Teacher Assistants for Early Childhood and Head Start programs assist
Lead Teachers in planning and implementing learning experiences that advance the intellectual, emotional, social, and physical development of children within a safe, healthy learning environment. They encourage the involvement of the families of the children of the program and support the development of relationships between children and their families.
Assists the teacher with implementing the weekly lessons plans utilizing the Creative Curriculum that meet agency, licensing, accrediting and funding body standards.
Interacts with the children to assist the teacher in assessing their strengths and needs to ensure curriculum development and individualized teaching.
Assists with maintaining open communication with parents/caregivers through maintaining bulletin board, weekly newsletters, planned activities, direct contact involving parents and other outreach.
Assists the teacher with meeting the needs of the individual student, ages three to five years, as well as promotes progress in all areas of development.
Communicates with parents, in consultation with the teacher, on an ongoing basis regarding their child's progress and participation in class, including parenUteacher conferences and home visits at regular intervals as applicable to program funding regulations.
Provides a safe, clean and nurturing environment for the children and ensure proper sanitation procedures are followed.
Assists the teacher in completing all required documentation in accordance with agency/programmatic policies and procedures, professional standards, and external requirements of all relevant regulatory, DCFS licensing, funding or accrediting bodies.
Participates in the NAEYC accreditation process and complies with the requirements of DFSS and DCFS as a licensed child care facility.
Participates in on-going recruitment activities designed to increase enrollment in the program.
Maintains up to date knowledge in the field by attending seminars, workshops and in-service trainings, obtain at least 20 professional development hours annually per requirements of Gateways to Opportunity, obtains Gateways to Opportunity
credentials relevant to position and works to increase credential levels as applicable to funding, accrediting and regulatory requirements.
Associate’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited college with a minimum of one year of experience.
2 years of college with 6 semester hours in Child Development, working to earn 30 hours in Child Development and 2 years work related experience.
Incumbents must be willing to participate in the CDA program if deemed necessary.
Assistant Teachers in the Pre-K classrooms are mandated to have 30 hours of college credit with 15 hours of Child Development.
Internal Number: 03012018
About Mary Crane Center
In 1908, Jane Addams started the Mary Crane Day Nursery at Hull House, after receiving a donation of a building from Richard Teller Crane in memory of his late wife. Hull House turned the Day Nursery over to the National College of Education in 1925, and Jane Addams joined with Edna Dean Baker, president of the College, to pioneer a new way of thinking about early childhood education. Their shared knowledge and firsthand experience of working with children and families was groundbreaking in the efforts to prepare young underprivileged children for success.Originally assisting children of poor immigrants on Chicago’s near West Side, the Center moved north to the Julia C. Lathrop Homes in 1963. In keeping with the spirit of its inception, the Mary Crane Center continues to serve communities in need and has added sites in Rogers Park, Austin and West Garfield Park over the past several years. The Mary Crane Center has launched the lives of over 15,000 children and families.