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Early Childhood Assistant Teacher

Department: Child Care
Location: Rockford, IL


At the Y, we engage early childhood age children in age appropriate curriculum. Our educators meet high quality standards and lead little learners on a journey of self-discovery. The YMCA core values of Honesty, Caring, Respect, Responsibility and Faith are integrated into all our activities in a safe, caring environment. 

Assistant Teachers will work under the direct supervision of the Lead Classroom Teacher. Assistants shall be able to demonstrate skill and competence necessary to contribute to each child’s physical, intellectual, personal, emotional, and social development. These skills include:

YMCA Children's Learning Center
2918 Glenwood Ave
Rockford, IL 61101


Our mission and core values are brought to life by our culture. In the Y, we strive to live our cause of strengthening communities with purpose and intentionality every day. We are welcoming: we are open to all. We are a place where you can belong and become. We are genuine: we value you and embrace your individuality. We are hopeful: we believe in you and your potential to become a catalyst in the world. We are nurturing: we support you in your journey to develop your full potential. We are determined: above all else, we are on a relentless quest to make our community stronger beginning with you.


1.     Emotional maturity when working with children
2.     Cooperation with the purposes and services of the program
3.     Respect for children and adults
4.     Flexibility, understanding and patience
5.     Physical and mental health that do not interfere with child care responsibilities
6.     Good personal hygiene
7.     Frequent interaction with children
8.     Listening skills, availability and responsiveness to children
9.     Sensitivity to children’s socioeconomic, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds, and individual needs and capabilities
10.  Use of positive discipline and guidance techniques
11.  Ability to provide an environment in which children can feel comfortable, relaxed, happy and involved in play, recreation and other activities 


  • Must have high school diploma or GED
  • Previous child care experience required
  • Sufficient strength, agility and mobility to perform essential functions of position and to safely supervise children’s activities.

Upon hire:

  • Medical Release form CFS 602 filled out by physician
  • Must submit to a DCFS background check (Form CFS 718-B)
  • A minimum of 3 written references
  • Register with Gateways to Opportunity
  • Participate in a minimum of 15 clock hours of in-service training per calendar year
  • Complete Mandated Reporter Training, as well as training on Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Shaken Baby Syndrome within the first 30 days of employment
  • Certification in Pediatric CPR/First Aid Training Preferred
  • ExcelleRate Illinois Early Childhood Credential Level 1 or higher
Regular Part Time Hourly
Weekday Afternoons; 12:30pm-6:00pm
$10.00-$12.50/hour; Depending upon experience & qualifications
The Y is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer. We offer more than just a job, rather the opportunity to make a lasting difference in the lives of those around you. The Y offers work/life balance, and excellent membership & program benefits.
  • Complimentary YMCA Membership
  • Program Discounts
  • 8% Employer-paid retirement following vesting period
The Y: We're for Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility



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