About SUN Preschool

Located on the grounds of Smith Memorial Playground and Playhouse, the new preschool will have access to 6.5 beautiful acres of open fields, wooded terrain, and sloped hills. Smith Playground, founded in 1899, is a treasured family destination and home to the beloved Ann Newman Giant Wooden Slide, a certified Nature Explore outdoor classroom, and other unique pieces of play equipment. The SUN Preschool will be located in the newly renovated lower level of the historic 16,000-square-foot Smith Playhouse. It includes classrooms filled with natural light, administrative offices, and an adjacent private outdoor classroom space. Each classroom is designed to accommodate up to 20 students. SUN will open September 2023.

Job Description


Have you ever dreamt of shaping a new school?

The Smith Urban Nature (SUN) Preschool is looking for a visionary teaching team to launch its first year!

We have a need for applicants with connections to Strawberry Mansion, Brewerytown/Sharswood, North Central, and the surrounding communities that the school aims to serve.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Collaborate with teaching team to facilitate learning, observe children’s play, and  develop emergent curriculum

  • Foster problem solving, collaboration, and imagination by providing just enough scaffolding

  • Develop strong, positive partnerships with families via documented learning, informal conversations, shared activities, and family-teacher conferences to support children’s growth

  • Understand and support children’s social-emotional development and healthy risk-taking

  • Maintain safe and organized classroom and outdoor space, using the learning environment as a teacher

  • Facilitate mainly outdoor classes that nurture a child’s close relationship with the natural world through developmentally appropriate play, trail walks and games, stories, animal encounters, song, and art

  • Conduct regular assessments to make children’s learning visible

  • Adapt and be flexible to a new school in a startup environment

  • Contribute to/participate in special Preschool events (open houses, seasonal celebrations, etc)


  • Minimum education requirement is a high school diploma/GED or CDA, we have a need for teachers with a Bachelor’s or Master’s in Education or similar, and PA Instructional I certified. SUN will support continuing professional education and teachers seeking degrees!

  • High energy and the ability to work well with others (staff, children, and parents) and to foster a team environment

  • Experience with diverse communities and interest in engaging in anti-bias/anti-racist work in inclusive practices/environments

  • Strong work ethic and personal integrity displaying initiative and ownership– able to adapt to an emerging startup environment

  • Dedication to self-reflection and a desire to continually improve your craft

  • Familiarity with or interest in learning about Reggio Emilia philosophy, play and nature-based curriculum

  • Interest in the natural sciences, local flora and fauna, and outdoor-based education

  • Familiarity with email, Google Suite

  • CPR, Mandated Reporter, and First Aid Certification and all required clearances within 90 days of hire

  • Able to lift, move, and hold children and objects up to 50 pounds. Able to engage in full range of motion to lift, reach, squat, climb, sit, and otherwise fully participate in classroom and outdoor activities

***If you feel passionately about joining our team, we encourage you to apply even if you do not yet have all of the qualifications listed above!***


  • $15-21/hr or $30,000-41,000/yr, based on experience and certifications

  • High quality professional development, career development opportunities

  • Paid time off, Medical/Vision/Dental insurance

We are looking to fill both full time, part time, and substitute positions!

Please send your cover letter and resume to Zero at director@sunpreschool.org.

SUN Preschool is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate based on class, race, color, gender, religion, national origin, or sexual orientation. We value a racially, ethnically, and culturally diverse work community.

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Pre-K Center





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