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    Assistant Teacher

    Location: Lake County, IL              Apply For this Job      Aplicar en español

    Pay Period: Hourly
    Salary Based on Qualification: $12.00 hourly on CDA on AA waiver $12.50 hourly One Year Cert with AA waiver $13.50 hourly AA
    Weeks per Year: 41
    Hours Per Week: 40

    IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Center Supervisor

    GENERAL SUMMARY:

    This position works as a part of a teaching team to work as a partner with the teacher/lead teacher in developing activities for preschool (Head Start) children to provide them with varied experiences and an appropriate learning environment. Works with typically developing children and children with disabilities. Assistance is given to the teacher in carrying out the goals, policies, and activities designed to implement educational objectives and performance standards. This position works with families to promote parent involvement in the program. In addition, this position might also serve as a Bus Monitor as part of the transportation services provided by the program. This position may be assigned additional duties based upon program need and areas of developing expertise. This position works along with the teacher/lead teacher to attain the goals of the program. The position may be reassigned to various classrooms/centers as deemed necessary for program operations.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Preschool Classroom Activities 

    1. Assists the teacher in all classroom activities, field trips and outdoor activities including lesson plans. 

    1. Provide sufficient and appropriate outdoor time daily for children (see Operations Manual for specifics). Dress in clothing which is appropriate for outdoor activity and all-weather conditions. 

    1. Assists in developing materials and providing activities related to the cultural background of the children and families served.  

    1. Parent/Family Involvement and Community Relations 

    1. Assists the teacher in meeting the program's needs for parent/family involvement in each classroom. 

    1. Establishes a relationship of trust and rapport with the families of the children.  

    1. Child and Adult Care Food Program 

    1. Contributes to the collection and edit processes of correct documentation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This process is important and contributes additional dollars which in turn enhances food delivery. 

    1. Be knowledgeable about CACFP requirements regarding portions and components of each meal service. 

    1. Conduct point of service meal documentation, count meals when children are seated and have been offered a credible meal by USDA standards for portions and components. 

    1. Enter point of service meal counts in appropriate forms or software used by program to support claim reimbursement. 

    1. Active Supervision Duties: 

       Applies anytime you are working with children: 

    1. Understands and implements all required policies and procedures related to the active supervision of children at all times, including: 

    2. Observation of the environment evaluating that children have a place to play and they can be observed and listened at all times. 

    3. Continuously scan & count for children under care and reports accurate number when asked.  

    4. Listen to children at all times to identify potential danger, like specific sounds or the lack of any sound that may trigger an action.  


    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

    Minimum requirement is one of the following: 

    1. A current Child Development Associate (CDA) credential;  

    1. Be enrolled in a CDA credential program to be completed within two years of being hired into the position;  

    1. An associate or baccalaureate degree (in any area); or  

    1. Be enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree.

    2.  

    Requirements for employment with CDI Head Start may be different than those required by the former grantee or a replacement grantee. If applicable federal, state or local Head Start or child care regulations, now or as amended in the future, contain additional requirements or qualifications for this position which are not specifically stated in this Job Description, the requirements and qualifications will apply, even if not specifically set forth in this Job Description.

    CDI HS offers full benefits including medical, vision, dental & life insurance. Paid holidays and scheduled closures. Tuition reimbursement available to those who qualify. Position open until filled. CDI Head Start is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or any other legally protected status. We provide reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should notify Human Resources at the local program.  Position open until filled.

     

    Custodian

    Location: Lake County, IL              Apply For this Job      Aplicar en español

    Pay Period: Hourly
    Salary Range: $ 11.00- $ 11.00
    Weeks per Year: 41
    Hours Per Week: 40

    IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR:  Facilities/Transportation Manager

    GENERAL SUMMARY:

    This position is responsible for ensuring clean, safe, functional facilities by performing cleaning and maintenance activities as well as some repair activities including plumbing, electrical, carpentry and painting when professional licensure is not required.

    PRIMARY RESPONSIBILITIES:

    1. Cleans facilities on a daily basis and ensures that assigned facilities are clean and free of hazards.  Cleans classrooms, hallways, floors, bathrooms, offices, entrances, etc. 

    1. Performs routine preventative maintenance such as replacing filters on cooling equipment. 

    1. Performs routine maintenance of buildings and grounds during program breaks and more often, as needed. 

    1. Performs outdoor tasks such as snow removal, sweeping steps, porches and drives, maintaining parking lot, mowing lawns, trimming shrubs and trees, raking gravel or leaves, clearing parking areas, etc.  

    1. Performs minor plumbing, painting, carpentry and some electrical repairs or repair work in assigned facilities, where a professional license is not required. 

    1. Keeps and updates documentation such as Safety Data Sheets, repairs plans and procurement information.  

    1. Accurately procures the supplies, equipment and work that is required to maintain the facility. 

    1. Acquires knowledge of federal, state and local safety requirements and building code requirements related to Head Start/Early Head Start facilities. 

    1. Participates in job related meetings when requested. 

    1. Regular and predictable attendance is a requirement of the job. 

    1. Active Supervision Duties 

       Applies anytime you are working with children: 

    1. Understands and implements all required policies and procedures related to the active supervision of children at all times, including: 

    2. Observation of the environment evaluating that children have a place to play and they can be observed and listened at all times. 

    3. Continuously scan & count for children under care and reports accurate number when asked.  

    4. Listen to children at all times to identify potential danger, like specific sounds or the lack of any sound that may trigger an action. 

    5. Develops knowledge to the children under care to anticipate their behavior, performing wellness check and being proactive and avoiding putting children in danger. 

    1. Collaborates with the Bus Driver in teaching children the correct safety procedures for boarding and exiting a bus as well as the danger zones around the vehicle. 

    1. Checks independently from the bus driver that the bus is empty at the end of each run and that all children are accounted for. 

    1. Interacts with children throughout their time on the bus to extend and reinforce classroom learning. 

    1. Ensuring that indoor and outdoor equipment and facilities are clean and do not present any hazard. 

    1. Ensure that classrooms and centers are equipped with safety supplies that are readily accessible to staff.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

    The above knowledge and abilities are typically acquired through experience in custodial, maintenance services and/or in the area of janitorial services. The minimum requirement is that the individual be 18 years of age. This is an entry-level position requiring no previous education or experience unless there is a local or state regulation that requires a high school diploma or G.E.D. A high school diploma or G.E.D. is preferred. 

    Requirements for employment with CDI Head Start may be different than those required by the prior grantee or a replacement grantee. If applicable federal, state or local Head Start or child care regulations, now or as amended in the future, contain additional requirements or qualifications for this position which are not specifically stated in this Job Description, the requirements and qualifications will apply, even if not specifically set forth in this Job Description. 

    Bilingual preferred (English/Spanish or English and other languages present in the local area). Acceptable tuberculosis screening results (if required by state regulations), a clear criminal records check (including child abuse registry check if required by state regulations) and an initial health exam are required post job offer and prior to employment. To drive agency vehicles (if applicable), must have a valid driver’s license and be insurable by the CDI Head Start insurance carrier and have a Motor Vehicle Record acceptable to CDI Head Start.  Current and former Head Start/Early Head Start parents will receive preference for employment vacancies for which they are qualified.

     

    Requirements for employment with CDI Head Start may be different than those required by the former grantee or a replacement grantee. If applicable federal, state or local Head Start or child care regulations, now or as amended in the future, contain additional requirements or qualifications for this position which are not specifically stated in this Job Description, the requirements and qualifications will apply, even if not specifically set forth in this Job Description.

    CDI HS offers full benefits including medical, vision, dental & life insurance. Paid holidays and scheduled closures. Tuition reimbursement available to those who qualify. Position open until filled. CDI Head Start is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants are considered without regard to race, color, religion, sex, age, disability or any other legally protected status. We provide reasonable accommodation to the known disabilities of applicants and employees, unless doing so would pose an undue hardship. Those applicants requiring reasonable accommodation should notify Human Resources at the local program.  Position open until filled.

     

    Center Supervisor/ Teacher Preschool

    Location:Lake County, IL               Apply For this Job      Aplicar en español

    Pay Period: Biweekly
    Salary Range: $ 1,480.00 - $
    Weeks per Year: 41
    Hours Per Week: 40

    IMMEDIATE SUPERVISOR: Education/Disabilities Services Manage

    GENERAL SUMMARY:

    This position is responsible for the general and day-to-day operations of a Head Start/Early Head Start center or cluster of outlying centers, covering multiple classrooms, assuring regulatory and legal compliance with federal, state and local regulations, communicating with parents and the community and supervision and monitoring of all staff working at the assigned center(s). The position also has responsibility for a group of children as the Teacher in the classroom. The position may be reassigned to various centers as deemed necessary for program operations. Receives content area supervision, training and technical assistance from content area managers/specialists/ coordinators. 

     This position also serves as the lead worker in a classroom of Head Start children by planning, implementing, and supervising all classroom activities. This position works with typically developing children and children with disabilities. Because this position is one part of a large system of services provided to children and families, this position also serves as a social service referral person and shares responsibility for parent involvement in the program. The position of Teacher works in tandem with the rest of the parts of the system as an integrated team to support the goals of the program. The position may be reassigned to various classrooms/centers as deemed necessary for program operations. The position may serve as “site director” for child care licensing purposes.

     PRIMARY RESPONSIBILTIES:

    Program Development

    • Develops and monitors center and staff schedules.
    • Arranges and schedules substitutes for the center classrooms.
    • Arranges for family, staff workdays for center improvements, fairs, events, etc.
    • Assists in establishing and fostering a team approach and coordination of services and the sharing of resources among centers within the overall program.
    • Responsible for monthly safety checks, fire drills and safety meetings as well as updating of the Safety Log.
    • Investigates any child or staff incidents, assuring all forms are complete and notifying the appropriate authorities and/or supervisor.
    • Takes the lead and arranges and attends Family Nights, Parent Committee meetings and works with staff and parents to plan and carry them out.
    • Receives and responds to verbal and written complaints about the program/center while managing the Parent/Community Complaint procedure at the center level.
    • Implements and supports “best practices” in early education programming in conjunction with the early childhood staff when applicable.
    • Plans for and equips indoor and outdoor areas to meet children’s developmental and safety needs in accordance with budget.
    • Develops and facilitates a positive community presence in the community, focusing on networking opportunities, enhancement of volunteer participation and educational awareness efforts in regard to program needs.
    • Responsible for monitoring and compliance with applicable local, state and federal rules, regulations and standards as well as with any state and federal contracts, health, safety and childcare licensing regulations and renewal.
    • Responsible for assuring compliance with quality assurance and program evaluation requirements.
    • Meets with parents and community members as appropriate
    • Attends all required training and workshops to include but not limited to 15 hours of classroom focused professional development and methods that comply with applicable State and local laws for identifying and reporting child abuse and neglect.
    • Remains up to date on information that pertains to the needs of the children in the program including Head Start Performance Standards, childcare licensing regulations and other applicable regulations and practices.
    • Responsible for the weekly preparation of daily lesson plans, which includes objectives to be posted for parents, volunteers and visitors in the classroom.
    • Develops an individual plan for each child to include goal setting based on identified needs and prescriptions for objectives and activities to meet established goals (outcomes).
    • Schedules home visits and parent-teacher conferences with families as required and on an as-needed basis and documents these events.
    • Maintains strict confidentiality with respect to Head Start children, families and staff in accordance with established policies and procedures.
    • Prepares and maintains a safe, healthy learning environment for children that is positive, developmentally appropriate and experientially based.
    • Provide sufficient and appropriate outdoor time daily for children (see Operations Manual for specifics). Dress in clothing which is appropriate for outdoor activity and all-weather conditions.
    • Develops individual training plans for all staff supervised making it clear what is expected and what the timeframe is for completion of short and long-term goals.
    • Participates in Individual Education Plan (IEP) meetings.
    • Regular and Predictable attendance is a requirement of the job.
    • Preschool Program Implementation
    • Supervises all classroom activities, field trips and outdoor activities.
    • Plans and provides a developmentally and linguistically appropriate curriculum and experiences in a manner appropriate to the ages, languages and cultures of children served.
    • Directs any special needs problems to the appropriate manager/specialist/coordinator or supervisor.
    • Plans and implements learning experiences that advance the intellectual and physical development of children including improving the readiness of children for school by developing their literacy and phonemic, print and numeracy awareness, their understanding of the use of language, 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.
    • Implements education lesson plans and daily programs for children in accordance with each child's need, based on a method of observing and recording children’s interests and current levels of functioning.
    • Supports social and emotional development and provides positive guidance and discipline.
    • Maintains a commitment to professionalism and continues own professional development so that decisions are based on knowledge of early childhood theories and practices.
    • Submits monthly progress reports to the supervisor as scheduled.
    • Supervises or orders supplies as needed and takes inventory as requested.
    • Submits monthly bills and reports to the central office in a timely manner.
    • Maintains child records in cooperation with the family services/case management staff.
    • Gathers and maintains individual, family and classroom data for documentation, on-going assessment, evaluation and recordkeeping for successful individual and program planning.
    • Parent Involvement and Community Relations
    • Sets up system to assure program's needs for parent involvement in each classroom are met.
    • Establishes positive and productive relationships with families focusing on a relationship of trust and rapport with the parents of the children.
    • Participates in the orientation of parents to Head Start throughout the year.
    • Facilitates and supports monthly Parent Committee meetings at the center.
    • Schedules and arranges meetings and documents parent-teacher conferences and home visits as required.

    • Contributes to the collection and edit processes of correct documentation for the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). This process is important and contributes additional dollars which in turn enhances food delivery.
    • Be knowledgeable about CACFP requirements regarding portions and components of each meal service.
    • Conduct point of service meal documentation or assign responsible staff to count meals when children are seated and have been offered a credible meal by USDA standards for portions and components.
    • Enter point of service meal counts in appropriate forms or software used by program to support claim reimbursement.
    • Edit check twice CACFP records for accuracy and integrity before submitting to program office for additional edit checking.

      Supervision

    • Makes daily job assignments within the classroom, provides instruction in performing job duties and models appropriate classroom practices.
    • Sets the standards of the classroom and goals for staff members supervised and other classroom staff, monitors progress toward goals, provides regular feedback and submits performance appraisals in a timely manner.
    • Provides daily supervision of all classroom staff, monitors employee performance and classroom activities. Conducts competency assessments and performance evaluation of assigned staff and volunteers.


      Active Supervision Duties:

    • Understands and implements all required policies and procedures related to the active supervision of children at all times, including:
    • Observation of the environment evaluating that children have a place to play and they can be observed and listened at all times.
    • Continuously scan & count for children under care and reports accurate number when asked.
    • Listen to children at all times to identify potential danger, like specific sounds or the lack of any sound that may trigger an action.
    • Develops knowledge to the children under care to anticipate their behavior, performing wellness check and being proactive and avoiding putting children in danger.
    • Collaborates with the Bus Driver in teaching children the correct safety procedures for boarding and exiting a bus as well as the danger zones around the vehicle.
    • Checks independently from the bus driver that the bus is empty at the end of each run and that all children are accounted for.
    • Interacts with children throughout their time on the bus to extend and reinforce classroom learning.
    • Ensuring that indoor and outdoor equipment and facilities are clean and do not present any hazard.
    • Ensure that classrooms and centers are equipped with safety supplies that are readily accessible to staff.

    EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE:

                Current minimum qualification is the following: Minimum requirement is an Associate's degree or higher in early childhood education, child development or other related education or human service degree with experience working with young children preferred. One-year supervisory experience preferred. Some experience in financial management and budgeting preferred. Previous Head Start/Early Head Start experience preferred. Ability to meet the state requirement(s) for “site director” required.

                                                        

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