and conducting home visits for enrolled children in the classroom setting.
  • Utilize classroom materials and routines to promote an environment conductive to appropriate levels of development, interests, and specific needs of the children.
  • Maintain effective and professional relationships with enrolled families.
  • Assist and help maintain a safe and healthy classroom environment in accordance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, Title 5, and Title 22 Regulations.
  • Attend regular staff meetings as scheduled by Head Teacher, Site Supervisor and Administration.
  • Perform additional duties as assigned by Head Teacher, Site Supervisor, and Administration.


  • Ability to assist in creating and implementing daily lesson plans.
  • Ability to work well harmoniously in a multi-cultural team.
  • Ability to promote a feeling of security and trust in infants and toddlers, and preschool age children by being warm, supportive, and comforting.
  • A caring, compassionate approach to working with children and families as well as maintaining an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child’s family.
  • Assist in spreading awareness of safe lifting techniques for lifting children, supplies and furnishings and commitment to using preventive health measures in the classroom to prevent the spread of disease, and maintain care and supervision is the main priority.

Educational Requirements

  • High school diploma or equivalent
  • Twelve (12) units (including core units) from an accredited college/university in Early Childhood Education OR Child Development
  • California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit or California Child Development Associate (CDA) credential

Physical Requirements

Must be able climb stairs, reach, bend, lift 20-30 pounds, crawl, kneel, stoop, twist, grasp with hands and fingers materials, use arms and legs, able to walk, climb ladders if applicable.

Pre-Employment Requirements

  • Physical exam
  • TB test
  • Background/fingerprint clearance
  • MMR and Tdap vaccinations,
  • CPR
  • Child Abuse Mandated Reporter Training
  • Must provide proof of vaccination for Covid-19

The hourly rate range for this position is $18.49 – $21.64. When extending an offer of employment, the University of Southern California considers factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the candidate’s work experience, education/training, key skills, internal peer equity, federal, state, and local laws, contractual stipulations, grant funding, as well as external market and organizational considerations.

Minimum Education: Related undergraduate study
Minimum Experience: 6 – 12 months
Minimum Field of Expertise: 12 or more units of Early Childhood Education plus 6 months of field study or directly related job experience

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