Crystal Stairs, Inc. - Los Angeles, CA


Associate Teacher

Location: Los Angeles & Compton areas


Under the supervision of the Site Supervisor, he/she is responsible for early childhood education that is geared toward the overall goal of social competence and school readiness, which is age and developmentally appropriate for preschoolers. Provides for the children's social intellectual, physical and emotional development. Is responsible for implementing and assisting with the classroom operation including, planning, curriculum and child assessment implementation, and supervision of children.


  1. Assists with and in the absence of the Lead Teacher design and plan the daily classroom program based on the program curriculum and aligned with the HS Child Development and Early Learning Framework and the California Preschool Learning Foundations; assists with the development of individual education plans for each child.
  2. Completes a percentage of Child Files including child assessment for designated group of preschool children including implementing the developmental and behavioral screenings, Desired Results Developmental Profile, Individualized Goals, Transitional Plans, Observational Notes, Portfolio Assessment, Individual Lesson Plan activities for all children including those with diagnosed disabilities, and use of child outcomes and school readiness reports to develop the child's educational plan.
  3. Helps children to develop verbal and non-verbal language and communication skills, including the ability to communicate in and further the child's familiarity with his/her dominant language.
  4. Evaluate classroom quality using the Early Childhood Education Rating Scale (ECERS) and other assessment tools such as the CLASS; helps create improvement action plans and follow through with corrections based on findings.
  5. Provides opportunities for children to use their creative abilities, and to explore and experiment with a variety of media through art, music, drama in all aspects of the program; helps each child develop a sense of awareness and self-esteem; and helps each child to accept and express his/her feelings.
  6. Helps maintains a vibrant, well-arranged and orderly classroom; works to ensure the safety of the children while they are using indoor and outdoor facilities.
  7. Inspects facilities for hazardous conditions, unsafe equipment and materials; follows an emergency exit plan and helps conduct monthly emergency exit drills.
  8. Supervises children visually at all times to ensure their continuous safety and care. Actively implement the Active Supervision Principals.
  9. Helps create and maintain a warm emotionally supportive classroom environment that is well managed and provides quality instructional support for children's learning.
  10. Plans and implements activities to meet the physical needs of the children, including children with disabilities and special needs due to physical and/or mental impairment.
  11. Engages parents in participating in educational activities in the classroom and in their homes and developing lesson plans to enhance their role as the principal influence on the child's education and development In addition to conducting Home Visits and Parent Conferences.
  12. Communicates with others verbally and in writing; participates in parent education programs, including orientation, child development, curriculum, and parent meeting/workshops as needed; works effectively in a bilingual, diverse cultural setting.
  13. Responsible for the care and organization of all supplies and materials in the classroom; performs any other duties as assigned.
  14. Administer medication to children with an Individual Health Plan.
  15. Kitchen duties as assigned.
  16. Provide Diaper Changes/Potty Training for individual children on an as needed basis.
  17. Performs home visits as needed.
  18. Able to consistently meet attendance requirements.
  19. Able to work harmoniously and productively with others.
  20. Able to accept and implement constructive criticism.
  21. Able to maintain professional demeanor in difficult situations.
  22. May be assigned to transfer at anytime to various sites and classrooms based on program need.
  23. Other duties as assigned.


1) Associates or advanced degree in early childhood education or child development; or an Associates/Bachelor's degree in a related field and 24 Early Childhood Education coursework units equivalent to a major relating to early childhood education, with experience teaching preschool-age children.

2) Child Development Permit at the Teacher level or above; or provide original "Verification of Completion Form (41-CDP1)" completed by an approve VOC agency.

*The 41-CDP1 form must be completed by an authorized representative of a California community college or four-year college or university approved by the Commission to verify completion of requirements for Child Development Teaching Permits.



A minimum of six (6) months to one (1) year direct experience working with young children, ages 2-5 years old within a preschool setting, in addition to a cultural and ethnically diverse community or, 50 days of three plus hours per day, within a year.


While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit; talk or hear; use hands to finger, handle or feel; reach with hands and arms. The employee is frequently required to stoop, kneel, crouch, or crawl.  The employee is occasionally required to walk.  The employee must occasionally lift and/or move up to 45 pounds.  Specific vision abilities required by this job include close vision, and the ability to adjust focus between source documents and the computer monitor.  The employee works in a normal office environment where the noise level is usually moderate to loud.    Travel by car, bus, train, or airplane as required by conference attendance, etc. where in some cases overnight travel may occur. Some exposure to communicable diseases is possible when working in office or classroom environment.  Evening and weekend may be required.



Must possess a valid California driver's license, have use of a motor vehicle and provide evidence of automobile liability insurance. Must meet State health requirements including passing a physical examination as a condition of employment, and must provide verification of a TB clearance at the time of employment.  Mandatory CPR and Basic First Aid certificate, which employee is responsible to maintain for the duration of their employment with Head Start.


For more information about Crystal Stairs, Inc. please visit our website at: www.crystalstairs.org


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Job Details

Category: Educators/Classroom

Type: FT

Location: Los Angeles, CA

Salary: Competitive Salary

Posted On: July 22nd, 2020

Agency Details

Website: http://www.crystalstairs.org/

Crystal Stairs, Inc.

 Crystal Stairs is one of the largest private non-profit child development corporations in the State of California. We help families locate affordable and appropriate childcare through a variety of services, working with childcare providers, educators, advocates, and community members to positively impact the lives of more than 40,000 children each year. 


Crystal Stairs is committed to building and sustaining a diverse workforce and culture. As part of this commitment, Crystal Stairs provides equal opportunity in all of our employment practices, including selection, hiring, promotion, transfer, and compensation, to all qualified applicants and employees without regard to race, color, medical condition as defined by state law, ancestry, religion, sex, national origin, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender, ethnic group identification, mental or physical disability, pregnancy, childbirth and related medical conditions, or any other legally protected status.


 For more information about Crystal Stairs, please visit our website at: www.crystalstairs.org


All Head Start positions are implemented in accordance with the Head Start Performance Standards in each service area.