Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 68,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.
The Chicago Reader has named our Learning and Wellness Center the 2017 Best Daycare in Chicago!
We are now hiring for a full-time Teacher Assistant/Floater to join our Learning and Wellness Center, North Children Center, and Midway Team!
The Teacher Assistant/Floater assists the Master Teacher in implementing activities which support children in their social-emotional, cognitive and physical development while maintaining a safe environment.
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Participates in maintaining the emotional environment of the classroom by speaking and listening respectfully to all children; comforting children as necessary; setting appropriate limits for children with reasonable consequences; using positive reinforcement that supports the development of children’s self-help skills.
Participates in promoting the cognitive development of the children by reading to children; playing games with children; assisting them on the computer; using open-ended questions; and supporting dramatic play experiences.
Participates in arranging and maintaining the physical environment of the classroom to provide a safe place for children by daily sweeping the floor after breakfast, lunch and snack; sanitizing the toys monthly; rotating educational materials as dictated by the lesson plans; emptying and sanitizing the water table daily; accompanying children to the bathroom; and removing broken equipment.
As assigned, supervises activities in which children participate.
Participates with the Head Teacher in weekly planning and writing of lesson plans based on developmentally appropriate practice and implementing them daily.
As assigned by the Head Teacher, observes and records children’s behavior on a regular basis.
Builds positive and on-going relationships with the parents.
Assumes responsibility for the classroom in Head Teacher’s absence.
Participates as a team member with other center staff, i.e. communicating information about children, supporting center policies, and working as a member of the Direct Service Team.
Participates with Head Teacher on semi-annual home visits and in semi-annual conferences.
Participates in teacher development opportunities, i.e. staff in-service, professional conferences, and professional organizations.
Cares for children during parent meetings/workshops.
Other duties as assigned, i.e. playground clean-up, inventory supplies.
Works effectively with diverse staff and service population.
Perform other duties as assigned
Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or related field from an accredited college or university;
AND One (1) year of teaching experience with toddlers preferred.
Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions.
Dental and Vision Insurance Options
11 paid Holidays
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
Wellness Initiative Program
Employee Assistance Network
About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan serves more than 67,000 families and individuals as diverse as the communities in which they live, with 81% being part of the working poor or lower-middle class.