Associate Teacher

Child Development Centers Garden Grove, CA
CDI/CDC is a California based, non-profit organization consisting of 160 early education centers, employing 1,500 talented professionals, and serving more than 15,000 children. Founded in 1969, we are an early care and education agency and are expanding our presence and adding new programs for families in California. We have four regions within California (Northern California, San Jose/Bay Area, South Counties and Oxnard) and internal mobility/transfers are an added benefit to our employees. Our Child Development Centers (CDC) range in size and may serve infants, toddlers, preschool and/or school age children. Most of our programs are NAEYC accredited and are influenced by the High/Scope and Reggio Emilia philosophical approaches.


Making a difference in a child’s life is the most rewarding experience one can have during their professional career. We are shaping our next generation with love, energy, and an enthusiasm for learning. If you are passionate about the field of Early Care and Child Development (CD), enjoy on-going training, and have a sincere desire to make a positive impact in the lives of children, we have a position for you!

As part of our teaching team, you will plan developmentally appropriate activities based on children’s interests and needs. Teaching staff complete developmental assessments (DRDP) within the first 60 days of enrollment plus a follow up assessment to measure each child’s growth over a year and two parent conferences annually. Teaching staff build relationships which support ongoing communication and partnership with families. Teaching staff provide active learning experiences to promote language and literacy, math and science concepts, social development and self-help skills. Teaching staff observe and document children’s emerging interests and progress through anecdotal notes, weekly lesson plans and through the portfolio of individual work. Teaching and center staff create a welcome place for families and all children, respecting their home language, cultural values and traditions. Teaching staff follow Licensing guidelines including for supervision, children’s personal rights, and health and safety.



* 12 Units in ECE/Child Development or related field (be able to provide transcripts)

* Child Development Associate Teacher permit required


* 1 year prior childcare experience preferred

* Must be able to prepare lesson plans, anecdotal notes, portfolios, desired results

* Strong teamwork and customer service skills

* Initiative, problem-solving, and time management skills with ability to work under pressure and deadlines

* Interact with children in a manner consistent with CDI/CDC philosophy

We will work with you to secure a Child Development Permit appropriate for this position if you do not possess one now. Our centers work in a collaborative environment and as a part of CDI/CDC commitment of supporting employees’ career advancement.

Successful CDI/CDC Teacher’s embrace:

* Developmentally appropriate activities that are based on the interests of children supported by foundations in child development theory such as Reggio Emilia and High Scope.

* Keeping children safe and healthy through proper supervision, authentic interactions and practicing good health habits.

* Creating enriched environments, exciting curriculum and quality learning experiences.

* Working collaboratively with others, modeling our work place values, creating a great place to work and being a role model for others.

* Excellent customer service by making authentic connections to our families, school, community and each other.

We are proud to be an EEO/AA employer M/F/D/V.

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