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Early Childhood Education, Head Cook

Location: Queens, NY

Department: Early Childhood Education

Type: Full Time

Min. Experience: Experienced

Early Childhood Head Cook - Malcolm X Day Care, Corona, Queens

Sheltering Arms’ Early Childhood Education Program serves working families in the community, and our eleven Day Care Centers meet a growing need for high quality, affordable early education. Our dedicated educators guide children through hands-on learning activities and a constantly growing set of innovations, such as mental health support and exposure to the arts. Our model is informed by New York’s Common Core learning standards and the Creative Curriculum, ensuring that children gain the early literacy, math, and cognitive skills they will need to succeed in Kindergarten and beyond.

Sheltering Arms is currently seeking a Head Cook for our Malcolm X Day Care Center to oversee the dietary needs of children by preparing nutritious meals daily, including breakfast, lunch, and snacks for children ages 2-4 years old. This is full time, unionized position (DC 1707 and Local 205) in Corona, Queens; comprehensive union benefits package including medical, dental, life, vision, prescription, and pension plan.

Responsibilities include:

  • Preparing and serving food for children ages 2-4 years old; supervising the proper cleaning and maintenance of the kitchen, equipment, and pantry area, daily; maintaining sanitation and safety practices, including personal hygiene
  • Creating, maintaining, and planning menus; ordering/maintaining food, including proper storage, labeling, dating, and control of waste
  • Maintaining records of purchases, inventory, meals served, and food production reports, etc.
  • Participating in food related learning activities, including in the classroom, and planning for parent nutrition and consumer education
  • Other duties as assigned



  • High School Diploma or GED or relevant vocational trainings/certifications required
  • Food Preparation Training/Food Handler’s Certificate required
  • 1-2 years of experience in food handling and preparation
  • First Aid and CPR trainings required


It is the policy of Sheltering Arms that the Agency wholly complies with the equal treatment of all employees and applicants for employment, without unlawful discrimination as to race, creed, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship status or veteran status in all employment decisions, including, but not limited to recruitment, hiring, compensation, training and apprenticeship, promotion, upgrading, demotion, downgrading, transfer, layoff, termination and all other terms and conditions of employment.

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