Albany Park Community Center, an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer, is seeking a full-time Teacher for its 2-year-old Preschool classroom located at the 5101 N. Kimball, Chicago location.
Work Schedule: Full-time, Monday – Friday
Develop and maintain a safe and nurturing classroom environment for a group of preschool children. Responsible for the education and general development of the children within the Agency’s policies and procedures; and in accordance with other APCC programs, City and State licensing requirements, NAEYC Accreditation, as well as funder requirements.
Examples of Duties and Responsibilities:
Promotes a welcoming program environment where families are valued and respected by staff.
In cooperation with others assigned to the room, supervises children and activities, both in the classroom and outside.
Works cooperatively with consultants, specialists, coordinators and other program staff to provide an optimal environment to meet each child's needs.
Identifies, researches, prepares, and implements individualized plans and progress reports on each child by maintaining regular observation and evaluation of child's development.
Implements and maintains a high-quality program in accordance with NAEYC accreditation guidelines and Head Start Performance Standards (if required), DCFS licensing and other funder requirements.
Ensures safe and clean classroom and outdoor environments.
Works cooperatively with all teaching staff and assists with supervising all children when classrooms are combined for activities/events and/or to meet staffing ratios.
Complete reports including attendance records, screenings, assessments, etc.
Maintains education file for each child in the classroom. Maintains education tracking as required.
Prepares and conducts two parent/teacher conferences and two home visits for each family with the teacher assistant.
Explains child development, early childhood education and the program philosophy to parents.
Attend meetings and appropriate professional development workshops to obtain a minimum of 20 training hours in accordance with DCFS licensing regulations.
Tend to child’s personal hygiene needs including changing diapers/pull-ups and changing soiled/wet clothing. Assist with toilet training, as needed.
Participate in the referral process for children with special needs. With the support of program staff, comply with the individual education plan for children as required.
Assist with recruiting children for the program.
Maintain knowledge of current trends in early education and child development.
Willingly assumes other duties and responsibilities as may be required or assigned.
BA or advanced degree in early childhood education, or BA or advanced degree in any subject with a minimum of 30 credit hours in ECE coursework.
Must hold an Illinois State Board of Education Professional Educator License (PEL) with Early Childhood Endorsement or ability to apply for and receive a PEL as required by the funder
Experience in Head Start and/or Preschool For All
Experience with Teaching Strategies GOLD
Member in Gateways to Opportunity Registry
Up-to-date professional development in Gateways Registry
Gateways Teacher Credential or proof of application for Teacher Credential
Completion of IDHS Training Requirements for CCAP Programs
Familiarity with CLASS
About ALbany Park Community Center
The Albany Park Community Center educates and supports members of the community as they determine their own path of growth and development by providing diverse programs and services for individuals, families, groups, and businesses. The Albany Park Community Center, Inc. (APCC), is a not-for-profit, community-based organization located in the multi-ethnic Chicago neighborhood of Albany Park. The Center operates a wide range of programs and services in and around the community we serve and since its inception, has been the largest social service agency exclusively serving Albany Park. Albany Park has been the site of dramatic community transition over the years. Predominantly upper-working class Jewish residents lived in the area until the early 1960's. Over the past forty years, the population profile has changed to include a high percentage of poverty-level and low-income working-class residents from a variety of backgrounds. Over 40 different languages are spoken in its public schools and Albany Park is now recognized as one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the entire United States. We are committed to respecting individual dignity, honoring diversity and self-determination, while providing the highest level of services with integrity and compassion.