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Harlem Children’s Zone

Childcare Worker, The Baby College

New York, NY

Harlem Children's Zone (HCZ) is a world-renowned non-profit that is breaking the cycle of generational poverty for more than 22,500 children and adults in Central Harlem and millions more across the nation. HCZ walks hand-in-hand with young people and their families from cradle-to-college-through career. From our work with public school students and our Promise Academy charter schools, to our Healthy Harlem wellness initiative, to our family support programs-HCZ goes beyond education to provide children with the academic, personal, and career support they need to stay on the path to becoming self-sustaining, successful adults. No other organization uses such a comprehensive and holistic place-based approach to fighting poverty.

With a generation of proof, our innovative work over the decades has achieved unprecedented results with measurable economic and social impact in Harlem and beyond. We are a preeminent thought leader in the education, youth development, and anti-poverty fields, informing policy and advocating for change at the local, state, and national levels. Called by President Obama "one of the most successful anti-poverty programs in history," we are sharing what we have learned with communities around the country and the world, inspiring widespread replication and changing the lives of millions beyond Harlem.

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The Baby College is a program that addresses the needs of children between the ages of 0-3, and is a critical piece of our early intervention work. It is our goal to provide these residents both a range of information and the support necessary to raise happy and healthy children who enter school ready to learn.

We are seeking Childcare Workers with early childhood (infants- 5 years) and/or school age (6-12) childcare experience to implement lesson plans as well as manage activities for children and parents who participate in The Baby College program

For more information, check out Want to Work at Harlem Children's Zone? Here's 7 Things You Need to Know .

Minimum Qualifications

  • Currently attending college or an Associates Degree required; Bachelor's degree preferred in Early Childhood/Childhood Education, Social Work, Psychology, or Sociology preferred

Who you are

  • A commitment to the mission and programs of HCZ
  • Experience working in a classroom setting
  • Excellent communication skills, both oral and written
  • Bilingual a plus (English/French, or English/Spanish)

What you'll do

  • Assist the Lead Child Care Worker and Family Service Coordinator with maintaining the childcare room by ensuring supervision of children at all times.
  • Assist in the preparation of the childcare curriculum.
  • Work with the children through play and educational activities to promote learning.
  • Assist with field trips and special activities and events.
  • Promotes nutritional diet and exercise programs.
  • Provide feedback to the Family Worker Manager on the needs of the children.
  • Attend the weekly childcare meeting and monthly staff meeting.
  • Participate in training seminars conducted to enhance and develop one's skills.
  • Regularly assess the safety and well-being of all the children.
  • Ensure that quality services are being provided to children and their families
  • Create and execute lesson plans to engage children in learning lessons and art activities
  • Organize and develop educational, recreational, and cultural activities for children between the ages of 0-5 years old
  • Participate in agency wide events
  • Track and report the academic, social, and emotional progress of individual children, including daily observations and information about activities, and meals served
  • Provide assistance during family visits
  • Perform other duties as assigned


  • Must be available to work Tuesdays - Fridays, between 1:00 - 6:00 pm; and Saturdays between 8:00 am - 4:00 pm; ability to work flexible hours required


As a member of the Harlem Children's Zone team, you will join a supportive and inclusive community dedicated to helping children, families - and our staff - thrive.

Please take a look at our Part-Time benefits below.

Our exceptional Part-Time benefits include:

  • Career advancement
  • Paid sick leave
  • Employee referral bonus
  • Physical wellness discounts
  • Commuter benefits
  • Additional Benefits (Discounts on flights, hotels, theme parks, concert tickets, and more.)

The hourly rate for this position is $20 per hour. To be considered, interested applicants can also submit a cover letter and resume to No telephone inquiries or recruiters, please. Replies will only be sent to qualified applicants. Harlem Children's Zone is an EOE.


Client-provided location(s): New York, NY, USA
Job ID: Harlem-CHILD002252
Employment Type: Other

Perks and Benefits

  • Health and Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Dental Insurance
    • Vision Insurance
    • Life Insurance
    • Short-Term Disability
    • Long-Term Disability
  • Parental Benefits

    • Non-Birth Parent or Paternity Leave
    • Birth Parent or Maternity Leave
  • Work Flexibility

    • Flexible Work Hours
    • Remote Work Opportunities
  • Office Life and Perks

    • Commuter Benefits Program
  • Vacation and Time Off

    • Leave of Absence
    • Personal/Sick Days
    • Paid Holidays
    • Paid Vacation
  • Financial and Retirement

    • Performance Bonus
    • Pension
    • 401(K)
  • Professional Development

    • Promote From Within