POSITION FUNCTION: This position is responsible for educating and nurturing the children in the Early Head Start center. Ensure children have an opportunity to achieve, play, create, and be safe and healthy.
Provide a positive climate, responsive caregiving and continuity to help children develop secure relationships while focusing on the children’s social and emotional well-being.
Work with assigned group of infants, toddlers and two’s, applying best practices for care and physical safety.
Plan for the mental, social, physical, emotional and special needs of the children served.
Maintain awareness and supervision of the needs of the entire classroom; and ensure routines such as diapering, toileting/training, hand washing, meals are handled promptly and consistently with state and local regulations.
Record and refer student problems to the Center Director and/or Program Coordinator.
Prepare and maintain student progress reports, lesson plans, and other reports related to the classroom experience.
Assist and participate in organizational staff committees and parent committees where appropriate.
Conduct regular parent-teacher conferences for each child, each program year.
Good oral and written communication skills.
Ability to get along with diverse personalities, tactful, mature, and flexible.
Flexible and creative. Patience and compassion for consumers.
Works primarily in a team environment and incorporate Umoja – Unity.
The typical work environment in the classroom, but some locations is in a threatening and hostile environment. The noise level will vary depending on the location. External vehicles, office equipment, machinery, telephone and children playing produce noise.
The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by the employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to talk and hear. The employee is frequently required to sit, stand, stoop, and walk.
The employee must occasionally lift and or move up to the 30 pounds. Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, distance vision, depth perception and the ability to adjust focus.
The employee may be required to work attend trips and/or visit areas in the city of Chicago and suburbs and must be able to transport himself/herself to various locations.
·Bachelor’s or Associate’s Degree in Early childhood Education with two Infant/Toddler courses (minimum of 6 college credit hours) OR HS Diploma with Level 2 Gateways Infant/Toddler Certification
1 – 3 years in an early childhood classroom required
Must pass DCFS background check and maintain clearance throughout employment
Ability to analyze, interpret and comply with the Head Start Standards
Ability to relate, build rapport and develop a mutual respect with children, parents and families of high risk
Willing and able to work flexible hours, potentially including some evenings and Saturdays; hours may be adjusted to accommodate program need
About Centers for New Horizons
Founded in 1971, Centers for New Horizons, Inc. (Centers) is a nonprofit organization that assists children, youth, and families to become self-reliant. With 200+ full-time staff, most of whom live in or near its service communities, Centers provides programs in seven locations throughout the Bronzeville and Riverdale communities of Chicago's Southside that reach over 1,000 individuals daily.