Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc.

Chaparral, New Mexico, United States

Infant Teacher (Level 1)

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Job Description

Chaparral Little School NM

Infant Teacher (Level 1)

HELP New Mexico has been empowering positive action through our services since 1965. We maintain a diversified approach to address community needs at 25 offices across the state. Come HELP New Mexico's change lives and improve the community where you live, play, and work.


This position is responsible for the overall health, safety, nurturing and quality of care and education for infants; birth to 17 months of age enrolled in the program. Will plan, prepare, and develop classroom curriculum; and interact with children in activities to promote social, physical, and cognitive growth appropriate to the children's developmental stages. All activities and interactions will be in conformance with all federal, state and local regulations, standards, policies, procedures and best practices.


This position is exempt under the provisions of the Fair Labor Standards Act and is subject to the Agency's policies and procedures pertaining to overtime hours and premium pay.

  • Maintain a safe, clean and caring environment for the children, indoor and outdoor, and assures the well-being and safety of all of the children in that environment.
  • Conducts daily learning environment health and safety inspections, as well as child health checks.
  • Plans and interacts with children in activities to promote motor, language, social, cognitive perceptual and emotional growth appropriate to the child's developmental stages at all times.
  • Maintains a positive, calm attitude and a pleasant, soothing voice, and models this attitude and voice for parents and others working or volunteering in the program at all times.
  • Maintain an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child and family.
  • Encourages each child's family to be actively involved in the program.
  • Plans, prepares and develops lesson plans, individualization activities, activity evaluations, observations, report of contacts, referrals and other documentation required by the program, i.e. in-kind, attendance, inventory, data entry.
  • Talks, sings, and reads to children on a daily basis.
  • Responds quickly in a soothing and tender manner to children's cries or calls of distress.
  • Tends to children's personal hygiene needs, remaining especially attentive to them during routines, such as diaper changing, cleaning, feeding, brushing teeth, etc.
  • Implements home visits and parent conference at the convenience of the parent.
  • Share responsibility for maintaining proper sanitation of the facility and classroom.
  • Responsible for overall classroom management.
  • Implements the developmental assessment for each child to determine the child's strengths and areas in which each child may need assistance. Discuss results of assessments and/or screenings with parents and together plan an educational program for each child.
  • Plans and prepares materials and supplies in advance for activities.
  • Shares information about the child and family with the parents and plans weekly home to school activities.
  • Supervises children during all activities, as defined in the program's child guidance policy and procedure.
  • Observes children to detect signs of illness, injury, issues, developmental, child abuse or child neglect and immediate report to supervisor for follow-up.
  • Attends all training opportunities and all staff meetings provided and scheduled.
  • Communicate effective, both orally and in writing.
  • Must provide accurate and timely documentation at all times.
  • Adheres to all program and funding regulations, as well as agency and program policies and procedures and program services plans.
  • Will abide by the Confidentiality Statement and the Core Values of the program.
  • Performs other duties as assigned and which are deemed necessary or desirable by the program.

  • Education/Background :
    • High School or GED
    • Associates or bachelor's degree in Early Childhood Education or related field or Minimum of Child Development Associate (CDA) or New Mexico Child Development Certificate or willing to work towards requirements within a specific timeframe identified by the program.
    • Minimum of 1-2-years' experience working with young children in an early childhood setting or a public-school setting at a grade level no higher than elementary school.
    • First Aid/CPR Certified and Food Handler's Certification or willing to obtain within the first 6-months of employment is required.
    • Health Determination/TB Skin Test and Fingerprint Background Check prior to employment
    • Bilingual ability (Spanish/English) is preferred

    Driver's License/Proof of Insurance (Preferred) : Maintain a current New Mexico driver's license, an insurable driving record, and provide proof of current liability insurance meeting or exceeding State-required minimum coverages is preferred for this position.

  • Other Requirements :

  • Effective January 3, 2022, all CPLC Employees and all Service Providers, are required to be Fully Vaccinated against COVID-19. Newly hired employees, who are not Fully vaccinated at the time of hire, are expect to begin a vaccination series immediately upon hire. CPLC recognizes medical and religious exemptions to the COVID-19 vaccination requirement, in accordance with applicable law and upon approval by CPLC.


    Position requirements: This position is both a mobile and a sedentary position with periods of light physical activity, and is performed mostly in office surroundings. Positions typical in nature require regular walking or standing; sitting, lifting and carrying up to 20 pounds; climbing stairs bending, reaching, holding, grasping and turning objects; and using fingers to operate computer keyboards. This position will require the ability to speak normally and to use normal or aided vision and hearing.

    Travel: Local, interstate and intrastate travel to Chicanos Por La Causa, Inc., its affiliates and/or subsidiaries, will be necessary to successfully fulfill the duties of this position. Candidate must have and maintain a valid driver's license and auto insurance. Technology will be utilized to minimize travel whenever feasible. The travel requirements for this position are anticipated to be 25 to 35 percent assignment depending. Overnight travel must be approved in advance by the Department VP.