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
Responsibilities: Assist manager to ensure school age program is in compliance with DCFS licensing standards and CDHS requirements; lead a comprehensive program of educational, social and recreational activities for school aged children. Supervises School Age teaching staff on fieldtrips and when manager is off-site; directly supervise classroom aide in your classroom. Facilitate the formation of the group setting that is safe and supportive for children. Create and implement age appropriate lesson plans for after school group. Plan for and conduct regularly scheduled parent/teacher conferences. Participate 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. Participate in ordering of supplies and equipment for the classroom. During school year walk daily to pick up children from area schools. Comply with licensing standards from funding agencies, including DCFS licensing standards, section 407.100 A) numbers 1-11. Ensure a safe, healthy and sanitary classroom environment. Actively participate in staff meetings and trainings to ensure a unified approach among teachers; recommend changes to or addition to policy, program and procedures to coordinator; work with other CH staff to acquire N.A.S.A. accreditation. Maintain and collect needed documentation for enrollment, social service and medical files for each child. Meet with parents to secure and compile all documents required for re-determinations. Serve as a liaison between families and the program, interpreting agency policies to parents. Maintain records of meetings with parents.
Qualifications: One to Three years of direct experience working with 5-12-year old’s, preferably in a school age governmentally funded child care program. Bilingual skills English/Spanish a plus. First aid/CPR certified preferred or eligibility for completion. Demonstrated organizational and relationship skills, supervisory experience preferred.
Education: Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education, child development, psychology, physical education preferred. At minimum, thirty semester hours (or 45 quarter hours) of credit from an accredited college or university with 12 semester hours (or 18 quarter hours) related to school-age care, child development, elementary education, physical education, recreation, camping or other related fields and 750 clock hours in a recreational program or program serving school age children.
Submit cover letter & resume to: Erika Alcibar, Associate Director Youth Development
Christopher House is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer.