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Substitute Teacher (therapeutic preschool)

Southside Family Nurturing Center


Organization Summary:

Southside Family Nurturing Center is a holistic social service agency with over 40 years of experience serving families in the Phillips community and surrounding neighborhoods of South Minneapolis who are experiencing multiple risk factors. These risk factors include: moderate to severe poverty, family violence, chemical dependency, immigration, homelessness, and mental health. We offer half-day therapeutic preschool and home visiting services to provide support, parent education, and resource referral. Therapeutic interventions are offered to children including speech, occupational, play, and music therapy. All programming, including meals and transportation, is free of charge and families participate in our services voluntarily. Our mission is: "Together with families and community, we nurture children, build on family strengths, and find alternatives to violence."

Southside Family Nurturing Center is seeking to recruit substitute teachers who will work on call/as needed, Monday – Thursday mornings, 8 am – 1:30 pm. This person will be responsible for assisting with our therapeutic preschool programming and bus aiding as requested.


Location: Twin Cities Metro Activity Area: Education Related
Category: Health/Human Services Workforce Closing Date: open until filled
Job Type: Part Time Salary: $13 - $15/hour
Hours: 8 am - 1:30 pm M-Th 

Primary Duties:


  • Assist in using the play-based High Scope and AMAZE curricula to individualize instruction for a group of approximately 10 toddlers or 16 preschoolers.  The focus will be on developing children’s social-emotional skills, emotion regulation and expression of feelings, cultural sensitivity, and friendships with other children.
  • Assist in taking a hands-on approach to teaching, understanding that children at-risk for abuse and neglect require calm, consistent, reliable, supportive caregivers who are attuned to their strengths and areas of growth.
  • Assist in preparing and maintaining classroom environments that are both therapeutic and developmentally-appropriate, using soothing colors, natural materials, order, and minimized clutter to communicate respect, warmth, and calm to the children enrolled. 
  • Assist in maintaining DHS Licensing and NAEYC Accreditation standards.
  • Assist in maintaining a high level of health and safety, and ensure emergency procedures are known and practiced.
  • Bus aide as able and as requested.



  • At least 18 years of age
  • Experience teaching and caring for toddlers and preschoolers
  • Associate’s Degree or Bachelor’s Degree in Child Psychology, Child Development, or Early Childhood Education preferred
  • Knowledge of trauma and its impact on early development preferred


Additional Info:


  • While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk or hear, stand, walk, sit, use hands to fingers, handle or feel, reach with hands and arms, stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl. The employee frequently is required to climb or balance and taste or smell. The employee must regularly lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, and assist children with diapering and toilet-learning. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision and depth perception. 

How To Apply:

This position reports to the Program Director. This position is part-time/on call and does not qualify for benefits. To apply please send resume and cover letter to Catherine Weber, Program Director, at


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