Allies for Every Child exists to give at-risk children and children living in poverty the foundation they need to increase their life choices and lead fulfilling lives. For over 25 years, Allies has been providing thousands of at-risk children and their families with critical, high-quality early education programs (including comprehensive Early Head Start services), family strengthening interventions, foster care and adoption services, and a range of vital, integrated services, including educational assessments, disabilities screenings, nutrition, dental and vision screenings, and pediatric health consultations.
The Early Education CDE Teacher is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care, which may include toddlers and/or preschool age children; develops partnerships with birth parents/child’s caregivers to engage and encourage parent participation in program. A CDE Teacher is also responsible for assuring compliance with codes of all State and local governing contracting agencies; and works collegially with other staff members of Westside Children's Center.
ESSENTIAL JOB DUTIES:
To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skills and/or abilities required.
- Develops weekly plans, and implements age appropriate curriculum (lesson plan) to nurture and stimulate all domains of children's development in their care and follows the program curriculum
- Provides a developmentally appropriate classroom environment that reflects the children's learning and growth
- Perform on-going developmental evaluations of children as required by funding sources and develop lesson plans and follow curriculum implementation that addresses the individual needs of each child
- On an on-going basis, plan, evaluate and improve the physical environment in the classroom to create opportunities to meet the changing needs of the developing child
- Provide responsive care to all children by adapting daily care giving routines and plans to the interests and needs of the individual child and the group
- Prepare developmental progress reports as needed
- Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for the child's background by incorporating the cultural, linguistic and familial values and beliefs into the childcare program and lesson plans
- Exchange information and serve as a member of a multi-disciplinary intervention/prevention team
- Completes child transition and orientation of the classroom with parents
- Maintain ongoing, open communication with parents/ caregivers
- Provide a classroom environment that encourages parent participation
- Ensure that each family receives an opportunity to build strong relationships and experience clear communication with teaching staff
- Plan bi-annual parent conferences to discuss children's developmental progress, needs and interests and set School Readiness Goals
- Conduct bi-annual developmental screenings with family and set School Readiness Goals
- Liaison with children's families to ensure smooth transition from home to childcare setting and transitions from classroom to classroom when needed
- Assist families with children's transitions from toddler to preschool and from preschool to kindergarten
- Maintain accurate, complete and timely client and agency records; Completes daily meal and attendance records
- Maintains up to date emergency forms, curriculum plans, individual child development profile and other records as needed
- Completes and reports any symptoms of child abuse to supervisor and DCFS
- Completes daily health checks regarding hygiene, safety, and overall well-being of the children
- Completes DRDP and prepare developmental progress reports as needed
- Assures a healthy, safe, clean and developmentally appropriate environment for children
- Assist with functioning and monitoring of nutrition and food service
- Assist with the supervision of staff and volunteers for childcare setting
- Conducts supervision on a weekly basis with co-Teacher(s)
- Ensure the co-teacher is kept updated in all matters concerning the classroom and program, i.e.
- Teacher Collaboration Meetings, lesson plans, policies & procedures, training received
- Completes yearly performance evaluation
- Provides functional training and guidance to staff, interns, substitutes and volunteers assigned to the classroom
- Reports all staffing and classroom concerns to supervisor in a timely manner
- Reports family changes in schedules and excessive absences to administration in a timely manner
- Participate in on-going in-service and educational development opportunities provided by the Agency
- Participate in ongoing development and evaluation of center's goals and objectives
- Staff must believe in and act in accordance with both the Agency's and the program's mission statements
- In accordance with our "team" philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description.
QUALIFICATIONS & EDUCATION:
- BA Degree with 24 units in Child Development or Early Childhood Education including core courses in Child/Human Growth and Development; Child, Family and Community and
- Child Development Permit (must keep valid and updated at all times).
- Two years’ teaching experience
- Pediatric CPR & First Aid certification required
- Early Child Development knowledge and experience
- Knowledge in Desired Results, Developmental Appropriate Practices
- Knowledge of State Subsidized Program Requirements for Center Programs
- Good communication, problem solving, and priority setting skills as well as maintaining an overall positive and professional attitude /disposition
- Ability to use the computer to input developmental data
- Ability to effectively plan, organize and implement educational activities
- Ability to make decisions on behalf of children and protect their well-being
- Must be able to manage confidential information
- Fingerprint background clearance (DOJ, FBI & Child Abuse Clearance Index), or approved exemption
- Successful completion of pre-employment physical, PPD risk assessment, proof of immunizations for pertussis, measles and influenza (can decline)
- Access to reliable transportation required
Allies for Every Child actively seeks candidates who reflect the rich diversity of the communities that we serve. We are committed to a work environment that embraces and promotes individuality and inclusion. We believe that diversity and inclusion of varied perspectives, backgrounds, and life experiences is essential to our organization’s effectiveness, and allows us to serve our clients in the respectful, responsive, and understanding way that they deserve. We define diversity in broad terms to include race, ethnicity, age, gender, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, geography, socio-economic status and other unique attributes that make us who we are.