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 is looking for dynamic, motivated, responsible, and caring workers for our School-Age program.
Position Objective: Contribute to and participate in a comprehensive program of educational, social and recreational activities for school aged children to promote their social, intellectual, emotional and physical growth in a recreational group setting.
Responsibilities: Plan and implement specific group activities for children such as craft projects, athletic activities, field trips, academic activities, games, group discussions, cooking projects and supervised homework. Facilitate the formation of the group as a setting that is safe and supportive for children. Respond to the emotional needs of the children both in the group and in individual situations, with appropriate challenge, encouragement and behavior management. Provide classroom behavior management in a non-threatening manner. Serve as a positive role model. Implement federal guidelines for nutrition. Plan for and conduct regularly scheduled parent/teacher conferences. Participates in staffing of children by preparing observations of the children and by implementing the educational portion of the treatment plan. Consult with appropriate Agency staff to determine treatment and/or educational plans for individual children. Completes necessary reports and records in a timely and accurate manner. During the school year, may walk to neighborhood elementary schools daily to pick up children after school and safely walk them back to Christopher House. Maintain classroom documentation. Provide lesson plans. Complete necessary reports and data collection.
Qualifications: Three years of experience working in a group work setting. 1-2 year’s experience working with School Age children. Fluency in a second language, particularly Spanish, is highly desired.
Education: Two years of college at an accredited college, with a major in education, child development, recreation, psychology, physical education or group work or an Associates in Child Development or a Bachelors in Elementary Education, child Development, recreation, psychology, physical education or group work.
Please do not apply if you do not have credits in early childhood or child development as this is a requirement of our funders.