Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan
  • New York, NY, USA
  • 35-45 per hour
  • Hourly
  • Part Time



JOB TITLE: Head Teacher, Pre-Nursery

Department: Center for Family Life

Reports To: Yael Kahn Pinto

FLSA Status: Non-Exempt

Start Date: September 2023


The Marlene Meyerson JCC Manhattan seeks a part-time Head Teacher for our Turning 2s and Toddler Playgroup pre-nursery programs. The position is available for September - June with the potential to continue next summer. Turning 2s is designed to be a young child's first drop-off experience in a classroom setting. Toddler Playgroup is designed to be a toddler's first classroom experience with their grown-up by their side.

Our pre-nursery programs are play-based, open-ended classes that encourage exploration, growth and discovery. We strive to create inclusive and engaging environments where children and families can become part of a community and develop lasting connections.

This role requires flexibility and an openness to work closely with different teaching teams. The teacher we are seeking will work as a Head teacher in Toddler Playgroup and as Floating teacher in the Turning 2s program. The ideal candidate is adaptable and can transition in and out of different classrooms, while supporting and collaborating with other teaching staff.


  • At least 3 years experience in a classroom setting with two-year olds or an advanced degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field is required.


Collaborate with co-teachers to:

  • Communicate with families through reflection emails, posts, etc.
  • Organize and maintain a classroom.
  • Maintain the safety, happiness, and growth of children in classes
  • Plan innovative, open-ended, developmentally appropriate, child-centered curriculum.
  • Ability to work collaboratively on a teaching team to execute a successful classroom curriculum.
  • A kind, warm, welcoming, and reflective demeanor.
  • Additional time for team planning, supervisory, and full staff meetings.
  • Excellent ability to interact, communicate, and build relationships with parents and caregivers.


  • Knowledge of development and learning for children under 3.
  • Proactive, open to learning and growing with mentoring from supervisors and co-teachers.
  • Familiarity with Reggio Emilia, play-based and child-centered learning a plus.
  • Knowledge of Shabbat, Jewish holidays, and values are a plus.
  • Certification in infant/child CPR and First Aid a plus.

Rate: $35 - 45/hour


  • Monday-Thursday 8:30-11:30 am (class time is 9:00-11:00 am)
  • Possibility for additional hours throughout the year

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