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 teachers 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 Teacher Aide provides support to the teaching team in planning and implementing developmentally appropriate learning experiences for children; maintaining the classroom; and managing children in accordance with the YMCA goals and curriculum plan. The Teacher Aide is responsible for supporting the teaching team in, supervision of children assigned in the classroom, and providing a supportive and positive classroom climate, while ensuring the individual needs of the children are met as mandated by DCFS, ExceleRate Illinois, NAEYC, federal, state and local standards, as applicable.
Scope of Responsibilities:
- Assists the classroom team in abiding by all quality standards, such as DCFS, for maintaining safe, high quality programming.
- Demonstrates enthusiasm and interpersonal skills to relate well with children while serving as a role model for children, families and staff in demonstrating positive attitudes, appropriate attire and grooming and an effective work ethic.
- Utilizes and models appropriate grammar, language, positive interactions and discipline for children and families.
- In conjunction with the classroom team, provides opportunities for children to develop positive self-images and experience success.
- Observes, assesses and documents each child’s health, skills, behavior, growth and development, as assigned.
- Assists with routines such as toileting/training, tooth brushing, hand washing, and meals promptly and consistently; attends and participates in weekly classroom team meetings and assists in planning activities.
- Completes routine professional development annually.
- Participates and supports association/center efforts towards recruitment, enrollment, attendance and retention of families while supporting the YMCA's mission and center operations as needed.
Lesson Planning and Classroom Management
- Assists with planning and implementation of developmentally age appropriate indoor/outdoor activities that will enhance the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of each child.
- Positively and actively interacts with and guides children while at play at their level.
- Helps with classroom management, arrangement, organization, and labeling materials.
- Actively participates in the upkeep and maintenance of a healthy, safe, and clean environment; regularly sanitizes classroom surfaces, equipment, toys and laundry.
Child Abuse Prevention
Supports the YMCA’s commitment to child abuse prevention by:
- Reporting any items that may provide a health or safety hazard to staff, members or guests to your supervisor
- Following all policies and procedures related to keeping children safe in our facilities and programs, including those related to the monitoring and supervision of children
- Reporting any suspicious behavior and violation of policy and procedures to your supervisor
- Completing all child abuse prevention training as required
High School Diploma or GED with 6-12 college credit hours in Child Development
Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential specific to age group 0-3 – Infants/Toddlers or 3-5 Preschool Must maintain current CDA status/renew as required