Develops and implements the weekly lessons plans utilizing the Creative Curriculum that meet agency, DCFS licensing, accrediting and funding body standards.
Interacts with the children to assess their strengths and needs to ensure curriculum development and individualized teaching and meets the needs of the individual students, ages two to twelve years, as well as promotes progress in all areas of development.
Maintains open communication with parents/caregivers through maintaining bulletin board, weekly newsletters, planned activities, direct contact involving parents and other outreach and communicates with the parents on an ongoing basis regarding their child's progress and participation in the class, including but not limited to parent/teacher conferences and home visits at regular intervals as applicable to program funding regulations.
Provides a safe, clean and nurturing environment for the children and ensures proper sanitation procedures are followed.
Completes all required documentation in accordance with agency/programmatic policies and procedures, professional standards, and external requirements of all relevant regulatory, DCFS licensing, funding or accrediting bodies.
Participates in the NAEYC accreditation process and comply with the requirements of DFSS and DCFS as a licensed child care facility.
Provides leadership to the teacher assistant with the daily activities of the classroom.
Ensures that children with a referral for disability is followed up with parents, Health Disabilities and Education coordinators and services are received through CPS (Chicago Public Schools)
Participate in on-going recruitment activities designed to increase enrollment in the program
Maintains up to date knowledge in the field by attending seminars, workshops and in-service trainings, obtain at least 20 professional development hours annually per requirements of Gateways to Opportunity, obtains Gateways to Opportunity credentials relevant to position and works to increase credential levels as applicable to funding, accrediting and regulatory requirements.
Preferred Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with the ESL endorsement. Two years of direct service as a Teacher in an Early Childhood classroom with knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards. Food safety and sanitation certification, CPR and First Aide.
Minimum Requirements: Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education with the ESL endorsement. One year of direct service as a Teacher in an Early Childhood classroom with knowledge of Head Start Performance Standards or a new graduate with student learning experience. CPR and First Aide certification within the first 12 months of employment. Must obtain food handler certification within six months of hire. Illinois Professional Educator License for Early Childhood.
Other Requirements: Must be able to walk, run and participate in physical activities with small children. Must be able to bend, stoop and sit at the children's level. Must be able to rearrange classroom equipment and supplies.
The Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Chicago is an equal opportunity employer and consideration for employment is made without regard to race, color, religion, age, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.