We provide high quality, full day early learning experiences utilizing the Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers and Twos, and Teaching Strategies Gold. We keep class sizes small, minimize transitions, and practice continuity of care and primary caregiving to reinforce stable relationships, which are an essential component for young children's learning. Through these initiatives children stay with the same team of teachers as they grow and each child is assigned to one caregiver who is principally responsible for that child. At the heart of our program is a commitment that respects the differing cultures, lifestyles, preferences, abilities, learning styles and needs of the infants, toddlers, and families we serve.
Job Description Summary
Under the guidance of a Child Development Supervisor (Infant-Toddler Specialist), our Lead Teachers:
Ensure their teaching teams work cooperatively to plan and implement individual educational plans for young children ages 15 months through 3 years. These educational plans must encourage every child's social, emotional, physical, and language development in a manner appropriate to their age and stage of development
Make certain the teaching team provides a safe, stimulating, and nurturing environment enriched by high quality language experiences with an emphasis on social and emotional growth.
Implement all program requirements in adherence to performance and outcome standards as prescribed by the requirements of the center€™s multiple funding partners and in accordance with each child€™s ability, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) core components, and the Illinois Early Learning Guidelines
Ability to establish a respectful and trustworthy relationship with toddlers and their families
Ability to work respectfully and cooperatively with Teacher Assistants, including assisting them in increasing their professional knowledge and skills regarding developmentally appropriate practices for toddlers
Ability to read and speak English proficiently
Associate's degree in Early Childhood Education (ECE) or Child Development (CD), required
Bachelor's degree in ECE or CD, preferred
Three (3) years prior teaching experience in relevant early childhood group setting
Knowledge of Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold
Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices for children ages 15 months to 3 years
About Marillac St. Vincent Family Services
Empowering families. Strengthening communities. Building brighter futures.
We care for thousands of Chicago's most vulnerable infants, children, teens, adults, and seniors. Our dedicated team offers comprehensive, multi-generational social services, and nurtures with compassion, to help our clients deal with life's challenges, while giving them the tools to improve their lives. We believe it is empowering, not enabling, to those who want to change the direction of their lives.
Our Vision - Ending the cycle of poverty.
Our Mission - Marillac St. Vincent Family Services strengthens, empowers and gives voice to those in need – in the Vincentian spirit of service – through education and comprehensive programs to build vibrant communities in Chicago.
Our Core Values - Integrity, Excellence, Creativity, Advocacy, Respect and Empowerment