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Assistant ECE Teacher (FT)

Philadelphia, PennsylvaniaFull-time
About the Job
We are an early learning center in Center City Philadelphia serving approximately 130 children between the ages of 6 weeks and 5 years. Our 17,000 square foot facility has been newly constructed and aspires to achieve a Keystone 4 Star rating within the first 4 years.

We are wholeheartedly optimistic about every child s potential and are looking for a teacher who shares this optimism, is self-motivated, and brings enthusiasm and energy to the role.

Position Summary:
The Assistant Teacher is responsible for ensuring the supervision and safety as well as the academic, social, and emotional growth and development of all children in their care. The assistant teacher is also responsible for assuring compliance with all state and local governing contracting agencies as well as the supervision of other staff members working in their classroom. All staff must believe in and act in accordance with Aspen Grove's program mission and vision statements.

Educational Requirements:
  • Associates Degree in Early Childhood Education.
  • Two years of teaching experience.

Desired Additional Qualifications:
  • BA/BS in Early Childhood Education or Elementary Education with 30 credits in ECE.
  • Teaching certification is a plus.

Essential Duties & Responsibilities:
  • Greet each child and parent/caregiver as they arrive and pick up each day.
  • Maintain professional confidentiality for every family in the center.
  • Work with the lead teacher to develop and implement weekly, age-appropriate lesson plans to nurture and stimulate all domains of children s development.
  • Work with the lead teacher to provide a developmentally appropriate, inviting classroom environment that supports the goals of the program.
  • Plan, evaluate, and improve the physical environment in the classroom with the lead teacher to create opportunities to meet the changing needs of the developing child.
  • Perform ongoing developmental evaluations of children and prepare progress reports as needed.
  • The complete orientation of the classroom with new parents.
  • Maintain ongoing, open communications with parents/caregivers, and lead teacher.
  • Plan periodical conferences with parents/caregivers to discuss children's developmental progress, needs, and interests.
  • Maintain accurate, complete, and timely agency records.
  • Complete weekly planning with the Lead Teacher.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities in accordance with state, local, and STARS requirements.
  • Change diapers/pull-ups as needed and assist with toilet training once appropriate.
  • Provide a classroom environment that fosters parent participation.
  • Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for every child s background and culture.
  • Complete daily health checks regarding hygiene, safety, and well-being of children.
  • Report any signs of abuse to ChildLine as well as the Center Director.
  • Practice and model good hygiene i.e. frequent, proper handwashing, sanitizing and disinfecting classroom furniture, etc.
  • Maintain a properly stocked First Aid kit.
  • Administer first aid as needed following universal precautions and infection control practices.
  • Maintain an updated Training Record on PA Keys.
  • Attend and participate meaningfully in monthly staff meetings.
  • Participate in monthly supervision with Center Director.
  • Participate in bi-annual evaluations with Center Director.

Additional Skills & Abilities:
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate practices.
  • Good communication, problem-solving, and prioritizing skills.
  • Positive and professional attitude and disposition.
  • Ability to plan, organize, and implement developmentally appropriate activities.
  • Ability to use technology to input data.
  • Good decision-making skills.
  • Ability to manage information and maintain confidentiality.
  • Ability to lift/carry up to fifty pounds.
  • Ability to move easily and comfortably with children throughout the day i.e. sitting, standing, squatting, etc.
  • Ability to print and speak sufficiently with parents and children.
  • Ability to maneuver steps, possibly while carrying children.

All employees, regardless of position, serve as role models for children and adolescents who are served by our agency. Therefore, each employee must at all times be emotionally stable and able to function effectively with children, adolescents, and adults who may have mental or behavioral health problems. The staff must be able to demonstrate appropriate daily behavior, appropriate expression of emotions, as well as appropriate role modeling. Hostility, aggression, and unnecessary or inappropriate physical actions, as well as inappropriate emotional expression, are not acceptable.

The Aspen Grove School is an Equal Opportunity Employer. The Aspen Grove School is fully committed to Equal Employment Opportunity and to attracting, retaining, developing, and promoting the most qualified employees without regard to their race, gender, color, religion, sexual orientation, national origin, age, physical or mental disability, citizenship status, veteran status, or any other characteristic prohibited by state or local law. We are dedicated to providing a work environment free from discrimination and harassment, and where employees are treated with respect and dignity.
About The Aspen Grove School

The Aspen Grove School is a hands-on learning community for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years. Our goal is to introduce children across the age range to learning that is substantive yet playful. Within this community, children are made to feel emotionally safe, which is when they are able to learn best. Our instructional method teaches the way each child’s brain learns best and appreciates different strengths and learning styles.Our environment is purposefully enriched with experiences that enhance a child’s intellectual potential while celebrating this magical time of childhood.