Description: Onward Neighborhood House is a family resource center which served the West Town neighborhood of Chicago for over 138 years. Onward Neighborhood House works now to support low income immigrant families and children in Chicago’s Belmont Cragin and surrounding communities. Our mission is to empower families and individuals in need to achieve their full potential in a community based setting through educational, recreational and social service programs.
We offer early childhood education services, after school programs and adult education services including a computer lab. We are currently seeking a Pre-K Teacher. If you are a qualified, motivated individual who likes to work with children, and would like to join our exciting and expanding organization, Onward Neighborhood House is the place for you. Please do not miss out on this great employment opportunity-apply now!
ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS: Under the general supervision of the Director of Early Childhood Education Services, is responsible for contributing to the development and implementation of an education plan that is designed to meet the needs of each individual child enrolled in the program in accordance with Head Start Program Performance Standards, NAEYC Standards and State Pre-K.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
1. Ensure the implementation of the preschool program ensuring adherence to funding requirements as set by Head Start Program Performance Standards, NAEYC (National Education for the Education of Young Children) Standards and other licensing requirements.
2. Create and maintain a safe environment which promotes the safety, trust, respect and security for children, staff and parents.
3. Provides an overall classroom environment that is reflective of multi-ethnic populations, is conducive to enjoyment, relaxation and socialization and has well defined interest areas. Shares responsibility for room arrangements and clean-up after daily classroom activities.
4. Promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children and among staff.
5. With the classroom team prepares and implements lesson plans that encompass the intellectual, social, emotional and physical growth of all children.
6. With the classroom team, supervises all of the children’s activities, modeling respect and acceptance of each child as an individual
7. With the classroom team, identifies children who may need specialized services.
8. Observe and report children’s health, development, and behavior to team teachers and experts.
9. Completes observations, anecdotal notes, screenings, Teaching Strategies GOLD checkpoints, home visits and parent teacher conferences as required.
10. Oversee implementation of Creative Curriculum, NAEYC standards and Head Start Program Standards as it pertains to classroom program and ensure all information is entered into designated operating system (i.e., COPA, Teaching Strategies GOLD, portfolios, etc.)
11. Supervise, monitor, coach and provide input in evaluation of co-teachers, volunteers, student teachers, etc.
12. Explore new curriculum ideas by utilizing external resources that are age-appropriate.
13. Oversee, instruct, monitor and evaluate outputs that result in the achievement of program outcomes as outlined in the Program Outcome Plan making recommendations to immediate supervisor as needed.
14. Complete and submit required reports, documentation, etc. as it relates to Creative Curriculum, NAEYC, Head Start and PreK requirements.
15. Introduce and teach language development skills, concepts of numbers, colors, shapes, textures, science skills, music and rhythm, and arts and crafts.
16. Supervise and participate in all activities, both in and out of the classroom.
17. Utilize appropriate child development practices regarding guidance and discipline.
18. Oversee room arrangements, classroom equipment and maintenance of classroom environment.
19. Maintain appropriate staff/child ratio as required by DCFS licensing standards.
20. Maintain records of child observations and evaluations. Consult with the Education Coordinator and Director when needed.
21. Plan field trips; prepare children and follow-up on field trip activities.
22. Establish effective working relationships with parents; maintain close, daily contact with parents of the children, and meet with them through parent/teacher conferences, home visits and on an individual basis as needed.
23. Meet with and make referrals to Family Support Worker when appropriate.
24. Meet with program staff for staffing on individual children.
25. Work closely with special consultants and other resource people.
26. Assist in other classrooms and programs as required by the agency.
27. Attend and participate in staff meetings, parent meetings, and other meetings as necessary.
28. Conduct weekly team meetings to complete lesson plans, discuss children’s progress and individual needs, discuss check points, parent teacher conferences, home visits etc.
29. Perform record keeping and other functions as assigned and report regularly to the Site Manager.
30. Collaborate with other staff, volunteers, and/or neighborhood organizations with on-going program implementation and in developing special events.
31. Maintain knowledge current in field, including attendance at seminars, workshops, and in-service training programs.
32. Attend regular supervision sessions with supervisor.
33. Assess program and recommend changes for improvement to the Director.
34. Recruit children for program
35. Perform other related duties as assigned.