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CommonSpirit Health House of Mercy Daycare Teacher in DES MOINES, Iowa


CommonSpirit Health was formed by the alignment of Catholic Health Initiatives (CHI) and Dignity Health. With more than 700 care sites across the U.S., from clinics and hospitals to home-based care and virtual care services, CommonSpirit is accessible to nearly one out of every four U.S. residents. Our world needs compassion like never before. Our communities need caring and our families need protection. With our combined resources, CommonSpirit is committed to building healthy communities, advocating for those who are poor and vulnerable, and innovating how and where healing can happen, both inside our hospitals and out in the community.



Provides non-biased, nurturing, support to at-risk children whose mothers are receiving services from House of Mercy. Implements developmentally appropriate practices that enhance the children’s physical, social, emotional, and cognitive functioning consistent with NAEYC and Early Head Start Performance Standards. Provides practical instruction on basic parenting and serves as their coach, role model, and mentor for child related issues.


  • Provides adequate supervision to children at all times indoors and outdoors.

  • Maintains a safe, orderly, nurturing and developmentally appropriate environment consistent with ITERS, ECERS, SACERS, NAEYC, Early Head Start Performance Standards, and DHS licensing standards.

  • Provides for the basic needs of children through daily routines that are respectful of each child’s developmental and cultural needs. (i.e., feeding, diapering, etc.).

  • Promotes healthy eating and mealtime practices consistent with CACFP guidelines and recommendations.

  • Creates and implements weekly developmentally appropriate lesson/experience plans, activities, and projects to meet the identified physical, social, emotional, and cognitive needs of each child consistent with NAEYC and Early Head Start Performance Standards.

  • Assesses and measures the developmental level of assigned children in the areas of physical, social, emotional, and cognitive functioning utilizing on-line and written assessment tools endorsed by the center.

  • Documents daily observations of children for use in the assessment and planning process.

  • Consistently and respectfully communicates with parents and House of Mercy staff both formally and informally as needed/appropriate.

  • Facilitates and provides ongoing mentoring and coaching for parents to enhance parenting skills and understanding of fundamental child development issues, focusing on the special needs of at-risk children.

  • Documents all significant issues in an accurate, objective, timely manner consistently following prescribed policies and procedures for reporting.

  • Promotes communication with parents through weekly notes, monthly newsletter, and quarterly parent conferences.

  • Participates in House of Mercy’s Performance Quality Improvement Process.

  • Attends and participates in professional development trainings through United Way Women’s Leadership, Early Head Start, DHS, HOM and other pre-approved offerings to total 20 hours annually.



  • Must be 18 years of age or older.

  • High School Diploma or GED required.

  • A Bachelor’s or Associate’s degree in Early Childhood/Child Development or related field is preferred. If do not have Early Childhood/Child Development degree, Child Development Associate (CDA) credential or equivalent is required.

  • Medication Manager Certification preferred, but not required.

  • Prior work experience within an early childhood center-based program (National Association for the Education of Young Children [NAEYC] accredited) preferred.

  • Possesses the appropriate knowledge and skills necessary to implement NAEYC guidelines and procedures.

  • Meets all State qualifications.

  • Displays knowledge and understanding of all current State and Local Regulations.

  • Infant, child and adult CPR certified through American Heart Association or Red Cross (Heart Saver AED) within three (3) months of hire.

  • Infant, child and adult First Aid certification through American Heart Association or Red Cross within three (3) months of hire.

  • MandatoryChild Abuse Reporting training to be completed within first 30 days of employment.

  • Completionof Essentials Child Care Pre-service online series within first 90 days of employment.

  • May be required to obtain Chauffeur’s license.

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Requisition ID 2020-144236

Employment Type Full Time

Department Treatment Center

Hours / Pay Period 80

Shift Day

Standard Hours day

Facility / Process Level : Name MercyOne Des Moines Medical Center


Equal Opportunity CommonSpirit Health™ is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action employer committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce. All qualified applicants will be considered for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, marital status, parental status, ancestry, veteran status, genetic information, or any other characteristic protected by law.