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Careers at Step by Step

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We require that applicants be willing to enroll in Early Childhood Education classes, have no criminal history (verified by fingerprint check), and pass a drug screening in order to be considered for employment. 

An associate teachers certificate or higher certification is desired but will assist the right persons in obtaining their certificate after they are hired.

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Job Summary


PROGRAM: Step by Step Early Learning Childcare Center (South Lake Tahoe)

Step by Step Early Learning and Childcare is the largest licensed infant toddler center in the Sierra Nevada. We specialize in Infant/Toddler development and care, providing full time care for children from birth to Kindergarten. Step by Step Early opened in response to the critical need for quality childcare and early learning for the South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado County families of the Lake Tahoe Basin. Our center has 9 neutrally decorated classrooms creating a calming early learning environment for our children. Step by Step has a Reggio Emilia inspired approach to curriculum, which is student centered and uses self-directed, experiential learning in a relationship driven environment. In other words, children in our program are encouraged to play as they learn. Our program is based on the principles of respect, responsibility, and community through exploration and discovery.


Under the Lead Floor Manager and Owners supervision, Lead Teachers work in partnership with co-workers and parents to ensure children receive individualized child development services. They are responsible for meeting the needs of the children throughout the daily routine, recording developmental observations, screenings, and assessments. Teachers will uphold the California Department of Education Regulations for operating under the Title 22 and Title 5 Code of Regulations while supporting the Reggio Emilia philosophy.


  • As a role model, be flexible and maintain a professional attitude and positive staff, child, and parent relations. Use positive communication skills both in and out of the classroom.

  • Maintain a sanitized environment to ensure children and adults are safe and clean.

  • Instruct children on healthy habits and the importance of good personal hygiene. Assist children with proper hand and face washing.

  • Support staff compliance by enforcing cell phone, dress code and personal hygiene policy.

  • In coordination with Lead and Assistant Floor Manager, ensure your room maintains required ratio in compliance with Licensing regulations.

  • Demonstrate knowledge in effective teaching techniques and child development in preparing daily lesson plans and learning activities appropriate for each child’s needs.

  • Develop lesson plans for academic and experiential learning opportunities. Apply lesson plans in the classroom and when outside using effective teaching techniques, help engage students in all developmental and academic activities.

  • Support an environment that is safe, creative, educational and maintain classroom tidiness.

    • Participate and interact with children during learning experiences.

    • Work with children individually and in groups. Promote the well-being of children by helping them develop a positive attitude, positive self-image, an ability to cooperatively play, and interaction with other children and adults.

    • Supervise both indoor and outdoor activities, including planning, set up and cleaning after curriculum activities.

    • Assist with set up and clean-up of tables for mealtimes. Serve food following meal service regulations, model proper eating habits and facilitate discussion of food during meals.

    • Assist children with preparing beds for naptime, facilitate a calm restful environment and naptime supervision.

    • Wash blankets, sheets, toys, and other classroom items daily as needed.

  • Diapering: Ensure diapers are changed every 2 hours whether wet or dry and additional changes are being made as needed if soiled and that all teachers are participating in documenting diapering activity on Brightwheel.

  • Safe Sleep. Ensure 15-minute sleeping wellness checks for children 24 months and younger are being made and the activity is being documented on Brightwheel.

  • Brightwheel: Maintain accurate attendance records by signing in/out children and teachers daily, documenting nap times, meal services, all diaper changes, and strengthen family relationships by providing class activities and at least one photo per child during the day if opportunity presents. Respond to parent’s messages in a timely manner.

  • Brightwheel: For rooms with children 12 months old and younger maintain a daily meal record for each infant 0 up to 12 months old in Brightwheel.

  • Plan and implement research-based Reggio Emilia inspired curriculum that provides support in children’s development across all domains within the Desired Results System (DRDP) to improve the quality of our program. Meeting the Desired Results for Families program mandates includes:

    • Ensure a developmental profile is completed for each student in the classroom.

    • Ensure self and staff complete their assigned children’s developmental profiles and written goals for every primary care child within 60 days of enrollment and every six months thereafter in October & April.

    • Review classroom planned curriculum on a weekly basis to ensure it is meeting the Desired Results for Families program mandates and addresses individualization and targets children’s needs.

    • Ensure self and staff conduct regular written observations and capture photos of children to assess their strengths and needs to identify and document their developmental growth.

    • Ensure the developmental profile and child summary sheet for family conferences are used to share information and establish goals for child with family during parent teacher conferences.

    • Ensure use of the developmental profile and written goals to plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and activities linked to the goals of each individual child as well as the developmental needs and expressed interest of the classroom group.

    • Ensure developmental profile tally is completed for each classroom and create an action plan based on outcome of tally.

  • Apply Teaching Pyramid concepts, support and guide Associate Teachers and Teachers Assistants to do the same.

  • Implement Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) teacher interactions with children by modeling, coaching, and support of co-workers assigned to your room. CLASS is utilized in conjunction with our Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS).

  • Ensure classroom adherence to Early Childhood Environmental Rating Scales (ECERS) or Infant/Toddler (ITERS) and manage improvement plans to enhance our program. Complete bi-yearly classroom ECERS or ITERS report adjusting classroom as needed.

  • Provide classroom supply request to the Lead Floor Manager or Assistant Lead Floor Manager for monthly ordering.

  • Understand the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), USDA meal patterns and ensure compliance with the nutrition program regulations. Support classroom healthy eating by modeling and facilitation of educational discussion at mealtimes and capture accurate headcount at each daily meal service.

  • Partake in regular coaching, reviews of duties and staff meetings. Adjust teaching methods and classroom activities based upon feedback and evaluations.

  • Provide regular coaching, modeling, guidance, training and supervision for the Associate Teachers and Teachers Assistants assigned to your classroom. Provide direction as to what duties need to be carried out throughout the day.

  • Maintain professional competence through participation in Early Childhood Education conference, trainings, and workshops.

  • Maintain professionalism through appearance, communicating effectively and respectfully with families and other staff at the center, and promoting our program in the community.






  • Title 5 and Title 22 licensing regulation

  • Reggio Emilia Educational Philosophy

  • Teaching Pyramid Concepts

  • Desired Results Developmental Profile (DRDP)

  • Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS)

  • Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS)

  • Environmental Rating Systems (ITERS/ECERS)

  • Child & Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)

  • Ages & Stages (ASQ)


  • Maintain confidentiality.

  • Maintain organized systems, juggle multiple tasks, and manage time effectively.

  • Work independently, effectively and provide responsible leadership in a professional manner.

  • Care for and educate young children in a nurturing a respectful manner.

  • Utilize computer programs to complete job requirements.

  • Must possess or plan to obtain and maintain a Child Development Teacher, Master Teacher or Site Supervisor Permit.

  • Proficient English is a must | Bilingual in English/Spanish is a plus

  • Must possess or plan to obtain a Pediatric first aid and CPR certification.

  • Must pass California Department of Justice (DOJ) & Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) clearance prior to employment.

  • Must pass Health Screening and TB test prior to employment.

  • Must be able to provide proof of vaccination/immunizations for Pertussis/Whooping cough, Measles, Mumps, Rubella and either obtain Annual Influenza Vaccine or be willing to sign a decline form.

  • Must be able to move quickly, turn, sit, stoop, bend, kneel and stand throughout the day.

  • Must be able to handle the high noise levels, daily commotion, and pressure of center activities daily.

  • Must be able to lift up to 40 lbs.

  • Regular onsite 40 hours per week attendance is required of this position.

  • Possess a valid Driver’s License and have reliable transportation.

  • After-hours meetings, parent/teacher nights, evening staff trainings, occasional Saturday workdays may be required and are mandatory.

We adhere to Federal drug testing guidelines. We screen all applicants, require background checks by Federal testing centers on final candidate consistent with funding regulation requirements and are a Drug-Free workplace.​

  • Center’s hours of operation are Monday – Friday 8:00am – 5:00pm. We are closed on Saturday & Sunday’s.

  • Six Paid Holidays.

  • Four Paid Sick Days per year for full time employees.

  • One Week Paid Vacation days upon completion of one year of employment.

  • 401(k) Retirement Plan: Agency matches employee contribution up to 3% of annual salary upon completion of one year of employment, effective during open enrollment period.



CONTACT: Michelle Pettit (530) 541-1320


SALARY: Based on Applicant’s Work Experience




TO APPLY: Please submit your resume and application by email (, fax (530-541-1007) or in person. Please submit any college transcripts, licenses, and/or certificates as an attachment to your application.

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