Erie Neighborhood House, a progressive social service agency serving the Chicago metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society is seeking an Assistant Teacher in the Toddler Classroom. The Assistant Teacher’s basic function is to work with a classroom team in the education and general development of 2 and 3 year old children following Erie, ISBE, Head Start, NAEYC, and DCFS standards/philosophies.
- Provides an overall classroom environment that is reflective of our multi-ethnic population, conducive to education and socialization.
- Promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children and among children and staff.
- With the classroom team plans, prepares and implements developmentally appropriate child-initiated and teacher-directed activities for individuals and small/large groups of children. These activities should address needs identified in the assessments and promote multiculturalism, present challenges and develop critical thinking skills.
- Welcomes parents into the classroom, develops a positive relationship with them and provides experiences and activities for them that enhance their roles as the primary influence in their child's growth and development.
- Monitors overall health and safety of all children on a daily basis and reports any signs of illness, injury or possible abuse to the classroom lead teacher.
- Assures timely completion of all required records and documentation related to our funding sources including screenings, assessments, anecdotal records, attendance records, monthly reports, etc.
Qualifications and Requirements
- Sixty semester hour of credits from an accredited college or university or 30 semester hours of credits and one year of classroom experience. Candidate should have a minimum of 6 semester hours in ECE.
- Bicultural/Bilingual (Spanish) preferred.
- Physical constraints required include the ability to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds.
- 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.
- Ability to respond immediately to any emergency situation.
- 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 an Equal Opportunity Employer
Accredited by NAEYC & National Afterschool Association; recognized by Board of Appeals (BIA)*
United Way Member