Employment Opportunities

We are currently seeking candidates for the following positions:

Lead Infant/Toddler Teacher

Spartan Child Development Center in East Lansing is taking applications for a Lead Teacher Position in an Infant/Toddler Classroom (children aged 2 wks. to 2 yrs.) Position includes a competitive salary, benefits (health, dental, vision), and paid leave time (vacation, sick, personal.)

The Lead Teacher is responsible for the planning and implementation of the Center curriculum and children’s program in the classroom. The Lead Teacher is also responsible for maintaining the health and safety of all children under their care.

Responsibilities:  This is a full-time permanent position. A competitive salary and benefits are included. The selected candidate will care for and interact with children and their families. Aside from general daily care-giving activities, the candidate will:

  • Create a safe environment designed to promote the physical, cognitive, and emotional growth and development of each child;
  • Work cooperatively to develop and implement classroom activities and the High Scope curriculum;
  • Manage classroom and lead transitions from one activity to another;
  • Guide children through interactions and foster children’s use of language and conflict mediation skills;
  • Engage/supervise developmentally appropriate activities inside and outside, participate in children’s play, and foster creative use of materials.

Job Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree or higher, from an accredited institution, in Child Development, Early Childhood, Elementary Education or related field;
  • At least 30 college level credit hours in coursework related to early childhood;
  • At least 3 college-level semester hours in infant/toddler development and care practices OR 4.5 CEUs in infant/toddler development and care practices are required.
  • Some teaching experience is strongly preferred.
  • Physical and mental stamina; including repeated lifting (30 lbs or more), ability to move quickly from sitting on the floor to standing position repeatedly, and the ability to run if needed;
  • Knowledge of teaching and activity methods used with infant, toddler, preschool or early elementary school-age children and principles of child development, the behavior of young children, positive discipline and redirection techniques.
  • Knowledge of materials and equipment used in group settings of young children;
  • A philosophy of early childhood education that is compatible with the center;
  • Ability to establish warm supportive relationships with the children, recognize illness symptoms, accept and profit from supervision and constructive criticism, develop and maintain working relationships with parents and staff, and thrive in a team-oriented environment.
  • Experience with planning lessons and activities that support an emergent learning environment;
  • Basic computer skills including ability to access the internet for research, send and receive emails, and experience using Microsoft Office to create documents;
  • Ability to lead and supervise classroom support staff members;

*Interested candidates need to submit a letter of interest and resume to Liz Lauren, Executive Director, in person or by email*


Teacher’s Aide

This para-professional position requires work in a child care center with children from two weeks to six years old. An employee in this position helps children in all program activities, interacts with them, guides their interactions with each other, and instructs them in the use of materials. The Teaching Aide is an integral and vital member of the teaching team in the classroom. Teacher Aides are hired to the center and may be assigned to any classroom as needed. The Aide duties are carried out under supervision of the Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers.

Applications can be picked up at the center until 6p; must apply in person. All applications be followed by a 25-30 minute observation in a classroom. Observations can be done Monday-Thursday between 9:45-11:45am or 3:30-4:30pm; you do not have to do an observation the same day you pick up an application, but an observation must be complete to move forward; no appointment necessary.

Job requirements:

  • High school diploma required, prefer additional education in Child Development or a related field.
  • Knowledge relating to young children, First Aid methods, and safety requirements.
  • Ability to work with children in a warm, responsible, and positive manner and to react calmly in a crisis situation.
  • Physical and mental stamina
  • Ability to stand for long periods of time
  • Ability to bend down, kneel, sit on floor, run and move quickly
  • Ability to lift up to 30 lbs, repeatedly and as needed
  • Successful completion of an in-classroom observation and reference checks
  • Positive Criminal Background Check and DHS Central Registry Clearance
  • Provide proof of a Tuberculosis Test having been completed within the past year


Specific job descriptions for Teaching Aides will vary in each classroom and will be determined by the Lead or Assistant Teachers and Administrative Director at the beginning of each term. Additional responsibilities may be added or agreed upon by the Aide and the Team Teachers.

  • Room maintenance: help keep toys in order, keep floors and table spaces clean and orderly during the working day, sort artwork, arrange bulletin boards, etc.
  • Supervise activities as directed by the Lead or Assistant Teacher including eating, toileting, tooth brushing, napping, dressing, free play activities, small group and outdoor activities
  • Aides are expected to interact with the children in a warm, positive, and supportive manner; to intervene in children activities only when adult assistance is needed; to remain with one or more children until relieved by another adult; and to use positive guidance approaches.
  • Report to the Lead or Assistant Teacher any pertinent problems, injuries incurred by the children, observations and parent inquiries.
  • Accept the suggestions of the Lead Teacher, Assistant Teacher and/or Administration to improve teaching and management techniques.
  • Check the daily and/or weekly schedule and lesson plans to ensure understanding of daily expectations.
  • Attend all required aide staff in-service training and/or meetings.

Working Conditions

  • Work varying amounts of time, from three to eight hours per day; scheduled no more than 35 hours per week;
  • MSU student employees are only permitted to work 29 hours a week;
  • Paid an hourly minimum wage;
  • Written and oral evaluation once per term by the Lead Teacher.
  • MSU students are required to work during finals weeks (at least two shifts).
  • Performances and evaluation procedures will be followed as listed in the SCDC Employee Handbook;
  • Preference will be given to those who have afternoon availability.



Kitchen Aide

Spartan Child Development Center is taking applications for an individual to work as a Kitchen Assistant with the head cook, three days per week from 8:30-1:30pm, with one of the scheduled days including a Friday.

Job Responsibilities: The selected candidate will care for and interact with children and their families. Aside from general care-giving activities, the candidate will:

  • Create a safe environment designed to promote the physical, cognitive, and emotional growth and development of each child;
  • Assist the Cook in planning and posting weekly menus
  • Check all food orders against packing slips as they are delivered.
  • Assist the Cook in maintaining an inventory of food on a weekly and monthly basis
  • Assist the Cook in having breakfast, lunch, and snack prepared at stated meal times.
  • Assist the Cook in preparing enough food so that the children can have a full serving plus extra servings as requested.
  • Assist the Cook in ensuring appropriate substitutions for children who have food allergies, medical conditions and/or vegetarian food preference.
  • Wash dishes after the noon meal, assist classrooms in sanitizing their dishes, and ensure that all food is properly stored after the meal
  • Assist the Cook in maintaining the kitchen area in a sanitary manner at all times in accordance with state health regulations and DHS Childcare Licensing,
  • Assist the Cook in routine cleaning of refrigerators, freezers, cupboards, doors, stove top and burners and warm dishes as needed.


Job offers are contingent upon the completion and positive review of a Criminal history background check, central registry clearance, tuberculosis test, and references check.