For more than 100 years, the Christopher House mission has been to strengthen and empower economically disadvantaged children and their families by providing a continuum of educational and human services.
We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction. Understanding that stand-alone education interventions are not enough, Christopher House utilizes a family-centered approach that engages parents and care givers in the child’s healthy development and provides opportunities for sustained economic self-sufficiency for the whole family. Christopher House values high expectations and an educational program that leverages arts integration, project-based learning, parent involvement, celebration of diversity, and a commitment to measurable results. These values are the framework of our learning community and extend to students, parents, teachers, and administrators. These values have resulted in educational services that produce significant returns in student achievement and parental involvement.
We have built on our portfolio of early learning centers to expand this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school composed of an Early Childhood and Elementary School. The school is creating unprecedented collaboration between early childhood and elementary educators as well as family support programs. In addition, it will provide foundational exposure during the earliest years of life to our culture of high expectations and academic excellence
Christopher House’s Early Childhood School is looking for a Master Teacher for with a specialized interest and passion for working with Infants, Toddlers, and Two year olds.
Christopher House will provide a best practice environment that abides by the Continuity of Care practice. Continuity of Care allows teachers to work with children for up to three years in order to promote maximum development, while establishing lasting relationships with children and their families. We are looking for ambitious and reflective teachers committed to their own professional growth in order to maximize their impact on child development and school readiness.
Position Objective: The Master Pre-K 0-3 will determine needs and provide for the development of infants, toddlers and two year olds, will act as a role model for Teaching staff and work to create a safe environment for children. This staff member will implement and maintain all components regarding infant, toddlers and twos based on federal Head Start, state and local requirements at the site.
Responsibilities: Provide technical assistance, advisement, support and role modeling to members of the Infant, Toddler and Two’s teaching staff in curriculum and developmental issues. Maintain knowledge in the field in order to develop professional skills. Ensures the safety of the children in a healthy environment and serves as a positive role model.
Assist in the development of curriculum used in the infant, toddler and two’s classrooms and obtain appropriate educational materials for classroom use. Coordinates monthly teacher meetings to ensure on-going cooperation among staff and to ensure that individual teachers are working towards a unified approach to infant, toddler and two’s development; maintain a strong classroom presence. Ensure compliance with all curriculum related to funding and licensing requirements pertaining to the Infant, Toddler and Two’s program. Review lesson plans on a weekly basis, make any recommendations for needed changes and follow through on implementation of lesson plans. Provide a copy each week to the Associate Director of Early Childhood, Associate Director of Parent Involvement and Manager of Health and Disabilities. Meet with the teaching staff and the Manager of Health and Disabilities to ensure compliance to and an understanding of appropriate health and nutrition practices. Coordinate portfolio assessments of all children in a timely manner. Conduct classroom observations monthly. Ensure that parent-teacher conferences are conducted twice a year and assist teachers in both preparation and conducting these conferences, as needed.
Ensures ECDS program is in compliance with EHS, State Pre-K and Child Care contractual mandates as it relates to child assessment. Provide training, support and follow up to program staff regarding Creative Curriculum, Ages and Stages and Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire, Portfolio and Parent Teacher Conferences.
Qualifications: Experience working with infants/toddlers in an Early Head Start program. Bi-lingual skills in English/Spanish is desirable.
Education: Bachelor Degree in Infant/Toddler Studies, Early Childhood Education or Child Development and Illinois Gateways Infant/Toddler Level 5 credential.
Please do not apply if you do not have early childhood or child development credits as this is a requirement of our funders.