Assistant Teacher (Bright Futures PA)

Harrisburg, PA
Full Time
Entry Level


Position Description:

The Assistant Teacher works closely with the Lead Teacher to implement and supervise the curriculum and daily program activities for the assigned classroom. This individual provides age-appropriate instruction to the children in his/her care and ensures their safety and well-being. The Assistant Teacher works in a classroom with a Lead Teacher, other staff members, and up to 20 children.



  • Assist the Lead Teacher in implementing developmentally appropriate activities for the children.
  • Promote the education, health, and nutrition of the children.
  • Attend to the children’s safety and welfare.


Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Uphold the vision, mission, professionalism, and philosophies of Bright Futures Learning Centers
  • Lead by example with passion, enthusiasm, and thoughtful leadership practices
  • Assist in establishing a warm, welcoming, safe, nurturing classroom environment.
  • Guide children’s behavior in positive, effective ways
  • Encourage experimentation, exploration, problem solving, socialization, cooperation, and choice-making.
  • Supervise and monitor children, responding appropriately to crisis or emergency situations.
  • Follow a consistent schedule.
  • Communicate with families, including mail, sign-off to authorized adults, cell phones, etc.
  • Assist in maintaining accurate records.
  • Other duties as requested by the Program Coordinator or Lead Teacher



  • Associates degree preferably in Early Childhood Education
  • PA Teaching Certificate in Early Childhood Education as required by the PA Pre-K counts program and DPW. N-3 or PK-4 Certification (this can also be acquired after hire)
  • Ability to lift 50lbs.
  • Ability to actively participate in activities related to the age of the group.
  • Commitment to developing and caring for young minds.
  • Willingness to participate in continuing professional development.
  • Clearances needed within 14 days of hire.
    • Clear child abuse/police/drug screening
    • Clear physical (every year) and clear TB screening
    • Confirmation of certifications and/or degree


  • Medical insurance, with more than 85% of medical premiums covered by Bright Futures
  • Paid sick and vacation time.
  • 401K plan and a pension program
  • A generous sign-on bonus
  • Relocation assistance to the vibrant Harrisburg, PA area



$37,000 - $42,000 based on experience in the field.


How to Apply

Inquiries regarding The Assistant Teacher position should be directed to Stephanie Zavislan, Consultant and Mimi Asfaw,  Team Leader & Senior Consultant at Nonprofit HR. Please submit your application and cover letter outlining your interest and qualifications specific to the role, and your resume to:



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