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Teacher Aide

Under the direction of the Managing Associate Teacher assists in overseeing and directing the planning, organizing, and implementation of education services for children, in addition to full time classroom teacher duties, which includes developing and implementing individual educational plans for children.

A. Classification: Non-Exempt
B. Reports to Managing Associate Teacher
C. Programs & Impact

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  1. Perform the functions of this position with a strong understanding of the Head Start Performance Standards and the component plans; and thorough knowledge and application of Developmentally Appropriate Practices;
  2. In collaboration with the Managing Associate Teacher, guide and facilitate activities of the children, including: daily activities, field trips, selecting and arranging equipment and materials in the classroom and use home visits and parent conferences to discuss the child’s individual development and progress, assist the parents in developing observational skills and solicit parent observations;
  3. Cooperate with other staff and classroom groups to maintain the smooth functioning of the program, which at times may require changes to meet the needs of the children;
  4. Assist in maintaining a comprehensive and ongoing portfolio assessment for each child, including weekly observations in each area, examples of the child’s work, and a developmental assessment.
  5. Eat with and assist children in development of social and self-help skills, and sound nutritional practices;
  6. Collaborate with family support staff to exchange information pertinent to the identification and services of children with disabilities. Guide children’s acquisition of social skills and the ability to meet widely held expectations across all developmental domains.
  7. Assist in implementing children’s I.E.P. (Individual Education Plan) or I.F.S.P. (Individual Family Service Plan) seeking clarification for any aspects that are not well understood;

Follows procedures as required by licensing and funding agencies (including but not limited to Illinois DCFS Licensing Standards, City of Chicago Health Requirements for Day Care Centers, Head Start Performance Standards, Chicago Public School requirements, Carole Robertson Center for Learning Policies and Procedures and quality standards as defined by the National Association for the Education of Young Children)

  • An associate’s degree in early childhood education or child development and a Level 2-3 ECE and IT credential; or
  • A Child Development Associate credential (CDA) and a level 1 ECE credential ;
  • Have knowledge and experience in the philosophy and practices of Head Start (or comparable child development programs), early childhood education, developmentally appropriate practice, and bilingual education;

The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform.

  • Requires ability to use abstract reasoning, problem solving, planning, and analytical skills in: Training, evaluation, and program development;
  • Requires effective writing and oral communication skills; proficient use of technology, Microsoft word, Outlook, and the ability to acclimate to online portal usage for recording observations, assessments, and lesson planning.
  • Must be able to lift 25 pounds;
  • Possible exposure to communicable diseases;



Carole Robertson Center for Learning is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer that values and actively seeks diversity in the workforce. Carole Robertson Center for Learning evaluates qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, and other legally protected characteristics.

Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should
call (312) 243-7300 ext. 226 with their request.

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Since 1976, the Carole Robertson Center for Learning has been dedicated to educating, enriching, and empowering children and families through comprehensive child and family development programs.