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The Children’s Aid Society (CAS), established in 1853, is one of New York City’s leading child and family service organizations. Today the CAS Early Childhood Department serves nearly 600 low-income children ages 0-5 in schools and community centers across 9 sites throughout Manhattan and the Bronx through a combination of Universal Preschool, Head Start and Early Head Start funding and child care subsidies.

In response to a growing obesity and health crisis in children, The Children’s Aid Society (CAS) has launched a number of initiatives aimed at slowing or preventing the rates of obesity in the communities it serves, and educating children and adults about the joys of fresh, delicious, healthful foods. These initiatives come together as Go!Healthy − a food education and foodservice program that makes healthy foods fun and accessible for young people and families in New York’s low-income neighborhoods. Our menus feature foods prepared from scratch and focus on fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Menus cycles change three times each year with the seasons, and cooks are supported with trainings. Through education and exposure to delicious, nutritious foods, Children’s Aid hopes to encourage children to make positive and healthy lifestyle choices.

The Cook must have qualifications that satisfy Federal Head Start requirements and the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene Article 47 regulations.


• Must hold a current Department of Health Food Handler’s License

Other Qualifications:

• Demonstrated ability to read and follow recipes, and to prepare foods from scratch
• Excellent cooking skills
• Experience managing a foodservice program and a kitchen, including ordering food
• Interest in and some knowledge of healthy eating
• Familiarity with CACFP nutrition guidelines is considered a plus.
• Effective communication skills
• Professional approach
• Resourceful & dependable
• Bilingual preferred
• Experience working with infants and toddlers, and children with Special Needs
• Dedicated, excited and passionate about working with young children and families

(A review and final determination of credentials and qualifications are reserved for the site Education Director and the CAS Director of Early Childhood Programs.)


Under the direct supervision of the site’s Education/Program Director, with support from CAS’s Director of Food and Nutrition, the Cook’s responsibilities include the following:

Food Preparation
• Preparing and serving all meals and snacks at the Early Childhood site
• Learning and following Children’s Aid Society menus and recipes

Record Maintenance, Contract Compliance
• Placing food requisitions every two weeks
• Receiving food deliveries
• Maintaining an up-to-date inventory
• Submit daily written CACFP food production records

Family Engagement
• Participate in Healthy Cooking workshops for the families
• Welcome and include eligible parent volunteers in the kitchen

Professional Development
• Participate in offered trainings, workshops, In-Service days, and/or All-Staff conferences
• Maintain certification requirement and proof of attendance in professional activities.
• Support the growth of the center including participating in program-wide goal setting and individual and program self-assessment.

Health and Safety
• Adhere to all state and city licensing requirements, teacher child/ratios, and CPR/first aid certification.
• Maintain a healthy and safe environment (clean and organized kitchen and storage areas)

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Only candidates selected for interviews will be contacted

Children's Aid Society is an equal opportunity employer

Hours per Week: 
Full or Part Time: 
Full Time
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Minimum Education: 
HS Graduate or GED
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