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Healthy Kids Programs UNIVERSAL PRE-K TEACHER- SUBSTITUTES at Healthy Kids Programs in Albany, New York



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Albany , New York , United States | Part-time

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Healthy Kids Programs is the leading childcare provider in the state of New York and is looking for aUNIVERSAL PRE-K TEACHERS SUBSTITUES. Our program offers socialization, the learning of new skills, as well as building both fit minds and bodies. Our goal is that each child will start their day excited and end it the same way with the activities and adventures shared during their time at our program.

We are looking for Pre-K SUBSTITUE teachers that hav a warm nurturing personality and who loves to work with kids. We are looking for a team inspiring ‘can do attitude’ personality who will be responsible for all aspects of the operation of our Healthy Kids Extended Day Program location listed above.

PAY RATE:$30.00 hour

HOURS: 7:45AM - 2:15PM

LOCATION:Pine Hills Elementary School and Albany School of Humanities

REGION:Albany County

REPORTS TO:UPK Administrative Executive Director

DIRECT REPORTS:Teaching Assistants

CALENDAR:September 2022– June 2023, Following the Operating School District Calendar- No paid hours in summer.



SUMMARY:The Universal Pre-K teacher is responsible to plan, organize, implement, coordinate, and control services of the UPK program contract, exercising honorable judgment and decision-making as delegated, including following outlined budgets, policies, procedures, and proper staff supervision. Under supervision of the Healthy Kids UPK Administrative Director, the UPK teacher operates the childcare program in conformance with the Albany City School District guidelines and provisions and the Policies of the Healthy Kids Program. Responsibilities include teaching the UPK program, facilitating, planning, and coordinating of the children's educational programs and activities.


  • Following the Universal Pre-K contract with the Albany City School District and adhering to the details of the contract, the Request for Proposal, and our proposal guidelines

  • Adopting daily routines to meet the interest to meet the needs of the individual child and the group

  • Developing activities that promote literacy and math concepts – following the Creative Curriculum

  • Ensure the facility and all the equipment is clean, well maintained, and safe

  • Maintaining and scheduling weekly and monthly activities

  • Participating in on-going in-service and education development opportunities, and participating in the ongoing development and evaluation of the program’s goals and objectives

  • Planning and implementing activities that meet the physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs of the students

  • Provide a classroom environment that encourages parent participation

  • Provide adequate equipment and activities

  • Become an expert with Brightwheel and the services this program offers to families.

  • Responsibilities will always include but are not limited to:

  • Ensuring that all children are always supervised

  • Establishing routines

  • Building children’s self-esteem through positive guidance and nurturing

  • Communicating with parents and discussing their children’s development

  • Implementing positive discipline

  • Observing children and making notes of progress and development

  • Promoting literacy and early education

  • Providing a safe and secure environment where children feel comfortable

  • Providing age-appropriate experiences and activities for children, including storytelling, games, and songs

  • Integrating special needs children in a positive, respectful manner

  • Conduct parent/teacher conferences twice a year for a full year program and once for a half year program.

  • Publish a monthly newsletter to families, maintaining a positive home-school line of communication

  • Manage all aspects of the Pre-K program with a special focus on

  • Supervising, professionally developing and training a highly qualified staff to deliver a consistent, high-quality service.

  • Managing an operation that follows Albany City School District policies and procedures

  • Operating an excellent program that:

  • Follow Healthy Kids Best Practices and Creative Curriculum that serve as the foundation for Healthy Kids “Consistent Excellence” Philosophy.

  • Feature superior management skills and excellent parent communication

  • Feature a warm, nurturing, positive, safe environment.

  • Prevent problems with proactive management and handle those that happen in an effective, positive manner that emphasizes good communication.

  • Leading in a positive, upbeat, yet confident style with an emphasis on effective communication and addressing issues head on. Maintaining a "can-do", results driven, positive attitude - all while working in a safe, g-rated environment.

  • Follow a proven success formula is made up of three parts:

  • Use a well-regarded curriculum: The Creative Curriculum (or district approved curriculum)

  • Design the room layout for success using ECERS (Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale)

  • Create an active learning classroom using the CLASS teacher: student interaction system

  • Ensure that the program and staff conform to federal, state, and local rules, regulations, and licensing requirements. Adhere to and consistently enforce companies Code of Conduct, Policies & Procedures and New York State Education Regulations.

  • Maintain accurate records on children enrolled in the program to include their development, attendance, immunization, and general health; maintain appropriate student and staff files.

  • Prepare reports to Child Protection Services and other agencies to ensure the safety and well-being of all children cared for at the college.

  • Confer with parents on a regular basis to discuss the development of their enrolled children.

  • Assist childcare center staff in preparing for and presenting early childhood programs and activities; direct the organization and follow-up of special activities such as off-campus field trips; assist as necessary with duties of instructional assistants.

  • Ensure that problems encountered by staff are resolved; assist with altering policies or procedures to ensure smooth operation of program.


To be qualified as a Pre-K teacher, a person must possess either:

(a) New York State Certification Birth – Grade 2 OR

(b) New York State Certification N-6 OR

(c) New York State Certification P, K, 1-6 OR

(d) Bachelor’s Degree & 5-Year Plan

Must also possess:

  • Excellent customer service and parent communication skills.

  • Track record of working as team and helping to create a team-oriented work environment. ● Commitment to delivering an excellent program and managing personnel expenses.

  • Must pass full background check including fingerprinting and reference checking

  • Professional, reliable, and prompt, warm, friendly, caring and upbeat personality.

  • Excellent time management skills.


"Healthy Kid Programs is an equal opportunity employer that is committed to diversity and inclusion in theworkplace. We prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind based on race, color, sex, religion, sexualorientation, national origin, disability, genetic information, pregnancy, or any other protected characteristic as outlined by federal, state, or local laws.

This policy applies to all employment practices within our organization, including hiring, recruiting, promotion,termination, layoff, recall, leave of absence, compensation, benefits, training, and apprenticeship. Healthy KidsPrograms makes hiring decisions based solely on qualifications, merit, and business needs at the time. Formore information, visit:"