Early Childhood Lead Teacher
Downers Grove, IL
Lead Teacher Opportunity with the YMCA!
The Indian Boundary YMCA is hiring for a Full-Time Lead Teacher. As a Lead Teacher you will provide effective instructional strategies, classroom management, learning, assessment, evaluation and related research for children ages 3-5 years old. You will be responsible for providing developmentally appropriate learning experiences, supervising children assigned in the classroom, and providing a supportive and positive classroom climate. You will ensure that we are meeting the individual needs of the children as mandated by DCFS, ExceleRate Illinois, NAEYC, federal, state and local standards, and YMCA standards and policies, as applicable.
Earn a $300 signing bonus 30 days after your start date and a retention bonus of $300 after 6 months as an active Y employee!
Our early learning teachers 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.
Scope of Responsibilities:
- Promote and model high quality teaching and learning in the classroom that fosters academic readiness.
- Demonstrate culturally and linguistically appropriate practices that values all children and families and makes them feel welcomed and an essential part of the program
- Maintain awareness and supervision of children’s needs and ensure their physical health and safety, at all times.
- Communicate and develop effective partnerships with parents and families, encouraging parent involvement.
- Abide by DCFS and all quality standards for maintaining safe, high quality programming
- Collaborate regularly with classroom team including: families, volunteers and all staff.
- Collect and use multiple data sources, both formative and summative, to inform instruction and child centered learning and development.
- Complete routine professional development annually; utilize continuous quality improvement (CQI); and identify different instructional resources and methods to meet children's varying needs and improve the classroom experience for children and families.
- Participate and support 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:
- Develop lesson plans with goals, objectives, activities and outcomes for children that integrate health, nutrition, mental health, disabilities and parent involvement.
- Implement high quality, developmentally appropriate instructional activities and curriculum approaches (like Creative Curriculum™) that facilitate active learning experiences and promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of each child; while ensuring the program follows DCFS, YMCA, ExceleRate Illinois™, and NAEYC accreditation standards, if applicable.
- Research, plan, and implement appropriate studies/projects for an in-depth investigation of a topic over time.
- Establish and maintain an attractive, clean, safe and engaging classroom environment which includes positive guidance techniques and that encourages children's independence and self-selection of activities.
- Leverage the physical environment and pedagogical documentation to support teaching and learning practices.
- Use observational and child data to plan developmentally appropriate and engaging early learning experiences based upon the emergent needs of the child.
- Must meet DCFS licensing, and program related accreditation/credentialing requirements; Associates Degree or higher in Early Childhood Education preferred.
- One year experience teaching or equivalent in a preschool classroom strongly preferred.
- Must provide documentation of Gateways credentialing or apply within 90 days of employment.
- Knowledge of how to design and implement the Creative Curriculum and other high quality curriculum approaches preferred.
YMCA Vaccine Policy
We’re committed to the health and wellness of our employees, members, program participants, and those most vulnerable. If hired by the YMCA, you will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination no later than October 15, 2021 or your start date, whichever occurs later, unless an exemption for a medical condition or sincerely-held religious beliefs is granted.
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