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Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center


Working at SEEC

SEEC hires both full and part time educators. Lead teachers typically have a Masters, Bachelors, or Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education (or a related field with a minimum of 15 credits in Early Childhood).

Associate Teachers also often have Bachelors or Associates degrees in related fields with some practical experience and/or additional coursework. Associate teachers may also have a CDA.

Assistant teachers work part time and bring a wide range of training and practical experience to the position. Assistants must have at least a high school diploma, although many have some college coursework.

SEEC teachers exemplify:

  • Highest Quality Practice: SEEC educators always exhibit exemplary early childhood practices, based upon professional criteria established by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.
  • Commitment to Growth and Reflection: SEEC faculty are committed to growing as educators and individuals. SEEC places a strong emphasis on the anti-bias approach, not only as it relates to the work in the classroom with the children, but also thinking about how we engage with colleagues, families, and the community at large.
  • Teaming: Working as a member of a team is an integral part of teaching at SEEC. Team relationships begin in the classroom and extend out to the other teams in the Centers, as well as to the SEEC program as a whole.
  • Responsibilities: It is each educator’s responsibility to meet the daily needs of the children, helping to plan and implement developmentally appropriate activities. Each educator works to establish an environment which is safe and engaging to the children.


Compensation: SEEC strives for a balance of formal knowledge and practical experience among its faculty. Beginning salaries are competitive and are based upon the level of college coursework attained, as well as years of experience in an early childhood classroom.

Benefits: The program provides a supportive work environment through ongoing professional development, reimbursement for college coursework, and recognition of excellence. A strong benefits package includes health insurance, earned annual and sick leave, a retirement plan, life insurance, and a 4-week paid sabbatical after every 5 years of service.

Current Openings

SEEC accepts resumes for teaching positions on an ongoing basis, but most employment opportunities occur when the children move to new classrooms in September. The hiring process for fall openings begins in late spring.

Please submit resumes and any employment related
inquires to


Volunteers and Interns

SEEC has a limited number of volunteer and/or intern opportunities to work in the classrooms and in the central administrative office. Please contact Meredith McMahon, Executive Director at SEEC at 202.633.1395 or send an e-mail to Meredith McMahon if you would like to explore this type of arrangement.