Concordia Place Careers and Employment
Inspired by faith, Concordia Place envisions bigger and better tomorrows where rich diversity strengthens learning and growth for all. Concordia Place disrupts social inequities through access to top-quality education, enrichment, and hands-on experiences that includes all children, teens, and families — together.
We started with a Yes. Throughout our history, we find a way to say Yes—such as serving more communities, adding programs for more ages, and even providing emergency child care services and pivoting programs to serve during strikes and pandemics. Concordia Place continues to find a way to say “Yes” for the children, teens, and families it serves.
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Education & Instruction
An organized, clean work environment. Most enjoyable part of the job was the kids and the parents. It's lots of fun, and the days go by quickly when you're busy. The other staff I worked with were very committed and created a strong program for the families.
You will be passed up on positions if you are not a “favorite”. It will come down to who you know or who is your friend with the higher up and not the qualifications, which is not fair. There are few people in management that truly want to help, otherwise they don’t want to be bothered with anything. Always short staffed and will use an agency to fill in but it might as well be just another body in the room.
Within the classroom, we get to set our own pace for the most part so the experience is what you and your team make it. Mealtimes are pretty set and we're given a schedule of playlot slots that we build our days around but other than that, we have freedom to make the routines fit the needs of our classroom. We follow NAEYC/DCFS ratios which could always be higher but it's not bad- class sizes are pretty manageable and if you need someone to step in for a while, there's probably someone available. Parent communication goes pretty well and sanitation procedures are as good as they can be trying to follow covid regulations/recommendations around young children. The children and staff are pretty good about wearing their masks and hand washing, which we take very seriously.
The hardest part of the day is making sure you have a solid team with good planning, communication, etc but there's some management support in helping you achieve that. The best part is supporting the children as they grow and learn, especially when it comes to watching their friendships develop. If they start as infants, they have the potential to be with some of the children they started with for 5+ years which is sweet. There's also lots of sibling pairs/groups that attend
Management is alright- they support you as best they can with whatever restrictions are on them. You can generally talk to them if you need something and they'll try to accommodate you or find another option. Higher management is more illusive but it is what it is. They're generally reachable by email if you need like HR or something.
There's a noticeable amount of connection-based hiring that goes on here so that might be something to keep in mind if you're sensitive to that kind of thing. It's also interesting to see what education and experience people are bringing into a situation- it would be nice if the education requirements for every position were higher so that the general staff could have a higher level of child development knowledge.
Everyone is pretty nice for the most part between the different ages/areas of the buulding. Less intermingling with COVID, obviously. Early learning and after school programs seem to have higher turnover than preschool but I'm not sure.
Overall it's a decent place to work but it's definitely a stop on a career journey. Some people can make careers out of working here but others can't/don't
Definitely an institution that works to support the staff. Communication to staff members could be better articulated on information that is shared with attending families. Physical support to operate room(s) is provided along with safety protocols to serve staff/families/community.
Management is excellent. From owner, executive team, to internal administration - leadership is strong and approachable. Fellow staff members are all committed to their classrooms and the children of other rooms.
Being a teacher takes a lot of patience. While salary is never going to show the real value that we as educators bring to the school/field, Concordia is a good place to sink your feet if your heart is really about serving the children and families you teach. All of their neighborhood campuses meet and exceed what is standard in a day care center. Educators who have a background in education, aim to serve the whole and the individual, and are kind. No work environment is perfect but Concordia is a special place offering opportunity for all.
It is a great job to work at, co-workers can be a hand ful. Most of all it is a great job! I just do not like working with mean workers!!! Overall it is a good job.
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