Early Childhood DC - Toddler Assistant Teacher
SummaryThe Assistant Teacher supports the Teachers and the Director by helping to create a caring and safe environment for the children and assisting in activities to improve the overall care and quality of education. S/he must be able to communicate, listen and work well with others in a team environment. Assisting the staff in implementing a quality educational program and in developing positive relationships with the children and their parents, the assistant teacher observes and documents children's interest and progress, and relays that information back to parents and staff. Assistant teachers are responsible for implementing developmentally appropriate activities based on children's interests and needs under the direction of the Teacher and the Director.DutiesAssist in the implementation of curricula activities and encourage participation by children.Provide full supervision of children and maintain ratios at all times.Keep attendance records.Support and understands the vision, mission, and values of the Friendship Children's Center.Actively engage in activities; manage cleanliness, order, and availability of classroom materials.Maintain frequent communications with parents through informal discussions and progress reports.Encourage self-help and good hygiene through behavior modeling.Help ensure smooth, daily transition from home to child care center.Follow all center policies and state regulations.Maintain personal professional development plan to ensure continuous quality improvement.Other duties as may be necessary to fulfill the responsibilities of this position.RequirementsWork in a full-time capacity, 40 hrs/week.High energy.Ability to work well with others.Strong oral and written communication skills and intermediate computer skills.A strong understanding of child development.Excellent leadership, organizational, and interpersonal skills.Infant/child CPR and First Aid certification.Must clear full background check.Must pass health screening.Nice To HavesOur ideal Infant and Toddler Teacher is an organized problem-solver who recognizes the light in a very young child's eyes as knowledge taking root and innovates lesson plans that are developmentally appropriate and cognitively rich.We are seeking a creative and warm-hearted Infant and Toddler Teacher to plan and direct classroom operations, uphold our mission, vision, and values and provide infants and toddlers in our program with a developmentally appropriate learning environment.Preferred Four-Year Degree in Early Childhood or a related degree requiredMinimum of Child Development Associate (CDA) credential requiredExperience working in a preschool environment preferredCompliance with all state education and licensing standards, requiredCreative Curriculum experience preferred.Candidate must be mature, dependable, energetic, and enjoy working with childrenAdditionally, teachers are expected to be reliable, responsible, energetic, and compassionate.BenefitsIf you are an innovative, detail-oriented, and highly motivated Infant and Toddler Teacher looking for a great teaching opportunity with a supportive and well-respected educational organization, join our Infant and Toddler Program team at the Friendship Children's Center!Full-time, salaried position.As an Infant and Toddler Teacher with the Friendship Children's Center, you can expect a benefits program designed to help you achieve a successful work-life balance.Benefits package includes but is not limited to:Medical and Dental Health CoveragePre-Tax Commuter BenefitsTuition ReimbursementEmployment Assistance Program ServicesPerformance-Based Salary Increases and BonusesPaid Federal Holiday and Personal Days401 (k) Plan ParticipationTeacher RecognitionAbout UsThe Friendship Children's Center is a nonprofit organization established in 1989 to provide high-quality early childhood educational experiences to children between three months and five years of age.A primary goal at the Friendship Children's Center is to instill in its students the values and awareness necessary to build a community of active, aware, and compassionate citizens. Most importantly, each child is encouraged to grow and learn at their own pace in an environment filled with respect and support encouraged to respect and care for others.Founded upon the principles of learning through play and using the Creative Curriculum, the school provides developmentally appropriate programs and experiences that enhance each child's social, emotional, physical, and cognitive growth within an atmosphere of warmth and understanding where children can develop as individuals and as part of a group. Teachers design experiences to broaden and deepen children's use of ideas; they are to be positive role models within this philosophy and provide experiences that will initiate the child's thinking and aid each child in developing a sense of responsibility, self-discipline, and independent learning.