Joyce L. Sobel Family Resource Center 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.

Lead Early Childhood Teacher

with SJI childcare cooperative

Type: Full time, Salaried/Exempt 


Create and implement a play-based curriculum in this new program.   Provide a stimulating, safe, nurturing, and developmentally appropriate educational environment where children ages 0 – 3 years old have the opportunity to develop cognitive, social, emotional, and physical skills.  Develop a schedule to ensure that children have enough rest, physical activity, and playtime.  Coordinate and communicate with parents and families participating in the SJI Childcare Cooperative. 

Duties and Responsibilities

  1. Provide care to classes of infants 0-18 months, and toddlers 18 months -3 years working alongside participating parents and the Skagit Valley College Parent Educator. 
  2. Plan and prepare classroom setting that provides an interactive and nurturing environment centered around play-based learning and care; oversees safety and educational programs.
  3. With assistance from participating parents, supervise children in the classroom and provide a supportive environment in which children can learn and practice appropriate and acceptable individual and group behaviors.
  4. With assistance from participating parents, provide basic care for enrolled children, including diapering, toileting, facilitating safe sleep for various age groups, and preparing and serving snacks.
  5. Complete daily inventories, enrollment documents, child attendance and accident/illness reports. 
  6. Other duties as required.

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • * At least two (2) years of experience working with children ages birth to three (3) years in a group setting with parents and families.
  • * Early Childhood Education certificate and/or degree is desired, or an equivalent combination of education and related experience may be acceptable.
  • * Ability to remain calm and supportive, and meet the emotional and physical needs of infants and children of varying developmental stages in an active environment.
  • * Ability to read and interpret documents and write routine reports and correspondence.
  • * Ability to transport oneself to and from the workplace.
  • * Ability to lift and move children up to fifty (50) pounds.
  • * Must be at least 21 years of age.

Conditions of Employment

  • * Successful candidate must pass a comprehensive post-offer, pre-employment background check.
  • * Must obtain and maintain current adult, child & infant CPR and First Aid Certification.  Initial certification must be achieved within 6 weeks of date of hire.
  • * Blood Borne Pathogens certificate within 30 days of hire.
  • * Proof of Negative TB (Tuberculosis) skin test within 60 days of hire.
  • * Food Handler Permit/Food Worker Card within 60 days of hire.
  • * Proof of current Measles, Mumps, and Rubella (MMR) immunity.
  • * Proof of current Covid-19 vaccination and any boosters required by the CDC or Washington Department of Health.
  • * Proof of current Tetanus, Diphtheria, and Pertussis (TDAP) vaccination
  • * Proof of current Influenza vaccination, then provided annually

Salary and Benefits

  • * Full time, exempt position with an annual salary of $54,080 to $62,400, depending on experience.
  • * 11 paid holidays, monthly accrual of Paid Time Off (combination of vacation and sick time)
  • * SEP IRA contribution equal to 3% of monthly pay.
  • * Health Insurance Package – Regence Silver Plan with employer paying 70% of the premium.
  • * Some benefits start after the probationary period is completed.
  • * Relocation stipend and assistance securing housing may be available.

To apply email resume & cover letter to

Equity Statement

At SJI Childcare Cooperative, we believe in providing children and families of all backgrounds and identities with a safe and inclusive environment. The Lead Early Childhood Teacher is responsible for caring for all children and their families enrolled in the SJI Childcare Cooperative with respect and sensitivity, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity or ability. SJI Childcare Cooperative believes that diversity and inclusivity are an integral part of providing an enriching care environment for babies and children and as such, encourage candidates from diverse backgrounds, including communities of color, the LGBTQ+ community, veterans, and people with disabilities to apply.