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TEACHER - CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER (BIRTH TO 3 YEARS OLD)
Olive-Harvey College is looking for a full time Teacher for the Child Development Center to support children (birth to 3 years old). The Teacher for the Child Development Center leads the classroom team in maintaining a nurturing classroom environment that offers a developmentally appropriate curriculum that meets the needs of the individual children and families in the classroom, and is aligned with the educational and philosophical goals of the program. The teacher also provides supervision and mentoring to teacher assistants, aides and practicum students in the classroom.
Adheres to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) Code of Ethical Conduct, demonstrating a professional attitude and work ethic, and respect for children, families, and colleagues.
Develops and implements a child centered, play-based curriculum that provides for developmentally appropriate activities to promote children’s development in the areas of language and literacy, cognition, social-emotional well-being, and physical health.
Ensures classroom team and curriculum adheres to the Center’s goals and educational mission; accreditation agencies’ standards; licensing requirements; and funding source/ grant regulations.
Provides a nurturing, stimulating, non-punitive, and culturally sensitive environment that encourages language, self-expression, exploration, creativity, imaginative play, thinking skills, and the development of positive relationships.
Provides a safe, clean, orderly, and healthy environment for children, instructing them on personal hygiene/hand washing, personal safety practices and related topics.
Maintains constant supervision over classroom activities and children.
Reports accidents, injuries, and illnesses to parents and supervisors.
Reports suspected cases of child abuse and neglect to authorities as a mandated reporter under state law.
Maintains a positive work relationship with parents, ensuring parents are warmly received by staff, and that communication about their child’s activities and experiences at the Center is provided through daily contact, scheduled conferences and written progress reports.
Oversees and participates in the completion of paperwork, logs and records, as well as documentation to assess individual children and the class as a whole.
Supervises and mentors teacher assistants, student teachers, work study students, and volunteers in the classroom.
Participates in monthly district teacher meetings, sharing information on child development issues, classroom strategies, and professional development / training opportunities.
May provide professional development workshops to staff as required.
Implements team meetings with classroom staff and support staff/consultants to discuss curriculum, classroom activities, and strategies for addressing student needs, Works with District’s Education Manager and Site Directors to ensure classroom quality.
Complies with action and professional development plans created by Site Director and Education Manager for implementation.
Supervises and mentors practicum students working in the classroom, providing guidance with the development and implementation of lesson plans, observing interactions with the children, and proving feedback.
Reviews and discusses performance of practicum students, expectations and other requirements with the practicum supervisor.
Attends and participates in professional development sessions, gateway approved training provided by the state and city agencies (i.e. DFSS, CPS) and other outside resources.
Acts as the director designee in absense of the site director.
Bachelor’s Degree from an accredited college or university in Child Development/ Early Childhood Education. Master’s Degree preferred.
Must have an Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Infant Toddler Credential, Level 3 or higher or be able to attain one within 2 years of hire.
Must attain an Illinois Gateways to Opportunity Infant Todder Credential, Level 5 within 3 years of hire.
Two years of work experience working with children in a preschool setting
Two years of work experience working (Birth to 3 years old) children.
Must demonstrate a warm, supportive attitude towards children and their families
WE OFFER: Excellent benefits include full health benefits, retirement plan, investment plans, paid vacation/holidays and tuition reimbursement. For more detailed overview of benefits visit our benefits page.
Chicago residency is required for all full-time employees within 6 months of hire.
We are an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
Thank you for your interest in City Colleges of Chicago.