Join the Y’s Early Education and Head Start team for a rewarding job that aligns with what you personally value and contributes to the good in our community. At the Y, working with children in early education child care means you’ll work with others who view a shared mission of creating a welcoming, safe, family atmosphere for children in our communities. Full-time and part-time positions are available in locations throughout the metro.
Why Work at the Y
You’ll be a leader in our mission of youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. You’ll also have opportunities for your own personal and professional development.
Future employers respect the Y
When future employers see the Y on your resume, they think of a nonprofit organization with local impact that’s part of a national and international network that’s existed for more than 175 years. We have a reputation for hiring good people who do great things.
Enjoy fulfilling work
Early Education and Head Start is so much more than day care at the Y. As part of the Y’s Early Education and Head Start team, you’ll discover the joys of helping kids learn, stay physically active, and giving them a healthy snack or meal that many of them may not have at home. You’ll prepare preschool-aged children for success in school and be a connection that kids need to feel accepted, safe and welcome in a diverse environment, and help them build positive self-esteem and sense of self-worth. Overall, you’ll be part of delivering the Y’s mission to provide quality early education to all in need, regardless of their financial resources.
Free Y membership
When you work for the Y, you’ll enjoy the perks of being a Y member including access to all 13 Y centers and discounts on programs, child care and summer day camp.
The best co-workers ever
At the Y, you’ll work among others who share a nonprofit mission of creating a welcoming, safe family atmosphere for children in our communities. Plus it’s a great place to make new lifelong friends that share a desire to make our community a better place.
In addition, Y benefits include availability of health insurance, ability to establish a retirement plan based on your salary with no requirement for you to contribute*, training, professional development and competitive pay.
What type of career is Early Education?
Early Education and Head Start jobs at the Y can be a great full-time or part-time job and are a great fit for those who have a passion to give infants, toddlers and preschool-aged children the best start in life, including everyone from students to retirees in the fields of early education, teaching and social work. Entry level jobs include Teacher Assistant. Jobs such as Teacher, Lead Teacher positions, Program Director and Family Advocate roles provide career opportunities based on your experience and interests. Y Club is also a great way to come back to working, to stay active and engaged in your community all with great pay and benefits, too.
What are the requirements to work in Early Education or Head Start at the Y?
- High School diploma or GED.
- Six months experience in early childhood setting preferred.
- CDA preferred.
- Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Associates or Bachelor's degree with 30 credits of ECE.
- Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education strongly preferred.
- Minimum three years’ experience working in an early childhood classroom setting preferred.
EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
The YMCA of Greater Kansas City is an Equal Opportunity Employer/Disabled/Protected Veteran and committed to diversity and inclusion throughout our organization.