5th Annual Early Childhood Education (ECE) and K-12 Education Career & Transfer Fair

Join us for our free 2021 VIRTUAL Conference

Let’s join together to learn more!

Wednesday, April 21, 2021

10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Presented by the K-12 Education Program, Early Childhood Education Program,  Early Childhood Education Club,and the Oakton Future Educators Club. 

This fair is free and open to all. Attend any or all events.


10 - 10:15 a.m.

An Oakton Welcome from Student Services, the Early Childhood Education Department and K-12 Education Department. Presented by Mathew Huber, Dean of Enrollment Management, Paula Luszcz, and Katherine Schuster.

10:15 am -10:45 am

Importance of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Across K-12 Classrooms. Presented by Rick Daniels, Director of Student Life and Campus Inclusion at Oakton Community College.

11 -11:45 a.m. - Session 1 (Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend)

Education Pre-majors and Pathways at Oakton. Presented by the K-12 Education Department, the Early Childhood Education Department  and the Enrollment Center.  (Information Session)

An Introduction to IL Gateways: Scholarships, Credentials, Great Start Wage Supplement, and Professional Development Advising (PDA) Program. Presented by Stephanie Hellmer and Anne Connell, IL Gateways to Opportunity. (Information Session)

Planning and Executing Engaging Thematic Interest Centers for Young Children. Presented by Kensington Schools (Workshop)

12 - 12:45 p.m.  - Session 2 (Choose ONE of the following sessions to attend)

Education Pre-majors and Pathways at Oakton. Presented by the K-12 Education Department, the Early Childhood Education Department  and the Enrollment Center. (Information Session)

Creating Engaging Early Childhood Education Lesson Plans. Presented by Bright Horizons (Workshop)

Exploring Career Opportunities in Education and Related Fields. Moderated by OCC ECE Faculty (Panel Discussion)  

1 - 1:30 p.m. - Why I love teaching STEM - To All Ages Presented by Dr. Eugenia Cheng.

Dr. Eugenia Cheng is Science in Residence: School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Honorary Visiting Fellow of Pure Mathematics: City University of London. Supported through funds of the Robert Noyce Teacher Scholarship grant.

1:30 - 2 p.m. - Final Reflections on the ECE and K-12 Education Career & Transfer Fair (Discussion)

Looking for a summer, part-time, or even a full time position working with children?

Do you want to know about 4-year college programs in ECE, K12, or Special Education?

Click on any of the Zoom links to specific colleges and employers listed below and learn more. Employers and college representatives are looking forward to meeting you.

Links are open 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. on Wednesday, April 21, 2021

Learn About Jobs Working with Children?

Autism Home Support Services
Contact: Jill Zacharias - jzacharias@autismhomesupport.com
Phone: 312.519.1409

  • We are a healthcare company that provides Applied Behavior Analysis (ABA) services to kiddos on the spectrum.
  • Ages served - Up to twenty-one.
  • Looking to hire now and in the summer.
  • All candidates must have a high school degree.

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Bright Horizons
Contact: Dana Cawthorne - dana.cawthorne@brighthorizons.com
Phone: 224.268.7305
Suburbs of Chicago

  • High-quality education and childcare program serving infants - school age, trusted by parents and organizations around the world, made to fit the way people learn, live, and work today.
  • Looking to hire now and in the summer.
  • To be hired, must be 18+ years.

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Children's Care & Development Center
Contact: Susan Fahey - director@ccdcpreschool.org
Phone: 847.676.8388
Lincolnwood School District 74. 3925 W Lunt Ave, Lincolnwood, IL 60712

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Children's Home & Aid
Contact: Kari Daniel - kdaniel@childrenshomeandaid.org
Phone: 618.623.0777
Multiple locations in Illinois, including Chicago and DeKalb

  • We provide Early Childhood Services (families with children under the age of five); services are both center-based and home/community-based..
  • We are now hiring ECE Teachers, Home Visitors, and Family Support Specialists.
  • All positions require at least an Associate's Degree (some have higher requirements – please see links for requirement details).
  • Meet with Children's Home & Aid on the Microsoft Teams app.

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Early Childhood Collaborative, Jewish United Fund Education
Contact: Kate Warach - katewarach@juf.org
Phone: 512.507.9045
Contact: Jenna Turner - jennaturner@juf.org
Phone: 847.971.0406

  • The Jewish ECE Collaborative is a network of Jewish early childhood educators and community members that represent 36 early childhood centers in the Chicagoland area.
  • Our centers serve children from 6 weeks to 5 years.
  • Looking to hire for now, summer, and next fall.
  • Willing to hire high school students.

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Gateways to Opportunity Programs
Contact: Stephanie Hellmer - shellmer@inccrra.org or Annie Connell aconnell@inccrra.org
Phone: 1.866.697.8278

  • Gateways to Opportunity is a statewide professional development support system designed to provide guidance, encouragement, and recognition to individuals and programs serving children, youth, and families.

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The Goddard School of Deerfield
Contact: Aretina Smith - dDeerfieldil2@goddardschools.com
Phone: 847.349.4499

  • We are an Early Childhood and Education Company serving 6 weeks through 6 years.
  • Looking to hire now, full or part-time as well as seasonal staff.
  • Willing to hire high school students.

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Gertrude B Nielsen Childcare and Learning Center
Contact: Arlene Yallelus H.R. info@gbnchildcare.com
Phone: 847.564.3004
3835 Willow Rd Northbrook Illinois 60062

  • Nielsen is NAEYC accredited and we have worked with many of the universities, colleges and high schools in and around our community.
  • Nielsen is an early learning center located in Northbrook. A play and literacy-based school serving children six weeks to six years old. Our outside areas include natural playgrounds.
  • High school students are welcome to volunteer to gain experience.
  • We hire aspiring teachers who have 30 college credits, 6 of them in ECE, and experience in early learning.

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Infant Welfare Society of Evanston
Contact: Tilly-Ana Ceriser, MSW. - tillyanaceriser@iwse.org
Phone: 847.675.7666 extension 109
Work Cell: 847.942.2285
5050 Madison Street, Skokie, IL 60076

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JCYS Northwest Family Center & JCYS George W. Lutz Family Center
Contact: Ashley: aglas@jcys.org Nikki: nrobin@jcys.org
Phone: 312.726.8891
1700 Wieland Rd., Buffalo Grove, IL 60689 & 800 Clavey Rd., Highland Park, IL 60035.

  • Jewish Council for Youth Services (JCYS) specializes in early education and offers a variety of innovative programs and services for children ages 6 weeks – 5 years.
  • Hiring now, for summer, and for the upcoming school year

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M-NASR (Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation)
Contact: Lisa Barrera, Inclusion Manager lbarrera@mnasr.org
Phone: 847.966.5522 ext. 3020

Job placement will be in: Des Plaines, Niles, Park Ridge, Golf Maine, Morton Grove, Lincolnwood, and Skokie.

Maine-Niles Association of Special Recreation (M-NASR) has been providing fun, recreational, and beneficial opportunities to individuals with disabilities since 1972. Today we serve over 1,300 children and adults in more than 600 programs, trips, and special events each year. Programming options include recreational or competitive sports, exercise, cultural arts, general recreation, bowling, swimming, and more!

We are hiring Inclusion Program Assistants to provide support as needed to help the park district include the child with a disability in their program. Training is provided in adapting activities, and behavior management, disability awareness, incorporating visual schedules, timers, and other tools as necessary.

  • Ages served – Ages three and older.
  • Looking to hire now, summer, etc.? We do have a few opportunities now, specifically in preschool classrooms, but we will be hiring for summer too.
  • Willing to hire high school students. Applicants must be 16 years or older.

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Mosaic Early Childhood
Contact: Erum Jumani - admin@mosaicearlychildhood.com
4023 Dempster Street in Skokie, 4700 Oakton Street in Skokie & 5332 W. Addison Street in Chicago

  • Mosaic is an early childhood education center for children ages 6 weeks-12 years of age. Visit our website to learn more about our program: www.mosaicearlychildhood.com.
  • Looking to hire now ∧ for the summer
  • Must be a high school graduate

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Meeting ID: 938 9375 2077
Passcode: Mosaic

Niles Township District for Special Education #807 NTDSE
Contact: Tarin Kendrick, Executive Director. TKendrick@ntdse.org

  • A special education cooperative serving students age three to twenty-two.
  • Looking to hire Paraprofessionals.
  • We are looking to hire full time for the 2021-2022 school year.

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Oakton Community College Early Childhood Education Center
Contact: Monique Hudson - mhudson@oakton.edu
Phone: 847.635.1441
7701 N. Lincoln Ave. Skokie, IL 60077

  • Serving Ages three to five. Preschools program for children, full and part time.
  • High school students are welcome to volunteer to gain experience.

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Meeting ID: 641 695 1844 Passcode: Oakton

Reba Early Learning Center
Contact: Bettye Cohns - rebaelc@gmail.com
Phone: 847.828.6441 (cell)
740 Custer Ave, Evanston

  • Full day, early childhood care and education program serving two to five years of age.
  • Possible opportunity for employment of DCFS teacher or director qualified individuals.

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Tot Learning Center
Contact name: Fouzia Khan - FMKhan@Skokieparks.org
Phone: 847.933.4560

  • Skokie Park District's Tot Learning Center is a full-time, year-round childcare program, licensed by IL DCFS and nationally accredited by NAEYC. The program has a GOLD Star quality rating from the State of IL ExceleRate.
  • Ages served: Six weeks through Pre-Kindergarten age (five years).
  • Looking to hire summer and fall 2021.

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YMCA of Metro Chicago
Contact: Richard Harper - rharper@ymcachicago.org
Phone: 312.440.2444
1030 W Van Buren Street, Chicago, IL

The Y offers licensed child care, early childhood and afterschool programs, day camps, youth groups, and other programs that give children of all ages a safe and nurturing environment in which to grow, learn and thrive. By helping children, the Y is working to bring about lasting, meaningful change to Chicago and its communities.

  • Looking to hire now and for the summer.
  • Willing to hire high school students for summer day camp positions.

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Learn About Four-Year College Options

Dominican University
Representative: Mike Morsovillo - mmorsovillo@dom.edu
Phone: 708.207.4173

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National Louis University
Representative: Dawn Barreto-Brown - dbrown71@nl.edu
Phone: 847.947.5033

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Meeting I.D. 386 505 2030
Password OWL

Northern Illinois University
Representative: Brenda Powell - bpowell6@niu.edu
Phone: 815.753.0446

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Meeting I.D. 853 1567 4693
Password 772308

Northeastern Illinois University
Representative: Joselyn Sanchez - J-Sanchez36@neiu.edu
Phone: 773.442.4145

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Meeting I.D. 884 9659 6255
Password 593209

Roosevelt University
Representative: Meghan Richardson - mrichardson15@roosevelt.edu
Phone: 224.227.0733

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Meeting I.D. 753 9882 7873
Password NDi10X

Event Details

Wednesday, April 21, 2021
10 a.m. - 2 p.m.
VIRTUAL, Off Campus