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Preschool Assistant Teacher

CHS Hershey - Hershey, PA

The Assistant Teacher is motivated by the opportunity to help children learn by supporting classroom activities. This individual is responsible for supporting the Lead Teacher and the Associate Teacher in implementing the daily program for children. The Assistant Teacher is expected to encourage the social and emotional learning of children through engagement during group and individual learning experiences. The Assistant Teacher reports to the Assistant Director with progress, updates, risks, and issues. Starting rate of pay is approximately $18.36 per hour, based on experience. 


  • Supporting the Lead Teacher and the Associate Teacher with the implementation of classroom lesson plans linked to child outcomes, program development, and classroom routines and schedules
  • Participating in classroom coaching cycles
  • Engaging with children to support development and learning
  • Supervising and providing a safe and nurturing environment for children
  • Recognizing the needs of individual children and groups
  • Providing the appropriate social emotional and learning supports
  • Providing a safe and nurturing environment
  • Assisting children with self-help and hygiene
  • Completing all required program documentation and submitting them in a timely manner to the Lead Teacher
  • As assigned by the Lead Teacher, communicating with families through program approved channels
  • Completing daily attendance and meal participation reports
  • Remaining compliant with all state licensing requirements as they pertain to health, safety, and professional requirements
  • Acting as a role model for child development
  • Maintaining confidentiality as it pertains to program, staff, and families


  • High School Diploma with the ability to obtain the CDA (Child Development Associate) Accreditation within two years of hire, or qualifications equivalent to CDA (12 college credits in Early Childhood education, Elementary Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Child Development)
  • CDA (Child Development Associate) Accreditation from the Council of Professional Recognition preferred
  • Up to 1 year experience working with children from birth - 5 years
  • Level A or B certification in the PA ECE Career Pathway preferred
  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to effectively work with low-income families preferred
  • Comfortability with technology including MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel, and PowerPoint) and /or willingness to learn
  • Responsible, enthusiastic, and cares about working in a mission-focused organization
  • Willingness to be held accountable and receive feedback
  • Ability to physically interact with children (e.g., talk, hear, stoop, kneel, crouch, etc.) and lift and or move items of up to 40 pounds
  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities
  • Ability to proactively identify problems and implement solutions
  • Commitment to the mission and values of CHS and MHS and demonstrated high degree of integrity as all MHS and CHS staff are considered to be role models for children
  • U.S. work authorization and successful completion of pre-employment background checks and clearances
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Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning does not discriminate against applicants or employees, in hiring, promotion or any terms or conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion or religious creed, veteran status, disability or use of a guide or support animal because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals, or any other status protected under applicable federal or Pennsylvania law.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.