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Lead Toddler Teacher

We are currently hiring for a lead teacher in one of our toddler classrooms. Our toddler classrooms have two teachers, who serve as co-leads. We have 8 toddlers in each classroom, maintaining a 1:4 ratio.

We are conducting interviews now and would love to hear from you if you think we might be a great fit for you!

We are a progressive project-based, Reggio-inspired child development center, located in the Brookside neighborhood of Kansas City. Founded in the beginning of 2018, we have grown to eight classrooms and currently care for up to 96 children, between the ages of 6 weeks and 6 years old.

What does it mean to be aReggio-inspired center? For us that means:

  • We believe in respecting and nurturing the curiosity and creativity of children.

  • We value, document, and celebrate children’s questions, interests, and ideas

  • We see play as the most effective vehicle for learning in the early years and strive to help children become creative thinkers.

  • We value our classroom environments as an essential element of children’s learning, so all of our classrooms are infused with natural wooden furniture, open-ended materials, lamps, and cozy elements to make them feel home-like and to inspire exploration.

  • We also see nature as a rich tool for learning and prioritize outdoor play as part of our daily schedule.

  • We offer children a rich variety of open-ended art projects, sensory experiences, building explorations, pretend play props, and more.

  • We utilize Creative Curriculum as a resource for curriculum goals and objectives, but give our teachers a lot of freedom to craft lesson plans and curriculum that follow the interests and needs of their class at any given time.

Pay and Benefits

Full Time Position

$16-18 per hour

We believe that our teachers are the heart of our center, so we strive to build a supportive community where our teachers can grow and thrive. We provide ample plan time weekly for teachers to plan lessons, document learning, and update their classrooms. We also have 6 days of professional development each year to give teachers an opportunity to learn and work in their classrooms without children present, in addition to providing ongoing coaching and training on the job throughout the year.

Additionally, we offer competitive benefits to our full time teachers, including:

  • Starting pay of $16-18/hour

  • 10 PTO days, plus 2 additional days of PTO for each full year worked

  • 16 paid holidays

  • Paid snow days

  • Partially subsidized health, dental, and vision insurance through United Healthcare

  • Reimbursement for trainings taken outside of work hours

  • Access to a staff wellness room with snacks, drinks, and space for relaxation


Our ideal candidate:

  • Respects children and their natural curiosity

  • Loves outdoor play and getting messy

  • Is patient and nurturing

  • Is flexible and willing to follow the lead of children

  • Is teachable and eager to grow as a teacher

  • Is a team player, able to work collaboratively with other teachers

  • Has at least two years of childcare experience and at least some college courses in education or child development (though we are willing to train the right candidate!)

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