Substitute Teacher - Head Start

Anne Arundel County, MD, USA ● Baltimore County, MD, USA ● Baltimore, MD, USA Req #2182
Wednesday, October 4, 2023

Overwhelmingly, people who decide they want to be a part of the Y in Central Maryland tell us they do so because it reflects their values and a conscious decision, they’ve made about how they choose to live their lives. The happiest and most fulfilled Y associates are those who are motivated to help others and who want to be a part of something larger than themselves.   If this speaks to your heart, then we invite you to join our team. Be a part of a charitable, mission-driven organization that works for individual and community well-being for all, for a better us.


This position serves as a substitute teacher for a Head Start classroom with a direct focus on children from birth to 5 years of age. The substitute teacher will work collaboratively with the teacher to ensure the successful operation of a classroom with a total of 17 to 20 children. This position is “as needed” and will be called upon when coverage is needed in the classroom at various locations throughout Y Head Start.


The substitute teacher’s responsibilities chiefly fall within the following core functions, although s/he may perform other tasks as needed:

  • Following the curriculum as scheduled during the time of coverage.

  • Planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy and phonemic, print, and numeracy awareness, their understanding and use of language, their understanding and use of increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, and their problem solving abilities.

  • Establishing and maintaining a safe, healthy learning environment, including maintaining required adult-child ratio and active supervision of children at all time.

  • Supporting the social and emotional development of children and using “positive guidance” approaches to dealing with challenging behaviors

  • Interacting with children in an appropriate and supportive manner.

  • Encouraging the involvement of the families of the children in a Head Start program and supporting the development of relationships between children and their families

  • Working effectively with other teacher(s) in the assigned classroom and center.

  • Following all our program policies and procedures related to health, safety, nutrition, and other aspects of center operations.

  • Ensuring adherence to assigned schedule by reporting to work on time and communicating proactively with Zone Manager.


  • Must obtain a criminal background check.      

  • Basic computer literacy in email, word processing and internet navigation


  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED)

  • CDA Credential, AA/BA/BS in Early Childhood Education or related field preferred


  • Two years experience working with adults in the Human Services/Social Work fields. 


• Obtain CPR and First Aid within the first year of employment


  • Able to lift a child weighing 40 pounds, 20 times a day if needed

The Y in Central Maryland provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment. Moreover, the Y is firmly committed to celebrating and achieving diversity and inclusion in all we do. We strive to be an anti-racist organization and expect all associates to treat others with respect, kindness and dignity, at all times. Thank you for considering working for the Y in Central Maryland. If being a part of our cause feels right for you, we hope you will join us.

Other details

  • Job Family Early Childhood Development
  • Pay Type Hourly