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The Preschool Paraprofessional (Parapro) assists teachers in maintaining classroom ratios and helping with day-to-day tasks. The Parapro adheres to DCFS licensing regulations, Preschool for All and NAEYC accreditation standards. This position is full-time, full year and takes over as lead teacher for summer programming.


Paraprofessional License

DCFS Teacher Qualified 


The position starts at 18.15/hour. This position is eligible for a $500 sign-on bonus and full State of Illinois Benefits

Health, Dental, Vision, Employee Assistance Program, Life Insurance, Flexible Spending Accounts, Employee Tuition Waiver, Dependent Tuition Waiver, State of Illinois Retirement System, 403b Voluntary Retirement Accounts, 457b Deferred Compensation plans, Disability SURS, Long Term Disability, Paid Holidays, FMLA (See govst.edu/benefits for details)

Additional Notes

The Family Development Center (FDC) at Governors State University is a NAEYC Accredited Early Childhood Program providing lab-quality education and care for children ages six weeks to eight years old in our infant, preschool, and school-age programs. We are funded by Early Head Start, Preschool for All, Preschool Expansion, and child care tuition.

The mission of the FDC is to provide an exceptional education that implements best practices for children, an innovative learning environment for GSU students, and a network of support for the families we serve.

Our program is a division of the College of Education and we are located across from the main campus amidst the beautiful Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park. Our building design was inspired by the Reggio Emilia Approach with lots of natural light and access to nature. Our program houses three large atriums with sandboxes, dedicated playgrounds for each age group, and a gym for inclement weather. In addition, we draw on university programming such as the Sculpture Park, Center for Performing Arts, organic farm fields, community garden, and butterfly ranch to enrich our learning environment.

The FDC staff are our greatest asset. We provide 10 professional development days a year, in addition to a preservice week in the fall. Staff participate in committees such as our Wellness, Family Engagement, and STEM Committees to create celebrations and ensure an environment that promotes staff wellness and equity.

How to Apply

To be considered for hire, applications must be posted in GSU's hiring portal.

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