Assistant Teacher, Toddler Program (Short-Term with Long-Term Potential)

The Primary School - East Palo Alto, CA


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The Bridge to Preschool Program: What, Why and Who

The Assistant Teacher for the 0-3 Toddler Program will be directly supporting our Bridge to Preschool program, a highly structured small group intervention targeting children ages 2.5 to 3 and families as they prepare for 3-year-old preschool in August 2019. Children are identified for and invited to participate in the Bridge to Preschool program based on their developmental screening results, with special attention given to children who may need more support in their language development, social & emotional development, or both.

This position reports to the Early Intervention Specialist who is the Master Teacher and program designer of Bridge to Preschool. Under the guidance and supervision of the Early Intervention Specialist, the Assistant Teacher will be interacting with children and families to help develop stronger communication and social emotional skills.  Prior to the start of Bridge to Preschool, the Assistant Teacher will receive training on the curriculum and pedagogical methods of the program.

Short-term, contract position from mid-February to early-August 2019, with the potential to convert to full-time. 

The Bridge to Preschool program will operate on Tuesdays and Wednesdays from late February to early August 2019. The Assistant Teacher position is a part-time, short-term contract for 15 hours a week (Tuesdays & Wednesdays)  from mid-February to mid-August. The future of this position is open, and may include expansion into a full-time, permanent role after August for interested and qualified individuals.

Ideal Candidate Profile

The Primary School equally encourages individuals interested in only a short-term contract, as well as those interested in expansion to a full-time role, to apply. This position is well-suited for individuals interested in positions as paraprofessionals, or for individuals in undergraduate or graduate degree programs (such as in special education, occupational therapy, speech and language pathology or early intervention) looking for field work experience.


Assistant Teaching

  • Support the Early Intervention Specialist/Master Teacher in the implementation of Bridge to Preschool intervention groups.
  • Supervise and participate in outdoor and indoor activities with children.
  • Model for parents high impact language development strategies through songs, stories and talking with children.
  • Scaffold and support young children to develop positive interpersonal relationships with peers and caregivers.
  • Function as an appropriate, positive role model.

Data Collection & Analysis

  • Assist in the observation and recording of children’s’ development and progress.
  • Contributes relevant feedback/information on student progress through observation, interaction and maintaining accurate records.

Materials & Space Management

  • Assist with the creation of visuals and classroom materials as needed.
  • Help with the set-up and clean-up of the intervention space and materials
  • Assists with daily housekeeping duties, e.g., washing dishes, disinfecting of toys.

Other Responsibilities

  • Attends appropriate staff meetings and in-service trainings as needed.
  • Maintains cooperative relationships with all parents, staff and students.
  • Maintains strict confidentiality on all job-related matters.
  • Other responsibilities as needed.


Professional skills + experience

  • You have experience and interest in working with toddlers and preschool-aged children
  • You value the importance of the parent as the child’s first teacher
  • You are knowledgeable about child development and developmental milestones
  • You are a strong communicator that values collaboration
  • You interact with families and advocate for others in a way that is compassionate, culturally-responsive, strengths-based and non-judgmental
  • You are a natural problem solver, fixer and finder of resources

Personal qualities

  • You speak fluent English and Spanish and feel confident in communicating with children and families in both languages
  • You love collaboration and learning and are excited to work with and learn from all TPS team members, from pre-K to 8 education, to parent coaching, to community engagement
  • You believe in the mission of The Primary School and that all children and families are capable of extraordinary things
  • You are physically able and willing to lift and move up to 50lbs with or without a reasonable accommodation


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Contact Info

Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: Temp

Location: East Palo Alto, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: February 4th, 2019

Agency Details


We are excited to grow our instructional team for the immediate 2018-2019 school year and 2019-2020.  We look forward to reading your application!


The Primary School is expanding the boundaries of traditional education. Our holistic model weaves together education, health, and family support services to ensure underserved children have the system of care they need to lead meaningful and emotionally, mentally, and physically healthy lives. We received seed funding by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative, a major national philanthropy.

Our approach has three defining characteristics:

  • We start early. We start working with parents and enroll children into our program as early as birth to reach them at their most critical stage in development.
  • We work with - not around - families. We know that parents and caregivers are the most important people in a child’s life. We partner with them to enhance the education and health of their children.
  • We integrate multiple systems to serve the whole child. Our unique model unites health care and education, building a multi-disciplinary team and holistic system of care around a child’s full needs.

In 2016, we opened our flagship school in East Palo Alto, California, with our first class of four-year-olds. We have grown to serve nearly  250 children and their families. In the fall, we will have classes for children in Pre-K3 (3 year-olds), Pre-K4 (4 year-olds), Kindergarten, 1st grade, and 2nd grade. We will continue to open a new grade every year through eighth grade.

Our ultimate goal is to create a game-changing system of care for children that can be replicated across the country. To that end, we are building a model that can be effectively implemented in diverse communities and sustained on public funding. In 2019, we plan to both expand our student and family population in East Palo Alto and pursue opening our next site in the Bay Area. It’s an exciting time to join the team!