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Join Our Collective!

As we transition into a collective structure we are looking for a few more members to join us in creating whats possible for children and their communities. We are looking for folxs who hold our social justice principles and are ready to embark on the afrofuturist liberatory dream of creating sustainable education projects, steward land, and deepening how we work towards the liberation of all people.

We are currently looking for folx who would want to work directly with our early childhood learning community (Redwood & Maple classes) as well as administration, finance and organizational development.

Who We Are:

Abundant Beginnings’ Forest Freedom school is an inclusive, social-justice forest school. We believe it is a child's right to explore their interests and create lasting relationships within an atmosphere of support and freedom. Our central commitments are to provide education that centers social and environmental justice, creates constructive engagements across difference, and cultivates connections to the earth and our ancestral ecological practices. 

We educate our children through a queer ecofeminist lens. In the words of Greta Gaard, this lens requires embracing diversity and “building coalitions for creating a democratic, ecological culture based on our shared liberation.”  We support our children in this pursuit on the individual level, the community level, and the environmental level. We are committed to growing children rooted in trust, love, and justice - blossoming in independence.

Maple Class
Position Summary:

We are looking for part time infant/toddler caregiver, someone who is loving, attentive and who focuses on attachment practices. Must have experience with groups of young children and being able to respond to the different needs of kiddos quick development and interested in building with the Forest Freedom School community. 

Essential Duties:

  • Will be working in community, alongside our preschool class in Joaquin Miller Park and independently at our indoor spaces. 

  • Must be excited about preparing developmentally appropriate activities for young children. 

  • Comfortable hiking and being outdoors for prolonged amounts of time, even in the rain. 

  • Comfortable baby wearing 

  • Able to change diapers & support potty learning 

  • Use positive caregiving techniques- (absolutely no time-outs or punitive punishment)

  • Support very young children’s need & ability for independence - supporting kiddos in doing things for themselves & scaffolding their learning

  • Able to be in a multi-age community where older kids are sometimes present, but supervised by other adults. This might include supporting older children in “helping” out with the infants and toddlers. 

  • Believe deeply in the freedom of Black people, cultivating Black joy & allowing our kids to be their full selves. Understand that gender is a construct and will not impose gender roles, pronouns or white supremacy onto our kids. 

  • Knowledgeable or willing to learn about adoption.

  • Excited to learn alongside kiddos about their culture(s)/ancestors and to share their own culture/ancestral practices.  

Redwood Class

Position Summary:

The Head Preschool Teacher is responsible for the academic, social-emotional growth and development of all children in their care, which includes children from two to five years old who are diverse racially, developmentally, and temperamentally; this job requires responding to them all appropriately, kindly, and holistically. As well as integrating principles of justice, respect, and liberation into school environment. 

Essential Duties:

  • Develop weekly plans, and implements age appropriate curriculum (lesson plan) to nurture and stimulate all domains of children’s development in their care, with a focus on topics culturally relevant to students. Further, on an on-going basis, evaluates and improves the materials, field trips, projects, and guest teachers to create opportunities following  the changing needs of our developing students.

  • Design and lead circles, including but not limited to songs and age-appropriate engagement with social justice and liberatory topics.

  • Provide responsive care to all children by adapting daily caregiving routines and plans to the interests and needs of the individual child and the group.

  • Prepare developmental progress reports and parent teacher conferences.

  • Develop partnerships with student’s caregivers to engage and encourage parent participation in program.

  • Demonstrate cultural competency and respect for the child's background by incorporating the cultural, linguistic and familial values and beliefs into the childcare program and lesson plans.

  • Facilitate student conflict resolution using non violent practices

  • Support and mentor Assistant Teacher(s).

  • Participate in ongoing development and evaluation of the School’s goals and objectives

  • In accordance with our community philosophy, the person filling this position may occasionally be required to carry out or assist with other tasks in addition to the duties listed on this job description

Education Requirements

  • BA Degree with 24 units in Child Development or Early Childhood Education

  • 2 years teaching experience

  • Special education coursework preferred

Physical Requirements*

  • Often required to stand, sit, and lift children; reach with hands and arms; and stoop, kneel, crouch, bend, squat or crawl.

  • Set-up and take-down school equipment and project areas everyday.

  • Able to lift and carry up to 40 pounds.

  • Able to hike through rough terrain, while assisting, and sometimes carrying, students.

  • Will be required to drive a motor vehicle. Having a vehicle is a plus.

  • Able to perform necessary first aid, when necessary.

  • Able to be present for the full school day (including set-up and clean-up spans from Monday - Friday 8:00am-3:30pm).

*Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable qualified individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions. 

Preferred Experience and Skills

  • Skill or experience in: art, wilderness preparedness, or gardening. 

  • Experience with inclusion of special needs community members

  • Experience or interest in creating social justice curriculum and holding an anti-racist framework and a commitment to continuous personal anti-oppression work.