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One Hope United Young Preschool Teacher in Waukegan, Illinois


Our preschool kids are the best! Their curiosity, questioning, and zest for life inspire our passionate educators every day. As a preschool teacher you’ll be helping preschoolers to develop their problem-solving skills, guiding them in both structured learning and playtime, and preparing them with the knowledge they’ll need to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.

Busy Bee receives state funding for Preschool for All, which helps ensure children are taught kindergarten readiness and social and emotional skills that equip them for school progression. More than 80 percent of children attending Busy Bee programs meet developmental outcome goals. Busy Bee offers a Healthy Lifestyles curriculum, emphasizing healthy eating and exercise and providing family events such as health fairs, field days and parent workshops. Busy Bee’s recreation areas include a spacious outdoor playground and an indoor Gross Motor Room.

The talented staff members at Busy Bee Early Learning Center have dedicated their careers to early childhood education and are committed to helping you to be the best teacher you can be. We hope you’ll consider joining our team!

Job Summary

The Young Preschool Teacher will create a stimulating learning environment by:

  • Providing a nurturing setting for children and parents

  • Partnering with co-teachers on best practices and creating a warm and welcoming environment

  • Encouraging infants and toddlers to engage, discover, and problem-solve

  • Supporting continuous collaboration with parents and families

  • Arranges classroom in well-defined learning centers that are clearly labeled, clutter-free, reflect children’s interests, and encourage independent use

  • Plans and implements a curriculum which is responsive to children’s individual needs, interests, and developmental levels

  • Follows all safety and health rules for the center, including all state, federal, NAEYC, and One Hope United’s health and safety guidelines

  • Supervises children by sight and sound at all times

  • Completes paperwork which is well-written, thorough, and completed in a timely manner

  • Working with ages 2-5

Education, Experience, and Required Skills

  • Associate’s degree in Early Childhood Education or related field required

  • Minimum one year of professional experience working with children in a classroom setting preferred


  • Do the Right Thing | We serve the best interest of our clients and staff. We act mindfully and responsibly, honoring our commitments. We’re willing to challenge the status quo.

  • Fully Contribute | We bring our presence, passion, and ideas to every interaction, and we respect differing views and backgrounds so that others can do the same.

  • Empower One Another | We collaborate with, care for, and encourage each other toward greater impact, treating everyone with dignity and respect

  • Turn Hope into Action | We believe in the resiliency of the human spirit. We advocate for those in need and do what it takes to build a better future for all.

  • Seek Impact Every Day | We make things happen, and make them count. We leverage all our resources and make data-informed decisions for maximum, sustainable results.

  • Always Keep Improving | We pursue excellence in an atmosphere of innovation. We embrace change, take prudent risks, learn from failure, and recognize success.

We Invest in You

  • Tuition assistance up to $2500 per year

  • Up to 4 weeks paid Vacation Days; up to 6 paid Personal Days and up to 5 paid Sick days annually

  • Medical, dental, vision, 403b Retirement, flexible spending accounts, health savings account, and short-term disability options

  • Agency paid life up to $50K based on salary

  • Voluntary Supplemental Life for Employee, Spouse and Child(ren)

  • Voluntary Legal Plans

  • Agency paid long term after 1 year of employment

  • Enterprise Fleet car availability for high mileage drivers

  • Career ladders, professional development, and promotion opportunities

  • Free LCSW and LCPC Supervision hours available in some locations

A Different Kind of Employer One Hope United is strong and ready to grow. Are you ready to grow with us?

  • 800 talented professionals strong, serving 10,000 children and families in Illinois, Wisconsin, Missouri and Florida

  • Fiscally stable, $50 Million agency-- strong since 1895

  • Energetic leadership and a rich community of support

One Hope United does not discriminate because of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. One Hope United is an Equal Opportunity Employer and a Drug Free Workplace.


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