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Infant/Toddler Lead Teachers, Early Childhood Centers

CHS Hershey – Hershey, PA
Full-time

CHS Hershey will be CHS’s first center and is expected to open in 2023. The two-story, 50,827-square-foot building, located at the southwest corner of Governor Road and Homestead Road, will include a Family Resource Center, an innovation lab and an experiential learning garden. The Center will accommodate 150 students from birth to age 5 and is expected to employ up to 80 employees and volunteers. 

CHS Development Program: To prepare for the opening of CHS Hershey in 2023, teachers and staff will receive one year of professional development, coaching, training, and team building through the CHS Development Program. This is a unique opportunity for early childhood professionals to expand their knowledge, grow their careers, and launch a child-focused state-of-the-art early learning center. 

Role Description: 

Infant/Toddler Lead Teachers are individuals who are passionate about education, and excited about working with children to further their educational and emotional growth. The Infant/Toddler Lead Teacher enjoys being in the classroom and creating a love of learning. This individual is responsible for implementing and supporting the early childhood classroom curriculum and assessment process, involving families in classroom experiences, and cultivating a classroom environment that represents each child’s family culture. Individuals in this role are responsible for directing and leading in planning and implementing the daily education program for children from birth to age 2. Infant/Toddler Lead Teachers report directly to the CHS Hershey Assistant Director. 

Responsibilities include:  

  • Preparing and implementing classroom lesson plans linked to child outcomes, program development, and classroom routines/schedules 

  • Enhancing social, emotional and cognitive development through age-specific manipulatives, activities, and language experiences for children 

  • Supervising and providing a safe, nurturing environment for children 

  • Including children and families in the development of classroom experiences, rotate materials, and prepare instructional resources/materials for classroom activities in a timely manner 

  • Supporting children’s self-help skills and development  

  • Ensuring general classroom management, organization, cleanliness, and maintenance 

  • Caring for safety and hygiene of children  

  • Maintaining daily communication with families using multiple channels of communication 

  • Meeting and communicating with families during designated conference times and as necessary 

  • Maintaining developmental profiles for children 

  • Collaborating and engaging in a teaming environment with two Assistant Teachers, serving as the leader of the classroom team 

  • In collaboration with the Curriculum & Instruction Coaches, developing a coaching plan to inform professional development and learning 

  • Remaining compliant with all state licensing requirements as they pertain to health, safety, and professional requirements 

  • Ensuring all required program documentation and reports are completed accurately and submitted in a timely manner 

  • Acting as a role model for child development

Requirements include:   

  • Bachelor’s degree (preferred) or Associate degree in early childhood education, child development, special education, elementary education or the human services field or relevant coursework 

  • Level C certification in the PA ECE Career Pathway (preferred) 

  • 3 years’ experience in Early Childhood or Child Care Program (preferred) 

  • Experience and knowledge in Early Childhood Education program and teaching standards, including code of ethics- NAEYC standards preferred 

  • Familiar with inquiry-based and project approach learning, as well as PBIS strategies (preferred) 

  • Excels at engaging with parent/caregivers, including initiating discussions when necessary  

  • Able to physically interact with children (e.g., talk, hear, stoop, kneel, crouch, etc.) and lift and or move items of up to 40 pounds 

  • Ability to work in a fast-paced environment with changing priorities   

  • Responsible, enthusiastic, and cares about working in a mission-focused organization  

  • Demonstrated understanding of and ability to effectively work with low-income families (preferred) 

  • Ability to proactively identify problems and implement solutions  

  • Willingness to be held accountable and receive feedback 

  • Comfortability with technology including MS Office Suite (Outlook, Word, Excel and PowerPoint) and/or willingness to learn 

  • Exceptional interpersonal skills including the ability to influence, lead, and educate teams 

  • Commitment to the mission and values of CHS and MHS and demonstrated high degree of integrity as all MHS and CHS staff are considered to be role models for students  

  • U.S. work authorization and successful completion of pre-employment background checks and clearances  

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Equal Employment Opportunity Policy

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning does not discriminate against applicants or employees, in hiring, promotion or any terms or conditions of employment, on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin, ancestry, sex, age, religion or religious creed, veteran status, disability or use of a guide or support animal because of the blindness, deafness or physical handicap of the user or because the user is a handler or trainer of support or guide animals, or any other status protected under applicable federal or Pennsylvania law.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning are subsidiaries of Milton Hershey School and will be staffed and operated independently of the Milton Hershey School core model.

Catherine Hershey Schools for Early Learning admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic and other school-administered programs.