Child Development Site Director


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East Hartford YMCA
770 Main Street
East Hartford
Child Care
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 Under the general direction of the Regional Child Development Director, the Child Care Site Director works for the YMCA of Greater Hartford and is responsible for the development, coordination, planning, administration, supervision, and delivery of the early childhood program.


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 Child Development programming, including supervision, coordination, promotion, parent relation, school relations, curriculum, scheduling, enrollment, and evaluation.
  2. With assistance from the Regional Child Development Director, develop the annual operating budget and objectives for the early childhood site.
  3. Trains, supervises, mentors, and evaluates all early childhood staff.
  4. Knowledge of OEC regulations, YMCA of Greater Hartford procedures, rules, regulations, and guidelines, and Branch regulations.
  5. Knowledge of NAEYC accreditation, process and standards to obtain and maintain designated early childhood site.
  6. Responsible for purchase, inventory, and delivery of all program supplies.
  7. Insures all program operation is consistent with Association procedures, including emergency procedures, insurance, accidents, purchasing, personnel, and accounting system.
  8. Develops resources to expand program and enhance family involvement.




  1. Enlists, trains, and assigns volunteers and recognizes their contribution to Branch objectives.
  2. Works closely with local school systems, administrators, principals, and teachers to assure smooth operations of program services, utilization of resources and proper communications.
  3. Insures quality supervision and safety of all aspects of early childhood program at designated site through development and implementation of handbooks pick up and drop off policies, background checks on all staff and use of National YMCA Child Care Guidelines for all programs.  Maintains all necessary DCF and OEC regulations that to youth programs and licensing requirements in conjunction with Association Guidelines.
  4. 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.
  5. Monitors all department programs and services through regular visitation of outreach sties and the development of appropriate evaluation tools.
  6. Participates accordingly in such projects as assigned as well as staff training’s and meetings, product groups and special events.  Supports all Invest in Youth and United Way events.
  7. 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.




Besides safety, the main 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.



Effect on End Results:


  • 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 Development 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 Child Development.
  • 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



  • The candidate must possess a Bachelor’s degree including, or 18 credits in early childhood, Child Development, elementary education, physical education, recreation and leisure, or related field.
  • Minimum of 2 years of supervising, mentoring, training and leading child care at least 10 Full/Part Time Staff as well as at least 2 years’ experience in classroom teaching in the field of early childhood.
  • The candidate should have experience in developing, organizing, promoting, and directing child care programs and services for children aged 6 weeks to 5 years.  YMCA experience preferred.
  • Bring to this position maturity, responsibility, and a sincere interest in working with people.
  • Have very strong interpersonal and organization skills.  
  • Possess a general knowledge and understanding of the YMCA, its goals, and its mission.
  • The candidate must have knowledge of various resources for programming ideas and the skills to utilize that information in directing daily activities.    
  • This position will function as a key member of the total team in developing community relations, lay committees and long range planning, as well as the interpretations of YMCA programming to the public. 
  • The candidate must have the ability to multi task in a fast paced environment.
  • This candidate must maintain current medical and tuberculosis health form. (Expires every two years)
  • Candidate will be required to be fingerprinted and have background checks conducted by the YMCA and the state.
  • Obtain CPR, AED, and Standard First Aid within 30 days of hire and maintain current certification.



Physical Requirements:

  • 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.