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Early Educator

Early Educator

Job Immediate Start: Yes

Employment Type: Part-Time & Full-Time

Job Location: 1200 E Houston Street, Garrett, IN 46738

Work Hours: Morning & Afternoon Shifts

Employer Overview

JAM Early Education is a Reggio Emilia inspired day school with an emergent curriculum. We plan our curriculum according to child development and principles of development. Our classrooms foster an environment that allows children to learn through exploring the world around them - by exploring, children are given the means to construct their own knowledge and become independent thinkers. For each child we serve, from the youngest infants at 6 weeks old to our preschoolers ready to transition to kindergarten, we create learning plans based on their individual interests, needs, and goals. We discover this insight of the child by completing observations and interacting with them as individuals, and we focus on providing children with principle-based learning experiences that ignite their curiosity and desire to learn.

Our operating hours are 7:00 am - 5:30 pm, allowing us to provide quality early education for working families. Our staff hours vary within those times. We value the dedication of our teachers furthering their education, and we support and accommodate school schedules. We also offer additional direction and assistance to eligible candidates of the TEACH scholarship.

Our organization strives to maintain a collaborative and supportive environment not only in the classrooms, but the entire facility. When we refer to our "JAM family", we mean it!

We provide on-site training for all of our staff, including an initial 2-week training and shadowing period with the lead teacher of the classroom. This allows our new teachers to observe and engage in hands-on experience while having a highly trained and experienced lead teacher available to help them learn. Training and learning are a continuous process for our staff! Teachers meet regularly with our Pedagogista to reflect on principles and knowledge, allowing us to support ongoing professional development. At JAM Early Education, we believe that learning is lifelong. Just like our students, our teachers are all in different places in their journey - we meet everyone where they are!

Why our teachers love working at JAM:

" I love the relationships I have built with students, parents, and coworkers! I also love getting to see students do something for the first time or show excitement over new work."

"JAMEE has impacted my life in many ways. Because of JAMEE and the supportive staff, I know teaching is my life calling and passion."

"The relationships with coworkers and families has exceeded my expectations at JAMEE along with the friendliness and helpfulness of everyone at JAM. When I first started, I thought it would be like a daycare and I was just an assistant - I was wrong in all the best ways possible!"

"There is no 'one size fits all'; learning is individualized for both children and teachers."

Join our amazing team of passionate educators who are doing incredible things for children! Click the link below to check out why our teachers love working for JAM's Early Education program:

Incentive Compensation

$12.00 - $17.00 hourly

Job Benefits

- 401K + Employer match
- Free JAM Membership - includes free fitness and aquatics classes, access to pool, spa, and fitness center, and discounted rates on rentals and programs
- Health Insurance for Full-Time Employees
- Paid Time Off and Paid Holidays for employees working over 20 hours per week
- Tuition support for those seeking a CDA, Associate, or bachelor's degree in Early Education
- Warm, collaborative, professional, and inspiring work culture
- Competitive Wages
- Rewarding Career
- Professional Growth Opportunities
- No Weekends


- Create a learning environment that fosters discovery, imagination, and child development
- Build, maintain, and nurture relationships with children and families
- Observe children for their individual needs and plan developmentally appropriate educational opportunities
- Plan and implement activities that meet the intellectual, emotional, and social needs of students in alignment with principles and child development
- Listen for children's questions and provide opportunities for them to build their own knowledge
- Ensure that the facility and all equipment is clean, well-maintained, and safe
- Document children's learning through Indiana Early Learning Standards Foundation assessments and maintain portfolios
- Work in accordance with Indiana State licensing rules, Voluntarily Certification Program guidelines, and Paths to Quality guidelines
- Attend and participate in ongoing professional development opportunities

Both Part-Time and Full-Time positions are available; for Part-Time Teachers, morning and afternoon shifts are available.
Scheduling is flexible for Part-Time students and those with outside obligations!


- Experience with children preferred
- High School Diploma required
- Must be 18 to apply
- Reliable with strong attention to detail
- Curious spirit with desire for lifelong learning opportunities
- Able to create a learning environment that meets the unique needs of children
- Availability to work Monday-Friday (JAM Early Education is open 7:00 am - 5:30 pm; hours will vary within that time frame)

Preferred Qualifications:
- Early Education Experience
- Classroom Experience
- Associate degree, bachelor's degree, or CDA Early Education preferred, but not required

This position requires a commitment to the JAM Center’s mission and its core values of honesty, respect, responsibility, and caring, as well as a commitment to building developmental relationships with all members, participants, and staff.

Customer Service Statement:
Our number one goal is to provide outstanding customer service. Every JAM Center employee is expected to be: an active listener, knowledgeable, friendly, professional, helpful, ethical, and willing to go the extra mile to exceed the customer’s expectations. We demonstrate the values of caring, honesty, respect, integrity, and responsibility as role models in the JAM Center and the community at large.