Child Development Center Float Teacher – St. Paul, MN

Child Development Center Float Teacher – St. Paul, MN

About Jeremiah Program

Jeremiah Program (JP) offers proven, successful strategies to disrupt poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. This two-generation approach is unique in its focus on the whole family, positioning JP Moms as the best architects of their own and their children’s futures. With a focus on supporting families, and addressing the structural barriers that keep Americans in poverty, JP consistently achieves long-term, sustainable outcomes showing educational, health, and economic gains for our families and their communities.

Jeremiah Program is a national organization, headquartered in Minneapolis with campuses in Austin, Boston, Brooklyn, Fargo-Moorhead, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Rochester – SE MN. JP is growing and expanding throughout the nation to meet a growing demand for its antipoverty model. Learn more about JP here.

Core Responsibilities

The Float Teacher is a member of the classroom team who helps initiate meaningful learning activities for Child Development Center children ages 6 weeks through the first day of Kindergarten. Responsibilities include promoting the social, emotional, intellectual, language, and physical development of each child in a safe and supervising educational environment. The Float Teacher may support the teaching staff with the execution of classroom curriculum and are assigned to a classroom as needed. The classroom assignment and/or hours may change according to the need. The Float Teacher also supports teaching staff across classrooms during break times, as well as both planned and unplanned teacher absences.

At all times, the Float Teacher is responsible for maintaining the overall health, safety, and growth of children in the center while reflecting the Jeremiah mission, encompassing the values, vision, and purpose of the program. Responsibilities include developing the intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of children; ensuring the physical and emotional safety of the center; maintaining records as required by DHS, and collaborating with parents and cross-team members to ensure the growth of children.

While this role will be primarily assigned to one of the preschool rooms, we staff the center from a holistic perspective therefore from time to time, the selected candidate may be asked to fill in other classrooms as needed.

Competitive candidates will help not only children but parents prepare for the start of kindergarten.

We utilize a co-teacher model where both teachers are working collaboratively and are both fully engaged in creating lesson plans and activities for the children that parents can continue with at home.

Teachers work closely and collaborate with the Family Services Team to ensure families are getting all of the support they need.

Competitive candidates will be able to scaffold lesson plans and build on the individual strength of each child while challenging the entire class with various levels during the same lesson/activity to keep engagement.

Primary Responsibilities:

Classroom Management

  • Create and maintain a classroom environment that stimulates and is conducive to
  • Maintain accurate and complete files for children as required by DHS (emergency cards, field trip, and conference forms, attendance, CACFP, accident/incident reports, ).
  • Implement, and post cross-cultural, developmentally approved curriculum for
  • Maintain order within the classroom, storage areas, changing room, indoor and outdoor play areas, so they are attractive, sanitary, orderly, and in compliance with governing
  • Manage classroom supplies and materials and report needs to CDC Manager/Director.
  • Understand State Licensing requirements to operate and maintain a childcare
  • Serve meals according to USDA/CACFP meal portion

Direct Services

  • Develop lesson plans through approved curriculum to ensure the progress of the entire class. For curriculum requiring notes be kept, assure up to date notes are
  • Develop and maintain positive, respectful relationships with parents, working with them to enhance their child’s education and development and providing resource referrals for parental questions and
  • Ensure children are supervised at all times in the classroom, hallways, and offsite
  • Demonstrate positive interactions with parents through Family Goal Planning meetings and Parent- Teacher
  • Encourage and participate in center wide parent involvement initiatives. (e.g., Preschool graduation).
  • Communicate classroom activities daily with parents regarding changes in their child’s development, behavior, and well-being by completing daily written reports.
  • Develop growth plans regarding child’s development and other support resources in collaboration with parents, co-teacher, and the Family Coach when necessary.
  • Administer child assessments using the ASQ tool and Teaching Strategies GOLD ; conduct parent-teacher conferences bi-annually.

Program Support

  • Maintain compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements (e.g., CACFP and state licensing requirements).
  • Always provide and promote healthy boundaries and confidentiality.
  • Leverage volunteers and interns to increase organizational capacity within Child Development

Other Duties as assigned

  • All Jeremiah Program employees are mandated reporters and are legally required to ensure a report is made when abuse or neglect is observed or


  • Meet and maintain teacher qualifications and state quality system rating requirements (Required hours vary by state).
  • CPR and First Aid certified (preferred or willingness to obtain within 30 days of hire).
  • Ability to problem solve, multi-task, complete work on time and work
  • Comprehensive knowledge of current child development
  • Must be able to lift 40
  • Proficiency in computer skills (i.e., Microsoft, SharePoint).
  • Passion for the Jeremiah Program mission and

How to Apply

Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development, and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.

We offer competitive pay starting at $17 per hour.  Our compensation includes employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance, and generous time off.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online. Please upload a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements.