Relationships are at the root of who are at TFC- relationships among children, between children and adults, amongst adults, and between our school and the larger community around us. The value of relationships that we hold as a community parallel our focus of inclusion and equity as fundamental in our teaching practice. The mission of the Family Cooperative is to love and nurture a community of inspired teacher-learners. We are committed to our community of teacher-learners as one where each member is welcomed, valued, and celebrated. We were founded six years ago to serve the children of the faculty of BB&N as well as other educators in our area, in an inclusive, enriching, and nurturing educational environment. Our pedagogy is based on the concept of emergent, child-centered curriculum, inspired by the Reggio Emilia early childhood centers. We do so in an unconventional cooperative setting that supports primarily working families and values strong parental involvement. It is important to us to create a nurturing, safe environment that serves as an extension of the home. We strive to collaborate closely with families in our work, exploring with them ways in which we will authentically bring their family culture into our classrooms and school. Each piece of the child’s life, family, environment, school, peers, and teachers, engage in powerful conversations with each other, creating a coherent, integrated learning model throughout the life of the child. The Family Cooperative has a particular vision of the child as a competent, creative thinker who actively engages in the process of making meaning about the world. As educators, we are committed to intentionally and consistently engaging children in reflection about difference, in critical thinking about the social meanings assigned to difference, in risk taking and in action to challenge bias and promote equity.
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We are looking for an early childhood educator who is interested in joining this unique opportunity to be a part of a center from its beginnings. We offer Infant, Toddler and Preschool classrooms, enrolling children between the ages of 8 weeks and 5 years old. The position is full-time, 37.5 hours a week, with flexible working hours.
o Required - Preschool certified by the Department of Early Education and Care (or able to obtain certification)
o Associate’s degree or higher (preferably in Early Childhood Education)
o Experience with or knowledge of the Reggio Emilia Approach and constructivism
o Diversity and/or demonstrable commitment to diversity in education.
o A love of developing deep relationships with young children and their families
o A desire for professional growth in a supportive, inspiring teaching community
Interested candidates should send cover letter and resume to:
Binal Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org