Early Childhood Paraprofessional (Inclusion Classroom Assistant)
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PROGRAM SUMMARY: Easterseals Early Learning Center- Gilchrist Marchman in Chicago provides inclusive early childhood and education services for children between the ages of six weeks to five years of age. The Center is a part of Easterseals broader programming in Head Start/Early Head Start. 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. In addition to the Gilchrist Marchman location, Easterseals also directly operates an Early Learning Center in Hickory Hills.

POSITION LOCATION: This position is located at Gilchrist Marchman Child Development Center at 1312 S. Racine Ave, Chicago, IL 60608.

POSITION: Inclusion Classroom Assistant (Early Childhood Paraprofessional)

REPORTS TO: Instructional Coach/Infant Toddler Specialist

POSITION SUMMARY: The Inclusion Classroom Assistant is responsible for supporting the full inclusion of children with disabilities, suspected disabilities and challenging behavior in the Head Start/Early Head Start setting. The Inclusion Classroom Assistant 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 health and safe environment for children. 


  • Participate in role of the para trainings 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, 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 classroom teacher, maintain consistent communication with the children’s families/guardians
  • Participate in all scheduled team meetings pertaining to 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 participates 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 naptime
  • Participate in monthly training and reflective supervision
  • Participate in all scheduled in-house trainings throughout the school year
  • Attend parent meetings
  • All other duties as assigned


  • Gateways level 1 Credential 

Required Experience:

  • Experience working with children and with individuals with special needs
  • Experience using the Creative Curriculum
  • Experience using CSEFEL model

Vehicle/Transportation Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Auto insurance
  • Reliable vehicle


  • Ability to multi-task in a high stress environment
  • Ability to interact with diverse personalities

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.