A child's life is like a piece of paper on which every person leaves a mark. - Robert HeinLein
At DSECC we value the opportunity to teach a new generation of teachers! If you are in school for Early Childhood Education at a local college, university or tech school, Diamond Street is an excellent place to get hands on experience.
Our classroom aides are a valuable part of the teaching team. It is the perfect role for someone looking to explore early childhood education, take on a part time or summer job or just starting out in the field. Classroom Aides need to have a high school diploma or GED and a love for children. You will spend time getting to know the children, engaging them in play activities and helping the teacher implement the curriculum.
Assistant Teacher - Assistant Group Supervisor
Assistant teachers (or in Early Childhood Education jargon, assistant group supervisors) have spent two years working as a classroom aide, babysitting, volunteering at their church children's programs or summer camps. Most have taken advantage of Diamond Street's continuing education opportunities and have obtained a Child Development Associate Certification and is working on an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. They are now ready to take on greater challenges and responsibilities in the classroom. Assistant teachers help to develop the and implement the curriculum and run activities. Additional responsibilities may include opening or closing the classroom as well as other tasks that benefit the children center wide.
Teacher - Group Supervisor
When an assistant teacher has obtained their Associate Degree and may be working on their Bachelor's Degree in Early Childhood Education (or similar field) they are now qualified as a group supervisor and hold the title of Teacher. Teachers work with a lead teacher and assistant teachers to manage a classroom. They will plan and run activities within the themes planned by the lead teacher, work one on one with students who need a little extra help, and take on the lead teacher role in their absence. Teachers will take on greater responsibilities center wide including assisting with parent education, center events and daily operations tasks.
Lead Teacher - Group Supervisor
A Teacher becomes a Lead Teacher when they take on the responsibility of managing a classroom. A lead teacher will design and create the educational environment, develop curriculum, plan and run activities and evaluate the students' progress making adjustments to the plans according to their needs. The lead teacher also mentors and directs a group of teaching staff within their room ensuring that all staff responsible for the students have the tools and knowledge necessary for the children to be successful throughout the day, even when the lead teacher is not present. While a lead teacher's primary responsibility is to their classroom, they may also take on daily operations tasks for the whole center.
DSECC has a team of administrators that ensures the continual quality of childcare at the center. Lead teachers who have demonstrated leadership abilities may be promoted into administrative roles as vacancies occur. Program directors guide and mentor the classroom staff, interview and hire new staff, and ensure the daily operations run smoothly. The program director also ensures the programs remain in budget ad contributes to the long term planning and directo of center programs.
The executive director is responsible for the successful leadership, overall management and operations of DSECC. If a vacancy occurs, the Board of Directors will often look to the administrative staff to see if one of the program directors has proven leadership qualities that will help them lead and create director for the center. The executive director will have completed bachelor's degree and perhaps even a masters as they seek to continually learn and grow in preparation to guide the staff, develop relationships with families and the community.