Minimum of 6 months experience as a student intern, tutor, or instructional assistant working with an educational setting with preschool children is required.
AA Degree or higher in early childhood education, child development, or a related field OR be enrolled in a program leading to an Associate’s degree or higher.
24 or more units of postsecondary semester education or equivalent quarter units in Early Childhood Education, Child Development, or a related field from an accredited college or university is required.
Six (6) semester units in early childhood development with a focus on infant and toddler development. Strong candidates without 6 units may be considered, however, these units must be completed within the first year of employment.
Valid California Child Development Associate Teacher Permit
Knowledge in Desired Results and Developmental Appropriate Practices preferred
Knowledge of Creative Curriculum for Infants, Toddlers, and Twos preferred
Understanding of and ability to use technology such as Learning Genie and other agency required programs preferred.
Ability to use technology to: collect child outcome data, complete on-line training, and other work-related technology-based requirements such as email and Payroll/Human Resources Information Systems.
Ability to independently manage the responsibilities and routine stress typical of providing early childhood services.
Handle the responsibilities and routine stress often associated with providing early childhood services.
TB test clearance to be renewed every two years.
Current certification in CPR/First Aid
Comply with immunization, background check standards and other required screenings as mandated by Human Resources and/or PLN Early Education
Valid Class C California driver’s license (depending upon position assignment).
Bilingual English/Spanish preferred. English proficiency supporting professional-level verbal and written communication to children, parents and other staff members.
To perform this job the individual must be able to carry out all essential functions satisfactorily. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individual with disabilities to perform the essential functions of the job.
Observe, see, hear, and respond to children’s needs, emergencies, and conflicts that may occur in the early education center or on the playground.
Lift 30 pounds from the floor to a waist-high table when necessary.
Reach a child 20- 30 feet away within 30 seconds without endangering the staff person’s health.
Crouch to a child’s height, maintain eye contact the child’s level, sit on the floor and stand tall enough to reach children on the highest piece of equipment.
Be aware of the cognitive, social, and physical needs of children.
Expectations for All Para Los Niños Staff
Candidates for employment at a Para Los Niños, regardless of position, will consistently demonstrate the following:
Unwavering belief in and commitment to fulfill the mission of Para Los Niños.
Deep commitment to the success of all PLN students and families
Commitment to excellence and high standards -- for self, students, and colleagues.
Continuous learning by engaging in reflection, self-assessment, and individual professional development.
Use of data to inform decisions and drive continuous improvement.
Ability to thrive as a member of a collaborative team.
Self-motivation and initiative with solutions-oriented disposition.
Belief in and ability to develop respectful relationship with parents and children marked by sensitivity to the students’ cultural and socioeconomic characteristics.
Excellent oral and written communication skills.
Ability to effectively handle challenging situations
Comfort with basic Microsoft Office applications and a curiosity and propensity to push own adoption of new technology and approaches.
Regular, punctual attendance and professional appearance.
Para Los Niños is an Equal Employment Opportunity Employer
It is the established policy of Para Los Niños (PLN) to provide equal employment and advancement opportunities to all qualified applicants and employees without discrimination with regard to race, religious belief (including dress or grooming practices), color, sex, sex stereotype, pregnancy, childbirth or related medical conditions (including breast feeding), age, national origin (including possessing a driver’s license issued under Vehicle Code § 12801.9), ancestry, sexual orientation, gender identification and expression, transgender status, physical or mental disability, medical condition, genetic characteristics, genetic information, family care, marital status, enrollment in any public assistance program, status as military, a veteran or qualified disabled veteran, status as an unpaid intern or volunteer, or any other classification protected by law. PLN also prohibits discrimination based on the perception that anyone has any of those characteristics, or is associated with a person who has or is perceived as having any of those characteristics.