Pre-K Assistant Teacher

Our mission is to help families break out of the cycle of poverty. For 76 years, Mainspring Schools has led Austin’s effort to provide quality early childhood education, nutrition and support services to underserved families in the community.

We are a NAEYC-accredited, nonprofit preschool that partners with United Way, AISD, Workforce Solutions, Early Head Start and numerous foundations to make sure that our kids are prepared for kindergarten socially, emotionally and educationally and that their families are in the best position for future success. 

We are looking for a full-time Assistant Teacher in our 3-year-old room. The ratio is 2 teachers to 14 children. The Assistant Teacher is responsible for helping to execute the daily curriculum and building a strong, secure attachment with the children in the class. We want someone outgoing, who speaks well and often and is also comfortable interacting with parents and adult volunteers (which are fairly common at Mainspring).

We hold teacher-child interaction above all else when evaluating classrooms and teachers, so the perfect candidate should know how to engage with, affectionately care for, and provide supportive structure for our children.

At Mainspring, you’ll experience low ratios, less paperwork and a hard-but-rewarding opportunity to make a real difference in kids’ lives. Good things happen here every day, so if you are inspired by the mission and want to feel challenged and fulfilled by your job, we hope you’ll be part of the team. 

Required qualifications:

  • Ability to take direction and support Lead Teacher

  • A CDA or at least 12 hours of college credit in Early Childhood Development or related field

  • Be available for 40 hours a week

  • Have experience working in a licensed childcare center

  • Have or be willing to obtain CPR certification

  • Be willing to complete an FBI background check

  • Patience!

  • A desire to serve low-income children and their families

AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service alumni are encouraged to apply.

Preferred qualifications:

  • An Associate's or Bachelor’s in Child Development (or in progress towards an Associate's or Bachelor's)

  • Experience working with low-income/diverse populations

  • Experience with children dealing with trauma

  • Experience working in NAEYC accredited center


  • $12-14 per hour

  • Medical, vision and dental insurance

  • Paid sick time, personal and vacation

  • Paid training (at least 24 hours a year)

  • 401k matching

  • We pay all upfront costs (CPR, fingerprinting, etc.)

  • A relaxed work environment (friendly admin staff and NO uniforms!)

  • We have a pool of substitute teachers and a full time floater to cover breaks and time off.

To apply, please submit a resume and cover letter to