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  • Our staff is what makes us unique. The professional, caring staff includes a teaching team in each classroom, physical, occupational, and speech-language therapists, social workers, and a registered nurse.

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    Teacher Assistant – Preschool Program

    4 positions available

    Monday – Friday 8:00am-4:00pm

    The teacher assistant assists the preschool teaching team in the daily function of classroom management for children with and without special needs. The teacher assistant is a high-energy, collaborative, flexible and creative professional with excellent communication skills.


    Job Responsibilities:
    • Assists teaching team in an inclusive classroom with children with and without special needs
    • Lead small group experiences
    • Provide educational support for all children in classroom: provide guidance, engagement, taking initiative with the children while always anticipating the needs of the classroom – safety, balance of entire group, lead small groups, attend to children’s needs
    • Actively participate with teaching team in educational planning
    • Collaborate and communicate with team members to integrate educational and therapeutic strategies into classroom experience; able to take direction and accept feedback, asking questions and discussing struggles & concerns
    • Prepare and adapt materials for use in the classroom
    • Help establish and maintain a positive learning environment
    • Maintain classroom routines and organization
    • Implement and maintain program policies
    • Collect data and portfolio development related to assessment, Individual Educational Plan (IEP) progress reports and all goals
    • Participate in professional development, including but not limited to: Teaching PLAY, STAR literacy program
    • Attend staff meetings, team meetings, parent conferences and other meetings as needed
    • Must have flexibility to cover in other classrooms as assigned
    • Miscellaneous duties as needed including, but not limited to, duty for lunch/recess/cleaning


    Requirements:
    • CPL 2 required, with CPL 3 preferred
    • CDA or bachelor’s degree in a related field preferred, with preference of the latter; per ODJFS licensing requirements we require copies of transcripts, licenses, etc.
    • One to two years recent experience working in a classroom setting with children with special needs required
    • CPR and First Aid Certification or willingness to obtain
    • Successful completion of a background check (BCII & FBI)
    • Arrive on time and depart for work 8am-4pm (unless prior approval is obtained by supervisor)
    • Be reliable in attendance and follow Center’s guidelines for attendance and sick/personal hour usage


    Physical Requirements:
    • Must be able to lift, carry, push/pull fifty (50) pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying of up to fifty (50) pounds, including lifting children for diaper changes, etc.
    • Ability to quickly stoop, squat, run, kneel, crouch, bend, crawl, push, pull or twist, floor play work (physically able to sit for long periods of time on hard floor surfaces and/or limited carpet area)
    • Will be required to move/lift/relocate pieces of adaptive equipment
    • Must be able to lift physically handicapped and non-ambulatory children


    Classroom / Center expectations for teacher assistants:
    Communication skills: able to take direction and accept feedback, asks questions, discusses struggles and concerns
    Independent worker: able to lead circle and small groups, rotation of classroom jobs for example: songs, player, art, snack, handwashing, diapers, and toileting
    Friday expectations: cleaning toys and classroom, laundry, stocking of supplies, preparing materials for small groups, portfolios, newsletters, checking in with lead teachers for other assistance you can provide
    Remember, this is a fast-paced environment – ages of kids, small group activities should be interactive with students, and you should be participating and engaged with the children

    Early Intervention Occupational Therapist Job

    Position Summary:
    The Childhood League Center is currently looking for a 24-hours per week, year-round Occupational Therapist (OT) for our early intervention program. The OT provides support services for families of infants and young children under the age of three, who are enrolled in The Center’s early intervention program and will be responsible completing home visits and virtual visits.


    General Summary:

    • Assist in promoting a child’s quality of life, independence, and overall development within the home and the community by working the family to address their priorities.

    Reporting Structure:
    • OT reports to the Early Intervention and Family Services Supervisor

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Provide evidenced-based early intervention services through the coaching approach.
    • Provide information and education to families, caregivers, and team members in order to support a child’s development during daily activities and routines, as well as within natural environments. Collaborate with a child’s family or caregivers to increase competence and confidence, in order to support a child’s occupational roles and overall development.
    • Attend Individualized Family Service Plan (IFSP) meetings and updates, participate in development of IFSP outcomes, and address IFSP outcomes with families during ongoing home visits.
    • Complete documentation and required paperwork, write reports, collect data, and maintain records.
    • Complete ongoing assessments, including annual re-assessments, in order to determine continued eligibility for Early Intervention services.
    • Assist families with a child’s transition from Early Intervention services to the school district or another community program once the child turns 3 years old.
    • Collaborate with team members to draw from their knowledge and skills, as well as plan for joint home visits, in order to help strategize with families, as needed.
    • Link families to community agencies and resources, as needed.
    • Driving to and from visits at family homes and within the community, throughout Franklin County, with flexibility for occasional home visits, both before and after regular business hours.
    • Miscellaneous duties as assigned.

    Skills:
    • Communication skills:
    o Strong interpersonal skills
    o Ability to effectively communicate with families and professionals through written and verbal means
    o Ability to collaborate and work within an interdisciplinary team model

    • Computer usage:
    o General computer skills, including Microsoft Word, email, and the internet
    o Ability to effectively navigate virtual platforms, such as Zoom, Microsoft Teams, etc.
    • Other:
    o Knowledge of infant and young child development, as well as early intervention

    Knowledge:
    • Formal education:
    o Bachelors or Masters degree from an accredited Occupational Therapy
    program
    • Licenses:
    o Current Occupational Therapist license through State of Ohio Occupational
    Therapy, Physical Therapy, and Athletic Trainers Board
    o Occupational Therapist Assistant (OTA) license not accepted

    Experience:
    • Minimum years of experience:
    o 2-5 years in pediatric, early intervention program, or special needs preschool
    Settings

    Physical Requirements:
    • Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds; ability to quickly stoop, squat, run, kneel, crouch, bend, crawl, push, pull or twist, floor play work (physically able to sit for long periods of time on hard floor surfaces and/or limited carpet area). Will be required to move/lift/relocate pieces of adaptive equipment.

    Preschool Special Education Teacher - FT -2022-23 School Year

    Position Summary:
    The Childhood League Center is a fully inclusive, non-profit early childhood center with a long history in the Columbus, Ohio community and a 5-star Step Up to Quality rating. Our preschool program serves children aged 2-6 with and without special needs, and our team-focused, transdisciplinary approach supports optimal growth for children, their families, and our team members. We value strong relationships as the foundation for all our work with children, families, community members, and staff.

    If you are interested in joining our team, you will need to have a current license to teach preschool special education in Ohio. We are looking for a good communicator with a collaborative spirit and positive attitude who will take a proactive approach to problem-solving and working with team members and families.

    REQUIRED: Candidates must be licensed through the Ohio Department of Education to teach preschoolers with special needs aged 3-5 years old.
    Required license or certification: Ohio Department of Education license or endorsement to teach Preschool Special Education.
    Preferred: Dual licensure in early childhood general and special education (Ohio license or endorsement to teach typical and special needs preschoolers).
    Reports to the Preschool Supervisor

    Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
    • Provide leadership for your team in planning/implementation of activities and interventions, classroom management & organization, communication with families, communication with administration, and compliance requirements.
    • Provide inviting, developmentally appropriate environments indoors and out that support implementation of consistent routines, engaging learning experiences, and individualized interventions.
    • Plan and implement developmentally appropriate lesson plans that align with Ohio Early Learning & Development Standards and meet the individual needs of children and the group as a whole.
    • Contribute to the development of students’ IEPs in collaboration with our team members, team members from each child’s school district, and children’s family members.
    • Plan and implement interventions and behavior plans to support achievement of IEP goals for children with special needs in collaboration with specialists on your classroom team and with students’ families.
    • Administer developmental screenings and assessments for the purpose of identifying strengths and needs of individual children, developing lesson plans and interventions that are appropriate for each child, monitoring child progress, reporting progress to families and school districts, and to comply with state-mandated requirements.
    • Plan and conduct teacher/family conferences at least twice a year (following Center schedule and individually as needed). Teaching teams also conduct home visits for each student at the start of each school year (pending pandemic for 2021-2022 school year)
    • Collaborate effectively with Teacher Assistants, Childhood League volunteers and community volunteers, and students completing field placement hours in our Center for the purpose of providing enriching child and family experiences and strengthening community partnerships.
    • Maintain Ohio Professional Licensure by meeting Ohio Department of Education requirements.
    • Meet annual and biennial state requirements for training and professional development related to preschool licensing and inter-agency agreements.

    Physical Requirements: Ability to lift and carry up to 50 pounds; ability to quickly stoop, squat, run, kneel, crouch, bend, crawl, push, pull or twist, floor play work (physically able to sit for long periods of time on hard floor surfaces and/or limited carpet area). Will be required to move/lift/relocate pieces of adaptive equipment.

    Teacher/Teacher Assistant – Floater - FT - 2022-23 School Year

    Open Position: School Year ‘22-23
    Monday – Thursday 8:00-4pm; Occasional Fridays

    Position Summary:
    The Childhood League Center, a licensed early childhood education program, has an exciting opportunity for a Teacher/Teacher Assistant Floater. The Teacher/Teacher Assistant Floater provides support and assists with daily routines within class & school environment. Also, supports the child’s environment and self-esteem. We seek a high-energy, collaborative, flexible and creative professional with excellent communication skills. Reports to Preschool Supervisor and Chief Program Officer.

    Job Responsibilities:
    • Float as needed, will be assigned to various classrooms (Preschool or Toddler)
    • Assist children in daily routine and classroom activities
    • Assist in adapting environment to support child’s participation, as directed by teacher and teacher assistants (lifting the child, assisting the child in their adaptive equipment, playing on the floor, changing diapers, etc.)
    • Establish and maintain a cooperative working relationship with classroom teachers, teacher assistants, therapists, students and families; attend team meetings
    • Responsible for completing training as required by licensure standards and any intervention procedures
    • Assistance during parent drop-off and pick-up of children at front desk; work in collaboration with receptionist, as needed
    • Monitor and report art studio supplies and materials
    • Review classroom newsletters, team agendas, remind app, etc. on, at least, a weekly basis
    • Lock / unlock playground gate, as needed
    • Assist in kitchen as needed
    • Assist with lunch duties
    • Maintain classroom supplies & materials per teacher’s lesson plans
    • Other duties as needed and as assigned

    Requirements:
    • Bachelor degree in early childhood development or related field required
    • Minimum years of experience: 3 – 5 years’ experience working with children with special needs 12 months to age 6
    • Must be able to lift, carry, push/pull fifty (50) pounds with frequent lifting and/or carrying of up to fifty (50) pounds; stooping, bending, twisting, sitting on floor for periods of time, must be able to lift physically handicapped and non-ambulatory students; must be flexible as assignments may be a short-term or long-term basis.

    Job Type:
    Full-time

    Salary:
    From $16.50 per hour


    Must wear mask (KN95)

  • The Childhood League Center provides equal employment opportunities (EEO) to all employees and applicants for employment without regard to race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, genetic information, marital status, amnesty, or status as a covered veteran in accordance with applicable federal, state and local laws.

    The Childhood League Center complies with applicable state and local laws governing non-discrimination in employment in every location in which the company has facilities. This policy applies to all terms and conditions of employment, including, but not limited to, hiring, placement, promotion, termination, layoff, recall, transfer, leaves of absence, compensation, and training.

    HOW TO APPLY

    Email a cover letter and resume to paulal@childhoodleague.org

    Put the name of the position you are applying for in the subject line of the email.

    You may also mail your letter and resume to:
    The Childhood League Center, c/o Paula Litton, 674 Cleveland Avenue, Columbus, OH 43215.

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