Are you interested in a career with Yikes Tikes!?

We hire staff with the following characteristics:   Strong work ethic, including accountability;  interest in leadership; investment in creating community; durability and flexibility; interest in job and career development; excellent people skills; excellent written and verbal skills; team player; values integrity; independent thinking; action oriented.

Current Position Open

Early Childhood Educator

Yikes Tikes! seeks a dynamic, fun, and loving teacher.  Yikes Tikes!  is an inclusive, free, parent co-op preschool, with locations in Fremont, San Jose, and Los Altos. We partner with the Center for Speech, Language, Occupational, and Behavior Therapy ( to provide an inclusive Early Education experience for children. Our Reggio Emilia-inspired program features mixed-age classrooms. This classroom style, along with parent classroom participation, creates a natural family environment, and enhances opportunities for social and emotional learning. Our emergent curriculum recognizes the child as the primary agent of his or her own learning, and uses the child’s interests as a platform for further exploration in a way that children find both satisfying and challenging. Our teachers continuously listen to and interpret the children’s ideas and interests, and use this listening to create opportunities for activities, play, and discovery.


Typical Duties:


  • Performs various duties teaching children ages 2-5.
  • Implements weekly curriculum.
  • In a partnership with parents, designs and implements a plan for achieving the educational goals for each child.
  • Administers the DRDP (Desired Results Developmental Profile) within the first month of intake, every 6 months, and within the last month of discharge.
  • Meets with therapists, paraprofessionals, and parents to ensure that educational and programmatic goals are achieved (i.e., coordinates times during group for DRDP note taking and aide leadership of group).
  • Provides on-the-job training to parent volunteers.
  • Teaches formal parent education classes.
  • Assures that activities are set up and cleaned up.
  • Manage the storage of equipment and supplies in assigned classroom.
  • Assumes responsibility for the physical safety of the students.
  • Maintains a safe program environment and facility and administers first-aid, as required.


  • Attends monthly parent/staff/teacher meetings.
  • Organizes parent/teacher meetings for each student, which occur every three months.
  • Facilitates classroom parent meetings.
  • Actively works with parents, administrators and CSLOT therapists to recruit new students for the program.
  • Organizes and coordinates the intake, evaluation and education of each child in the group.
  • Maintains weekly progress notes for each student.
  • Keeps client files up-to-date with weekly notes and DRDP evaluation materials.
  • Coordinates integration with CSLOT’s early intervention program.
  • Works with Program Director or Parent Representative to maintain records of parent participation.
  • Works with Program Director to enforce parent participation, using a documented system.
  • Interviews parents by phone, email, or in person to identify areas of strength and weakness in parent classroom participation and provides support and leadership to develop these areas during volunteer shifts.


  • Facilitates child/staff and parent/staff communication.
  • Interprets and enforces policies and procedures.
  • Uses checklist system to communicate intakes and exits from program with office manager.
  • Suggests programmatic adjustments for program effectiveness.
  • Determines the daily schedule of classroom activities.
  • Collaborates with therapists and paraprofessionals to create emergent curriculum based on documentation.
  • Works with office manager to anticipate problems that can arise from a school change: i.e., logistical/space issues related to integration with CSLOT’s early intervention program.
  • Assists with Yikes Tikes fundraising events.
  • Selects instructional materials and equipment.
  • May operate as “person-in-charge” of preschool facility/program.


Required Minimum Education/Experience:

  • 12 Child Development Units, 3 Administrative units, and 4 Years of teaching experience


  • A. Degree in Child Development, 3 Administrative units, and 2 Years of teaching experience


  • A. Degree in Child Development, 3 Administrative units, and 1 Year of teaching experience


  • Child Development Site Supervisor Permit or Program Director Permit


The Ideal Candidate:

  • Possesses excellent customer service skills, good oral communication skills, a professional appearance and demeanor, and training skills.
  • Has experience working with young children, managing equipment and supplies, and working with supervisors on an overall program level.
  • Interacts with children, families, and staff with tact and courtesy, establishes and maintains effective working relationships, resolves conflicts, and provides leadership for and direction to parents and volunteers.
  • Has a knowledge of philosophy, objectives and requirements in the implementation of early childhood programs.
  • Must be able to stand, walk, climb stairs, stoop, kneel, squat, and occasionally lift up to 40 pounds.


Other Information: This is a part-time position (20-24 hrs/week). Certifications for CPR, First Aid, TB clearance are required prior to starting employment. Center location where the position is available is in Los Altos, CA.


To Apply: Please send cover letter, resume, and professional references to In your cover letter, please detail:

  1. the level of your previous experience as it compares to this position, and
  2. which of the essential functions of this position you have, as well as have not, performed.