Be a part of our mission
The mission of the YMCA of Metro Chicago is to develop strong children, families and communities across Metropolitan Chicago through academic readiness, character development, violence prevention, fitness and healthy living. We rely on the expertise, passion, commitment and energy of our staff and other team members to help us achieve our mission one child, one family, and one team member at a time.
Our early learning programs create a child-centered environment that promotes learning, character development, healthy living and positive, nurturing relationships. With a commitment to meeting accreditation standards and extensive training and development in research-based practices, you’ll also learn and grow and positively impact our children, families and communities.
The role of the paraprofessional is to provide additional support in the Head Start/Child Care classrooms, for children with suspected and pre-diagnosed moderate to severe disabilities. Under the guidance of the Teacher, the paraprofessional assists in administering and scoring screening, assessment and with the maintenance of education folders and portfolios for children. In addition, they are to understand, model and teach acceptance and acceptable behavior through instructional activities. The paraprofessional's role is to assist in providing a well-organized, smooth functioning classroom environment for children, which meets Head Start, city and state regulations and YMCA policies and procedures.
Scope and Responsibilities:
Model positive behavior and utilize appropriate language, interactions and positive discipline Interact with children;
Work with individual child or small groups of children to reinforce new skills initially introduced by the teacher or identified in the I.E.P.
Assist the Teacher and Assistant Teacher with instructing and supervising children in classroom activities, especially those children suspected/ identified as having a moderate to severe disability.
Assist the 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 and implement and model family style eating during meal times.
Assist with field trips or neighborhood walks under the supervision of the Teacher.
Continuously monitor children to ensure safety at all times.
Immediately notifies appropriate personnel of evidence of substance abuse, child abuse, child neglect, severe medical or social conditions, potential suicide or individuals appearing to be under the influence of alcohol, controlled substances.
Advocate for full inclusion in the Head Start/ Child care classrooms.
Assist program in the recruitment of children with disabilities.
Attend and actively participate in I.E.P. meetings with teaching staff and parent(s).
Participate in team meetings. Communicate and share ideas and concerns with Teacher, Assistant Teacher, Site Director, and Disabilities and E.C.E. Operations Directors.
Assist in designing and maintaining display boards/bulletin boards for the classrooms and hallways.
Assist Teacher and Assistant Teacher with maintenance of education folders and portfolios for children.
Engage in continuing education and professional development activities such as trainings, workshops, and classes to meet program/classroom needs and requirements.
Assist Teacher and Assistant Teacher with developing appropriate individualized activities for children suspected/ identified with disabilities, for inclusion in lesson plans.
Assist the Teacher in administering and scoring appropriate screenings and assessments required by the program according to designated timelines, when trained and instructed to do so by Teacher or Site Director.
Utilize research library, research, plan, and develop age appropriate activities for lesson plans in conjunction with Teacher, and Assistant Teacher.
Must have excellent command of English language and grammar, both verbal and written.
Must be able to remain abreast of developments in the child development field to enhance professional growth and development.
Must have experience with office equipment and able to manually operate and use a computer.
- Ability and willingness to travel to YMCA child care sites located in high-risk low income communities.
- High School Diploma or higher
- Ability to read and speak English proficiently.
- Ability to maintain confidentiality.
- Cooperates successfully as a member of a team.
- Communicates effectively with others, including giving and receiving feedback on the quality of services.
- Demonstrated capability to interface and maintain effective relationships with staff, consultants, and regulatory/funding representatives in a team-oriented environment.
- Communicate and respond accurately, clearly and professionally in written and verbal forms and in a manner that consistently demonstrates respect and concern;
- Exhibit a personality that demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with children with a disability.
- Ability to process, protect and exercise discretion in handling confidential information and materials.
- Demonstrate ability to use computer software and electronic equipment for visual and audio materials need to make modification to the classroom/schedule for children with disabilities.