BPS Early Childhood Center

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  • The Birmingham Public Schools Early Childhood Center is committed to providing excellence in early childhood education. We have a highly qualified and trained staff who continually provide a healthy, safe and nurturing, play-based learning environment. Research continues to show the benefits of high-quality preschool programs. We offer full-day, toddler and preschool programs for children 18 months to 5 years of age during the school year, as well as in the summer. Our curriculum, teaching practices and environment reflect research-based knowledge about how children grow, develop and learn. The ECC follows the HighScope curriculum, which aligns with the Early Childhood Standards of Quality for the State of Michigan. It is designed to promote all areas of development including physical development, cognitive development, language/literacy/communication, interpersonal skills and relationships, creative arts, dramatic play and construction.

    Please email Laura Tinsley for further information.

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  • Job Opportunities

    Posted by Nicole Crawford on 9/25/2019 12:00:00 PM






    Applications are being accepted for the position of Assistant Teacher at the BPS Early Childhood Center, a nationally accredited and state licensed full-day program for toddlers, 3 year olds and 4 year olds. We have positions for school year as well as year round schedules. Teacher assistants work with a head teacher and one other assistant. This is a non-bargaining unit position. 

    This position is full-time, Monday-Friday. Openings are in both toddler and preschool classrooms.


    • Work collaboratively with classroom team to develop and maintain a safe, nurturing, and positive environment for each child.
    • Help with all classroom activities including choice time, arts, gross motor play, math and literacy games, circle time, ect. 
    • Interact with children to develop positive relationships, extend play experiences, enhance language development and build social emotional skills
    • Contribute ideas for the classroom and gather/prepare materials when needed.
    • Act as positive role model for children.
    • Assist with assessing students using HighScope Child Observation Record.
    • Attend all staff meetings and staff development sessions.
    • Work one on one with students or in small groups as needed for maximum effectiveness of instruction.
    • Assume responsibility in an emergency or if head teacher is absent.
    • Assist in implementing a program for positive discipline and classroom management.
    • Communicate effectively with parents.
    • Follow all district and center policies as well as NAEYC and state licensing rules and guidelines.
    • Ability to lift children up to 50 pounds.
    • Ability to move from a seated-to-standing position frequently and with ease.


    • Must be 18 years old or older.
    • Minimum of a Child Development Associate credential (CDA) or equivalent is preferred. (An equivalent is a minimum of 12 college credits in early childhood education, child development, elementary education or early childhood special education)
    • Experience working with young children is required.
    • Blood borne Pathogen, Playground Safety, Epi-Pen and Concussion training, plus additional training required by state licensing and NAEYC guidelines must be completed within 30 days of employment. First Aid and CPR training will be provided. 
    • State of Michigan Licensing Background Check, along with BPS background check and fingerprinting, are required before an employee may work with children.
    • A physical and TB test must be obtained, passed, and documented with physician's signature.
    • Experience in HighScope curriculum preferred but not required.

    START DATE: As soon as possible

    COMPENSATION: $10.75-$11.92 per hour, depending on qualifications and experience. After 90-day probationary period the employee is eligible for single subscriber health benefits, sick days and paid leave days. There are additional opportunities for professional development.

    METHOD OF APPLICATION: Applicants, who wish to be considered for this position, must submit a letter of application and resume to Laura Tinsley, Principal of Early Learning, at LTinsley@birmingham.k12.mi.us

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