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Early Childhood Teacher

*After much consideration, Pillars Community Health has decided to end Early Childhood Education services when our Head Start grant ends on June 30, 2020. This means that after June 30, 2020, Pillars Community Health will no longer offer Head Start, Early Head Start or Child Care services. Most importantly, we want you to know the current school year will continue (and finish in June 2020) with no changes.  Applicants, please note this position would be considered temporary and would end on June 30, 2020.  *

SUMMARY

The Teacher is responsible for adhering to the guidelines set forth by the Head Start Performance Standards, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Licensing Standards for preschool programs.  The Teacher works with teaching team to create and implement a developmentally appropriate curriculum in the classroom.

ESSENTIAL DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

  1. Demonstrates the ability to apply developmental theory to practice with children.
  2. Ensures a safe and healthy environment learning environment by introducing, facilitating and reinforcing the teaching of developmental skills including concepts of number, language/literacy, colors, shapes, textures, science skills, health, safety, music and rhythm, gross motor movement, and by implementing program objectives.
  3. Arranges physical space into learning centers with a variety of materials rotated frequently and provides active and quiet areas in the classroom to encourage independence and self-selection.
  4. Provides supervision and assistance to teacher assistants, teacher aides, volunteers and substitutes working in the classroom. Provides assistance in following a daily routine and in developing and implementing activity plans for the children.
  5. Assists children in play and learning activities within the group and on an individual basis.
  6. Is available to conference with parents two to three times a year which may also include early evening hours.
  7. Attends two evening Planned Child and Family events.
  8. Participates in intake and orientation meetings with new families.
  9. Introduces, facilitates, and reinforces literacy development through story dictation, reading stories, asking open-ended questions and vocabulary building activities.
  10. Conducts home visits to parents when it is a part of the program plan.
  11. Ensures that all documentation and individualization takes place in a timely manner.
  12. Completes observations and individual child assessments in Teaching Strategies Gold and individual planning for children.
  13. Responsible for the preparation and submission of classroom lesson plans in advance.
  14. Maintains and submits accurate daily attendance and food counts.
  15. Identifies and reports to the proper staff person potential special needs children for further evaluation, screening, and potential child abuse cases.
  16. Schedules and conducts at least two home visits and two parent conferences per year.
  17. Participates in the educational staffing and prepares notes from observations and assessments of children.
  18. Provides a balance of curriculum that encourages social and cultural awareness; exploration; predicated and testing behaviors; choices of learning center activities; large and small groups and individualized activities.
  19. Participates in weekly team meetings and shares information with classroom team.
  20. Provides and encourages daily opportunities for individualized positive interactions with children and adults in a professional manner.
  21. Prepares equipment and materials for classroom use, also conducts periodic checks of the classroom environment to ensure the proper maintenance and safety of the classroom and or outdoor play areas.
  22. Plans activities and methods for keeping parents interested and involved in their child’s development.
  23. Provides a curriculum that integrates all areas, including: health, nutrition, mental health, parent involvement, transportation and special needs.
  24. In collaboration with the Classroom Committee, Parent Policy Committee and Director, makes recommendations for improvement of early childhood programs.
  25. In collaboration with the Classroom Committee, Parent Policy Committee and the Child Development Specialist, makes recommendations for improvement of Early Childhood program.
  26. Maintains appropriate documentation as required by both funding source and or agency on each enrolled child in his/her classroom. This means that he/she observes and maintains a portfolio/file on each child that includes examples of child’s work and interest, anecdotal reports, individualized lesson plans, records of the child’s developmental growth assessment, home visits, incident and accidents report and parent teacher conferences.
  27. Inputs required observations, assessments and evaluations on line at the indicated web site for each child assigned to his or her classroom as required by funding source. A hard copy will also be maintained on site for each individual child (in written format).
  28. Completes all required grantee and agency paperwork in a timely manner, meets deadlines as required by grantee/funding source or agency.
  29. Attends consultation meetings and or multi-disciplinary staff meetings with program staff, and or local education agency (LEA) to determine treatment and or IEP (Individual Education Plan) for individual children with special needs.
  30. Is responsible for ensuring that the classroom is maintained in a clean and healthy manner as required by licensing, shares cleaning responsibilities with classroom team member(s). This means cleaning of classroom materials, and equipment on a regular basis.
  31. Ensures that classroom materials are rotated as required by grantee and or agency.
  32. Works with Family Support Specialists and Family Advocate to maintain good parent involvement.
  33. Works with appropriate staff to ensure appropriate health and nutrition standards.
  34. Complies with The Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) licensing requirements.
  35. Implements and complies with all Head Start program performance standards, and funding source requirements.
  36. Participates with program staff in a minimum of fifteen hours annually in seminars or workshops related to early childhood education.

QUALIFICATIONS

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill and or ability required.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential duties.

EDUCATION and/or EXPERIENCE

Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or an Associate’s degree in another area with coursework equivalent to an Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education. Minimum of two years experience as a Teacher or Assistant Teacher in an early childhood program. Must have an in-depth knowledge of growth patterns and developmental needs of young children.  Candidate must be able to supervise and direct staff of varying educational and experience backgrounds.

OR

Bachelor’s degree (or another advanced degree) in Early Childhood Education or a Bachelor’s degree in another area with coursework equivalent to a Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood Education.  Minimum of two years experience as a Teacher or Assistant Teacher in an early childhood program. Must have an in-depth knowledge of growth patterns and developmental needs of young children.

 

Email your cover letter and resume to: jobs@pchcares.org

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