Christopher House (CH) is searching for Master Teachers looking to grow professionally in the field of Early Childhood Development. Candidates must possess a specialized interest and passion for working with Infants, Toddlers, and Two-year old’s.
With a mission to develop independent, creative, lifelong learners, our infant, preschool, elementary and family schools build a community of students, teachers, and parents committed to excellence, achievement and perseverance, respect and compassion, and equality of opportunity.
Christopher House partners with parents to provide a continuum of education for students from birth through high school, as well as immersive family supports that help parents create stable, self-sufficient families. We operate accredited early learning, elementary, and out of school time programs grounded in research-based curricula and high-quality instruction.
Children and families thrive when:
Education begins at birth and continues throughout life, with parents as a child’s first teacher;
Home environments nurture literacy, achievement, and children’s success;
Parents have high standards and set high expectations for themselves, their children, and children’s schools;
Professionally trained teachers know their students as individuals;
Evaluations and program improvements are data driven;
Parents and staff work together to continuously evaluate and improve programming;
Education includes the development of creativity and perseverance and is multi-disciplinary in order to foster each child’s unique strengths and interests;
Developing independent, creative, life-long researchers, education must include curriculum designed to help scholars develop socially and emotionally as well as cognitively;
Diversity is celebrated and explored so that learners develop broad perspectives on life and learning; and
Parents and caregivers support their children financially and emotionally.
Determine the needs and provide for the development of children birth through three
Work to create a safe environment for children and act as a role model for teaching staff
Implement and maintain all components regarding children birth through three, based on EHS, State Pre-K, Child Care and state and local requirements
Provide technical assistance, advisement, support and role modeling to members of the Infant, Toddler and Two’s teaching staff in curriculum and development issues
Coordinate 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 and 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.
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.
Strong alignment with Christopher House’s Values and Mission;
Strong work ethic coupled with a proactive problem-solving approach;
Two years of experience working in a birth through three-year-old classroom, preferably in an Early Head Start or governmentally funded child care program;
Bi-lingual skills in English/Spanish is desirable
Bachelor’s Degree in Infant/Toddler Studies, Early Childhood Education or Child Development and Illinois Gateways 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.
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Christopher House is an Equal Opportunity Employer.
Internal Number: 7739227544
About Christopher House
Christopher House was founded in 1906 during the settlement house movement to support immigrants transitioning to life in America. Today, Christopher House is closing the opportunity gap through a continuum of personalized education with immersive family support starting at birth. We provide resources to thousands of low-income children and their families to succeed in school, the workplace, and life. We partner with families, including teenage and single-parent families, to provide the tools for parents to create and foster stable, self-sufficient families. Christopher House’s ultimate vision is to create a national model for helping low-income, at-risk children and their families achieve success.
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 e...ducational 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.
In the fall of 2013, Christopher House built on its portfolio of early learning schools and expanded this transformative culture into a birth to eighth grade school. The school will create 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.