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UPK Lead Teacher

Boston, Massachusetts
Job Type
27 Jul 2022

MISSION: Ellis partners with families to provide high-quality early childhood education and out-of-school programs in a warm, nurturing environment. A recognized leader in our field, we support children across the socio-economic spectrum, treasure diversity in all forms, and celebrate the joy of childhood.

Ellis Early Learning is a vibrant, Boston-based nonprofit with a rich history founded in 1885. Ellis provides high-quality early education and care for infants, toddlers, and preschool children. Ellis is among the most socio-economically, racially, and culturally diverse organizations serving children in Boston. Through a partnership with Boston Public Schools, it operates two high-performing community-based K-1 classrooms. Ellis operates out of two historic buildings in the South End, and an additional site in Jamaica Plain. Learn more about us at .

The UPK Lead Teacher is responsible for the classroom and its students including day-to-day activity and learning plans, progress, safety, and well-being of the children as well as the knowledge of and compliance with all regulations as required by licensing agencies.


  • Provide planning and execution of Focus on Pre-K BPS curriculum.
  • Maintain records of the progress of each child's growth and development; Conduct at least 2 observations per child per month.
  • Maintain communication regarding child's growth and development with staff members, Program Director, and parents;
  • Complete progress reports and family conferences, including observations on all children promptly quarterly, with the assistance of Teachers;
  • Maintain classroom and all educational equipment and materials;
  • Maintain records of all accidents, concerns regarding children, unusual behavior of children, suspected incidents of abuse and/or neglect and communicate information to Program Director and or Social Worker
  • Ensure adequate nurturing of child's developmental tasks, including any special needs mandated by Protective Services;
  • Schedule and participate in all staff/parent meetings;
  • Schedule and facilitate team meetings;
  • Coordinate staff, staff responsibilities, and staff breaks;
  • Supervise teacher assistants, volunteers, and interns assigned to the classroom
  • Know DEEC regulations as they pertain to your program and maintain the program in accordance with regulations;
  • Be aware of and maintain the physical environment of the classroom(s);
  • Be aware of and communicate to Director any repairs and maintenance issues and/or needs;
  • Knowledge of all emergency procedures;
  • Participate/attend monthly staff meetings/PDs including BPS-required training for UPK staff
  • Participate in Individual (1:1) meetings with the program director every 2-months
  • Agree to be observations/video recording of teacher practices to be reviewed by the BPS coach or supervisor

Specific responsibilities related to the program:


  • Ensure children's social, physical, and cognitive needs are met.
  • Work in partnership with families, the social worker, family navigator, and support staff.

The purpose of this description is to provide the significant responsibilities of the position. It is not to be considered a complete statement of all elements of the work that may be performed.


  • Must be at least 21 years of age
  • At least two years of work experience with Preschool- Kindergarten Children
  • Bachelor's degree, preferably in Early Childhood Education or a related field
  • DEEC Lead Teacher Preschool certification
  • Certified in CPR and First Aid for children
  • Able to communicate effectively orally and in writing
  • Demonstrated ability to practice effective time management, organizational skills, priority management, and analytical ability
  • Respectful of multicultural environments and individuals and families from all backgrounds
  • Warm, nurturing, skilled, professional, and reliable
  • Sound personal judgment, initiative, and resourceful


$1,000.00 Sign-on bonus. Competitive benefits package including vacation and sick time, health insurance, dental insurance, birthday holiday, and 401k with employer match with a full-time/40-hour a week position.


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  • Job Reference: 668999257-2
  • Date Posted: 27 July 2022
  • Recruiter: Ellis Early Learning
  • Location: Boston, Massachusetts
  • Salary: On Application
  • Job Type: Permanent