About Jeremiah Program
Jeremiah Program (JP) offers proven, successful strategies to disrupt poverty for single mothers and their children, two generations at a time. This two-generation approach is unique in its focus on the whole family, positioning JP Moms as the best architects of their own and their children’s futures. With a focus on supporting families, and addressing the structural barriers that keep Americans in poverty, JP consistently achieves long-term, sustainable outcomes showing educational, health, and economic gains for our families and their communities.
Jeremiah Program is a national organization, headquartered in Minneapolis with campuses in Austin, Boston, Brooklyn, Fargo-Moorhead, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and Rochester – SE MN. JP is growing and expanding throughout the nation to meet a growing demand for its antipoverty model. Learn more about JP here.
The Preschool teacher is responsible for working with children from approximately 33 months to the time they are kindergarten ready and is responsible for maintaining their overall health, safety and growth while reflecting the Jeremiah mission, encompassing the values, vision, and purpose of the program. Responsibilities include developing the intellectual, emotional, and physical growth of children; ensuring the physical and emotional safety of the center; maintaining records as required by DHS, and collaborating with parents and cross-team members to ensure the growth of children.
While this role will be primarily assigned to the older preschool room, we staff the center from a holistic perspective therefore from time to time, the selected candidate may be asked to fill in other classrooms as needed.
Competitive candidates will help not only children but parents prepare for the start of kindergarten.
We utilize a co-teacher model where both teachers are working collaboratively and are both fully engaged in creating lesson plans and activities for the children that parents can continue with at home.
Teachers work closely and collaborate with the Family Services Team to ensure families are getting all of the support they need.
Competitive candidates will be able to scaffold lesson plans and build on the individual strength of each child and challenge him/her at various levels during the same lesson/activity to keep engagement.
- Create and maintain a classroom environment that stimulates and is conducive to learning.
- Maintain accurate and complete files for children as required by DHS (emergency cards, field trip, and conference forms, attendance, CACFP, accident/incident reports, ).
- Implement, and post cross-cultural, developmentally approved curriculum for children.
- Maintain order within the classroom, storage areas, changing room, indoor and outdoor play areas, so they are attractive, sanitary, orderly, and in compliance with governing bodies.
- Manage classroom supplies and materials and report needs to CDC Manager/Director.
- Understand State Licensing requirements to operate and maintain a childcare program.
- Serve meals according to USDA/CACFP meal portion guidelines.
- Develop lesson plans through approved curriculum to ensure the progress of the entire class. For curriculum requiring notes be kept, assure up to date notes are taken.
- Develop and maintain positive, respectful relationships with parents, working with them to enhance their child’s education and development and providing resource referrals for parental questions and concerns.
- Ensure children are supervised at all times in the classroom, hallways, and offsite activities.
- Demonstrate positive interactions with parents through Family Goal Planning meetings and Parent- Teacher conferences.
- Encourage and participate in center wise parent involvement initiatives. (e.g., Preschool graduation).
- Communicate classroom activities daily with parents regarding changes in their child’s development, behavior, and well-being by completing daily written reports.
- Develop growth plans regarding child’s development and other support resources in collaboration with parents, co-teacher, and the Family Coach when necessary.
- Administer child assessments using the ASQ tool and Teaching Strategies GOLD ;conduct parent-teacher conferences bi-annually.
- Maintain compliance with all applicable regulatory requirements (e.g., CACFP and state licensing requirements).
- Always provide and promote healthy boundaries and confidentiality.
- Leverage volunteers and interns to increase organizational capacity within Child Development Center.
Other Duties as assigned
- All Jeremiah Program employees are mandated reporters and are legally required to ensure a report is made when abuse or neglect is observed or suspected.
- Meet and maintain teacher qualifications and state quality system rating requirements (Required hours vary by state).
- CPR and First Aid certified (preferred or willingness to obtain within 30 days of hire).
- Ability to problem solve, multi-task, complete work on time, and work independently.
- Comprehensive knowledge of current child development
- Must be able to lift 40 lbs.
- Proficiency in computer skills (i.e., Microsoft, SharePoint).
- Passion for the Jeremiah Program mission and values.
How to Apply
Jeremiah Program is committed to the recruitment, selection, development, and promotion of employees based on individual merit. Our policy is to provide equal employment opportunity to all people without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, or disability.
We offer competitive pay starting at $17 per hour. Our compensation includes employer-paid health and dental, life and disability insurance, and generous time off.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply online. Please upload a current resume and thoughtful cover letter articulating your interest and fit for the role, including compensation requirements.