Teacher Aide
Chicago, IL Early Learning Services - Gilchrist Marchman
Job Type

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.

For more information about our organization, please visit us online at www.eastersealschicago.org.

The Teacher Aide is responsible for implementing program objectives as part of a teaching team and providing support to the 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.

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


  • Work as a part of the classroom team to support the full inclusion of children with identified and suspected disabilities.
  • Work with the classroom team to provide input to lesson plans, observations, and assessment of children.
  • Provide input to screening tools for select children.
  • Complete observations for several children.
  • Follow through with activities, and materials, in alignment with the children’s IEP/IFSP goals throughout the day.
  • Collect behavior data as requested for children with identified concerns.
  • Follow through with 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 classroom.
  • Supervise and participate with children during free play activities.
  • Set up the room for activities both in the morning and after naptime.
  • Participate in all scheduled in-house training throughout the school year.
  • Support with coverage and breaks across all classrooms.
  • Support with mealtime as needed.
  • Support in opening and closing of center.
  • Starting as early as 7am to open the center, or closer job until 5pm based on schedule & need.
  • Opener- Open the facility and prepare it for the day's activities.
  • Closer- Ensure all children have been picked up by designated parent/guardian and complete a sweep of the building to ensure the center is locked down and prepared for the next day.
  • All other duties as assigned.

Education/Certification Preferred:

  • A minimum of 30 college semester credits overall with a minimum of 15 semester credits in ECE,
  • or an infant-toddler CDA (Child Development Associate)

Experience Required:

  • Experience in an Early Head Start, Prevention Initiative or NAEYC-accredited 0-3 classroom is a plus.


  • Bilingual skills may be required or preferred based on the needs of the program.
  • Must have the ability to create a classroom atmosphere in which children can develop physically, intellectually, emotionally, socially and creatively.
  • Able to work well with staff, families, other agencies and funding source personnel.
  • Excellent verbal and written communication skills.
  • Well-organized, detail-oriented and accuracy-driven.
  • Able to manage multiple projects.
  • Excellent computer skills.

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.


Salary Description
$18..46 - $24.27/hourly