REPORTS TO Executive Director and Family & Development Manager
Overview of the Position
The Preschool Teacher is responsible for developing and implementing all classroom programs and activities. The primary focus is providing a safe, nurturing environment where children and their families feel welcomed, accepted and encouraged to participate. The Preschool teacher will provide a quality early learning experience based on the Reggio approach to early learning where the child’s interests and ideas are valued. The Preschool Teacher will investigate, explore and question alongside the child and assist the child as s/he makes sense of the world in which they live.
Maintain a classroom climate/community that will benefit the overall healthy growth and development of the child.
Create an enriching environment for students to explore, investigate and play.
Co-plan and teach lessons that are developmentally appropriate for young children utilizing the Creative Curriculum in conjunction with the Reggio Emilia approach to early learning and the IL Early Leaning and Development Standards.
Maintain communication and professional relationships with co-teachers and staff
Complete developmental screenings for each child enrolled in your class within 60 days of enrollment
Complete a minimum of two conferences each year
Comply with all licensing regulations and ExceleRate IL quality requirements.
Evaluate classroom effectiveness annually
Ensure resources are appropriately allocated to achieve goals within the classroom and the center.
Ensure the safety needs of the children are met at all times
Actively participate and cultivate positive relationships with parents and the children’s families
Ensure ongoing program excellence with in the center and our community.
Cultivate ongoing awareness of early childhood core values both within your classroom and the center
Serve as a resource to parents regarding early childhood education and their child’s individual needs
Collaborate with Curriculum Coordinator and/or Executive Director to develop personal professional development plan and attain these goals
Participate in and be responsible to achieve goals as delineated in the Center’s strategic plan.
Participate in agency activities as appropriate
Represent the agency with integrity and professionalism
Abide by the ethical statement and policies of the Center
Terms of Employment
Competitive salary and benefits reviewed annually by the Executive Director.
Meet DCFS teacher requirements; bachelor’s degree in ECE preferred
Certification in Early Childhood Education preferred
Knowledge of early childhood education and/or child development
Knowledge of ERS, Dial 3, Ages & Stages, and Creative Curriculum preferred
ECE Credential attained within the first year of employment
Food Handler Training completed within probationary period
DCFS Mandated Reporter training completed within probationary period
CPR/First Aid certification completed within first year of employment
Knowledge of computer and relevant software applications (Teaching Strategies Gold)
Demonstrated excellent interpersonal, organizational and written communication skills
Demonstrated skills in listening, engaging and building rapport with people
Appreciation for details and follow through
Moderate degree of physical stamina with occasional lifting of 15-20 pounds. Ability to move freely to various locations within the center and community settings. Frequent standing, walking and bending. Frequent repetitive activities including hands, arms, and legs for interacting with young children. Exposure to noise and activity of a school setting.
About HP Community
The Highland Park Community Early Learning Center (HP Community) is located at 1850 Green Bay Road in downtown Highland Park and will be moving to 640 Ridge Road, Highland Park in the fall of 2019. The program was founded in 1951, by Martha Struve Freeman to provide high-quality, early care and education. The program utilizes a sliding fee scale for an intentionally diverse group of children who reside in Highland Park and neighboring communities. We are committed to providing a safe, educational and nurturing environment where children feel safe, cared for and respected. We believe every child deserves to thrive.
The following programs are available:
• Partial Day – year-round 2 ½ - 5 year olds (8:45 – 12:30)
• Full Day – year-round, part-time or full-time care for 2 - 4 year olds (7:30 AM – 5:30 PM).
• Summer Camp – 2-5 year olds receive early childhood education plus special nature and cultural arts activities, weekly art and music classes, water and sand play, walking field trips, and picnic lunches/cookouts.
• Preschool For All – a 3 hour state-funded program following North Shore School District’s school year, for children who may be “at risk” for academic failur...e.
• Wrap Around Child Care – students receive breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack (prepared on site) and nurturing care in an enriching environment while parents are working or attending classes.
• Two Year Old Care – children work on independence, toilet training and other self-help skills. The receive a nutritious breakfast, lunch and snacks with nurturing care in an enriching environment.
• COMING SOON – Toddler & Infant Care