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Lead Teacher – 4 Day 4’s Class – M/T/W/TH a.m. 9:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Medina Weekday Preschool—Medina, Ohio

Job Description:

We are looking to hire a qualified Lead Teacher to join our team of qualified teachers.  The lead teacher will be responsible for all general supervision, management, development, and learning of a class of eighteen four year olds with one assistant teacher and “floater”.  Leads are important in the building of relationships between school, home, and community while remaining consistent with the mission statement, policies, and philosophies of Medina Weekday Preschool.   The lead teacher will represent the school/church with a positive, professional, respectful, and welcoming demeanor.  The person selected for this position must meet the criteria for consideration as lead teacher per application.  This person must have a warm and friendly personality, be sensitive to the feelings and needs of others, be able to relate well to children, and be willing to fulfill responsibilities in cooperation with the  assistant teacher, in accordance with the school’s educational philosophy.  The lead teacher is expected to have good oral and written communication, organizational, and good time management skills.



Responsibilities will include, but not limited to, the following:

  • Plan, supervise, and implement the daily program in accordance with policies and philosophies consistent with MWP.  

  • Plan and prepare the learning environment by setting up learning centers and preparing needed materials and supplies.  When supplies are low, notify the director.

  • Assist in general housekeeping tasks.  Any rooms used should be left in the following condition:

    • Tables, chairs, cubbies cleaned, spilled paint cleaned up, large muscle and outdoor equipment stored, windows closed.

    • Wash, clean and keep in good order (according to state licensing requirements) the equipment and toys in the classroom (dramatic play equipment, blocks, toy furniture, easel smocks and easel equipment).

  • Lead teachers should be familiar with the Early Learning Standards provided by Ohio Department of Education.  Four/five year old teachers are expected to provide curriculum which aligns itself with these Standards while three year old teachers will strive for maximum exposure while staying centered around music and movement, social, emotional, physical, spiritual, and intellectual development.  A prayer is included as part of the child’s day.  Hands-on activities and communication with the child is imperative.  

  • Understand and maintain all pertinent licensing requirements.

  • Maintain professional attitudes, loyalty, and confidentiality to the school at all times.

  • Conduct a home visit to each child’s home prior to the start of school or arrange to meet before school starts at school.  

  • Conduct at least one conference per year with each parent to review child’s progress.

  • Conduct parent meeting in November to provide overview of class and curriculum. 

  • Treat all children with dignity and respect while respecting the individuality and uniqueness of each child. 

  • Treat all families and staff with privacy, professionalism, and respect. 

  • Provide at least two forms of communication home to family each month (calendar, newsletter, child development topics).

  • Attend all staff meetings (2nd Tues. of the month), two In-services, Open House, Parent Orientations, and workday meetings.

  • Participate in training programs, yearly staff orientations, conferences, courses, and other aspects of professional development.

    • New staff members are required to participate in a workshop, in- service, and orientation for educational preschool methodology.  Any fees for such training will be paid for by the board. 

    • All staff members are encouraged to further their understanding of young children and developmentally appropriate curriculum.

    • Returning teachers are required to complete 6 hours in professional development training annually.

  • Be aware of and implement all pertinent personnel policies.

  • Have current certification in:   First Aid/CPR, Communicable Disease and Child Abuse.

  • Keep time sheets up to date and submit to the Treasurer on the last work day of the month.

  • Provide the following forms prior to employment as prescribed by Ohio Licensing  Rules:

    • Medina Weekday Preschool Job Application

    • JFS Form 01296 Employee Medical Statement

    • Three Employee Personal References 

    • Copy of college diploma or transcripts

    • FBI and BCII background check

    • Medina Weekday Sign-Off (Includes employee has received, reviewed and understands the following:

      • Staff Orientation

      • Child Care Center’s Parent & Employee Information (as stated in handbook)

      • Child Care Medical, Dental & General Emergency Plan (provided at staff orientation)

      • Pertinent Licensing Rules (provided at new staff orientation) 

      • By-Laws

      • Operating Policy

      • Personnel Policy

      • Safety Policy

      • Standard Precautions

      • Confidentiality Agreement 

  • Be reachable via a walkie-talkie at all times.

  • Physical requirements may include, but not limited to:

    • Lifting up to 50 pounds

    • Running after a child in the event of emergency (i.e., bolts to parking lot)

    • Crawling, kneeling, bending

    • Doing movement during music or exercise time

    •  Standing for extended time on feet

    • Lifting objects above one’s head 



Bachelor’s degree in Education or Bachelor's degree in a related field with experience.

Work Schedule: 
September through May.   We are aligned with Medina City Schools for Christmas and Spring Breaks as well as “snow days”   


Application Deadline:   March 30th, 2020


To Apply:  Follow instructions on our website under “Employment Tab” at www.medinaweekday.com 


Child Care Director
Early Childhood Options, Early Learning Center—Euclid, Ohio

Job Description

We are looking to hire a qualified Child Care Director to manage our day-to-day operations and establish and sustain a positive learning environment for children. You will oversee the coordination of education programs that comply with local and federal regulations, ensure that facilities are maintained, manage and support a complement of daycare staff, and manage the center's financial affairs.

The successful applicant will have demonstrable experience in managing all aspects of child care center, as well as strong leadership skills. You should display a friendly demeanor, have a love for children, and strive to create a supportive and encouraging environment for both children and teachers. Early childhood development experience is a plus.


  • Ensure a safe, happy, and stimulating environment for children.

  • Manage and coordinate curricula with staff that complies with state  requirements.

  • Ensure that center facilities are safe for children and comply with laws and regulations.

  • Evaluate and purchase materials, equipment, and supplies.

  • Manage and support teaching staff and promote their professional development.

  • Interview, hire, and train new staff members, ensuring they meet all policies and legal requirements.

  • Complete ongoing training and courses to remain up to date on child care standards and procedures.

  • Communicate and meet with parents regarding their children and the center’s policies.

  • Manage and oversee the budget and accounts

  • Implement and oversee SUTQ guidelines

  • Assist COO to develop and facilitate a marketing and communications plan.



  • CDA Credential, Associate’s or Bachelor's degree in a related field.

  • Minimum of 3+ years in supervision in early childhood

  • Early childhood education experience may be preferred.

  • Comply with local, state, and federal laws governing child care.

  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.

  • Strong leadership and interpersonal skills.

  • Excellent organizational, problem-solving, and time-management skills.

  • Friendly and approachable demeanor.

  • Maintain a professional appearance, attitude, and work ethic at all times.

    Send cover letter and resume to


Nature Preschool Lead Teacher/Site Administrator

North Chagrin Nature Center


The Lead Teacher/Site Administrator is responsible for the daily operation of the nature-based preschool, including instructing pre-school aged children in nature-based preschool curriculum and creative curriculum that serves to enhance the mission and values of Cleveland Metroparks and Nature Preschool. The Lead Teacher develops and implements nature-based preschool curriculum and creative curriculum that serve to enhance the mission and values of Cleveland Metroparks and Nature-based Preschool, including the ability to provide developmentally appropriate play in both outdoor and classroom environments.


Essential Functions:


  1. Regular and predictable attendance is expected and required. All Cleveland Metroparks employees must be prepared to work flexible schedules, including evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as required.

  2. Implements Nature-based Preschool’s philosophy, policies, and procedures and evaluate and update as needed.

  3. Oversees the implementation and development of Nature-based Preschool curriculum and creative curriculum. Provides developmentally appropriate play in both outdoor and classroom environments. Evaluates and makes recommendations for improvement, as needed.

  4. Oversees the implementation of Nature-based Preschool Summer Camp series.

  5. Ensures the following administrative duties are performed: financial feasibility, purchasing in accordance with Park District policies and guidelines, internal marketing and customer service (enrollment tours and parent engagement), maintaining staff and student files (including records of attendance, statistics and other reports), and maintaining state of Ohio licensing and other statutory regulations.

  6. Communicates with the Nature Preschool Administrator and the appropriate support team members concerning administrative, operational, and personnel matters as needed.

  7. Ensures the health, safety and well-being of students through site surveys and daily check-ins with students; Develops and implements on-going evaluation methods designed to aid in the creation of individualized growth plans for each student that can be shared with parents; documents the learning and development that occurs in the classroom using a variety of methods for both internal and external use; and maintains clear communications with fellow staff, interns, students, and their families to achieve common goals and avoid potential conflicts.

  8. Promotes a close relationship with parents through daily, weekly, and monthly communications by conducting regular meetings, phone calls, and parent conferences during and outside of class time and ensures families feel that their traditions, experiences, and individual needs are reflected through all aspects of the program.

  9. Generates weekly lesson plans that focus on students’ interest.

  10. Assists the Nature Preschool Program Administrator with the training and supervision of seasonal/variable teaching staff and volunteers.

  11. Maintains State of Ohio training requirements and provides opportunities for staff to obtain professional development.

  12. Monitors safety concerns and adheres to Cleveland Metroparks Health and Safety procedures to ensure the health and safety of children, parents, and staff.

  13. Determines program needs for individuals with disabilities.

  14. Assists with daily tasks such as receiving and aiding in dressing and undressing for outdoor play, snack preparation, cleaning, etc.

  15. Preparing, cleaning up and maintaining teaching supplies and supporting materials in a well-organized and efficient manner.

  16. Keeps direct supervisor promptly informed of key/significant issues or concerns.

  17. Carries out duties and responsibilities in a safe and efficient manner to maintain a safe work environment and surrounding area for oneself, co-workers and public. Responds to hazardous situations and/or potentially unsafe conditions by taking corrective action as capable and promptly notifying supervisory personnel.

  18. Updates and enhances own knowledge by involvement in continuing education for professional growth (i.e., attends relevant conferences, seminars, in-service trainings, and certification programs)

  19. Actively participates in long- and short-term planning.  Communicates to assure initiatives are compatible with divisional goals and Park District mission.  Participates in district-wide planning as directed.

  20. Performs related duties as assigned or apparent.




  • Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university in early childhood development or early childhood education, or bachelor’s degree in a biology/natural history interpretation/related discipline including at least four courses in child development or early childhood education from an accredited college, university, or technical college. Minimum of two (2) years of experience working in a licensed childcare facility serving children 3-5 years of age. Minimum of two (2) years of experience in program development and administration, staff management and financial oversight. Certifications in Growing Up Wild, Project Learning Tree: Environmental Experiences for Early Childhood, National Association for Interpretation preferred.

  • Must be registered with the Ohio Professional Development Network, have an early childhood professional level three designation from the career pathways model of the quality rating program, and be trained and certified in child and adult CPR, basic first aid, and management of communicable disease. Must complete ODJFS Administrator training within 6 months of hire date and stay current on all required ODJFS training. Must maintain child abuse recognition and prevention training. Must successfully pass drug screen, background, and criminal investigations check.

  • Demonstrated experience in planning and implementing outdoor programs for a preschool level audience and knowledge and understanding of Early Learning Developmental Standards (ELDS).

  • Demonstrated knowledge of the natural and cultural history of the region and excellent interpretive ability preferred. Experienced and comfortable taking children into nature in all weather conditions.

  • Demonstrated ability to problem solve, prioritize, and manage multiple projects. Computer literacy (with Microsoft Office programs especially), attention to detail, meet deadlines, make difficult decisions, and provide leadership to co-workers is a must.

  • Ability to develop and maintain effective working relationships with stakeholders, including employees and the general public.

  • Ability to speak and write clearly, concisely and persuasively using correct grammar, spelling and punctuation with ability to communicate one-on-one or in group settings.

  • Ability to perform work with a high degree of accuracy and organization.

  • Ability to work cooperatively with others.

  • Proficiency in software programs including all Microsoft Office programs.

  • Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.

  • Ability to perform with considerable independence and initiative.

  • Mature professional attitude and considerable discretion, including ability to manage confidential information.

  • Ability to provide direction to staff and volunteers – leadership.

  • Must be a non-smoker/tobacco user.


  • $18.72 - $23.40 per hour


Work Schedule: This is a year-round position - includes full time hours through the summer months and school breaks. Must also be able to work evenings, weekends, and/or holidays as needed.  Regular shift is 8:30 am -- 4:30 pm


Filing Deadline:   Open until filled


To Apply:  Please visit our career site at www.clevelandmetroparks.com or click here


Advance your ECE career as a CDA® Gold Standard Specialist!

The Council for Professional Recognition is seeking qualified individuals to join the elite CDA® Gold Standard Specialist community!  

The CDA® Gold Standard Specialist offers a great new opportunity for well-qualified early childhood educators with experience and expertise in Early Childhood Education, adult learning principles and manager or leadership experience.

If you meet all of the following eligibility requirements, start your application process now!


  • Hold a graduate degree (Master’s degree or higher) in early childhood education, child development, or a closely related field.

  • Have at least 3-5 years of work experience in the ECE field.

  • Have at least five (5) years of experience teaching adults as a faculty member at a college or university, ECE trainer or consultant.

  • Work experience in an adult learning training environment that is current or have occurred (within the last five years).


Click here to access additional information and to begin the online application process. 



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