Preschool Site Director


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Glastonbury Family YMCA
95 Oakwood Drive
Child Care
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Under the general direction of the Program Director (Child Care), the Preschool Site Director works for the YMCA of Greater Hartford and is responsible for the development, coordination, planning, administration, supervision, and delivery of the Preschool programming.

Greets everyone by using names whenever possible; extend thanks whenever appropriate; makes relationship building the number one priority at all times.  The position is responsible for ensuring that the mission, purpose, image, and core values of the YMCA of Greater Hartford is conveyed.



1. Directs all aspects of the Preschool programming, including supervision, coordination, promotion, parent relation, community relations, curriculum, scheduling, enrollment, and evaluation.

2. Trains, supervises, and mentors all Preschool Child Care staff.

3. Manage classroom, maintain control, and serve as a role model with clear rules for safety and mutual respect, age-appropriate discipline methods and a program that demonstrates knowledge of child development. Monitor ratios.

4. Knowledge of Department of Children and Family Services Regulations, Department of Public Health Regulations, YMCA of Greater Hartford procedures, rules, regulations, and guidelines, and Branch regulations.

5. Keep parents apprised of daily room activities and/or child(ren)'s progress.

6. Maintain accurate classroom records and emergency contact information, maintaining confidentiality of information provided by parents, staff and administration.

7. Obtain and maintain the Connecticut State Accreditation Standards.

8. In working with Program Director (Child Care), responsible for purchase, inventory, and delivery of all program supplies.

9. Insures all program operation is consistent with Association procedures, including emergency procedures, insurance, accidents, purchasing, personnel, and accounting system.

10. Develops resources to expand program and enhance family involvement.

11. Enlists, trains, and assigns volunteers and recognizes their contribution to Branch objectives.

12. Insures all youth programs meet established goals of YMCA youth programming and include values, positive lifestyle development, and knowledge of skills education and provide significant role models and examples for children to pattern.

13. Participates accordingly in such projects as assigned as well as staff training's and meetings, product groups and special events.

14. Any other duties as assigned.



  • Provides a quality experience for everyone, including but not limited to Health Seekers, Members, Participants, Internal Customers, Fellow Staff Members and others
  • Treats everyone with courtesy, respect and consideration; displays integrity; listens actively and genuinely; communicates in a clear and pleasant manner; embraces differences among people; demonstrates an active willingness to learn and grow; accepts constructive criticism; works as a team member.



The member relations aspect of this position requires that relationship building be the number one priority at all times, attending to the needs and requests of health seekers, members, and all people within the YMCA in a courteous and friendly manner.



  • Attainment of goals and objectives as evidenced in the performance appraisal process and the completion of the major duties of this position as outlined.
  • Broad based and varied Child Care and Youth Programs with high levels of participation.
  • The development and maintenance of good staff relations and an increasingly effective lay leadership resulting in a smooth operating team of laymen and staff.
  • The successful development and implementation of new programs specifically in the areas of School Age Child Care.
  • The sound Administration of all areas as evidenced in purposeful and well-coordinated programs, good community relations, sound financial management which meet the goals and Mission of this Association.
  • The YMCA will be recognized by the community as providing excellent service to all who walk through our doors or contact us on the phone.
  • The YMCA will effectively connect and build relationships with its members and the community, resulting in increased member enrollment and retention.
  • Consistent, superior member service and satisfaction resulting in continued growth in membership, programs and special services.


Minimum Requirements



  1. The candidate must possess a State of CT Head Teacher's Certificate endorsed for Preschool Age children, AND a bachelor's degree in Child Development, elementary education, physical education, recreation and leisure, or related field. Knowledge of the Connecticut Preschool Frameworks curriculum and expectations.    Minimum of two years direct experience working with children  under the age of 5 years, including at least two years in a supervisory capacity. The candidate should have experience in developing, organizing, promoting, and directing child care programs and services for youth. 
  2. Possess a general knowledge and understanding of the YMCA, its goals, and its mission.
  3. Bring to this position maturity, responsibility, and a sincere interest in working with children.
  4. Have very strong interpersonal and organization skills.
  5. Knowledge of various resources for programming ideas and the skills to utilize that information in directing daily activities.
  6. Computer literacy in the use of Windows-based programs including but not limited to Microsoft Word, Excel, and Outlook preferred.
  7. Maintain current medical and tuberculosis health form. (Expires every two years)
  8. Obtain Cardio-Pulmonary Resuscitation, AED, and Standard First Aid within 60 days of hire and maintain current certification.
  9. Candidate will be required to be fingerprinted and have background checks conducted by the YMCA and the state. 
  10. Manage daily staffing and employee call outs



  • Ability to supervise children by sight and sound at all times.
  • Ability to move quickly to react to safety issues in the setting (i.e. climbing, aggressive behavior).
  • Ability to remain calm, objective and respectful in potentially stressful situations (i.e. crying upset child, upset parent, or upset staff).
  • Ability to be flexible and willing to adjust to change.
  • Ability to move around the room to assist children and supervise children with daily activities, social interaction, physical and emotional needs.
  • Ability to lift young children and objects (food baskets and supplies) up to  40 lbs.
  • Ability to develop and foster cooperative relationships.
  • The ability to use hands, fingers, and arms as well as be able to talk and hear.
  • The ability to move from program site to branch and is required to enter all YMCA environments including, program space, buses, schools, pools, and program area.