Job Title: Lead Teacher
Reports to: Director of Programming and Therapeutic Services
Type of Position: Full-Time, must be flexible and available from 7am-5:30pm.
Start Date: ASAP
Salary: Hourly DOE
Children’s Outreach Project is currently seeking two full-time teachers to add to our team! This is a great opportunity to work with vulnerable populations and implement dynamic and innovative curriculum in the classroom at a 4-star Qualistar rated center. Our team is a dynamic group of teachers and therapists who are dedicated and invested in quality preschool programming. We pride ourselves on offering a unique program to our community, with affordable rates and a family-centered, holistic approach to child development. Many of our teachers have been with us for many years and we are excited to welcome some new members to our already excellent teaching staff
Who we are
Children's Outreach Project is a nonprofit preschool with therapeutic services serving the North Metro Denver area, specifically Adams County, since 1970. Children’s Outreach Project is a full-time, year-round program that serves over 100 disadvantaged families and vulnerable children annually. We run full-time and part-time programs with before and after-care available from 7am-5:30pm. We offer therapeutic services to developmentally delayed children, parent-education workshops and a natural foods program at no extra cost, and offer tuition assistance on some level to 100% of our families.
The Lead Teacher is responsible for planning and implementing a classroom program to teach young children ages 2.5- 6 years. Teachers care for children’s developmental and day-to-day needs while the child is attending our program and present in our facility. They are respectful of children and parents and ensure that equipment and facilities are clean, safe and well maintained. Responsible for providing not only a safe, but a developmentally appropriate preschool program in accordance with all relevant legislation, policies and procedures to include: Licensing, TriCounty Health Department, Fire Department, Qualistar, Denver Preschool Program, and the Colorado Preschool Program. Works in a team environment to ensure standards of program service and organizational policies are fulfilled.
· Develop and implement a developmentally appropriate preschool program for young children
· Plan and implement activities to meet the physical, emotional, cognitive and social needs of the children in the program
· Develop and maintain a positive relationship with all parents
· Develop and maintain a positive relationship with community therapists
· Develop and maintain a positive relationship with coworkers and administrative staff
· Develop activities to stimulate the children and scaffold development
· Establish classroom rules and expectations
· Maintain program policies and procedures
· Provide weekly lesson plans to Director of Programming via Teaching Strategies Gold curriculum
· Facilitate parent-teacher conferences three times a year
· Provide a copy of conference forms to Director of Programming
· Clean and sterilize equipment and toys daily
· Ensure children are supervised at all times
· Integrate special needs children in a respectful and inclusive manner
· Comfort children in times of need
· Discuss children’s development with parents
· Identify problems and convene with Director of Programming and Therapeutic Staff
Knowledge and Critical Skills/Expertise
· Minimum of High school diploma or GED.
· Minimum of 15 credit hours in Early Childhood Education coursework.
· Candidates with a BA Degree and/or Director Qualified preferred
· Bi-lingual in Spanish strongly preferred
Other Skills and Abilities:
· Effective written, verbal, and listening communication skills
· Must demonstrate experience and interest in working with young children, parents, and volunteers
· Experience with at-risk children is a plus
· Team building, analytical and problem solving, decisions making and time management skills
· Ability to manage young children with challenging behaviors
· Be able to lift 25-30 lbs
· Excellent stress management skills
· Compassionate and understanding
· Must have Current CPR/Basic First Aid card or the ability to obtain one within 30 days of hire
· Must be willing to work flexible hours in order to meet the needs of the program
· Must be able to provide documentation of Tuberculin-free condition and pass a Criminal Background Check and Drug Test
The noise level in the work environment is a school
Work environment is indoors/outdoors
Position(s) open until filled
Children’s Outreach Project is a high quality, affordable early childhood education program serving children ages 2.5 to 6.
We serve the north Denver area which includes the communities of Westminster, Thornton, Federal Heights and Northglenn.
We offer high-quality, child-focused therapeutic early childhood education programming using a play-based curriculum with personalized attention and low child to teacher ratios. We welcome children of all abilities in our diverse environment and offer speech, occupational, skill building and social – emotional therapeutic support when needed.
Our teachers are trained and educated in child development and are committed teaching professionals.
Our program is complemented with a natural food program serving fresh fruit daily. In addition to our large playground, we have an eco-classroom where children are encouraged to explore the wonders of the outdoors.
Founded in 1970, we are well-established as a fully licensed, Qualistar-accredited nonprofit facility. Come take a closer look and see what a difference Children’s Outreach Project can make in the education of your child!