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Early Childhood Teacher

Department: Blake Children & Family
Location: Coolidge, AZ


Plans and implements developmentally appropriate curriculum in a home-like classroom setting for preschool-aged children. Oversee the work of teaching assistant and volunteers, including student teachers. Participates in collaborate decision making and evaluation of the program as an on-going improvement process. Develops partnership relationships with family members to better meet the needs of the child. Ensures classroom and Center compliance with policies, procedures and other regulatory standards.


  • Complete the Easterseals†Blake Foundation & Centerís new employee requirements for employment: orientation and training requirements, reporting suspected child abuse, and health requirements as specified by the Office of Child Care Licensure.
  • Design and maintain a home-like classroom environment to enhance culturally sensitive learning based on the developmental needs of the children.
  • Develop curriculum considering the age and experience of the children, reflecting all areas of development including physical, emotional, social, language and cognitive skills.
  • Adapt the curriculum and instruction to meet the needs of the individual childís strengths, needs and interests.
  • Implement the Individual Family Service Plan or Individual Educational Plan for children with special needs.
  • Use a variety of teaching strategies to encourage learning, following the individual childís lead and preferred modality for learning.
  • Facilitate each childís curiosity and enthusiasm for learning by engaging in collaborative inquiry with them.
  • Foster interaction and cooperation among the children. Encourage children to lead their own small group activities.
  • Conduct on-going developmental assessments for all children.
  • Establish partnerships with parents and families in order to achieve shared goals for children. Offer and conduct parent conferences 4 times a year.
  • Work collaboratively with the Director, colleagues and community organizations in best serving the childís needs.
  • Provide instruction and supervision for teaching assistants, volunteers and student teachers.
  • Share information with colleagues which facilitates continuity of care throughout the childís day.
  • Work with teaching team to implement program curriculum, following policies, procedures and practices that result in positive outcomes for children and families.
  • Participate in professional development opportunities by enrolling in higher education programs, conferences and trainings.
  • Attend planning, informational and quality assurance meetings.
  • Maintain strict confidentiality concerning children and families.
  • Maintain high standards of professional and ethical conduct.
  • Maintain required documentation and reporting on each child.
  • Complete annual continuing educational requirements as specified by Office of Child Care Licensure.


  • Knowledge of typical and atypical child development.
  • Knowledge of developmentally appropriate care and best educational practices supported by research and evaluation.
  • Knowledge of and sensitivity to cultural and linguistic diversity.
  • Knowledge of methods to include children with differing levels of developmental abilities.
  • Knowledge of Reggio Emilia programs and ability to implement programming based on theoretical practice.
  • Ability to be self-directed when necessary, yet flexible when needs of the children change.
  • Ability to use principles of reflective practice with children, families and colleagues.
  • Ability to develop reciprocal, mutually respectful relationships with children, family members and colleagues.
  • Ability to work as a collaborative member of a team.
  • Ability to read, write and speak English.
  • Ability to use technology as a tool for record-keeping, documentation and investigation.


  • Associateís degree in Early Childhood Education, Child Development or closely related field
  • One year experience in licensed or regulated early care and education program


  • Qualified employees who are interested in applying must first notify their current Supervisor of their intent to apply for another job opening within EBF for informational purposes
  • Qualified employees must have held their current position with EBF for a least twelve (12) consecutive months and, have a satisfactory performance record and have no disciplinary actions during the last twelve (12) consecutive months
  • Must submit a valid Fingerprint Clearance Card on hire OR pass a Criminal History Background Check prior to beginning employment and submit an active Fingerprint Clearance Card after hire.
  • Maintain a current valid driverís license, proof of insurance, and a driving record that meets EBF requirements

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