VPK Lead Teacher


Explore your passion for childhood education with us!

Founded in 1988, Child Development Schools is headquartered in Austin, TX operating over 260 childcare centers in 11 states. Our three early childhood education brands are Childcare Network, Sunrise Preschools, and My Small Wonders. We proudly provide quality care and developmental education to over 30,000 children aged six weeks to twelve years.

Childcare Network invites you to join us and build a big career with little learners in a fun, nurturing environment where children are encouraged and guided to thrive. Find fulfillment by nurturing a new generation and join our mission to give every child a great start in life!

The VPK Lead Teacher will play an integral role in the success of our center by serving as a positive role model as well as creating meaningful relationships and being a supportive resource for our students, families and their team.


  • Manage classroom activities while ensuring compliance with Florida Office of Early Learning and the goals and objectives of the current VPK curriculum.
  • Build and maintain a positive, nurturing, and supportive relationship with the children and families.
  • Plan and implement learning experiences that address physical health and development, social and emotional development, approaches to learning, logic and reasoning skills, language, literacy, mathematics knowledge and skills, science knowledge and skills, creative arts expression, and social studies knowledge and skills
  • Conduct ongoing assessment of the growth and development of assigned children to inform instruction and measure progress toward goals; plan individualized curriculum to meet specific needs of children including children with disabilities
  • Arrange for children to be outdoors each and every day, for a minimum of one hour, weather permitting. The outdoor classroom is considered an extension of the learning environment. Both indoor and outdoor environments shall address curricular objectives by encouraging child-initiated, teacher-supported, active learning experiences
  • Follow health and safety procedures for hand washing, toileting, handling bodily fluids, sanitizing toys and equipment, administering medication, serving food, dealing with children's illnesses, and supervising children.
  • Complete timely, neat, accurate documentation of screenings, assessments, individualized plans, attendance, feedings, daily activity logs for parents and other documentation as may be deemed necessary for providing quality services.
  • Copy of Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE) Criminal Background screening completed in the past 5 years.
  • Copy of Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Criminal Background check completed within the last 5 years.
  • Copy of Affidavit of Good Moral Character

Our Benefits Provide:

  • Discounts up to 50% off childcare tuition
  • Medical/Dental/Vision Insurance plans
  • Paid Holidays, Vacation, and Sick Leave
  • Free access to online training
  • Education assistance to pursue your degree
  • 401K plan savings and investment plan with employer contribution


  • Minimum of 1 year experience in a classroom environment working with children
  • Knowledge of Florida Pre-K requirements and Florida Office of Early Learning requirements
  • Considerable knowledge of human services resources and agencies, including local, state and federal
  • Ability to determine and prioritize demanding workload while being flexible to emergent/unplanned needs and situations
  • Knowledge of, and experience with, group dynamics, facilitation and collaboration
  • Ability to handle highly stressful and sensitive situations in a professional manner
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability to interpret, apply, and audit various policies, procedures, and regulations
  • Ability to exercise tact and discretion in all staff, child and family interactions
  • All lead teachers must meet and provide documentation to at least one of the following credentials:
  1. Child Development Associate (CDA) credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition and Completion of the VPK training requirements
  2. Florida Childcare Professional Certificate (FCCPC) Birth through Five Credential and Completion of the VPK training requirements
  3. A bachelor's or higher degree in elementary education if the prekindergarten instructor has been certified to teach children any age from birth through 6th grade
  4. An associate's or higher degree in child development
  5. An associates or higher degree in an unrelated field and at least 6 credit hours in early childhood education or child development and at least 480 hours of experience in teaching or providing child care services for children any age from birth through 8 years of age

Want to learn more about Child Development Schools? We're always looking for nurturing, innovative, and dedicated individuals to join us and explore their passion for child care and early education. Please click to join our Talent Network so we can keep in touch about other current and future opportunities!

Child Development Schools provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment and prohibits discrimination and harassment of any type without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, national origin, disability status, genetics, protected veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or any other characteristic protected by federal, state, or local laws.

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