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Whole Child, Whole Family

Clayton Early Learning is an innovation hub that fosters thriving, equitable communities by partnering with families to nurture a whole child, whole family approach to the early years, discover what works, and advance systems change.

Overview of Clayton Early Learning

Clayton Early Learning is a hub for Colorado’s innovative work in early childhood development. Committed fiercely to the belief that healthy early childhood development offers one of the most powerful levers for ending inequality, Clayton plays a leadership role in demonstrating what’s possible in the early years and the positive impact that has for children and families over time.
Clayton’s 20 acre campus in the heart of Denver is the home of Colorado’s only Educare school, a nationally recognized model supporting children from birth to age five and their families. We also impact systems change in Colorado and beyond through our research and evaluation services, professional development for teachers and leaders throughout Colorado, and policy and advocacy work at the state and federal level. Our direct service and systems change work has impacted 20,000 children throughout Colorado.


This position is responsible for design and implementation of effective teaching methods and best practices in the classroom and applying researched-based methods to achieve high quality learning for each individualized student. This position is also responsible for ensuring compliance with all local, state and federal requirements.


Classroom Management

Oversees and supervise students within the classroom; establishes and enforces rules for behavior; organizes and leads age appropriate activities to promote physical, emotional and social development; monitors children’s interactions and nurture cooperation and sharing
In partnership with the Lead Teacher, develops, implements and monitors individualized lesson plans, teaching methods/models and students’ daily activities; provides materials and resources for children to explore and learn; utilizes a variety of different educational techniques to teach children
Provides regular, routine and emergency care for students; administers first aid or CPR when needed
Assists with and attends classroom meals and snacks; teaches proper eating and personal hygiene and leads by example; inspires students to communicate with each other in a friendly manner
Ensures that the classroom is properly equipped, organized and the right environment for effective learning
Supports diapering and tasks associated with student’s potty training/clean-up as needed by the age(s) of the classroom
Student Success

Helps students to build social competencies and self-esteem
Evaluates students’ academic and social growth, keeps appropriate records and prepares progress reports; adapts teaching and instructional methods to meet students’ varying needs
Conducts and monitors family conferences and home visits and discusses student’s progression and education plan
Collaborates with internal stakeholders to ensure the needs of all students are met
Prepares, submits, monitors and tracks internal and external reports and documents in accordance with all applicable regulations and guidelines
Implements, monitors and maintains all ethical and compliance programs within the classroom; adheres with all relevant health and safety standards and regulations

Education: Minimum of an Associate’s degree required in Early Childhood Education or related field.

Certifications or Licenses

CPR Certification
First Aid Certification
Universal Precautions Certification
Experience: Minimum of 2+ years of experience working with students

Other Special Requirements:

Maintain all required credential and certifications
Attend professional development for re-credentialing or maintenance of certifications
Pass a Colorado Bureau of Investigation and Federal Bureau of Investigation criminal background checks
Pass a National Sex Offender Registry Check
Adhere to NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct
Skills and Abilities

Strong compassion for children with the ability to interact with children in a positive manner
Strong knowledge of educational techniques and methods for teaching early childhood education; ability to interpret and apply techniques, theories and practices; knowledge of innovative lesson planning and requirements for early childhood education
Ability to problem solve and create effective solutions for unanticipated challenges
Ability to identify and resolve conflict; can remain calm and calm others in stressful or confrontational situations
Excellent written and verbal communication skills; can interpret and understand basic information as well as prepare and transmit it to diverse groups
Excellent interpersonal skills with the ability to be patient and supportive with the approach on the learning process
Planning and time management skills with the ability to manage competing deadlines
Proficient with Microsoft Office Suite and other teaching software

$37,000-$45,000 annual salary
Amazing benefits include:
Health (89.5% of Employee Only plan covered by Clayton),
401(k) with employer match
Flexible spending account,
100% employer paid STD, LTD
Minimum of 5 weeks paid time off per year (accrued) plus paid holidays!

At Clayton we aim to create the beloved community. We work to foster a community characterized by trust, dignity, love, and justice, with our children and families, our team members, and other partners on our campus and beyond.

These values are foundational to Clayton’s beloved community. At Clayton we:

Value diversity, equity, and inclusion as our foundation. At the core of the beloved community, we leverage collective genius by nurturing and embracing differing perspectives, backgrounds, and cultures. We seek to understand our differences, rather than pretending they don’t affect us. We challenge our own biases, and we actively work to ensure each of us can bring all of ourselves to our work. We intervene if someone is being marginalized. We look for ways to eliminate inequities inside and outside of Clayton.
Operate with integrity. We adhere to the highest standards of professionalism, ethics, personal responsibility, and accountability, worthy of the trust our community places in us.
Demonstrate bold humility. We courageously drive toward our vision, while embracing humility that favors substance over sizzle, that accepts feedback in the spirit of growth, views vulnerability as a path to truth, and seeks impact for our families, not for recognition.
Strive for excellence. Each day we bring our best selves and our best work to our community, creating a positive impact for our families and each other. We value continuous learning and improvement for ourselves and our work.
Collaborate through innovation. We energize the organization, enhancing the lives of those we serve, through the ideas and unique talents of each Clayton community member and those of our partners. We lead with “How might we?” and bring curiosity to discover solutions to hard problems. We discover new approaches through collective creativity and collaborative action. We welcome a steady flow of ideas, people, and partnerships that foster a thriving learning environment on our campus for changemakers.
Clayton Early Learning is an equal opportunity employer that values workplace diversity. We strive to create an inclusive work place that embraces diverse backgrounds, life experiences, and perspectives. We prohibit discrimination of employees or applicants on the basis of race, creed, color, age, sex, national origin, sexual identity, sexual orientation, religious affiliation, disability, or any other classification considered discriminatory under applicable law.

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