Infant/Toddler Teacher, Compass Children's Center

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Infant/Toddler Site Supervisor


$20-$25 hourly


Full time, Monday-Friday



Organizational Core Competencies

Accountable  I  Adaptable  I  Client-centered  I  Collaborative  I  Committed to Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging  I  Resourceful 


Compass Children’s Center (CCC) is a nationally accredited enriched early childhood education center with a curriculum tailored to meet the specific needs of children living in extreme poverty and homelessness. The Center serves 70 children, ages 0-5, and their families each day, and addresses the social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development of the children, as well as the functioning and well-being of the families.


The primary responsibility of the teacher is to ensure a safe, healthy and nurturing environment for all the children, based on a positive, non-punitive approach, as outlined in the CCC Program Handbook and Staff Manual. Every member of the staff is responsible for providing the highest quality of care for the children consistent with the mission, philosophy and practices outlined in the CCC Staff Manual and for modeling appropriate behavior to children, families and fellow staff. As part of the teaching team, the teacher is responsible for helping to plan and maintain the environment and for participation in meetings.

To establish and maintain a safe and healthy environment:
• Prepare the infant/toddler learning environment for children to learn through active exploration and interaction with adult caregivers.
• Designs appropriate room arrangement to support infant/toddler exploration, growth, each child’s goals as well as the program goals and practices as outlined in the Program Handbook and Staff Manual.
• Works with assigned group of infants and toddlers applying best practices for infant/toddler care.
• Plans and implements a nutritious snack program which includes two food groups each snack.
• Promotes healthy eating practices by sitting and eating with the children. Assists in preparation of snacks and breakfast. In the Infant Room, assists with special prep of foods and formula/breast milk.
• Promotes good personal hygiene habits and independent care skills when appropriate. This includes diaper changing, toilet training, washing hands and face, assisting children with changing clothes and brushing teeth, when appropriate.
• Maintains a clean, orderly and well-stocked learning environment. This includes but is not limited to having water available for children at all times, dishes, furniture and equipment; setting up and putting away cots; changing bedding and laundry; stocking and organizing classroom supplies; and arranging furniture and active play equipment.
• Reviews and familiarizes self with center’s emergency procedures.
• Provides basic first-aid in event of injuries, choking or other emergencies.

To advance physical and cognitive competence:
• Provides a balance between child-initiated and teacher-initiated activities.
• Provides a balance between quiet and active learning activities.
• Plans, sets-up and secures equipment and materials for gross motor play that promote children's physical development, improved coordination, balance and body awareness, both indoors and outdoors.
• Provides an integrated curriculum through the daily activities that meets the needs of individual children based on the children’s interests and goals from their screening and assessments.
• Plans and implements experiences that promote language, literacy and pre-reading skills.
• Plans and implements activities that promote the acquisition of number concepts and pre-mathematic skills.
• Plans and implements activities that encourage interest in science by discovery, exploration and questioning the environment.

To support social and emotional development and provide positive guidance:
• Engages in the implementation of the Pyramid Model of Teaching through building nurturing and responsive relationships with children, families and fellow staff and through the upkeep of a high quality, supportive environment.
• Plans and implements hands-on activities that develop positive self-esteem.
• Plans and sets-up the environment to facilitate positive play.
• Plans and implements hands-on activities that develop social skills.
• Plans and implements culturally diverse experiences.
• Provides a wide variety of creative and expressive activities.
• Establishes routines with smooth transition periods.
• Communicates with children at their developmental level.
• Encourages children to be interdependent (independent and dependent).
• Use positive descriptive acknowledgement when children engage in prosocial behavior.
• Plans and coordinates field trips and special events.

To establish positive and productive relationships with families:
• Acts as the “Primary Teacher” for a group of 3 children which includes, but is not limited to primary bonding, individual observations and written documentation of development, and primary communication with families in person and in writing.
• Completes screenings and assessments and documents children’s individual developmental progress, according to the CA Department of Education requirements and program philosophy.
• Relates assessment information to families and offers support for helping children at different developmental stages.
• Promotes communication with families through daily exchanges of information and semi-annual family conferences.
• Encourages parents to participate in the program by providing a variety of opportunities to do so.
• Helps create a mutually supportive relationship between the program, the child and the family.
• Maintains confidentiality of client information.

To ensure a well-run, purposeful program responsive to participant needs:
• Prepares materials prior to implementing activities.
• Coordinates, orients and helps supervise Foster Grandparents, interns, substitute teachers and volunteers working in the classroom.
• Uses information gathered from the children’s ASQ’s and DRDP’s to create written curriculum plans on a weekly basis.
• Assesses children's needs and developmental progress on an ongoing basis through observation and assessment tools and shares this information with families at meetings and conferences.
• Uses the results of assessments to plan activities and make necessary referrals to the appropriate agencies.
• Maintains all written records and logs, e.g. attendance-books, sign-out sheets, accident reports, etc.

To maintain a commitment to professionalism:
• Promotes the center's philosophy and educational objectives.
• Supports the center's code of ethical conduct.
• Engages in ongoing staff development to improve personal and professional skills.
• Supports the professional growth and development of colleagues by sharing materials and information and providing helpful feedback and encouragement.
• Attends weekly staff meetings, workshops and in-service training provided by the center.
• Develops and promotes positive working relationships and an effective teaching team with other staff members.


• Must be at least 18 years old
• Must have a high school diploma or equivalent
• At least 2 years of experience working directly with infants/preschool age children
• Must be able to lift a child of 30 lbs.
• Must be able to arrange, move, set-up and break-down furniture and equipment
• Must be able to bend, squat, sit, kneel and stand in order to engage children at their level and need
• Must be able to hand write or type documentation on children and curriculum.
• Health screening, TB and fingerprint clearance (Department of Justice, FBI, Child Abuse Index)
• CPR and First Aid Certificate and Infectious Disease Prevention training
• Possess a Teacher Permit from the California Commission on Teaching Credentials. (24 ECE/CD including core courses and 16 general education units)
• 3 units of infant care working toward 6 units
• Ability to provide leadership and accept responsibility
• Bilingual/bicultural a plus
• Be willing to continually attend classes to obtain a Site Supervisor Permit

Compass Family Services offers a competitive wage and benefits package that includes employer-paid medical, dental and vision coverage, long term disability insurance, and employer contributions to a retirement account. Employees receive approximately 4 weeks of paid vacation their first year, increasing to approximately 5 weeks in each year after, as well as generous paid sick and holiday leave.

Location & Covid Considerations

Compass Children’s Center is located at 144 Leavenworth Street in San Francisco, and is fully open for in-person learning. We have a range of protocols in place to ensure staff, child, and family safety, including mandated face coverings, enhanced air filtration, and screening of parents and children before entering the building.

To Apply

Please send a detailed cover letter and resume to Resumes sent without cover letters will not be considered. No phone calls please. Pursuant to the San Francisco Fair Chance Ordinance, we will consider for employment qualified applicants with arrest and conviction records. We are an equal opportunity employer and actively seek to recruit a diverse workforce. Employees must embrace the idea that Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging contribute to the success of our underserved communities, and therefore to shared prosperity in our city and region. Compass Family Services is committed to the continuous work of implementing specific actions that will disrupt systemic prejudice and improve equity across programs and departments, to become an example to partners who also believe in a culture of inclusion that leverages diversity.