Substitute Teaching at CSS

Are you are a caregiver, educator or student who is freelancing, or working part time? Substitute teaching could be a great fit for you! Experience with young children is required.

  • Pay is $15/hour
  • Paid orientation & paid CPR/ First Aid training!
  • Reimbursement for background checks
  • $100 bonus after your 3rd shift (for new subs in Spring 2022)

GET STARTED: Send your resume and a brief letter of interest to Stephanie, Once all clearances are underway, we will schedule you to attend a 1-hour orientation at the school.


Basic info about substitute teaching:

  • The Children’s Community School (CCS) is located at 1212 S. 47th Street in Southwest Philadelphia. We serve children ages 18 months – 5 years old and school hours are 8:15am-6:00pm. Learn more about our program and approach to education at
  • Shifts are typically 8:00am-3:15pm (with paid lunch break) or 2:00pm-6:15pm.
  • Morning shifts are on a team with other teachers; Afternoon shifts are solo with a small group of children.
  • Shifts are scheduled in advance, the night before, or the morning of.
  • Payments are sent by mail every two weeks.

Required Clearances (Must be for work/ non-volunteer purposes within 5 years):

  • FBI Fingerprinting: (found here) Use Code 1KG738, “Child Care Services Program Employee or Contractor”. Results are mailed, $23.85 fee. Schedule now – takes time to get an appointment!
  • PA Background Check: (found here) Form comes back immediately, $22 fee. Print the certificate, not the response page! 
  • PA Child Abuse Clearance: (found here). Results are mailed, $10 fee. 
  • NSOR Clearance: (found here). Submit form to Results are mailed, No fee.
  • If you have lived out-of-state in the past 5 years: Criminal Background check and State Child Abuse clearances from those states. 
  • Disclosure Statement: (found here) Sign and date once you have submitted all required clearances, detailed above.

Additional Paperwork:

  • Resume with childcare experience
  • References: Name and contact information of two references to confirm your experience with children
  • Photo ID 
  • Form W-9: (found here) Note that substitute teachers are 1099 contracted workers. No tax is retained from your payments. If are paid more than $600 in a calendar year, that information will be reported to the IRS, and you will need to report and pay tax on the income. 
  • Proof of COVID Vaccination: As of October 2021, subs must have received at least a full first round of COVID vaccines. 
  • CPR/First Aid Certificate (optional): Please submit a copy if you have it, Required to work solo afternoon shifts. Paid trainings available once you start.