For 165 years, the YMCA of Greater Springfield has provided youth development, fostered healthy living, and promoted social responsibility in the 14 cities and towns that it serves. We take pride in being one of the largest non-school educators in the state, one of the top 120 YMCAs in the U.S., and the second oldest Y in the country.
We are currently looking for an UPK-aide (Grant) to join our team. Whether you are interested in joining a leading non-profit or looking to advance your Y career, this is your opportunity to help make our community better together. The Y. ™ For a better us. ™
Please note that any and all offers of employment are contingent on the successful completion of a background check, reference check, and new hire packet. In roles where driving is required as an essential function, a driver history check must also be successfully completed.
This person will play an important part in the work that we do each day. In addition to all other duties as assigned, this role will:
• Assist the teacher in implementation of daily programs with attention to the needs of the children,
including quality, health, safety, and cleanliness of environment beyond minimum regulations and
• Ensure the health and safety of all children and staff assigned by understanding and following the
provisions in the Health Care Policy and Procedure Guide and Staff Handbook, which also includes oral
• Inform the director immediately when social, mental health, educational or medical services appear
necessary for any child in the classroom.
• Conduct any child guidance issues in a confidential manner and in strict compliance with established
policy outlined in the Family Handbook and Staff Handbook.
• Work with other staff members to ensure coordination of all classrooms and programming.
• Maintain nurturing and responsive interactions with children as a group and on a one-to-one basis.
• Maintain open parent communications including individual or group meetings.
• Share all environmental maintenance duties with fellow staff members and inform Director immediately
of equipment needs, maintenance needs or safety concerns.
• Research for new ideas and/or trainings to improve your creativity, your ability to understand child
growth and development and enhancement of quality programming.
• Prepare and maintain all required records and reports in accordance with established procedures.
• Allowing flexibility in your position and schedule to ensure quality care.
• Plan daily curriculum with teacher in accordance with all state and national requirements
• Be prepared to participate in all children’s activities, which include but are not limited to classroom
activities, field trips, outdoor play, swim, gym, and family or special organizational events.
• Provide enriched educational opportunities for children by drawing on community resources for additional
• Attend mandatory trainings and meetings.
• And all other responsibilities deemed necessary by the teacher, assistant director or director.
The requirements and preferences (where indicated) for this role are listed below. Please review them carefully to ensure that you apply for the role that best matches your qualifications. Additional years of professional experience or a Rank of E-5 or better may be used in lieu of education requirements where permitted.
• Must be working towards meeting the Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) Regulation 7.21(b)
for Teacher Certification
• Must be working toward completion of an Associate’s Degree showing consistent progress towards
completions by the timetable set forth by the National Association for the Education of Young Children
• Maintain current required First Aid and CPR training.
• Comply with health requirements for staff according to EEC regulation 7.08(1) and National Association
for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) standards.
While each of our leadership competencies plays a role in the success of our staff members, for this role we will be paying especial attention to the areas of: