Early Childhood Substitute Teacher

Position Summary 

Early Childhood Alliance (ECA) is a non-profit organization with a mission to build better futures for young children by promoting and providing excellence in early childhood care and education.  Children under our care range from 6 weeks to pre-school age. Employee’s work is performed in a classroom setting in the Fort Wayne location on Beacon St. ECA also has an integrated home setting in the Warsaw area. 


A Substitute Teacher assists with the developmental care for children by assisting each child to develop a positive self-concept and reach their full potential. Substitute teachers assist the primary teacher in daily activities to ensure children receive the highest quality care. Substitute teachers are generally expected to work in any classroom that needs assistance throughout the day. ECA prefers substitute teachers to provide at least 20 hours of availability each week and may be scheduled 8-40 hours per week during business hours, Monday through Friday 6:30am-5:30pm. 


Essential Functions 

  • Provides a safe and secure environment in which children can be curious, active, and encouraged toward self-discipline, self-motivation, and self-actualization. 
  • Develops a warm, caring relationship with each child and parent in their group based on mutual respect and serves as a model to the child for their relationship with others. 
  • Guides the child’s behavior in positive ways that support total growth, development and promotes self-esteem. 
  • Interacts frequently with children; showing interest, respect, and is responsive and available in meeting their needs. 
  • Implements the lesson plans created by the Primary Teacher. Contributes to the daily operations of the classroom. 
  • Develops cooperative working relationships and supports other staff members in achieving center goals. 
  • Provides for the daily physical needs of the children and charts care as needed. 
  • Uses materials and equipment responsibly, and maintains a clean, safe environment. 
  • Follows all licensing regulations, policies, and procedures of the agency. 


Minimum Requirements 

  • 18 years of age or older and a minimum of a high school diploma or its equivalent; Ability to lift 45 lbs., bend, stoop, stretch, squat, push and pull, sit, and walk at a child’s eye level.  
  • Effectively communicate with children of all ages, customers, and co-workers. 
  • General knowledge of child development and the support and guidance necessary to fulfill each child’s developmental needs. 


Preferred Requirements 

  • 21 years of age or older to work in the infant to toddler classrooms.  
  • Course work or training in early childhood education. 
  • Associate or bachelor’s degree in early childhood or a related field 
  • Knowledge of High Scope Curriculum.  
  • Ability to use technology for record keeping, anecdotal, planning and communication 


Additional Information 

Employment requirements include:  

  • Fingerprinting  
  • Drug test  
  • TB test 
  • Physicals 
  • Child Protective Index 
  • Other applicable copies of certifications and/or degrees 



Beacon Learning Center  

2125 Beacon St  

Fort Wayne, IN 46805 


IMD Learning Program  

328 N. Park Ave  

Warsaw, IN 46580 


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