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Master Teacher (Early Childhood) Relevant Educational Qualifications Job

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As a Master Teacher, your salary will be comparable to a public school teacher, and you will implement Prevention Initiative standards for children, age 0-3, and their families, ensuring that services are individualized and meet the social, emotional, developmental, and intellectual needs of your students.

Core Responsibilities:

  • Develops and implements individualized learning that meets the social, emotional, developmental, and intellectual needs of all children in the classroom.
  • Maintains knowledge of Center philosophy and classroom operations, including Head Start program performance standards, ISBE requirements, and NAEYC requirements when applicable.
  • Participates in classroom curriculum implementation to support high quality teaching and learning practices which reflect mandated elements and components, and parental and cultural influences, as well as promote the social, emotional, physical and cognitive development of children.
  • Conducts developmental screenings and regular assessments and uses information for lesson planning. Enters children's developmental, social emotional results into required data management system.
  • Identifies children who may require additional assistance and works with supervisor to make appropriate referrals.
  • Completes weekly child observations and enters into agency assessment tool; ensures that observations are completed by classroom staff and assists as needed.
  • Conducts two home visits and parent/teacher conferences per year and works in collaboration with the parents to set educational goals for each child. Participates in additional home visits and conferences as needed.
  • Provides leadership to classroom staff in the development, writing, and implementation of daily lesson plans and classroom routines and transitions. Meets weekly with classroom and other staff as required to review lesson plans, share teaching strategies and discuss child progress.
  • Responsible for the supervision, mentoring, training and evaluation of Teachers, Assistants, Student Interns, and Volunteers assigned in the classroom. Collaborates with Supervisor in completing annual performance reviews and other performance management activities for classroom staff.
  • Collaborates with peer agencies, community resources, the school district, and other State and Federal programs as required.
  • Implements program as required by ISBE, CPS, or other funders.
  • Assists with planning and implementation of kindergarten readiness activities as required. Assists children with the transition from room to room, and from preschool to Kindergarten when applicable, including all aspects of the transition plan (meeting with teachers, parents, school visits, etc.)
  • Leads integration of supplemental learning initiatives (such as Raising a Reader) for parents and children into classroom, and plans and implements regular activities for parents to connect home and classroom learning.
  • Completes and submits required monthly and monitoring reports, and all other documentation to supervisor as assigned.
  • Demonstrates mastery of basic child development and is able to integrate therapeutic and child development approaches in the classroom. Mentors other classroom teachers in basic child development and classroom techniques.
  • Assists in designing and maintaining the learning environment to support the domains of learning presented in Creative Curriculum, ECERS, ITERS, and CLASS, the content areas of the Illinois Early Learning Standards, Illinois Early Learning Guidelines and the Common Core Standards.
  • Attends home visits as required by program. Creates or assists with creation of monthly newsletter that incorporates information on parenting skills and child growth and development.
  • Plans and provides monthly parent/child events annually as required by the program.
  • Encourages the involvement of the families of the children in early childhood program and supports the development of relationships between children and their families.
  • Works with team members to implement primary care giving best practices.
  • Assures that safety rules are observed and guards against harmful situations on field trips, walking trips, and on the playground.
  • Actively supervises and ensures the safety and wellbeing of all children in their care in the classroom and outdoor environment.
  • Assists in serving meals and snacks to children according to guidelines.
  • Brings to the immediate attention of the on-site Supervisor any and all concerns regarding service delivery, parental concerns, and compliance with standards, including, but not limited to, non-compliances and/or deficiencies in any program area.
  • Maintains complete and accurate required child files, forms and records within required timelines to document and track children in assigned classroom.
  • Participates in required staffing/monitoring team meetings as assigned.
  • Collects, analyzes, reviews and utilizes data and information on clients and services to inform program/department performance.
  • Maintains confidentiality and exercises good judgment concerning confidential information.
  • Attends required internal and external trainings and ongoing meetings.
  • Participates in regular supervision and staff meetings as required by department.
  • Reports to work as scheduled and requested.
  • Performs other duties as assigned.

This position has the potential for occupational exposure to blood and/or other potentially infectious waste or materials.


  • Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education with an Illinois Professional Educators License (PEL), including ECE certification. Current participation in Teach for America PEL project or a Gateways Level 5 Credential may be accepted.
  • Three years Lead Teacher experience or five years early childhood teaching experience. Successful participation in the Teach for America Program may satisfy this requirement.
  • Must be proficient in speaking, reading and writing in the English language. Proficient speaking, reading and writing in Spanish and English may be required based upon program assignment. May be required to have English Language Learners endorsement.
  • Demonstrates effective written and oral communication skills to convey information clearly and informatively to parents and staff.
  • Demonstrates proficiency in organizational skills by multitasking, prioritizing and meeting deadlines.
  • Must be attentive to detail, resourceful, self-motivated, flexible and have initiative.
  • Works effectively in a team- orientated, collaborative environment and builds positive relationships with children, staff, and parents.
  • Demonstrates respect and acceptance of diverse individuals and communities served by, working in partnership with, or employed by Children's Home & Aid including but not limited to race, gender, ethnicity, social-economic status, and LGBTQ populations.
  • Must have valid Illinois driver's license and auto insurance when the position requires an employee to operate a motor vehicle in connection with executing the position's responsibilities, which include driving to and/or from any agency function.
  • Must have reliable transportation.


  • The applicant must submit to a criminal background check and a child abuse and neglect screening and maintain a cleared status throughout employment.
  • The applicant must submit MMR, Tdap and pass a TB and immunization health screen upon hire and update TB/physicals as required by the licensing standards.

Additional Requirements:

  • Must be able to lift and carry a minimum of 30 lbs.
  • Ability to physically interact with the children through bending, stooping, climbing, running, walking, sit and rise from the floor, standing, kneeling, and bending from the waist.

Children's Home & Aid offers a benefits packet to our professionals:

  • Blue Cross and Blue Shield Medical Coverage: Traditional PPO, or PPO w/health savings contributions.
  • Dental and Vision Insurance Options
  • 11 paid Holidays
  • Paid Time Off (PTO)
  • Flexible Spending
  • Opportunities for Student Loan Forgiveness
  • 401K Plan
  • Training and Professional Development Plan
  • E- Learning
  • Employee Assistance Plan

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Company Description
What you do every day makes a difference
At Children’s Home & Aid
Make a Difference: what you do each day makes a difference in the lives of children and families.
Use Your Gifts: use your unique set of skills, experience, knowledge, talents, passions in an organization that is always innovating.
Grow: Create an Individual Development Plan, attend professional development workshops, work with a mentor, expand your skills and knowledge.
Work Toward Our Mission: work with us toward our mission to partner with children, youth, and families whose potential is at risk to create hope, opportunity, and bright futures.