Preschool Assistant Teacher

Reports to: President and CEO, Academy Director; Immediate Supervisor: Lead Teachers

The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism (MRCA) is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families affected by autism spectrum disorder. Since 2000, we have been constructing pathways to engaged and productive lives for children with autism using proven, evidence-based practices. We’ve accomplished this through our accredited year-round day school, family advocacy and community education.
Requests for autism educational support services for very young children has increased dramatically in the past few years, with the result that MRCA established The Early Learning Academy, an inclusion preschool for children with autism, in September 2019. The MRELA floater will work closely with director and teachers, to assist with the preschool children, direct and lead staff, assist with all activities, and any other duties asked.

Preschool Assistant Teacher Description:
Most obviously, Assistant Teachers assist the Lead Teacher in implementing curriculum and planning daily activities that are developmentally appropriate for young children. However, an excellent assistant teacher does much more. (S)he:
    •    Ensures the safety and well-being of each child by responding to their emotional, social, and physical needs as well as their individual educational needs;
    •    Utilizes developmentally appropriate practice and best practice methods at all times;
    •    Is warm, empathetic, and nurturing with children;
    •    Is a positive role model for all care giving staff and children;
    •    Provides excellent customer service according to the standards of The Early Learning Academy;
    •    Understands Autism characteristics and behaviors and how to provide appropriate supports for each individual child;
    •    Is professional and respectful when speaking with the teachers and students;
    •    Is aware of the needs of each student in each classroom; and
    •    Successfully completes training requirements from DECAL, Quality Rated, and MRELA

Preschool Assistant Teacher Duties:
Including, but not limited to, the following:
    •    Engage children in activities and play that stimulates their development
    •    Appropriately supervise children while keeping them safe at all times
    •    Assist children with activities of daily life (e.g., diapering, feeding, dressing)
    •    Approach parents daily and speak with them about their child(ren)
    •    Assist with recording data on children in the classroom as needed
    •    Assist with the performance of assessments as needed
    •    Help facilitate daily activities that are developmentally appropriate for preschoolers
    •    Creating and maintaining an environment that is clean, organized, and safe for all children
    •    Maintain a clean environment – daily cleaning required such as disinfecting toys/desks/centers/etc.
    •    Establish a professional level of rapport with each family and staff in order to provide quality care and friendly service
    •    Assist the Lead Teacher in implementing curriculum and planning daily activities that are developmentally appropriate for young children
    •    Attend and engage in occasional parent participation events and other events that may be on nights and/or weekends

Position Hours (Required):
Full Time: Primarily - Monday through Friday: 10am to 6pm
Occasionally: 8am to 4pm
Education Qualifications:
High School Diploma or equivalent (Required)
CDA, TCC, or higher (Highly Preferred)
First Aid, CPR Certification (Highly preferred)
Fire Safety Training Certification (Highly Preferred)
Experience Qualifications:
3 years in Childcare (Required)
Autism Experience (Highly Preferred)

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Position Type:
Company: The Matthew Reardon Center for Autism, Inc