Erie Neighborhood House, a progressive social service agency serving the Chicago metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society, is seeking a LeadTeacher, Toddler to work in our NAEYC accredited Childcare Program.
Reporting to the Site Director, the Lead Toddler Teacher’s basic function is to lead the classroom team in the education, care and general development of the children following DCFS licensing, Early Head Start and NAEYC standards.
The Lead Toddler Teacher is responsible for partnering with the Assistant Toddler Teacher(s) to create and implement developmentally and culturally appropriate lesson plans for the classroom
Working alongside the Site Director, the Lead Teacher will provide discipline and feedback performance review for the Assistant Teacher.
Completes all developmental and social emotional screenings in accordance with Early Head Start timelines
Assumes primary care responsibilities for four children in the classroom
Welcomes children and parents into the classroom and works to develop a positive relationship
Promotes recognition, acceptance, and positive interactions among children, families and staff in the classroom
Uses active supervision techniques to supervise children at all times
Acts as an ambassador for the Erie Neighborhood House Child Care program
Participates in recruitment of children and families for Erie House programs
Acts as Director Designee for center as assigned
Opens/closes the classroom for the day as assigned
Remains in the classroom to supervise children whose parents pick up late as needed
Inputs child observations into My Teaching Strategies on a weekly basis
Completes My Teaching Strategies checkpoints according to education timeline
Completes two home visits per child per year according to the education timeline
Completes parent teacher conferences according to the education timeline
Meets with Assistant Toddler Teacher(s) on a monthly basis to provide supervision and support and to discuss classroom concerns
Meets with Family Advocate(s) quarterly to discuss strengths and needs of families
Participates in transition meetings
Assures compliance with all Early Head Start performance standards
Maintains current Illinois Gateways Registry membership
Maintains five hours of Gateways approved training per program year
Completes 20 hours of professional development training per program year
Responsible for the program complying with Erie, the Board of Education and all State licensing requirements and performance standards, including promoting the health and safety of all children, following sanitation procedures and universal precautions, completing a bi-annual physical exam, complying with the Confidentiality and Child Abuse and Neglect Act as a mandated reporter, as well as the American with Disabilities Act and Erie’s Inclusion Policy
Other duties as assigned
Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
Illinois Gateways Infant and Toddler Credential, level 5
Bilingual/bicultural Spanish preferred
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Physical constraints required include, but not limited to, the ability to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds including evacuation of the building during emergencies.
Must be able to sit on the floor for extended periods of time.
Demonstrates the following qualities: self-motivated, self-directed, follows directions, makes good judgments, creative, reliable, and dependable.
Exhibits sincere interest in working with children and is knowledgeable regarding children's development and growth.
Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
Upon offer of employment, must complete all forms related to hiring, including Erie’s application and employment status and 3 letters of recommendation. In addition, must complete all DCFS forms, including a Criminal Background Check, Fingerprinting and a Child Abuse and Neglect Background Check.
Erie Neighborhood House is a community service agency founded in 1870 that promotes a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources and collaborative action.