Infant Toddler Teacher

Youth In Need Infant Toddler Teacher Because every child deserves a future...

Youth In Need has been serving the greater St. Louis area since 1974 when volunteers reached out to the agency's first client. A teenage runaway, who left her home after another beating, was picked up on the streets and taken to the local jail with adult criminals. Troubled by the community's response to runaway and homeless teens, volunteers changed the way these teens were treated by opening Youth In Need's Emergency Shelter.

Today, more than 400 full- and part-time staff serve more than 8,000 of the area's most vulnerable children, teens, and families at nearly 100 locations in six counties in eastern Missouri. Check out our most recent impact report here.

Mission: To build on the strengths of children, youth and families so they find safety, hope and success in life. Vision: Equitable opportunities so children, youth and families in our region can thrive. Infant Toddler Teacher We're looking for passionate Teachers to provide a safe, nurturing and inclusive classroom environment and supports individualized learning based on children's interests and needs. Position Type

Full Time—40 hours/week

Total Rewards

This is an hourly position with starting pay depending upon qualifications:

  • $11.50: High School Diploma/Equivalent
  • $13: CDA
  • $15: Associate's Degree
  • $17: Bachelor's Degree

We offer an extensive amount of competitive benefits including:

  • Medical, Dental and Vision Insurance at low cost
  • Paid Time Off including 12 Holidays, 1 Floating Holiday, 12 Sick Days and 2 Weeks Vacation (which increases with years of service)
  • 401k with 3% Employer Match
  • Leadership (5%)
    • Develop and provide classroom-specific orientation for Supports and Substitute Teachers.
    • Facilitiate portions of On-The-Job Training in conjunction with the Center Manager for EHS staff.
  • Environment (35%)
    • Conduct ongoing safety assessments of indoor/outdoor classroom environment per Head Start Performance Standards, State Licensing and Youth In Need policy.
    • Addressing safety concerns immediately in accordance with policy and procedure.
  • Teaching & Learning (35%)
    • Provide safe and developmentally enriching caregiving, which promotes physical, cognitive, language and social/emotional development of infants/toddlers/two's and prepares them for future growth and development.
    • Be attuned and responsive to the needs of children in your care in order to foster healthy development and secure attachment.
    • Actively engage in play with infants/toddlers/two's. Approach child-led play as the means to which communication and connections develop.
  • Assessment (10%):
    • Observe and document children's learning and development on an ongoing basis consistent with program guidance.
    • Complete developmental screenings and child outcomes as scheduled.
  • Parent, Family & Community Engagement (10%):
    • Provide opportunities for families to engage with their children, a facilitate opportunities for families to contribute to the creation of the classroom community.
    • Communicate with families in a supportive manner regarding program participation and progress.
    • Advocate for families and support families in further engaging as advocates and leaders within Head Start and the community through supporting effective transitions, IEP/IFSP meetings, and other opportunities for families to effectively meet their unique and diverse needs.
  • Professional Development (5%):
    • Actively participate in Professional Development opportunities and incorporate information from training and guidance into practice to improve quality.
    • Attend all required training, meetings and complete necessary certifications as required.
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  • Minimum of a Pre-School Child Development Associate (CDA) or actively enrolled in a program leading to an associate or bachelor degree in Early Childhood/Child Development, or enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of the time of hire. Related degree or credential will be considered with at least 12 hours in ECE/Child Development course work equivalent to a CDA with a focus in infant/toddler development.
  • Three or more years working with young children, in a Head Start Program or a licensed Community Child Care Program preferred.
  • Must be physically able to life at least 50 pounds, able to life/carry children when appropriate, must be mobile, able to get up and down from the floor, and stand/sit on the floor within the classroom environment.
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Why should you want to work at YIN?

We are an agency of passionate, mission-driven individuals who strive to offer the best possible services to children, youth, and families. We like to work hard, have a good laugh, and truly enjoy each other's company. Sound like you? Awesome—you've come to the right place.

You will be part of an agency that is on the leading edge of Anti-Bias/Anti-Racism Work. Youth In Need is committed to social justice and equity. We offer a wide range of ways for Staff, Leadership, and our Board of Directors to get involved including events, dialogues, caucusing, councils, and workshops.

You'll be part of a team that is structured on shared values. At YIN, we share a set of core values, which include: safety, strengths-based principals, quality service, transparency, accountability, diversity/equity/inclusion, and learning & improving. We are an agency built by social workers, so we encourage courageous spaces, leaning into discomfort and stretching your learning muscles. Above all, we value our community and relationships. We are a YIN Family!

You will truly change lives. We know, we know—it's such a cliché. But it's true. Whether you're providing front-line support to clients or working in administration, we all play an important role in keeping the mission moving forward, which, in the end, impacts clients directly. And that's what we're here for.

Want to learn more? Check out our website, Facebook page, Instagram (@YouthInNeed1974), and our YouTube channel. Give us a follow while you're there!

To Apply

Please apply electronically using the link below. No phone calls, please. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until the position is filled.

If we can make any accommodations for you at any point during the hiring process, please contact We are happy to provide you any information or resources to make this process accessible.

Believing in the power of potential, Diversity is intentionally embracing and valuing the differences and similarities, both visible and invisible, that make us who we are--ONE COMMUNITY.

Together our attitudes, actions, policies and physical environment are vital to ensure that all feel comfortable, respected and included regardless of race, sex, gender identity or expression, age, income, faith, political affiliation, sexual orientation or cultural background.

-Youth In Need

Youth In Need is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer. We are committed to equal opportunities for all applicants and employees without regard to ability, age, ancestry, color, cultural background, faith/religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetics, income, marital status, national origin, political belief/affiliation, pregnancy, race, sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by applicable law.


Youth In Need
Full time
Salary Range
$26,000.00 - 36,000.00
per Year
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Saint Louis, MO 63118, US