As Assistant Teacher, you will support the Lead Teacher to ensure that families receive quality services which provide for growth in academics, social and emotional development, and that the program meets the educational, physical and developmental needs of the program participants. You will assist the Lead Teacher in planning, scheduling and implementing the daily program, and making daily observations of the children.  Responsibilities also include communicating effectively with the parents/guardians by keeping them up to date on their children’s progress and providing a nurturing and caring environment for the children.


  • Assist the Lead Teacher in maintaining healthy and safe classroom environment of children.
  • Assist the Lead Teacher in maintaining the organization/appearance and décor of the assigned classroom (bulletin boards, displays, storage areas, general cleanliness, etc.).
  • Assist the Lead Teacher in implementing an age appropriate curriculum.
  • Work with the different age groups and classes upon request.
  • Participate in staff meetings, training and workshops to enhance professional growth. 
  • Provide consistent interaction, encouragement, nurturance for all children on all levels (floors, sitting at tables, etc.)
  • Model relationship-building skills in all interactions. Assist in response to all parent inquiries and concerns in timely manner.
  • Attend trainings and meetings in absence of Lead Teacher, and at other times as requested or appropriate. 
  • Adhere to all Department of Health and YMCA of Long Island standards, expectations and regulations.
  • Maintain hygiene habits in accordance with CDC guidelines.



  • Inclusion
  • Emotional Maturity
  • Functional Expertise



  • High School Diploma
  • One to two years related experience in a group setting with preschool children.
  • Maintain training requirements as required by the Office of Licensing.
  • Ability to relate effectively to diverse groups of people from all social and economic segments of the community.
  • Experience in assisting with curriculum implementation and being a contributing team member is essential.
  • CPR, First Aid, AED certifications.
  • Child Abuse prevention training within 30 days of hire date.



  • The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee will or may be required to: climb stairs, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for an extended period of time, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear and have visual acuity.
  • The work is performed both indoors and out, and may require travel to various locations.
  • Plan, lead and participate in a variety of physical activities.


how to apply:

Email your resume and cover letter to shannon.cussen@ymcali.org.


Salary Range:

Minimum: $15.00 p/h to Maximum: $24.75 p/h


Newly hired employees will be paid between $15.00 p/h and $15.98 p/h depending on level of qualifications.



  • Signing Bonus
  • Free membership to any YMCA of Long Island Branch
  • YMCA program discounts
  • Sick leave
  • Referral Program (earn up to $200 for each)
  • Retirement Accounts
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Incentives
  • Paid Time Off
  • Medical/Dental/Leave Insurances


The YMCA of Long Island is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are an open and inclusive organization, welcoming a diverse workforce free of discrimination based on protected class status, including race, religion/creed, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, political affiliation or belief, military or veteran status, disability, predisposing genetic characteristics, marital or family status, domestic violence victim status, arrest record or criminal conviction history, or any other impermissible basis.

Locations: Huntington YMCA