Early Childhood Assistant Teachers
JCC Early Childhood Services’ philosophy is based on a developmental approach that focuses on exploration and experimentation within a nurturing and social environment. Children learn the basic skills necessary to develop academically, creatively, socially, emotionally, physically and spiritually.
Creative Curriculum is the framework for the JCC Early Childhood learning experience. In support of meeting the Illinois Early Learning Standards, a variety of respected teaching methods are implemented to transmit the learning experiences and values that set a JCC Early Childhood education apart. Our aim is to provide a program of Jewish enrichment, teach Jewish values, and to build a strong sense of Jewish identity. Our staffs help children develop the skills and self-confidence necessary for living in a complex, changing world. A vital part of our teachers’ role is to communicate and work with families to develop mutual, realistic expectations for learning and behavior. All JCC schools are NAEYC accredited and licensed by DCFS.
As an Assistant Teacher within our Early Childhood program, you will:
- Be responsible for the safety and welfare of the children, supervising all children by sight and sound;
- Work with the Lead Teacher to implement a program that includes elements of the JCC’s integrated secular and Jewish curriculum and that helps children achieve their full potential, recognizing that each child has a unique style of growth and learning;
- Provide and maintain an atmosphere which is conducive to emotional and cognitive growth;
- Establish and maintain good communications with director, staff and members;
- Make families feel welcome by greeting them personally by name and be able to share specific information regarding their child;
- Foster a collaborative, team-focused atmosphere, both in the classroom and within Early Childhood Services as a whole;
- Attend and actively participate in staff meetings and training and development opportunities;
- Participate in Product/Agency-wide programs as appropriate;
- Work with Lead teacher to maintain NAEYC, ISBE and DCFS standards.
Essential Physical Duties:
The essential physical duties of this position include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Lift children (up to 40 lbs);
- Use hands to manipulate, feel and control classroom items or equipment;
- Be a physical presence with the children at all times on the floor, at tables, on the playground, etc.;
- Diaper children in accordance with DCFS & NAEYC requirements;
- Enact site/classroom emergency procedures quickly and effectively;
- Supervise children by sight and sound;
- Talk, hear and communicate with parents;
- In classrooms where children participate in swimming, be in the pool with the children and aquatics instructor.
Minimum Professional Requirements:
- At least 20 years of age;
- Have or be working on either a CDA or equivalent or an associate’s or higher degree in ECE-CD or equivalent;
- One (1) year (1560 clock hours) of child development experience in a pre-school, Kindergarten or licensed Day Care program, from birth to age six preferred.
Minimum Physical Requirements:
- Must be able to lift and move with children (up to 40lbs.)
- Must demonstrate physical stamina and agility including the ability to be mobile for long periods throughout the day.
- Demonstrated ability to move from sitting (on chair or floor) to standing position easily and quickly;
- Must be able to stand for long periods of time and be able to run and be actively engaged physically with children.
- Must be able to respond to emergency situations, moving from sitting to standing to running quickly and effectively.
- Must be able to supervise children by sight and sound.
- Ability and willingness to be in the pool with children participating in swim programs.