Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal, to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857, Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan is Illinois’ first comprehensive human services agency and reaches more than 72,000 individuals and families in Chicago, Evanston/Skokie, the southwest suburbs and DuPage County with services promoting education, economic stability, emotional wellness and empowerment.
The Chicago Reader has named our Learning and Wellness Center the 2017 Best Daycare in Chicago!
We are now hiring for a full-time Master Primary Caregiver to join our Learning and Wellness Center and North Children Center Team!
Under the supervision of the Education Manager and Site Director, the Master Primary Caregiver (Floater) is responsible for the education and general development of children in assigned 0-3 classroom/s while providing coverage to classrooms. Ensures compliance with Early Head Start, PI, DCFS and NAEYC Accreditation Standards and applicable licensing standards. **$1,500 Signing Bonus! ($500 at the time of hire and $1,000 after completing one year of employment).
ESSENTIAL JOB FUNCTIONS:
Maintain a positive emotional environment in the classroom by modeling and ensuring that children are spoken and listened to respectfully and comforted as necessary. Set developmentally appropriate limits for children with reasonable consequences and use positive reinforcements that support the development of children’s self-help skills.
Promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children by developing and implementing individualized weekly curriculum and lesson plans using Creative Curriculum and projects. This includes literacy, dramatic play, science, math, fine and gross motor activities, open-ended art, and problem-solving.
Model and ensure appropriate adult-child interactions that including the use of open-ended questions, moderate tone of voice, respect for children’s individual learning and communication styles as well as provide assistance, comfort and encouragement, as needed.
Organize and maintain the physical classroom environment to compliment the curriculum and provide a safe, healthy environment.
Supervise and/or delegate responsibility to supervise all children classroom, outdoor and off-site activities.
Conduct and/or oversee screening of all children within prescribed time frames using the Early Screening Inventory, Ages and Stages Social Emotional Questionnaire and other prescribed tools.
Develop a portfolio for each child that include weekly observations, objective anecdotal recordings, anecdotal recordings of other teachers, parents and children, samples of each child’s work, photographs and dictations from each child.
Ensure the development of an education file for each child that contains required forms, consents, assessments, screening results, IEPs, parent-teacher conference results, home visits, on-going individual goal planning and accommodations, as needed.
Plan and implement a minimum of semi-annual home visits and parent-teacher conferences.
Supervise and provide leadership to classroom staff by modeling DAP practices, conducting weekly individual and team supervision, providing resources and professional development opportunities to team, coaching, create individual and team goals.
Participate in teacher development opportunities through in-services, conferences and professional organizations, and utilize available on site resources, internet websites, professional organizations and libraries.
Serve as an advocate for children and families through participation in the IEP development; clearly communicate relevant information about children to parents, specialists and other agency staff; serve as a member of the Direct Service Team; support center goals; translate policies, developmentally appropriate practice, curriculum and standards to parents.
Ensure effective and supportive relationships with parents, children and staff are developed and maintained.
Supervise and coach student teachers, volunteers and new teaching staff.
Plan and implement learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children, including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy, phonemic, and print awareness, their understanding and use of increasingly complex and varied vocabulary, their appreciation of books, their understanding of early math and early science, their problem-solving abilities, and their approaches to learning.
Establish and maintain a safe, healthy learning environment.
Support the social and emotional development of children.
Encourage the involvement of the families of the children in a Head Start program and supporting the development of relationships between children and their families.
Other duties as assigned.
Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from an accredited college or university and one (1) year teaching experience preferred.
Some supervisory experience.
Ability to work effectively with diverse individuals and groups.
Metropolitan Family Services offers a very generous benefits packet to our professionals:
Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: HMO, Traditional PPO, or PPO w/ HSA contributions
Dental and Vision Insurance Options
11 paid Holidays
Paid Time Off (PTO)
Training and Professional Development Plan with E- Learning
Wellness Initiative Program
Employee Assistance Network
About Metropolitan Family Services
Metropolitan Family Services empowers families to learn, to earn, to heal and to thrive. Part mentor, part motivator, part advocate, since 1857 Metropolitan Family Services has been the engine of change that empowers Chicago-area families to reach their greatest potential and positively impact their communities. Metropolitan serves more than 67,000 families and individuals as diverse as the communities in which they live, with 81% being part of the working poor or lower-middle class.