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Pacific Union Conference
Office of Education
Volume 17, No. 2
Spring, 2019

Recruiting Teachers Who are the “Right Fit”

Compiled by Julie Yamada

Finding early childhood teachers can be difficult at times and we tend to focus on looking for someone who is qualified to be in the classroom and has a decent amount of experience. This can turn out okay or not so much as you may find out later that the person you hired is not fitting in with the team of teachers you already have. What can be done to find not only someone who is qualified but is the "right fit" for your program and team?

Service Standards
Creating service standards can help guide you to find the right person if they understand the importance of the service standards of the ECEC program and agree to strive to meet them. Here are some examples of service standards:

  • Friendliness – I will seek opportunities to connect with children and families.
  • Responsiveness – I will address the needs of others promptly and sincerely.
  • Safety - I will always keep the safety of the children first in every decision I make.
  • Consistency – I will be consistent in my attendance, teaching and behavior.
ECEC Programs Core Values
Sharing the core values of your program will also help the candidate know if your program is going to be the right fit for them. Some examples of core values for an ECEC program are:
  • Quality – We believe in providing a high-quality learning environment for children and services for their families so that we can make a positive difference in their lives and in our community.
  • RespectWe believe in building strong and healthy relationships with children, their families, our team of teachers and our community.
  • Leadership - We believe in the importance of ongoing professional development for our teachers, so they can mentor and empower other teachers and children to reach their full potential.
  • Team Work We believe working together creates a positive working and learning atmosphere with in the ECEC program and community.
When you have a set of core values and/or service standards then it will be easier to attract the teachers that are the “Right Fit” for your program.
Why do Teachers Enjoy Working for Your Program?
When teachers who have been working at your Center for years and are truly a great fit then you want to find others who have similar traits and are looking to work in the environment that your current team is in. One way to share why the teachers enjoy working at your Center would be to have a page on your web site where there are teacher testimonials. Prospective teachers can hear from the current teaching team why they enjoy working in your center.

What are You Looking for in a Teacher?
Now that you have piqued the interest of a prospective teacher, get down to specifics. On your web page and list what is most important to you in a teacher such as:
  • Enjoy working with children
  • Are Creative
  • Enjoy a fun work environment
  • Are Patient
  • Are collaborative
  • Motivated to grow and learn
  • Enjoy working in a Christian environment
Think about your Center and what traits in a person you are looking for that would fit in best with your team.

Share the Benefits You Offer
On the web page also list what you offer so they can see how your Center compares with others. Some examples to list are:
  • Health benefits
  • Paid vacation, sick days and holidays
  • Educational training and assistance
  • Flexible schedules
  • Childcare discounts
  • Paid study time
  • Retirement 
What do you offer that others may not? Include what you offer to attract prospective teachers to your program.

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We welcome Evelyn Sullivan as the new ECEC Director for the North American Division. 
She comes to the NAD after serving 10 years as associate director for Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC) in Columbia Union Conference’s Office of Education, and seven years as associate Superintendent of Schools for the Potomac Conference. 
She recently chaired the first ECEC accreditation for the NAD in the Pacific Union Conference in Hilo Hawaii and she has been in charge of ECEC accreditation for ECEC's and K-12 in the Colombia Union working with Middle States of America accreditation agency and the Adventist Accreditation Association (AAA) . 
She will be coming to the Pacific Union Conference ECEC Director's workshop to present on ECEC Accreditation on November 19. Mark your calendars because you will not want to miss her presentation
ECEC Director's Workshop
Save the Date! November 19-20, 2019
This year we will be meeting with the Conference Superintendents, Associate Superintendents and principals. Join us for: 
  • Networking
  • Accreditation workshop with Evelyn Sullivan, NAD ECEC Director
  • Curriculum updates
  • Dynamic workshop on Collaboration with Marie Alcock
  • Licensing updates
Plan ahead! Your Professional Development is important.
Staff Development for Educators 
I Teach Pre-K Conference
When: July 9-12, 2019
Where: Las Vegas, Nevada
The Pacific Union Conference Office will be sponsoring a few spots for this conference that also includes tracks for K-12 teachers. Check with your local Conference ECEC liaison to see if they have any ECEC spots available. Registration and travel are covered for the spots sponsored by the Pacific Union Conference. 
ECEC Programs, Take Note!
There are many proposed changes in early education in 2019/20 legislation, much of which can impact your program. Here are the bills to be aware of.
  • AB-123 Early childhood education: state preschool program: transitional kindergarten: access: standards
  • AB-124 Preschool Facilities Bond Act of 2020
  • AB-125 Early childhood education: reimbursement rates
  • AB-167 Childcare and development services: infants and toddlers: state funding
  • AB-194 Childcare and development services
  • AB-452 Childcare: early childhood programs: grants
  • AB-842 Child nutrition: school, childcare, transitional kindergarten, and preschool meals
  • SB-443 Transitional kindergarten: average daily attendance
May 6-10, 2019
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Associate Director ECEC
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