Careers at CCS

Currently Open Positions

We are always hiring substitute teachers—scroll down for details.

CCS strives to create a just and sustainable workplace where all teachers and staff can feel joy and satisfaction in their work and participate in lifelong learning.

General inks:

The Children’s Community School is an equal opportunity employer. Our policies, procedures, and practices are designed to prohibit discrimination on the basis of race, ethnicity, color, religious creed, disability, ancestry, national origin, age, marital status, sex, gender, or sexuality. We strive to create a just and diverse school community. We encourage people of color, men, and LGBTQ people to apply for all positions.

Subbing at CCS

Now seeking subs for fall 2018! Send your résumé and letter of interest to Stephanie; we will reach out to schedule an orientation in late August before school starts in September.

Do you get along well with young children? The Children’s Community School is always looking for substitute teachers. Sometimes we schedule subs in advance; other times we reach out for subs just the night before or the morning of. If you freelance or work part-time, subbing can be a great fit for you!

Subbing pays $12/hour; checks are mailed at the end of every week. School hours are 8am-6pm, typical shifts are 8am-1pm or 12pm-5pm (but can sometimes be flexible depending on your needs). Substitute teachers always work on a team with other teachers. Subs are required to attend a brief orientation before working, and are required to pass mandated background checks. If you are interested in helping out this wonderful community by spending enjoyable time with young children, please email Stephanie.

Afternoon Preschool Teacher—No long accepting applications

TO APPLY, please read this entire posting, then email your résumé and cover letter to Your cover letter should be between half a page and a page, single spaced, and include

  • what you view as the role of the early childhood educator
  • something specific from this ad that makes you think you would be a good fit for our school

We look forward to hearing from you!

CCS is looking for an afternoon teacher to join our team starting in late October or early November, to work with children ages 3–5.

Afternoon teachers are committed educators and lifelong learners who work as a team to support children, families, colleagues, and the school. Afternoon teachers create a warm and welcoming environment for children and families; plan curriculum to support children’s learning; and work with colleagues to share information and make plans to meet the needs of individual children.

CCS is a NAEYC-accredited STAR 4 preschool in West Philadelphia committed to honoring and empowering children and building a community of lifelong learners, both adults and children. More information about us at


  • Teach children—In collaboration with teammates, create and implement emergent, play-based curriculum; meet the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive needs of each individual children and of children as a group
  • Care for children’s bodies—In collaboration with teammates, complete tasks such as feeding and bathrooming children; ensure a safe and healthy environment; supervise play
  • Support families—In collaboration with teammates, communicate daily with families about the activities of the program; communicate regularly with individual families about their children, according to each child and each family’s needs
  • Continually improve practice—In an ongoing manner, evaluate and improve existing teaching practices, and seek and implement new practices; learn collaboratively with colleagues and children
  • Care for the school—In collaboration with other staff, ensure that the school stays clean, organized, and safe
  • Communicate—Participate in frequent, regular, prompt, and respectful communication with colleagues and families, including in-person, phone, and email communications
  • Participate in the life of the school—Look out for the best interests of the school; build relationships with children, families, and colleagues; attend school events

Hiring Criteria

  1. REQUIRED CRITERIA—We will only consider candidates who meet all of the following criteria.
    1. Demonstrated ability to form strong relationships with children and their families
    2. Demonstrated ability to be reflective, adaptive, flexible, and resilient in work situations
    3. Experience working to meet the emotional, social, and cognitive needs of children
    4. Demonstrated view of children as active, powerful learners
    5. Demonstrated ability to work closely and collaboratively with colleagues
    6. Physical requirements: Ability to lift, move, and hold children and objects up to 40 pounds. Ability to engage in full range of motion to lift, reach, squat, climb, sit, and otherwise fully participate in classroom activities. Ability to supervise and interact with children outdoors for extended periods of varied weather conditions.
    7. Will pass and provide mandated background checks before beginning employment
  2. DESIRED CRITERIA—The ideal candidate will possess most of the following qualities.
    1. Demonstrated commitment to social justice
    2. Experience teaching young children, especially in mixed-age groups
    3. Demonstrated ability to guide children’s behaviors, as individuals and as a group, using positive approaches to communication, boundaries, and routines
    4. A demonstrated belief in the importance of children’s social and emotional development
    5. Awareness of child development and developmentally appropriate expectations for children
    6. View of teaching as a lifelong craft and ongoing learning experience
    7. A college degree in early childhood education or a related field, or related college-level coursework
    8. Experience working with children with special needs or challenging behaviors
    9. Experience working with communities of color, multicultural communities, or diverse groups
    10. Experience working with families or communities in West or South Philadelphia

Schedule and calendar

  • This is an hourly, part-time position, 28 hours per week
  • The position will begin in late October or early November, at a date to be agreed upon. The position will be contracted through the end of June, with an option to renew for the following school year.
  • Weekly Hours, September through June
    • “On the Floor”—Monday–Friday, starting 12:00pm and ending at 6:15 (Mon/Thurs) or 3:45 (Tues/Weds/Fri)
    • Prep and Team Meetings—Monday–Friday 11:30am–12:00pm
    • Staff Meetings—Wednesdays 10:00–11:30am
  • Other Hours
    • Professional development days throughout the year (8:00–1:30)
    • Presence is required at Back to School Night, and at least one other school event outside regular hours (the Pancake breakfast, the Spring Thing, the Campfire Singalong, etc.—see school calendar for dates)

Compensation guidelines

Supervised by

  • Curriculum Coordinator and/or Director