Erie Neighborhood House, a progressive social service agency serving the Chicago metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society, is seeking an Assistant Infant Teacher to work in our NAEYC accredited Childcare Program.
Reporting to the Site Director, the basic function of the Assistant Infant Teacher is to maintain the safety and well-being of infants in their care.
Implement the Early Head Start/Prevention Initiative curriculum
Implement developmentally appropriate practice
Act as part of a team in creating an environment where children can learn
Act as part of a team in creating and implementing group and individual lesson plans
Serve as the primary caregiver for an assigned group of children
Monitor children at all times using active supervision
Assist with recording observations, writing individual child lesson plans, maintaining up-to-date documentation in COPA, Teaching Strategies GOLD, and child education files
Implement screenings, assessments, and reporting of outcomes for assigned children
Communicate with parents/families and reports child progress through scheduled parent-teacher conferences and home visits
Take proper care of classroom equipment and supplies and reports all repairs as needed and maintains an inventory
Research new ideas, methods, resources and materials for lesson plans
Promote an atmosphere of team work where staff, parents and children interact positively with each other
Participate in recruitment of families for Erie programs
Meets with the lead teacher monthly for supervision and support
Act as an ambassador for Erie Neighborhood House
Participate in required agency meetings and in-service training
Maintain Gateways registry membership
Participate in 20 hours of professional development each program year
Maintain 5 hours Gateways approved training each program year
Responsible for the program complying with Erie, the Board of Education and all State licensing requirements and performance standards, including promoting the health and safety of all children, following sanitation procedures and universal precautions, completing a bi-annual physical exam, complying with the Confidentiality and Child Abuse and Neglect Act as a mandated reporter, as well as the American with Disabilities Act and Erie’s Inclusion Policy
Other duties as assigned
Associates degree in Early Childhood Education
Must obtain Gateways Infant and Toddler credential level 5 by 2024
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred
Bilingual/bicultural Spanish preferred
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
Must be able to sit on the floor for extended periods of time
Experience in caring for infants and toddlers preferred
Physical constraints required include, but not limited to, the ability to lift and carry children and other items weighing up to 50 pounds including evacuation of the building during emergencies.
Demonstrates the following qualities: self-motivated, self-directed, follows directions, makes good judgments, creative, reliable, and dependable.
Exhibits sincere interest in working with children and is knowledgeable regarding children's development and growth.
Proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.
Upon offer of employment, must complete all forms related to hiring, including Erie’s application and employment status and 3 letters of recommendation. In addition, must complete all DCFS forms, including a Criminal Background Check, Fingerprinting and a Child Abuse and Neglect Background Check.
About Erie Neighborhood House
Erie Neighborhood House is a community service agency founded in 1870 that promotes a just and inclusive society by strengthening low-income, primarily Latino families through skill-building, access to critical resources and collaborative action.