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RATE OF PAY: HR 1; $15.74 – $21.84 / PER HOUR



Child Care Aides will assist the Teachers, Teacher Assistants, and other PSELC staff in the daily operations of the program, and proper and safe care of the youth.


  • Assist classroom staff in planning, prepping, and implementing activities in accordance with developmentally appropriate practice and program philosophy
  • Work with classroom staff to ensure a variety of materials, resources, and activities for children to explore, manipulate and use;
  • Assist in language development by communicating with children
  • Assist classroom staff in meeting the unique individualized needs of each child;
  • Assist in all classrooms, including infant, toddler, preschool, and school-age
  • Assist in maintaining all learning space to ensure it is an enjoyable environment that encourages exploration and learning
  • Assist in providing a safe environment to prevent and reduce injuries of the children; observe and monitor children’s play activities
  • Promote an environment that contributes to good health and prevention of illness; instruct children in health and personal habits; such as eating, resting, and toilet habits
  • Attend to children’s basic needs by feeding them, dressing them, and changing their diapers
  • Support children’s emotional and social development, encouraging understanding of others and positive self-concepts
  • Support lead staff in utilizing positive discipline tactics with all children and recommend or initiate other measures to control behavior in accordance with program policy and individualized care plans as determined by classroom teaching teams
  • Actively participate in ALL quality improvement endeavors, including but not limited to meeting Washington State Early Achievers minimum Operating Guidelines
  • Observe and monitor children’s play activities
  • Read to children and teach them simple painting, drawing, handicrafts, and songs;
  • Provide the children opportunities to understand and acquire communication skills through their thoughts and feelings
  • Positively interact with the children assisting them in selecting or participating in developmentally appropriate activities
  • Maintain an open, friendly and informative relationship with children and families; and encourage their participation in the program
  • Attend monthly staff meetings and designated training programs
  • Assist in preparing food for children and serve meals and refreshments to children as required by the Minimum Licensing Requirements and/or the Child and Adult Care Food Program requirements
  • Assist in organizing, cleaning and storing toys and materials to ensure order in activity areas
  • Assist in maintaining classroom upkeep and sanitization on a regular basis
  • Assist in meeting all Federal, State, and Tribal regulations and policies with regards to the TANF and Child Care Programs
  • Perform all work related duties as required, and assist with other duties in the Early Learning Center as assigned by the Program Manager.


  • Knowledge of American Indian culture, traditions, and language is preferred;
  • Knowledge in working with low-income children and families is preferred;
  • Ability to learn and implement program requirements for early childhood/child care services;
  • Ability to obtain knowledge of human behavior and performance, individual differences in ability, personality and interests, learning and motivation;
  • Ability to obtain knowledge of early childhood developmental stages and developmentally appropriate practices;
  • Ability to obtain knowledge of Creative Curriculum and associated assessment materials;
  • Ability to develop skill in observation and data collection;
  • Ability to support classroom staff in submitting reports in a timely fashion;
  • Skill in effective verbal and written communication preferred;
  • Ability to maintain positive communication among parents, co-workers, Tribal staff, public and private agencies in serving the customers while both on and off the clock;
  • Ability to obtain assistance from co-workers when handling conflict, complaints and disputes;
  • Ability to practice tact, courtesy and discretion;
  • Ability to work under stressful conditions, or to obtain assistance from the proper personnel during stressful times;
  • Ability to maintain dependable and punctual shiftwork in order to sustain a well-structured environment for the children served by the ELC;
  • Ability to work flexible hours, shifts and rotate between various classrooms when feasible;
  • Ability and willingness to change the way children are cared for in congruence with program policy and all quality improvement endeavors.


  • Must be 16 years of age or older.
  • Must be enrolled and attending high school or an approved GED program or be willing to enroll in a GED program.
  • Ability and willingness to maintain absolute confidentiality of sensitive information for both external and internal systems.
  • Successful clearance of Criminal History and Background inquiry—Tribal, State and Federal.
  • Successful clearance of National Child Abuse Registry and Neglect Data System AND ability to maintain clearance at all times.
  • Current and up-to-date immunizations including a current negative TB skin test, annual influenza vaccine, TDap in lieu of Tetanus vaccine , Hepatitis B Vaccination—preferred and required within one month of hire date.
  • Ability to lift and maneuver small children on an ongoing basis and the necessary physical dexterity to work with small children 30-50 lbs. on average (bending, stooping, kneeling, crawling, lifting, etc.).


  • Previous experience working with children 6 weeks – 6 years
  • Previous experience working with Native American clientele and understanding of their cultural needs


  • Ability to obtain the following certificates and licenses within the specified time frame:
    • Blood Borne Pathogens (3 Month),
    • Food Handlers Certification (3 months),
    • First Aid and CPR Certification Infant and Child (3 months).
  • Ability to complete Babysitting Basics training within three months of hire date.




SECTION 101.630: This position will have regular contact with and/or over children as part of their job duties.


MUST APPLY ONLINE: https://spokanetribe.bamboohr.com/careers/267?source=aWQ9MTg%3D



Contact: Sabrina McCoy or Empero Corral

Ph: 509-458-6583 or 458-6527 Fax: 509-458-6556

E-mail: hrfrontdesk@spokanetribe.com

Applications must be received no later than 4:30 p.m. on the closing date.

The Spokane Tribe reserves the right to hire according to its Indian Preference Hiring Policy

All Applicants are subject to a Pre-Employment Drug Test, Safety Sensitive Positions Also Test for Marijuana

All Positions with the Spokane tribe of Indians are subject to a 90-day orientation period