Child Care Jobs at KIDS INC.

We are building a brighter future, and we want YOU to be a part of it! It’s our responsibility to ensure a safe, caring, and educational environment for all of our children and families. We are always accepting applications for all of our centers and programs. KIDS INC. has centers in Marion, Cedar Rapids, and Coralville.

Child Care Center Staff Positions:

Assistant Administrative Staff

Assistant Administrators are responsible for assisting the Center Director with setting the tone for the facility, managing the curriculum, overseeing physical facilities, hiring staff and managing the overall image of the center. They also must ensure compliance with all local and federal laws governing child care, both in regard to the physical environment and the staff, as well as managing the general financial affairs of the child care facility.

Curriculum Development

Assistant Administrators work with the Center Director and qualified lead staff to develop an appropriate curriculum and ensure that it complies with state and federal requirements.

Facilities Management

The Assistant Administrators will help make sure that the center's physical facilities comply with local, state and federal laws and are a safe and appropriate environment for children. Assistant Administrators must have knowledge of local, state and federal laws regarding safety requirements and inspection and certification procedures, and ensure that the center complies with those requirements.

Staffing Management

Assistant Administrators helps manages this staff, developing job descriptions, interviewing candidates, maintaining staff development and education and, if necessary, managing disciplinary processes. Assistant Administrators are also responsible for maintaining their own qualifications; most states require child care center directors to complete continuing education courses each year, in addition to other requirements.

Parental Communication and Involvement

While for many parents, their child's teacher is the primary point of contact in the center, the Director and Assistant Administrator often serves as the 'face' of the center, managing communication with parents and the community. Directors and Assistant Administrators also often meet with parents of prospective children to determine whether the center is a good fit for the family.

Lead Teachers

Be dedicated to the development of lifelong learners by equipping students with the knowledge and skills to confidently meet life's challenges as responsible, productive citizens. Essential Duties and Responsibilities:** (Other duties may be assigned.)

Enhance Academic performance

  • Establish clear objectives for all lessons, units, and projects and effectively communicate those objectives to students.
  • Identify students' needs and make appropriate referrals and develop strategies for individual education plans.
  • Effectively communicate with parents on a regular basis outside the normal classroom day by means of newsletters, e-mail, notes, phone calls and individual parent conferences.
  • Discuss student problems, behavior incidents, positive developments, and progress with parents in an honest, sensitive, and confidential manner.
  • Promotes parent participation and involvement in education activities provided for their children.
  • Confer and cooperate with other staff members to plan and schedule lessons promoting student learning
  • Confer with parents or guardians, other teachers, and administrators to resolve student behavioral and academic problems
  • Identify students showing signs of emotional, developmental, or health-related problems, and discuss them with supervisors, parents and/or guardians
  • Engage in collaborative work and contribute to team planning.
Competence in Content Knowledge
  • Introductory educational skills: Teach Reading, social studies, mathematics, and science to students in a classroom setting
  • Provide individual and small group instruction designed to meet individual needs of students in communication skills, health habits, physical skills, and development of self-concept.
  • Enrich the educational program through study/field trips to community locations and through community member classroom visits.
  • Develop lesson plans and instructional materials and provide individualized and small group instruction in order to adapt the curriculum to the needs of each student.
  • Plan individual and group activities to stimulate academic, social and emotional growth.
  • Plan and conduct activities for a balanced program of instruction, demonstration, and work time that provides students with opportunities to observe, question, and investigate.
  • Translate lesson plans and activities into developmentally appropriate learning experiences to best utilize the available time for instruction.
  • Create an effective environment for learning through functional and attractive displays, interest centers, and exhibits of students' work.

  • Instructional Strategies
  • Implement individual and group activities to stimulate academic, social and emotional growth.
  • Develop in each student an awareness of his/her worth as an individual and his/her role in their family and community.
  • Utilize technology - computers, audiovisual aids, and other equipment in the delivery of instruction.
    Classroom Management
  • Establish, implement, and enforce rules** and procedures for appropriate classroom behavior, to maintain and promote a fair, supportive, inclusive and** positive learning environment.**
  • Model and maintain standards of responsible student behavior.

  • Physical Demands:**
    (The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.)

    While performing the duties of this job, the employee is regularly required to sit, stand, speak, hear, see, and walk to carry out routine duties. Must be able to bend arms, torso, and neck. Must be able to occasionally lift, move, or push items of 50 lbs such as assisting children or moving/rearranging furniture. Specific vision requirements include close vision, distance vision, color vision, peripheral vision, depth perception, and ability to adjust focus. Must be able to supervise students in all types of weather, meet multiple demands from several people, and interact with the public and other staff.

    Assistant Teachers

    Assistant Teachers maintain an open, friendly, and cooperative relationship with each child and family; and encourages each child's family to be actively involved in the center. Maintain a positive, calm attitude and a pleasant, soothing voice, and models this attitude and voice for parents and others working or volunteering in the facility.

    Greet children and their parents warmly and with enthusiasm each morning. Constantly interact with children by talking, singing and reading to children. Sit with children and share family-style meals; models manners and good nutrition.

    Tend to children's personal hygiene needs, remaining especially attentive to them during routines such as diaper changing, cleaning, feeding, and changing soiled or wet clothes. Complete timely, neat, accurate documentation of daily sheets and classroom incident reports. Maintain a safe, clean, care-giving environment, practices good personal hygiene and handwashing, and assures the well-being and safety of all of the children in that environment.

    Provide for the physical safety of each child. Observe children to detect signs of illness, injury, abuse, neglect, emotional disturbance, or other special needs, and reports these signs immediately to the center director.

    Attend all training opportunities and staff meetings as provided and scheduled. Maintain a cooperative attitude of working together with coworkers, the center director and parents. Perform any other tasks deemed necessary by the center director.

    Cook/Menu Coordinator

    The cook's position is responsible for guaranteeing that the children are served nutritious, good tasting and appealing meals and snacks. It is the cook's responsibility to prepare these meals and snacks by methods that maintain high nutrient levels and that are sanitary. It is also the Cook's duty to deliver meals to the classroom ready for family style meal service and suitable for the children's age and development. This position involves extensive organizing, problem solving, record keeping, and time management.

    Essential Functions:

    • Plans and prepares foods in accordance with the Department of Human Services Policies, Menus and Recipes.
    • Create orders for food and supplies necessary to prepare the planned menus for the number of enrolled children.
    • Plans meals far enough ahead to minimize the need for food substitutions; when substitutions are necessary, with prior approval, purchases and serves food of equivalent nutritional value.
    • Prepares meals and snacks in such a way that a minimum of nutrients are lost from foods, that ensure foods taste good and look appealing, and that there are ample amounts of foods for children to have as many servings as they need.
    • Maintains established standards of sanitation, safety and food preparation and storage as set by the local and state health departments; maintains an orderly, sanitary, and safe kitchen.
    • Modify menus and recipes and prepare food to meet the developmental needs of infants and toddlers and the medical and feeding needs of children with disabilities or food allergies.
    • Delivers foods from the kitchen to the classrooms ready to be served as suitable for the children's age and development.
    • Maintains cost control, budget and inventory systems based on DHS procedures including records of food production, service and attendance.
    • Assures the proper care and maintenance of all food service equipment; identifies equipment needs for food preparation and service and assists in purchasing as needed.
    • Assists teachers with developing food activities for the children in the classroom.
    • Cooperates with and participates in nutrition education activities for staff, parents and children.
    • Participates in all emergency drills and environmental safety activities.
    • Attends and participates in training's, center in-service training, and other continuing education, career and professional development opportunities.
    • Participates in general staff meetings and other meetings and events.
    • Performs other duties, as assigned.


    Before and After School Positions

    School Age Supervisors

    KIDS INC. has Before and After School Programs in the Marion Independent School District. Our locations are in the gymnasiums of Longfellow Elementary, Starry Elementary, and Francis Marion Independent.

    Program Hours: 6:00 am - 9:00 am and 2:15 pm - 6:00 pm
    *Hours may vary depending on individual school hours.

    Monitor children with regards to safety at all times and maintain DHS staff to child ratio (1:15). Interact with children in a fun and inclusive manner. Assist with daily cleaning routine. Maintain positive and appropriate behavior with children.

    All applicants must pass a criminal background check at time of hire; and all applicants over 18 must be willing to complete CPR/First Aid course within 30 days of employment.

    Part-time Associates

    Summer Camp Staff Positions

    Summer Camp Supervisors

    In this exciting role, you’ll be trained and have the chance to do the following:

    • Direct the daily operations of the program in support of policies and procedures
    • Be present for weekly field trips and oversee all children and staff while off-location
    • Motivate, train, develop and oversee all on-site staff
    • Organize, evaluate, and oversee the Summer Camp program to create a fun and engaging learning environment
    • Foster relationships by creating open and ongoing communication with parents
    • Provide a caring family-oriented environment where positive child/adult relationships are developed
    • Provide guidance and feedback to help team members strengthen knowledge and skills to accomplish individual and team goals
    • Maintain IA State child-care licensure compliance at the designated school site
    Required Qualifications:
    • Flexible and demonstrates a passion to work with children in a learning environment
    • Provide a supportive and caring environment for children
    • Ability to communicate in a professional manner with children, parents, staff, and other management
    • Ability to successfully pass and maintain criminal background history checks and Child Protective Services Registry
    • Strong attention to detail and accuracy
    • Well-organized, thorough, and highly reliable/dependable
    • Ability to remain calm and maintain a high-level of professionalism and personal and work ethics/integrity at all times
    • Basic Microsoft Office experience preferred
    All Summer Camp Supervisors shall meet ONE OF THE FOLLOWING for state licensing qualifications:
    • HS Diploma, 6 hours of child training and 3 hours child program management, and 4 years’ experience
    • CDA, 6 hours of child training and 3 hours child program management and 2 years’ experience
    • 15 college credits (not child related), 6 hours in child care training and 3 hours in child program management, and 3 years’ experience
    • Associate’s in any field, 6 hours of child care training and 3 hours child program management and 2 years’ experience
    • Bachelors in child field, 3 hours training in child program management and 1 year experience
    • Bachelor’s in unrelated field, 6 hours child training and 3 hours child program management, and 1 year experience

    Summer Camp Counselors

    Counselors are responsible for monitoring children with regards to safety at all times and maintain DHS staff to child ratio (1:15). Interact with children in a fun and inclusive manner. Go on weekly off location trips; field trips, pool, library, etc.. Assist with daily cleaning routine. Maintain positive and appropriate behavior with children.

    All applicants must pass a criminal background check at time of hire; and all applicants over 18 must be willing to complete CPR/First Aid course within 30 days of employment.