Onward Neighborhood House is a family resource center which served the West Town neighborhood of Chicago for over 138 years. Onward Neighborhood House works now to support low income immigrant families and children in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin and surrounding communities. Our mission is to empower families and individuals in need to achieve their full potential in a community based setting through educational, recreational and social service programs.
We offer early childhood education services, after school programs and adult education services including a computer lab. We are currently seeking a Head Start Teacher. If you are a qualified, motivated individual who likes to work with children, and would like to join our exciting and expanding organization, Onward Neighborhood House is the place for you. Please do not miss out on this great employment opportunity-apply now!
Under the direct supervision of the Director of Early Childhood Education and the support from the Education Coordinator, the Early Head Start Teacher is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of an education plan that is designed to meet the needs of each individual child enrolled in the program in accordance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, NAEYC Standards and State Pre-K (CPS-Preventive Initiative Center Base Program).
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. With the classroom team, ensure the implementation of the preschool program ensuring adherence to funding requirements as set by Head Start Program Performance Standards, NAEYC (National Education for the Education of Young Children) Standards and other licensing requirements.
2. Create and maintain a safe environment which promotes the safety, trust, respect and security for children, staff and parents.
3. Provides an overall classroom environment that is reflective of multi-ethnic populations, is conducive to enjoyment, relaxation and socialization and has well defined interest areas. Shares responsibility for room arrangements and clean-up after daily classroom activities.
4. Promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children and among staff.
5. With the classroom team, plans, prepares and implements developmentally appropriate child initiated and teacher directed activities for individuals, small and large groups of children.
6. With the classroom team, supervises all of the children’s activities, modeling respect and acceptance of each child as an individual.
7.With the classroom team, identifies children who may need specialized services.
8. Observe and report children’s health, development, and behavior to the team teacher and experts.
9. Ensure soiled diaper/clothing is changed throughout the day and as needed.
10. Completes observations, anecdotal notes, screenings, Teaching Strategies GOLD checkpoints, home visits and parent teacher conferences as required.
11. Ensure completion of all recordkeeping, as well as documentation of individual and family needs and issues.
12. In the absence of any team teacher, will be overseeing that the implementation of Creative Curriculum, NAEYC standards and Head Start Program Standards as it pertains to classroom program and ensure all information is entered into designated operating system (i.e., COPA, Teaching Strategies GOLD, portfolios, etc.)
13. Work closely with special consultants and other resource people.
14. Plan field trips; prepare children and follow-up on field trip activities.
15. Attends weekly team meetings to complete lesson plans, discuss children’s progress and individual needs, discuss check points, parent teacher conferences, home visits etc.
16. Maintain appropriate teacher/child ratios as required by DCFS licensing standards.
17. Establish and maintain positive, effective working relationships with parents. Is available for formal and informal conferences on a daily basis. Participates in monthly parent meetings and activities.
18. Assist in preparing children for nap and supervise children during rest periods.
19. Utilize appropriate child development practices regarding guidance and discipline.
20. Recruit children for program.
21. Responsible for assisting in other classrooms or programs as required by the agency.
22. Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
23. Maintain current knowledge in field including attendance at seminars, workshops, and in-service training programs.
24. Attend staff meetings, parent meetings, child staffing, agency events and other meetings as necessary.
25. Attend regular supervision sessions with supervisor.
26. Perform other related duties as assigned.
BA in ECE preferred; AA in ECE ; required Gateways Infant & Toddler Credentials ;
Must demonstrate basic reading, writing, and communication skills at a level consistent with entry in college training programs.
Thirty credit hours in child development/early childhood education within the first six to twelve months of employment.
Bilingual (English/Spanish) preferred.
Hours: Full-time; year round
Salary Range: $32,000.00 - $36,000.00 annually with good benefits (i.e., health, life and long term disability insurance, vacation, 403(b) plan, etc.)
Application Details: Please send cover letter and resume to