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  • Teach children basic skills such as identifying colors, shapes, numbers, and letters
  • Work with children in groups or one on one, depending on the needs of children and on the subject matter
  • Plan and carry out a curriculum that focuses on different areas of child development
  • Organize activities so children can learn about the world, explore interests, and develop skills
  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure children have enough physical activity and rest
  • Watch for signs of emotional or developmental problems in each child and bring them to the attention of the child’s parents
  • Keep records of the children’s progress, routines, and interests, and inform parents about their child’s development
  • Provide care and protection for assigned children
  • Maintain a physical environment conducive to children’s growth and development and arrange to promote optimal program functioning.
  • Consider and provide for the needs of the individual in relationship to their cultural and socioeconomic background, emotional or physical handicaps and individual style and pace of learning.
  • Respect the dignity and basic rights of each child
  • Help children learn to adapt to and cope with real-life situations; to develop appropriate habits in such activities as eating, dressing, napping and personal hygiene
  • Work with and refer to the Principal children with unmet special needs, as well as families with problems that affect the child in the classroom
  • Make daily observations of the health of children, reporting conditions which require attention
  • Hold bi-annual, more often if necessary, parent-teacher conferences and seek to involve parents in the child development program by participating in parent meetings and demonstrating an interest in the child that extends beyond the classroom.
  • Work with parents to solve behavior problems; arrange parent conferences as necessary and field parent’s complaints
  • Participate in staff meetings, training sessions, conferences, workshops and other career development and professional activities
  • Assure that equipment and materials are accessible, appropriate and in good condition
  • Maintain a pleasant, comfortable atmosphere for staff and children


  • Must hold an Illinois Professional Educator License with an Early Childhood Certification Endorsement
  • At least one year of teaching experience working with appropriately age children
  • Ability to work effectively with diverse staff, parents, and community members


Salary and benefits adhere to the Cairo Association of Teachers contract with the Board of Education.

Additional Notes

Job Summary: educate and care for children younger than age 5 who have not yet entered kindergarten. Teach language, motor, and social skills to young children. Responsible for establishing and maintain a classroom environment that utilizes space, material, routines, and guidance techniques to effectively facilitate physical, emotional, intellectual and social development of children.  

How to Apply

Go to the Districts website www.cairoschooldistrict1.com (About Us Section) to download a Certified Application or call 618-734-4102 choosing option 1 and request that an application be mailed to you. Mail the application to Cairo School District Number One Attn: Business Office 4201 Sycamore St., Cairo, IL  62914 or email the completed application to jobs@cairoschooldistrict1.com 




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