PROGRAM SUMMARY: Easterseals Head Start/Early Head Start provides high-quality, family-centered education for children birth to five years old. We collaborate with 40+ early childhood programs located in the city of Chicago and suburban Cook County to promote school readiness in young children of all abilities from families with incomes below poverty guidelines. Easterseals also directly operates two Early Learning Centers in Head Start/Early Head Start in Chicago and in Hickory Hills.
POSITION LOCATION: This position is located at the Easterseals Early Learning Services Headquarters at 1939 W. 13th Street, Chicago 60608.
$2,000 Signing Bonus offer extends until the end of January 2023.
POSITION SUMMARY: The Early Childhood Paraprofessional is responsible for supporting the full inclusion of children with disabilities, suspected disabilities, and challenging behavior in Easterseals Early Learning services in compliance with the Head Start Program Performance Standards, the Head Start Act, and the Illinois State Board of Education requirements. The Early Childhood Paraprofessional implements program objectives as part of a teaching team, providing support to teachers with all classroom activities. This includes, but is not limited to, implementing curriculum, supervising children, communicating with parents, and providing a healthy and safe environment for children. The Early Childhood Paraprofessional supports classrooms that have children with diagnosed developmental disabilities and could possibly travel to multiple sites each day.
- Participate in the role of the para training and meetings at sites.
- Assist in recruitment of children with disabilities.
- Work as a classroom team to support the full inclusion of children with identified and suspected disabilities.
- Work as a classroom team to prepare lesson plans, complete observations, and assess children.
- Follow through with activities, and materials, in alignment with the children’s IEP goals throughout the entire school day.
- Read and demonstrate knowledge of children’s IEPs.
- Individualize for children with identified and suspected disabilities every week as documented in lesson plans.
- Collect behavior data as requested for children with identified concerns.
- Follow through with teacher/clinical /administrative recommendations regarding all aspects of curriculum and programming.
- In conjunction with the classroom teacher, maintain consistent communication with the children’s families/guardians.
- Participate in all scheduled team meetings pertaining to the classroom.
- Assist in plans and strategies to include all children on field trips
- Assume full responsibility for one group of children engaged in a specific activity.
- Active Supervision and participation with children during free play activities.
- Share responsibility for cleaning up after all classroom activities.
- Set up the room for activities both in the morning and after nap time.
- Participate in monthly training and reflective supervision.
- Participate in all scheduled in-house training throughout the school year.
- Attend parent meetings
- Travel daily to other Easterseals sites or community partners to support the inclusion of children with special needs.
- All other duties as assigned.
- Minimum High School Diploma and/or Child Development Associate (CDA) must be completed within one year of hire.
- Associate or higher preferred.
- Gateways ECE Level 1 Credential required within one year of hire.
- Experience working with children and with individuals with special needs.
- Experience using the Creative Curriculum.
- Experience using the CSEFEL model.
- Valid driver’s license.
- Auto insurance.
- Reliable vehicle.
- Ability to multi-task in a high-stress environment.
- Ability to interact with diverse personalities.
$2,000 signing bonus for AA candidates
ADA: Easterseals will make reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disability Act of 1990. Unless exempted by the Americans with Disabilities Act, all persons hired for this position are required to possess the ability to perform the physical tasks necessary to treat clients, i.e., bending, floor-sitting, etc., as well as to have the ability to lift up to 50 pounds frequently.