Founded in 1908 Settlement Music School, a non-profit organization, is one of the largest community schools of the arts in the United States serving children and adults of all ages at five branches in Pennsylvania located in South, West and Northeast Philadelphia, Germantown, Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, and its virtual branch, Settlement Music Online. Settlement provides over $2.6 million dollars each year in financial aid and scholarships to fully 60% of its students. Settlement’s reach is broad, and it continues the principles of its Founders, that there be no barriers to participating in music and arts education.

Settlement Music School is one of only 18 community schools of the arts in the country that has national accreditation through ACCPAS – the Accrediting Commission of Community and Precollegiate Arts School. Kaleidoscope – the national award-winning arts-integrated Head Start Pre-School program – has NAEYC accreditation and 4 Keystone Stars.


Position: Kaleidoscope PreK Enrichment Program Assistant Teacher

Location: 416 Queen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Yearly Work Schedule: Preschool runs from late August through late June with summers and holidays off. The salary is divided up over the full calendar year.

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Reports to: Executive Director of Early Childhood Programs


Position Overview

Settlement Music School is looking for a Full-time Assistant Teacher for our Kaleidoscope PreK Enrichment Program. Assistant teachers work under the direct supervision of the Early Childhood Director. Assistant Teachers will receive a written evaluation by the Program Director at the end of each school year.

Key Responsibilities

  • Provides all documentation necessary for program licensing under PA Department of Human Services and PA Department of Education regulations.
  • Knowledge of and compliance with all Settlement Music School Code of Personnel Practices and Head Start Performance Standards, PA Early Learning Standards, and requirements including safety and emergency procedures.
  • Works cooperatively with Settlement Music School staff, Early Childhood Program staff, Head Start and all other support service personnel. Communicates all information on children’s health, welfare, education, and family issues to Lead Teacher and Kaleidoscope Social Worker.
  • Takes the leadership position in the classroom in absence of Head Teacher.
  • With Head Teacher shares in all phases of curriculum planning, and assessment using NAEYC Developmentally Appropriate Practice and the Kaleidoscope Preschool Arts Enrichment Program Curriculum, and PA Learning Standards.  With the assistance and supervision of the Head Teacher, prepares and conducts small group activities during homeroom time. Adheres to appropriate supervision policies. Communicates daily with artist teachers and fully participates as assistant to artist teachers.  Assists Head Teacher with individual child assessment.  Encourages parent participation in the Kaleidoscope program.
  • Abides by all active supervision policies and procedures.
  • Agree to complete 6-week teacher orientation online.
  • With Head Teacher, shares in all classroom preparation and maintenance responsibilities.
  • With Head Teacher maintains daily, weekly, and monthly record-keeping.
  • Supports orientation and training of all new staff, parents, volunteers, students.
  • Supports special events, staff meetings, research projects, conference presentations or other assignments.
  • Participates and contributes to program planning, evaluation and professional development.  Seeks ongoing professional development.
  • Performs any other duties assigned by the Early Childhood Program Director necessary to sustain the growth and improvement of all programs included in the Settlement Music School Early Childhood Initiatives.
  • Can provide state and federal clearances (Criminal, Child Abuse, FBI), as well as 6-hour state Health and Safety training and child mandated reporter training that can be found on


  • CDA, AA preferred in Early Childhood.  Three years of experience working in the classroom of an early childhood program.
  • Provide all documentation necessary for program licensing under PA Department of Public Welfare and PA Department of Education regulations.
  • Able to create a joyful environment when working with children.
  • Embody the School’s values and support Settlement’s mission.
  • Belief in the importance of diversity, equity, and inclusion in education and arts education.

Salary: $34,000 – $37,000

Comprehensive benefits:

  • Medical & Vision insurance
  • Dental insurance
  • Long-term disability and life insurance
  • 403b retirement contribution match
  • Paid holidays, sick leave, and personal leave

Settlement Music School is an Equal Opportunity Employer that encourages candidates of all backgrounds to apply for this position.