Early Education Substitute Teacher


Job Summary

The Early Education Substitute Teacher (Substitute) shall assist the classroom staff in implementing a structured classroom on an as-needed basis. The substitute shall be responsible for aiding the Early Education Teacher in the implementation of the daily schedule and routine, leading activities, ensuring safety and security of clients, and supervision of clients. The Substitute shall develop nurturing relationships with the clients within a context of consistency and structured routines.

Agency Overview

Allies for Every Child (Allies) exists to give at-risk children and children living in poverty the foundation they need to increase their life choices and lead fulfilling lives. For over 30 years, Allies has been providing thousands of at-risk children and their families with critical, high-quality early education programs (including comprehensive Early Head Start services), family strengthening interventions, foster care and adoption services, and a range of vital, integrated services, including early childhood mental health, disabilities screenings, nutrition, dental and vision screenings, and mental health and pediatric health consultations.


Categories / Dept

Early Education Program


Early Education Manager and Early Education Center Site Supervisor





To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.


  • Use daily classroom activities and routines as opportunities to promote children’s social, emotional, language, cognitive, and physical development
  • Assist teachers in the development and implementation of a structured classroom environment
  • Always maintain required adult-child ratios in the classroom
  • Maintain constant supervision of children (remain within sight and sound of children at all times)
  • Follow classroom policies and procedures to ensure the health and safety of children at all times


  • Supervise classroom routines which includes, toileting, diapering, food preparation, and transitions.
  • Assist in keeping the classroom organized and arranged appropriately
  • Assist in organizing classroom materials to carry out activities.
  • Model appropriate behaviors
  • Utilize developmentally appropriate behavior management techniques in the classroom, as needed, to guide and support children’s needs
  • Keep teachers and EEC Site Supervisor and EE Manager or Head of Educational Excellence informed of any concerns that arise in the classroom
  • Follow the proper procedures when releasing children during pick up time

Relationships with Parents/Legal Guardians

  • Assist teachers in maintaining open and positive communication with parents/legal guardians
  • Attend training, workshops, and seminars as requested by Head of Educational Excellence and childcare requirements
  • Report any issues or concerns that arise in communication with caregivers


  • Build positive communication and cooperate with other staff to create and maintain a professional atmosphere
  • Cooperate with staff members regarding program decisions
  • Participate in required staff meetings, in-service trainings, and staff development as requested by Head of Educational Excellence
  • Communicate with staff members regarding issues concerning children and/or their parent/legal guardian
  • Follow through with program decisions, plans, and expectations

 Professional Development

  • Participate in all requested staff development programs at Center and obtain yearly and/or ongoing training as required by licensing and/or Center
  • Follow all mandated reporting procedures
  • Complete daily health checks regarding hygiene, safety, and overall well-being of the children
  • Assist with functioning and monitoring of nutrition and food service (CACFP)
  • Report all staffing and classroom concerns to supervisor immediately
  • Report family changes in schedules and excessive absences to administration in a timely manner
  • Staff must believe in and act in accordance with both the Allies for Every Child Center and the Center’s goals and objectives
  • In accordance with our “team” philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.
  • Preferred A.A. in early childhood education or related field (12 units of course work in Early Childhood Education) with prior experience with infant/toddler and preschool age children; or High School Diploma with prior experience with infant/toddler and preschool age children in a licensed childcare Center, or a substitute teaching certificate
  • A minimum of 6 ECE units required
  • Pediatric CPR & First Aid certification required
  • Early Child Development knowledge and experience
  • Dependable character and personal qualities as verified through interviews and reference checks, including law enforcement authorities
  • Requires strenuous activity at times
  • Good communication, problem solving, and priority setting skills as well as maintaining an overall positive and professional attitude/disposition
  • Ability to effectively plan, organize and implement educational activities
  • Ability to make decisions on behalf of children and protect their well-being
  • Must be able to manage confidential information
  • All employees, regardless of position, serve as role models for children and adolescents who are served by our agency.
  • Passionate about learning and possesses curiosity about issues affecting children and families
  • Staff must believe in and act in accordance with both the Agency’s and the program’s mission/vision statements, adopted theoretical frameworks, and philosophy.
  • Fingerprint background clearance (DOJ, FBI & Child Abuse Clearance Index), or approved exemption
  • Successful completion of pre-employment physical, TB/PPD test/risk assessment, proof of Covid-19 vaccination + Booster(s), immunizations for pertussis (Tdap), measles (MMR) and influenza (can decline)
  • Access to reliable transportation required


PAY RANGE: $18.00 – $21.00 per hour (In accordance with California law, the expected salary range for this California position. The actual compensation will be determined based on experience and other factors permitted by law.)

FOR CONSIDERATION:  Email cover letter and resume to humanresources@alliesforeverychild.org

Full Benefits Package offered including:

  • Competitive pay
  • 100% employer contribution to: Health – Kaiser or Anthem, Dental, Vision
  • 401k retirement plan with employer match
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Professional Development
  • 12 paid holidays,
  • 10 days paid sick leave
  • 10 days paid vacation leave (increases with tenure)
  • 2 personal days for birthday and anniversary of employment
  • Opportunities for growth and advancement


Allies for Every Child actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences are essential to our organization’s effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.

council on accreditation

Allies for Every Child has achieved accreditation through the Council on Accreditation (COA). This means our programs, services, administration, and management have been rigorously evaluated and meet best practice standards. Visit www.COAnet.org to learn more about COA Accreditation.

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