YMCA of Greater Seattle Play & Learn Facilitator in SeaTac, Washington

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The PreK Play & Learn Preschool Instructor is responsible for planning and running preschool Play & Learn groups at the Matt Griffin YMCA in Sea Tac.

Play & Learn programs work with family, friend, and neighbor caregivers and parents to support them in preparing their young children ( birth to 5) for success in kindergarten and beyond by providing support, information, and resources to support children’s early learning and healthy development.

At the Play & Learn group, children have fun learning through activities and interacting with their peers.Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings and other family members – often referred to as family, friend and neighbor (FFN) caregivers – learn about:

  • Activities they can do at home to support children's learning

  • Turning everyday activities- such grocery shopping, cooking and bath time- into early learning opportunities

  • Child development from birth to five

  • Skills children are expected to have when they start school

  • Community programs and services available to help them raise healthy children


  • Planning for and guiding intentionalcaregiver learningfor each session of PreK Play & Learn, including:

  • Modeling PreK readiness activities and caregiver-child interactions

  • Modeling how to help children share and interact appropriately with one another

  • Preparing materials and information on relevant caregiver education topics (e.g. What does it mean to be ready for kindergarten?)

  • Coaching and guiding caregivers in PreK activities and in interactions with the children

  • Presenting and demonstrating information

  • Responding to, and following up on, caregiver questions and requests for assistance and information

  • Planning for and guiding intentionalchild learningfor each PreK Play & Learn group session by:

  • Planning developmentally and culturally appropriate preschool centers, as well as planned group activities which support child development and kindergarten readiness.

  • Preparing materials and information

  • Gathering supplies

  • Setting up/cleaning up space prior to/after each group session

  • Creating a safe, trusting, collaborative learning community within the PreK Play & Learn group by:

  • Welcoming and orienting new participants to the group

  • Creating intention opportunities for caregivers to build supportive relationship among themselves

  • Providing opportunities for caregivers to develop leadership within the group (e.g. reading a story, leading a group activity, or helping to recruit new participants)

  • Soliciting and responding to caregiver input about the group

  • Responding to emergencies that arise during the group

  • Participating in the PreK Play & Learn Affiliate activities, including:

  • PreK Play & Learn training (2-days)

  • Data collection and evaluation

  • Attending additional trainings and workshops

  • Completing administrative and record-keeping tasks related to PreK Play & Learn and other job responsibilities, including:

  • Tracking attendance at each group session

  • Compiling family contact information

  • Ordering supplies and materials

ID 2017-5958

Type Regular Part-Time

# of Openings 1

Posted Date 8/2/2017

Location Matt Griffin YMCA

Category Early Childhood Education

Address 3595 S 188th Street

Job Locations US-WA-SeaTac