University Avenue Discovery Center provides a unique summer camp adventure for students. We hire experienced teachers who lead fun-filled activities in the heart of downtown Madison. Students benefit from enrichment classes taught by outside specialists including: swimming lessons, yoga, dance, music and theater.
We learn to explore parts of the community depending on developmental level and interests of the children. The groups take the city bus or chartered buses to explore surroundings near and far, like farms, water parks and state parks etc. Nutritious whole foods are prepared for breakfast, lunch, and snack onsite by our own chef with many ingredients sourced from a local organic farm. Teachers are able to partake in these meals as well.
We have two groups separated by age: Badgers campers are going into grades 1-2 and Packers campers are going into grades 3-4 (through age 10). Each program has a similar structure but is customized by age and interest. For example, Badger campers may take a morning visit to an art museum and then return to camp to create their own art. The Packer group may tour the museum, meet with an artist to ask questions and then sketch while at the museum.
UADC believes strongly in keeping a small student-to-teacher ratio to maximize the individual attention that our students receive. Our programs have small group sizes (15 students) with a low teacher to student ratio of 1 to a maximum of 8. The unique interest of the group is taken into account when planning learning activities, field trips, and guest expert visits. An emphasis is placed on inquiry based curriculum, arts enrichment, building strong relationships, and fun!
Our first priority is that UADC Summer Camp is a positive experience for children, parents, and staff. The UADC staff works closely with parents and other caregivers to accommodate the needs of any child. Additionally, the UADC Summer Camp program facility is accessible to those with physical disabilities.
A Typical Day at Camp starts at 7:15 a.m. When campers arrive they have a choice between joining a group activity or engaging in their own choice of projects. Breakfast is offered between 8:00 and 8:30. At 8:45 the group meets to discuss the day and to work on community building activities. Each day varies slightly depending on the enrichment schedule.
Monday: Project Based Work, Field Trip
Tuesday: Swim Lessons, Dance Class, Music Class and Piano Lessons
Wednesday: Project Based Work and Field Trip
Thursday: Yoga Class, Drama Class, Piano Lessons, Language Arts
Friday: Project Based Work and Field Trip
What is Project Based Work? Project based work is a way to allow our campers to do in-depth exploration based on a particular interest. Campers might take several field trips to a place of interest, invite experts to speak with them at camp, make replicas of real-life things or create community initiatives based on what they have investigated. Project work integrates into all areas of the curriculum and utilizes students excitement as momentum during the learning process.
What are some examples of field trips? State Parks, picnic point, UW Space Place, Henry Vilas Zoo, the Arboretum, the UW Dairy Barn, Babcock Hall, Monona Terrace, UW Campus departments of interest, Madison Children's Museum, local libraries, MMoCA, Chazen, Olbrich Gardens, local farms, Madison Farmers Market as well as some farther away places like Cave of the Mounds or the Wisconsin Dells. Parental support is welcome during field trips as well as any other time of the day!
2 Positions with hours 7-2:30pm
2 Positions with hours 8-4pm
1 Position 12-5pm (Teaching Assistant)
1 Position 12-5:30pm (Teaching Assistant)
This is an LTE part or full time position for summer from first week in June to August 23rd. Position is supervised by the Executive Director, Program Manager and is represented by the University Avenue Discovery Center (Day Care) Board of Directors.
Teachers work under the supervision of Executive Director and are considered to be responsible for the planning and execution of developmentally appropriate curricular content that addresses the individual needs of children within the group setting.
Teachers will provide a stimulating, caring, and safe environment for children in the classroom.
Work at the childs level and include experiences that focus on social-emotional, sensory-motor, and cognitive development, problemsolving skills, creative expression, safety, health, and nutrition.
Develop a positive self-concept in children through interacting with students in a warm and positive manner.
Consistently use the Centers positive child management and problem solving guide.
Respect and gain knowledge about the individuality, dignity, and diverse backgrounds of each child.
Maintain a spacious, stimulating, educational, safe and clean environment for children.
Organize and prepare in advance to ensure consistency in all daily routines including maintenance of classroom order and planned activities.
Oversee classroom in the event of the unexpected absence of team teachers or interruption of scheduled activities or events and adjust programming to provide consistency for large and small groups as needed.
Share in the teaching tasks, classroom management and environment, weekly notes and communication with parents, and curriculum planning.
Be alert to signs of illness, developmental delays, and suspected child abuse or neglect, and bring these concerns to the attention of the classroom team, Program Manager and the Executive Director.
Report any suspicion of child abuse or neglect directly to Protective Services as mandated by state law.
Understand, implement, and comply with Wisconsin Licensing Regulations and NAEYC accreditation criteria, standards, City of Madison accreditation, and the expectations for child care.
Lead teachers will be able to administer medications, CPR and first aid (once trained), and handle emergency situations such as evacuations.
Teachers must have a clear understanding and practice of using positive social-emotional problem solving strategies.
Teachers work cooperatively with team teachers and share in and delegate both specific and general work tasks to the teaching assistants.
Communicating with parents:
Act as a primary resource for parents concerns by keeping them keep abreast of their childs daily experiences at the center during pick up times and/or through email. Be open and honest with your communication.
Ensure that parents are informed of room events and procedures, of Center policies, and of incidents of communicable disease as required.
To celebrate diversity by encouraging parents and family members to participate and share their knowledge, talents, and cultural traditions with the classroom.
Maintain complete confidentiality regarding all Center children and families.
Working with other staff:
Maintain good working relationships and open communication with other center staff members and delegate and share duties and responsibilities as required.
Bring concerns to the attention of all team members and to the Program Manager and Executive Director as they arise.
Assist in providing information and direction to Teaching Assistants or substitute teachers.
Assist in the orientation of new staff members into classroom routines and procedures.
Center-wide orientation is provided by administrative staff and includes relevant state regulations, center policies and procedures, and child management techniques.
Insure that daily attendance, daily CACFP Point of Service child food count records, medication log book, Accident/Incident Log Book, child emergency contact information, permission slips, sanitation sheets, weekly notes to parents, and other forms of classroom record keeping are updated regularly and completed consistently and on time.
Maintain supplies and equipment and request from the Executive Director or Program Manager, resources, supplies, and equipment that needs to be replaced or purchased for the continuation of quality care, education, and programming.
Participate in staff meetings when it is requested.
Comply with occupancy requirements set by the First Congregational Church (we are non-affiliated).
Job Qualifications and Requirements:
18 years of age or older.
Good communication skills, cooperative attitude, ability to work alone, take responsibility, show initiative, and take direction.
Has or is working toward a Bachelors degree in Education, Early Childhood Education, a related field, 3 university credits in Early Childhood Education, or a 40 hour technical school course as approved by the Department of Children and Families.
Complete a Criminal Background Disclosure with no criminal violations or offenses substantially related to the care of children.
Medical examination and Tb test by a licensed physician indicating no illness that might be detrimental to the welfare of children.
Teachers will demonstrate and articulate theoretical and practical knowledge of childhood development and education.
Teachers will have effective verbal and written skills in communication with the teaching team, parents, and the Executive Director.
Ability to multitask.
Ability to stay calm in high stress situations.
After date of hire: Center orientation and training including state regulations and NAEYC standards; classroom schedule and routines; child guidance policies and regulations; Child Abuse and Neglect training; Shaken Baby Prevention Training; Emergency drills and evacuation procedures; CPR, First Aid, and AED training.