For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence
Christopher House is looking for motivated, responsible, and caring teachers to join our team.
Responsibilities: Provide technical assistance, advisement, support and role modeling to members of the Preschool and Pre-K (3-5) teaching staff in curriculum and developmental issues. Assist in the development of curriculum used in Preschool and Pre-K (3-5) classrooms and obtain appropriate educational materials for classroom use. Coordinates monthly teacher meetings to ensure on-going cooperation among staff and to ensure that individual teachers are working towards a unified approach to preschooler’s (3-5) development; maintain a strong classroom presence. Ensure compliance with all curriculum related to funding and licensing requirements pertaining to Pre-K. Review lesson plans on a weekly basis, make any recommendations for needed changes and follow through on implementation of lesson plans. Meet with the teaching staff and the Associate Director of Health and Disabilities to ensure compliance to and an understanding of appropriate health and nutrition practices. Coordinate portfolio assessments of all children in a timely manner. Conduct classroom observations monthly. Ensure that parent-teacher conferences are conducted twice a year and assist teachers in both preparation and conducting these conferences, as needed. Ensure program is in compliance with HS, State Pre-K and Child Care contractual mandates as it relates to child assessment. Provide training, support and follow up to program staff regarding the National Reporting System, Creative Curriculum, Portfolio, ESI-R screenings, Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire and Parent Teacher Conferences.
Participate in recruitment of teaching staff for the Pre-K Program as needed. Ensure that each newly hired Teacher and Assistant Teacher has an effective orientation to Christopher House, the 3-5 program objectives and to the specific job responsibilities of their position. Identify opportunities for skills and knowledge enhancement for the staff to Site Director. Manage training for the Pre-K staff. Actively participate in the performance management process for Pre-K and Preschool staff.
Prepare Pre-K reports for the Site Director, Associate Director of ECDS and the State Pre-K Office. Assists Program Director, ECDS and Site Director in the ongoing process of assuring the highest quality programming and best practices as well as NAEYC Accreditation and re-accreditation processes occurs at each appropriate site.
Qualifications: Three to five years of direct experience working 3-5-year old’s, preferably in a Head Start and governmentally funded child care program. Supervisory experience is required. Bilingual skills in a variety of languages are a plus.
Education: Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or Child Development and a Type 04 Certification from the State of Illinois.