At Chicago Youth Centers (CYC), we educate and support children and families so they can succeed in the 21st century. We provide the tools, experiences, and resources needed for youth ages 3-18 to persist academically and develop socially and emotionally.
We engage children early and provide services when they are most vulnerable: after school and during the summer.
We offer family engagement programs to help families guide their children during critical transitions: entering kindergarten, starting high school, and preparing for college or a career.
We build strong partnerships within communities to create a village of committed community leaders, schools, volunteers, and peer organizations dedicated to our children's success.
We are currently seeking a Teacher - for Head Start/Child Care for our Fellowship House, 844 W 32nd Street, Chicago, IL. The work schedule is from 7:45 am - 4:15 pm.
Responsibilities for the Head Start/Child Care Teacher include: Perform functions to develop classroom plans, supervise classroom activities and general development of children in a preschool teaching environment, reflecting the Head Start standards and the CYC education plan.
CYC offers an excellent benefits package. To apply for this position, please submit your cover letter and resume from this page.
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Provide a learning environment for children that will help to promote learning through all developmental areas: physical, social-emotional, and intellectual
Provide a “child-centered environment” which includes individualized activities, small and large group activities
Provide leadership to the classroom assistant and volunteers using their talents and skills in implementing, emotionally, socially, and creatively
Creating and maintaining a classroom environment that is well organized, clean and attractive
Adapting the curriculum and directing instruction in the Early Childhood classroom to meet individuals needs
Complete and implement an assessment for each child
Reporting children progress through scheduled interviews and conferences, home visits, and written evaluations
Initiating referrals for special needs or services
Recruiting and registering children, including children with disabilities
Planning and participating in mealtime activities with the children, the teacher assistant, and volunteers
Working with subcontracting staff to plan and implement an active parent involvement program, to provide social service and to implement a health program
Attending staff development meetings as required
Accepting responsibility for the accurate completion of all required forms and reports pertaining to the operation of the program
Develop and implement weekly lessons, focusing on literacy, math, and science
Enter data of screening assessment, case notes, and other documentation into the CC Port, and COPA
Work with Child Care Director promoting parent involvement in accordance with Early Childhood program requirements
Design and layout daily schedules based upon the monthly program focus designated by the Educational Coordinator
Administer the ESI screening to determine the growth and development of each participate
Review and evaluate children’s medical records and consult with the social service worker to develop individual service plans
Observe children’s behavior in the classroom and prepare a complete humanistic assessment of each child
Chart and maintain records of individual child growth patterns
Conduct home visits to counsel parents regarding their children’s development and behavior
Identify and refer children with special needs to the social service worker
Other duties as assigned to fulfill the mission of the program and agency needs
Specifications for the Head Start/Child Care Teacher:
The State of Illinois and ISBE REQUIRE that Head Start/Child Care Teachers have a Bachelors Degree in Early Childhood Education and Professional Educators License (PEL).
2-3 years of related experience (preferred)
Strong communication skills (verbal and written)
Only resumes with the required credentials will be considered.
Bilingual is a plus.
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education and ECE Credential Level 5 with developing a plan to complete the Professional Education License (PEL) as set forth by grantee and ISBE.
Please include your cover letter, resume and transcript with the job application linked below.
Additional Salary Information: Salary commensurate with experience.
Internal Number: 65970
About Chicago Youth Centers
Chicago Youth Centers (CYC) invests in youth in undeserved communities in Chicago to help them discover and realize their full potential. Caring for Our Communities for 60 years, CYC has steadfastly served communities on the south and west sides of Chicago. Today CYC centers are in seven communities across metro Chicago. We consistently deliver programming to serve the needs of kids, parents and communities—focusing on academic achievement, social and emotional skill development and parent/family engagement. Our centers are characterized by passionate and committed staff and serve as learning centers for our kids, community resources, and safe spaces.