Employment

A Shining Star Learning Center has high standards when it comes to hiring staff.  At some centers, “liking kids” is about all it takes to get a job. Not here. We look for people who not only enjoy working with children but also want to help them learn and grow.

Specific education or experience with young children is helpful, but not always required. We are looking for the right person with the perfect level of experience, skill, and compassion.

Our benefits include:

  • Competitive pay
  • Paid vacation/sick days
  • Health insurance
  • Child care discounts

How to join our team:

  1. Print an application.  Download here or pick up an application at the center.
  2. Mail, fax, or drop off the application to the center.

Staff Qualifications
Per Illinois Department of Children and Family Services:

Qualifications of Directors

  • 21 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university with 18 hours directly related to child development



Qualifications of Early Childhood Teachers

  • 19 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • 60 semester hours of credit from an accredited college or university with 6 hours directly related to child development



Qualifications of Early Childhood Assistant Teachers

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED



Qualifications of Food Service Manager

  • 18 years of age
  • High school diploma or GED
  • Food Sanitation Certificate



Background Checks
The Illinois Department of Children and Family Services and A Shining Star Learning Center require employees pass the following background checks: Illinois State Police clearance, FBI clearance, Sex Offender clearance, and State Wide Automated Child Welfare Information System (SWACWIS).  Each of these requires the candidate have no record of felony criminal convictions or other record of criminal activity that may affect the their suitability to care for children.


Traits we look for when hiring:

  • Professionalism               
  • Enthusiasm for children
  • Compassion
  • Promptness
  • Personality
  • Appearance
  • Social skills
  • Work history