Under the supervision of the Site Supervisor, the Teacher II is responsible for adhering to the guidelines of Health and Human Services Head Start Performance Standards related to Early Childhood Services in conjunction with State Licensing Standards. The Teacher II is responsible for leadership and management of the center during the absence of the Site Supervisor. It is the expectation that programmatic recruitment takes place throughout the community as specified and designated.
Ensures a safe and healthy environment that follows the Head Start/Early Head Start Performance Standards and Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS) Licensing Standards.
Daily completion of Health and Safety checklist.
Implements the principles of the Creative Curriculum approach based on a child-centered curriculum that encourages decision-making, cultural awareness, and exploration. Children are provided with choices of learning center activities, large and small groups, and individualized activities.
Ensures that a variety of materials are kept safe and rotated frequently; with children’s materials separate from teacher supplies. In addition, maintain inventory of supplies and equipment, and submit requisition needs to site supervisor for approval.
Provides an individual labeled space for each child.
Guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom.
Ensures that the children are actively supervised at all times.
Eats with children and provides appropriate social discussions and self-help skills during mealtime.
Maintain a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including daily/weekly observations in each developmental area, examples of the child's work, and a developmental assessment that is completed three times per program year. (Teaching Strategies GOLD)
Develop individualized goals for children in collaboration with parents and update monthly.
Develop weekly lesson plans. Include individual parent/child goals and goals from child’s IEP/IFSP for children with disabilities. Post weekly lesson plans in classroom after gaining approval from the center’s site supervisor.
Offer ongoing opportunities for parent input on weekly lesson plans.
Use the playground as an extension of the classroom; assures that the playground is safe.
Implement behaviors reflective of the Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) domains on the lesson plan and during daily teacher-child interactions.
Conduct screenings for all children within 45 days of the program year. Provide follow-up screenings and/or referrals as needed.
Responsible for referral of behavioral, health, education, mental health and social service concerns to appropriate content area staff member.
Implement children's Individual Education Plan (IEP) or Individual Family Service Plan (IFSP) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood;
Complete at minimum, two home visits and two parent teacher conferences to discuss the child's individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations as a method of keeping the parents engaged in their child’s development.
Maintains and turns in accurate daily attendance and food count at point of service.
Identifies and reports to the proper staff person about potential child abuse cases.
Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the center, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children
Participates in the Case Management Staffing with prepared notes from observations and assessments of children.
Is a team member and effective role model, sets up written systems for sharing responsibilities: hold daily team meetings and share information.
Have a generally positive approach to other people, to themselves, and to the world.
Complete and submit required forms and records in a timely and accurate fashion, e.g., lesson plans, time sheets, meal reports etc.
Ensure that child education files are complete, accurate, and confidentially maintained.
Other duties as assigned within the guidelines of this position.
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education or related field. All degrees must come from a regionally accredited educational institution which has U.S. Department of Education approval. Thirty-six hours or more of college credits in Child Development or related field is required if the degree is in another field.
A Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential must be acquired within one year of employment if the Bachelor’s Degree is in an unrelated field.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
Proficiency in the use Microsoft Office applications.
Demonstrate the skill and competence to meet personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers.
One to three years’ experience working in a childcare setting is required.
At least 18 years of age.
Passage of complete background clearance, physical and Tuberculosis (TB) Test.
Understanding and commitment to the social teachings of Catholic Charities.
A valid driver’s license, reliable means of transportation and proof of liability insurance is required.
Internal Number: CC-07-18GS & CC-153-18GS
About Catholic Charities - Diocese of Joliet
These programs include Head Start, Early Head Start, wrap-around child care, Home-Based, and Expectant Mothers initiative. Children participate in developmentally appropriate activities; receive medical and dental care; have healthy meals and snacks; and enjoy playing indoors and outdoors in a safe center-based setting.