The Director provides operational and educational leadership, direction, guidance, and support. Ongoing review and evaluation of classroom procedures and practices are carried out in collaboration with staff to address issues, ensure that standards are met and exceeded, and implement changes where necessary. The Director leads regular staff meetings, attends team planning when required, and provides an “open door” policy for staff creating an environment of open dialogue. As a lifelong learner, the Director seeks out opportunities for professional development for all staff and stays abreast of current trends and practices in early childhood education.
The size of our school community allows ample opportunity to form strong relationships with families. As a visible and approachable leader, the Director strengthens the home-school connection by readily making time for individual and group parent meetings and communicating with families regularly via digital weekly updates and reminders. We consider parents as partners in their children’s learning, and therefore the Director plans and facilitates events that encourage parent participation, build community and cultivate a deeper understanding of our approach to working with young children. The Director is also a source of information and resources for parents requiring advice and support for their child’s developmental needs in addition to supporting teachers in parent conferences when required.
The Director is proficient with current technology (experience working with Google Suite is an advantage), digital communication, and use of social media as a means to inform, educate and promote our school. The Director is a business manager, working with a set budget, hiring staff and regularly reporting to the owners. The Director actively seeks to maximize enrollment via means of community outreach, strategic marketing, and cultivating relationships with existing and new families. The Director leads the enrollment season, touring new parents, arranging classroom visits and open houses, and providing new families with a point of contact throughout the process.
Other important duties include short-term and long-term planning of schedules, overseeing and implementing security procedures, ensuring compliance with state licensing and NAEYC accreditation, evaluating staff, attending Board meetings and supporting the ACP Scholarship Fund as a non-voting member, and leading/supporting school events outside of regular school hours.
In carrying out the duties required, the Director of A Child’s Place School is mindful of the educational philosophy, rich history, character and traditions of the school, while ensuring that practices and program offerings meet recognized standards and expectations of families.
2 years in leadership role in an early childhood setting
Experience with Reggio Emilia/ Social Constructivist philosophy preferred
About A Child's Place School
A Child’s Place was established in 1974 and is a progressive school for 3-7 year olds with a reputation for excellence in early childhood education. Accredited by NAEYC for over 20 years and inspired by the practices of Reggio Emilia, the school uses an emergent curriculum in three multi-age classrooms. Our teaching staff has many years of experience in the classroom (four of the 11 full-time teachers have served over two decades) and many have presented at national conferences. The unique character of the school is composed of joyful, creative learning experiences, dedicated staff, and annual traditions which take place in an attractive red school house and outside in expansive grounds of natural beauty. With happy childhood memories, alumni are now enrolling their own young children to receive that same foundational experience.