Under the supervision of the Site Supervisor and the assigned Teacher, the Associate Teacher is responsible for adhering to the guidelines of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Performance Standards related to Early Childhood Services in conjunction with State Licensing Standards.The Associate Teacher is responsible for day to day operations of the classroom in the absence of a Bachelor degreed teacher. 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.
With the teacher, 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.
In collaboration with the classroom teacher, make adjustments to the indoor and outdoor classroom space to reflect the individual needs and goals of children.
Provides an individual labeled space for each child.
With the teacher, ensures that the children are actively supervised at all times.
Eats with children and provides appropriate social discussions and self-help skills during mealtime.
Conduct ongoing child assessment three times per program year.
Conduct child observations daily and enter data into the Teaching Strategies Gold online system weekly.
Develop individualized goals for children in collaboration with parents and update monthly.
In collaboration with the teacher, develop weekly lesson plans. Include individual child goals and goals from child’s Individual Education Program/Individual Family Service Plan (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.
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.
Implement children's IEP or IFSP seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood.
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.
In collaboration with the teacher, schedules and conducts at least two home visits and two parent conferences per year.
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 participate in daily team meetings and share information with classroom and/or center staff.
Have a generally positive approach to other people, to themselves, and to the world.
Plans activities and methods for keeping parents interested and engaged in their child’s development.
Ability to work with the Teacher to plan, organize and implement position responsibilities effectively, providing input.
In collaboration with the teacher, complete and submit required forms and records in a timely and accurate fashion, e.g., lesson plans, meal reports etc.
Other duties as assigned within the guidelines of this position.
Associates of Arts Degree in Child Development with 36 or more hours of college credits in Child Development or related field. All degrees must come from a regionally accredited educational institution which has U.S. Department of Education approval.
Passage of complete background clearance, physical and Tuberculosis (TB) Test.
One to three years of experience working with young children and families in a Child Care setting is required.
Good written and verbal communication skills.
Proficiency in the use of Microsoft Office applications.
Demonstrate the skill and competence to meet personal qualifications as required in Part 407: Licensing Standards for Day Care Centers.
At least 18 years of age.
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.
Please apply at https://catholiccharitiesjoliet.org 6 Associate Teacher openings, reference the job codes below CC-122-17A, CC-152-18AL, CC-10-18FL, CC-150-18F, CC-144-17B, CC-151-18SJ ONLY online applications are considered and accepted, please no phone calls.
About catholic charities
Catholic Charities began helping individuals and families in crisis after World War I. Services were offered throughout Chicago and in Will, Grundy, Kankakee and DuPage counties. When the Diocese of Joliet was officially created in 1949, Catholic Charities programs and services continued to operate under the direction of the Chicago Archdiocese. However, in 1962, Catholic Charities, Diocese of Joliet, was officially incorporated and licensed as a child welfare agency in the State of Illinois. The areas served include Will, Grundy, DuPage, Kendall, Kankakee, Ford and Iroquois counties.
In the early years, Catholic Charities operated with no more than 40 staff and a budget of less than one million dollars. Today, the agency employs over 250 persons and operates on a budget a little over 21 million dollars.
Catholic Charities is a diocesan agency and maintains close contact with the Bishop of Joliet. Catholic Charities is also governed by a Board of Directors.
The agency has grown tremendously in over 50 years. But the dedication of serving needy and vulnerable members of the community that was present 50 years ago is still present today and can be witnessed in any of the programs and services offered at Catholic Charities.