Classroom Aide – Multiple Locations

Starting Pay: $16.69/hr
Hiring Locations: Beacon Hill, International District, and Mercy Magnusson – Sandpoint

Since 1978, the Denise Louie Education Center has provided high-quality multicultural early learning and family support services to ensure that Seattle kids will be ready to succeed in school and life. We believe that children from low-income families deserve to grow up in high-quality learning environments. We strive to close the “opportunity gap” so that all children can enter kindergarten ready to be successful.

Denise Louie Education Center is seeking a Classroom Floating Aide with a High School Diploma or GED; CDA, AA, or BA degree in Early Childhood Education preferred. This individual understands child development, loves children, and is passionate about our mission to promote school and life readiness by providing multicultural early learning services to children and families, especially those who need our services the most.

Position Summary

Classroom Aides support Lead Teachers and Teaching Assistants to provide a high-quality, multicultural, inclusive educational experience to prepare all children and families for life and school.  Classroom Aides rotate through different classrooms based on staffing needs and may work in the Infant, Toddler, or Preschool classrooms.

Essential Functions

  • Assist the teaching team in maintaining a healthy, safe, and warm classroom environment through effective supervision, developmentally appropriate practices that allow learning through curiosity, experimentation, play, and implementation of individualized plans.

  • Assist the teaching team in delivering weekly lesson plans by preparing materials, organizing supplies, and helping keep children on task.

  • Assist teaching team in completion of Teaching Strategies Gold observations and checkpoint data to assess child growth and development.

  • Engage in warm, caring interactions and fun, imaginative play with children.

  • Provide support for children’s behavior with evidence-based strategies.

  • Adhere to all city, state, federal, OSPI, and Head Start/Step Ahead requirements relating to program operation.

  • Assist with the facilitation of special events and meetings.

  • Assist in maintaining children’s file documents in a secure, organized system for easy reference by other staff.

  • Promptly communicate any problems or concerns regarding children to the Teaching Assistant or Lead Teacher.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Assist with general maintenance, organization, and security of the facility.

  • Participate in professional development activities, training, and DLEC meetings as needed.

Note: The job duties listed here are not intended to be an exhaustive list.  Incumbent may be required to perform other duties to meet the needs of DLEC.

Skills, Competencies, and Experience

  • High School diploma or equivalent.  Early childhood education coursework preferred.

  • Previous work or volunteer experience working with children ages 5 and under.

  • Able to communicate in English verbally and in writing.

  • Bilingual in a language spoken by DLEC parents (Spanish, Amharic, Cantonese, and Vietnamese), preferred

Physical Demands and Working Conditions

Physical Demands: To perform the job, the employee must be able to lift and potentially carry a child weighing up to 50 pounds, routinely kneel, bend, crouch, and sit on the floor for extended periods of time and stand, walk and sit on child-sized chairs throughout the day.

Working Conditions: The work is typically performed in an early childhood school environment, with moderate to loud noise levels.   

An employee must meet the physical demands described here to perform the essential functions of this job successfully.  The working conditions are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job.  Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.