Posted 4 months ago

Seeking Early Childhood Educator 2021-2022 School Year

The Family Cooperative is looking for an Early Childhood Educator interested in a unique opportunity to be part of a collaborative and tight-knit community of learners, educators, and families.  We offer Infant, Toddler and Preschool classrooms, enrolling children between the ages of 8 weeks and 5 years old.  Our program runs from mid-August to mid-June, Monday through Friday from 7:15-4:15. The position is full-time, 37.5 hours a week, with flexible working hours–including possible leadership and program planning opportunities for potential, optional upcoming after-school and summer programs. This position offers a candidate an opportunity to be a part of an expanding, innovative and growing program with a collaborative leadership style. Educators at The Family Cooperative are learners as well as teachers, with many participating in continuing education and presentation at the local and national level.

Relationships are at the root of who we are at TFC–relationships among children, between children and adults, amongst adults, and between our school and the larger community around us. This shared emphasis on relationships parallels our focus on inclusion and equity as fundamental to our teaching practice. We are committed to our community of teacher-learners as one wherein each member is welcomed, valued, and celebrated. Our pedagogy is based on the concept of emergent, child-centered curriculum, inspired by the Reggio Emilia early childhood centers.  We make these connections in an unconventional cooperative setting that supports primarily working families and values strong parental involvement. It is important to us to create a nurturing, safe environment that serves as an extension of the home.  We strive to collaborate closely with families in our work, exploring with them ways in which we will authentically bring their family culture into our classrooms and school.

The Family Cooperative has a particular vision of the child as a competent, creative thinker who actively engages in the process of making meaning about the world.

As educators, we are committed to intentionally and consistently engaging children and one another in reflection about difference, in critical thinking about the social meanings assigned to difference, in risk-taking and in action to challenge bias and promote equity.

Candidate Requirements:

  • Age group appropriate certification by the Department of Early Education and Care (or ability to obtain certification)
  • Associate’s degree or higher (preferably in Early Childhood Education)
  • Experience with, or knowledge and willingness to learn about and participate in, the Reggio Emilia Approach or Project Based Approach to education
  • Ability to plan and implement developmentally appropriate curriculum and engage in frequent documentation of this process
  • Willingness to participate in a collaborative team to make observations and create learning stories and monthly Journey Book entries for each child
  • Ability to write Child Reports for 3-6 children, 3 times a year in the form of a letter to the child chronicling their experience and growth in the classroom
  • Demonstration of a commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion in education and a willingness to participate in meaningful, progressive, and sometimes challenging conversations amongst children, families and coworkers
  • A love of developing deep and meaningful relationships with young children, their families and colleagues
  • A desire for professional growth in a supportive, inspiring teaching community

Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to:  Anna Goodkind at thefamilycooperative@gmail.com

Website:thefamilycooperative@gmail.com

The Family Cooperative prohibits discrimination against any applicant for employment because of race, color, national or ethnic origin, age, religion, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression, veteran status (special disabled veterans, disabled veterans and Vietnam-era veterans), or any other characteristic protected under applicable federal or state law.