Erie Neighborhood House, a progressive social service agency serving the Chicago metropolitan area and dedicated to promoting a just and inclusive society, is seeking a ToddlerTeacher Assistant to work in our NAEYC accredited Childcare Program.
Reporting to the Lead Teacher, the Toddler Teacher Assistant’s basic function is to be responsible for actively participating in the classroom team in the education care and general development of the children following DCFS licensing, NAEYC, and Head Start standards.
In collaboration with the classroom team, plans, prepares, and implements developmentally and culturally appropriate lesson plans for the classroom
Promotes recognition, acceptance and positive interactions among children, families and staff in the classroom
Welcomes parents and children into the classroom and works to develop a positive relationship
Meets with the lead teacher monthly for supervision and support
Monitors overall health and safety of the children on a daily basis, and reports any signs of illness, injury, abuse or neglect to the lead teacher
Uses active supervision techniques to supervise children at all times
Enters documentation into My Teaching Strategies on a weekly basis
Completes daily health check forms
Completes daily meal sheets accurately
Participates in recruitment of children and families for Erie House programs
Acts as an ambassador for Erie Neighborhood House
With the classroom team, identifies children who may benefit from specialized services and assists in completion of referrals
Participates in quarterly team meetings with Family Advocate staff
Attends monthly all staff meetings, agency meetings, and in-service meetings as required
Maintains a current Illinois Gateways Registry membership
Maintains five hours of Gateways approved trainings per program year
Completes 20 hours of professional development training per 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 or Child Development
Illinois Gateways Early Childhood Education credential level 4 (preschool) or Illinois Gateways Infant and Toddler credential level 4 (toddler)
Bilingual/bicultural Spanish preferred
Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds
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.
Must be able to sit on the floor for extended periods of time.
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.