The role of the paraprofessional is to provide additional support in the Head Start classrooms where preschool children with pre-diagnosed moderate to severe disabilities are enrolled. The paraprofessional’s goal is to assist in providing a well-organized, smooth functioning classroom environment in which all children can take full advantage of the instructional program and available resource materials.
Assist the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher with instructing and supervising children in classroom activities, especially those children identified as having a moderate to severe disability.
Work with individual children or small groups of children to reinforce new skills initially introduced by the teacher.
Assist the Lead Teacher and Assistant Teacher in devising and implementing special strategies for reinforcing skills based on the special needs and abilities of each child.
Assist with critical daily activities such as classroom transition times, mealtimes and toileting.
Utilize appropriate language, interactions and positive discipline.
Model positive behavior.
Implement age appropriate activities that support the Head Start standards, the NAEYC standards and the Creative Curriculum.
Implement and model family style eating during meal times.
Assist with field trips or day trips such as neighborhood walks under the supervision of the Lead Teacher.
Continuously monitor children to ensure safety at all times, and report child abuse and neglect.
Mandatory Job Qualifications:
High School Diploma or Equivalence Certificate.
Experience with children preferred.
Must be at least 18 years of age.
Cooperates successfully as a member of a team.
Communicates effectively with others, including giving and receiving feedback on the quality of services.
Meet any specific content area requirements.
Ability to maintain confidentiality.
Internal Number: 12042019
About Mary Crane Center
In 1908, Jane Addams started the Mary Crane Day Nursery at Hull House, after receiving a donation of a building from Richard Teller Crane in memory of his late wife. Hull House turned the Day Nursery over to the National College of Education in 1925, and Jane Addams joined with Edna Dean Baker, president of the College, to pioneer a new way of thinking about early childhood education. Their shared knowledge and firsthand experience of working with children and families was groundbreaking in the efforts to prepare young underprivileged children for success.Originally assisting children of poor immigrants on Chicago’s near West Side, the Center moved north to the Julia C. Lathrop Homes in 1963. In keeping with the spirit of its inception, the Mary Crane Center continues to serve communities in need and has added sites in Rogers Park, Austin and West Garfield Park over the past several years. The Mary Crane Center has launched the lives of over 15,000 children and families.