The Waisman Center is dedicated to the advancement of knowledge about human development, developmental disabilities, and neurodegenerative diseases throughout the lifespan. One of 15 centers of its kind in the United States, the Waisman Center encompasses laboratories for biomedical and behavioral research, a brain imaging center, and a clinical biomanufacturing facility for the production of pharmaceuticals for early stage human clinical trials. In addition to its research efforts, the Center provides an array of services to people with developmental disabilities, offers numerous educational and outreach programs to young children and their families, and trains scientists and clinicians who will serve our nation in the future.
The Waisman Center Early Childhood Program (WECP) is an inclusive, full-day preschool for children ages 1 through 6. Up to 1/3 of the children enrolled may have special needs because of a disability, medical condition, or behavioral challenge. WECP follows a developmental play-based curriculum. It is licensed by the State of Wisconsin, and accredited by the City of Madison and the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).
The WECP Substitute is responsible for assisting with curriculum preparation, classroom facilitation, student monitoring to ensure safety and foster an environment of learning and development in accordance with established curriculum and interacts regularly with parents. WECP is a year round program.
Provides support and assistance to early childhood education staff. Supports high quality parent, family, and community engagement.
30% Engages in collaborative partnership building with children, staff, and parents to identify goals, strengths, necessary services, and other support
30% Maintains the safety and physical well-being of children at all times and in all environments
15% Implements individualized and developmental educational plans for children
10% Assists with early childhood education related tasks
15% Document effective communication with internal and external stakeholders to relay pertinent information and provide updates of child activities per established guidelines and regulations.
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A degree in Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Special Education, Child Development, or a closely related field is a plus.
One to two years of experience working in a pre-school setting, preferably within a team teaching setting is highly preferred.
Early Childhood Education, Early Childhood Exceptional Educational Needs, or closely related educational license and/or certificate is preferred.
WECP hours of operation are 7:15am - 5:45pm. A schedule between normal business hours will be determined upon hire.
It is anticipated this position requires work be performed in-person, onsite, at a designated campus work location.
Appointment Type, Duration:
Terminal appointment. This position has the possibility to be extended based on need and/or funding.
Minimum $15.00 HOURLY Depending on Qualifications
Must complete HIPAA training and receive certification within the first 5 days of employment and annually thereafter within 5 days of notification.
Reporting requirements must be completed in a timely manner, including but not limited to effort reporting and outside activities reporting.
A yearly Criminal Background Check and Caregiver Background Check and one-time fingerprinting will be performed. A TB test and health examination is required not more than 12 months prior to or 30 days after the first day of employment. A CPR certificate (including training in infant and child CPR, and training in AED) must be on file within 6 months of the first day of work. Training in Shaken Baby syndrome and in Mandated Reporting of Child Abuse are required. Training can be provided by WECP staff during the first week of employment.
Overall physical fitness: Agility: Ability to sit on floor and get up and down with ease; run, jump and climb hills and step stools; and reach overhead to retrieve items on shelves above shoulder level. Hang objects one foot above height.
Strength: Ability to lift at least 30 pounds and ability to carry this weight across a classroom; engage in vigorous outdoor and gym play for at least 30 minutes; and push/pull at least 3 children in stroller or wagon. Push children on swings. Walk up and down stairs. Move/push classroom furniture as needed.
Speed: Ability to perform physical tasks within a time frame commensurate with needs of fast-paced preschool classroom. Quick reaction time, i.e. respond instantly to unexpected needs.
Have knowledge of and comply with developmentally appropriate practice in early childhood education and all policies and procedures described in the WECP Staff Handbook.
How to Apply:
To be considered, applications must be submitted online. Please click on the "Apply Now" button to begin the application process. You will be asked to upload a resume, cover letter, and a list of three references.
Employment will require a criminal background check. It will also require you and your references to answer questions regarding sexual violence and sexual harassment.
The University of Wisconsin System will not reveal the identities of applicants who request confidentiality in writing, except that the identity of the successful candidate will be released. See Wis. Stat. sec. 19.36(7).
The University of Wisconsin–Madison has been a catalyst for the extraordinary since its founding in 1848. Our students, staff, and faculty partake in world-class education and conduct prolific research that solves real-world problems. Our guiding principle is the Wisconsin Idea, a commitment to outreach that creates a better future for our state, our nation, and the world. We value the contributions of each person and recognize that diversity is a source of strength, creativity, and innovation.