Kitchen Prep Cook – Hirng

General Information

Location   79 Coddington St.
Quincy, MA 02169
United States
Employee Type   Non-Exempt PT
Job Category   Early Learning


The Kitchen Prep/Cook is responsible for preparing nutritionally balanced meals and snacks, while maintaining a sanitary environment in the kitchen, pantry and classroom meal areas. This position will manage all cooking duties and lead food preparation for children within the childcare setting to include planning, ordering, shopping, and preparing meals. Must meet all requirements and reporting to the USDA CACFP Food Program for reimbursement for meals served.




  • Preparing and following menus according to DOE, CACFP criteria and determining food quantity to meet USDA menu requirements; keeps records; makes reports.
  • Preparing food in an appealing, efficient and inviting manner.
  • Develops weekly food order and submits to the Assistant Director/Director.
  • Ensures proper labeling and storage of all food products in all components of kitchen according to EEC and DOE CACFP.
  • Inventories and maintains necessary supplies and goods for assigned meals;
  • Leads all storage and utilization of surplus products; rotates stock.
  • Participates in implementation of YUSA HEPA standards.
  • Follows all Department of Early Education & Care ( EEC) food service mandates.
  • Provides reasonable accommodations to allow children with allergies/disabilities to meet each child’s individual needs according to EEC and ADA.
  • Follows EEC Allergy mandates.
  • Assist teachers as needed.

Directly assists program participants and volunteers in accordance with the organization’s policies, mandated regulations. Successfully completes and maintains all required South Shore YMCA, DOE-CACFP, EEC trainings and ServeSafe certification.


Builds relationships with and among families and members, displays proper communication with leadership staff to ensure proper handling and responses to inquiries and problems.  Creates a supportive community environment and connects families to the YMCA’s cause.


Maintain a high sanitation standard in all food preparation areas, pantry, kitchen, and classrooms to include stove, freezers and refrigerators. Inspect all foods to ensure proper quantity, quality, and handling. Leads the cleaning/operation of the kitchen and equipment.  Works with Director to ensure that kitchen facilities and equipment are safe, clean, adequately equipped and well maintained.


Responsible for engaging and supervising volunteers.


Assists in YMCA fund raising activities/events, and engages in collaborative relationships with community organizations in order to strengthen support and build community.

  • Completion or in process of attaining ServeSafe certification
  • Knowledge and experience with the Department of Early Education and Care regulations and DOE CACFP Standards.
  • The ability to develop positive, effective working relationships with, staff, children & families, volunteers, school administrators, members, community leaders and other agencies are critical to this position.
  • The ability to provide resources that promote healthy nutrition and choices that address children’s nutritional needs in a positive and professional way reflecting an attitude that values diversity.
  • Must meet EEC Educator Professional Development requirements per QRIS standards and the State Street ELC program’s goals.  Professional Development must include at least one third of required trainings that address diverse learners


Mission and Community Oriented – Accepts and demonstrates YMCA values. Work effectively with people of all backgrounds and levels. Willingness to serve and fulfill community needs. Recruit volunteers and build supportive relationships with them.

People Oriented – Remains calm in challenging situations and seeks to understand the underlying cause. Speaks and writes effectively. Develops rapport, relates well and takes initiative to assist in developing others.

Results Oriented – Discovers ideas to create and deliver a high-value member experience. Makes sound judgments, establishes goals, plans work, supports fundraising, and adheres to budgeting procedures.

Personal Development – Recognizes personal strengths and limitations, pursues self-development and demonstrates flexibility.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally required to: climb stairs, bend, stoop, kneel, twist, reach with hands, sit, stand for an extended period of time, walk, lift and/or move up to 50 pounds, have finger dexterity, grasp, perform repetitive motions, talk, hear and have visual acuity. Activities that may be required as part of the job, are climbing, running, swimming and other outdoor activities.

All interested candidates are invited to apply at
And/or to State Street Early Learning Center Director Kristine Swan.

Please submit a resume and cover letter to


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