YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago

Early Head Start Teacher

Company : Name Linked South Side YMCA
Job Locations US-IL-Chicago | US-IL-Chicago | US-IL-Chicago
Location : Address
6330 S. Stony Island
Early Learning/Child Care
Monday - Friday 8:00- 5:00

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Early Head Start - Teacher Opportunity


Earn a $300 signing bonus 30 days after your start date as an active Y employee!


Now hiring for the following Locations/Neighborhoods:


North Lawdale/Homan Square

Marshall/East Garfield Park

South Side YMCA/ Woodlawn


The YMCA of Metropolitan Chicago is hiring a full-time Teacher for our Early Head Start program. The Early Head Start Teacher provides effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning, assessment, evaluation, and related research for children ages 6 weeks-3 years old. This position will have a base located at the South Side YMCA center, a community-focused nonprofit, located at 6330 S Stony Is Ave, Chicago, IL 60637.


The Y offers a variety of impactful programming to all ages and families. Following the Y's impact for more than 150 years, 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.


Job Summary:

The Early Head Start Teacher provides effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning, assessment, evaluation, and related research for children ages 6 weeks-3 years old. The Early Head Start Teacher is responsible for providing developmentally appropriate learning experiences, 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 Head Start, NAEYC, federal, state and local standards.


Our staff is the Y's greatest asset. Our teams provide valuable skills, knowledge, and passion that is essential to the contribution and positive impact in our communities, which is why we offer Y employees numerous perks and benefits, including:

  • Comprehensive benefits package for eligible employees 
  • Opportunity for eligible employees to participate in the Y's retirement fund 
  • Be part of a team that is passionate about building and sustaining an inclusive and equitable environment for all staff, volunteers, and members
  • Do meaningful work and contribute to the advancement of the YMCA vision by meeting the needs of the people in our communities
  • Complimentary Adult YMCA membership and an employee discount on select programs
  • Career advancement opportunities - grow your career at the Y!


Scope of Responsibilities:

  • Provide a positive climate, responsive caregiving, and continuity to help children develop secure relationships while focusing on the children’s social and emotional well-being.
  • Work with an assigned group of infants, toddlers and two’s, applying best practices for care and physical safety
  • Facilitate and nurture the development of each child’s self-esteem, trust, and growing autonomy.
  • Integrate and assist children with special needs.
  • Partner with families and encourage parent involvement through a variety of methods (e.g. classroom parent meetings & events and parent/child home activities).
  • Obtain families’ social-cultural background information and designs meaningful learning experiences for children based on their findings.
  • Incorporate rigorous academic instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs) that will support children’s academic, intellectual, and linguistic development.
  • Utilize fidelity measures to support the implementation of English Language Learner programs, and to inform linguistic and culturally responsive practices.
  • Schedule and conduct at least two Home Visits and two Parent/Teacher Conferences annually for each child, each program year.
  • Maintain awareness and supervision of the needs of the entire classroom; and ensure routines such as diapering, toileting/training, hand washing, meals are handled promptly and consistently with state and local regulations.
  • Follow a consistent schedule that meets the individual needs of each child, including skill development, meals, napping, and effective transition between activities.
  • Respond quickly and appropriately to children’s different and personal needs (verbal and non-verbal cues) and temperament styles
  • Engage and guide children at play, meeting them at their physical level (kneeling, bending, or sitting on the floor).
  • Complete at least thirty clock hours of professional development annually, through participation in offered training, workshops, in-service days, all staff conferences; and maintain a log of professional development achievements, including documents supporting completion.
  • Participate and support agency/center efforts toward recruitment, enrollment, attendance, and retention of eligible families.
  • Support the YMCA’s mission and center operations as needed.


Lesson Planning and Classroom Management

  • Create and maintain an engaging learning environment that encourages exploration, interactions with adult caregivers, and  independence
  • Provide designated areas in the classroom to exhibit displays of families, children, and their work.
  • Develop lesson plans with goals, objectives, and outcomes that integrate health, nutrition, mental health, disabilities, and parent activities.
  • Provide age-appropriate and individual learning experiences that incorporate social-emotional and cognitive development, early language and literacy, physical development, and integration of the arts.
  • Establish a professional rapport and work cooperatively with adults assigned to the classroom (e.g. Teachers, Assistants, Aides, Para-professionals, Parents, and Volunteers), establishing clear expectations for roles and responsibilities.
  • Communicate regularly and convene meetings with the classroom team to review classroom and child data, seek input, discuss strategies, develop plans and create a cooperative relationship and environment.
  • Supply suitable materials concrete and relevant to the children’s interests and culture that promotes high-quality early learning.
  • Complete classroom inventory quarterly; identify and select materials, supplies, and equipment to support children’s learning; and rotate materials to maintain and encourage new learning.
  • Perform and ensure regular sanitation of all surfaces, changing stations, equipment classroom toys, and laundry.


Assist in Evaluations, Assessments, and Reports

  • Administer and accurately document initial and ongoing development using required screening tools at established intervals.
  • Observe children to evaluate and record their progress, recommend and complete referrals for further evaluation.
  • Participate in initial and additional internal and external staffing with parent and FSW on all children suspected and/or identified with special needs.
  • Establish and maintain a system for collecting and managing daily observations of children.
  • Complete observation and quarterly assessment of individual children according to methods of Teaching Strategies GOLD.
  • Generate and complete reports using them for planning and sharing information with others.
  • Maintain up-to-date child education file and portfolio progress and development.
  • Enter individual child and classroom data into appropriate information systems according to established guidelines and timeframes.  
  • Complete and timely submit required paperwork (e.g. health check, attendance, meals, communication logs, lesson plans, and monthly reports).
  • Observe and respect issues of confidentiality

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


Minimum and Preferred Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education with two Infant/Toddler courses (minimum 6 college credit hours)
  • Level 4 Gateways Infant/Toddler Certification or Erikson Institute Infant/Toddler Certification
  • 1 -3 years in an early childhood classroom required, preferably in a NAEYC accredited program and/or an Early Head Start or Prevention Initiative funded program
  • Must pass DCFS background check and maintain clearance throughout employment
  • Must meet annual physical exam requirements
  • Experience using Creative Curriculum and Teaching Strategies Gold preferred
  • Knowledge of principles and methods for curriculum design and teaching and instruction for children ages 0-3
  • Ability to analyze and interpret Head Start Standards, State and local licensing requirements
  • Ability to build rapport with children, parents, and families of high risk
  • Strong working knowledge of Microsoft Word and experience with database and/or recordkeeping software
  • Computer literacy required; must be ab
  • le to navigate basic computer functions, complete online training and communicate by email independently
  • Willing and able to work flexible hours, potentially including some evenings and Saturdays; hours may be adjusted to accommodate program needs
  • Occasional travel in the Chicagoland area may be required for training
  • This is a union position 




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