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Children's Home and Aid Child Care Worker - Crisis Nursery (relief - various shifts) in Bloomington, Illinois


Children’s Home & Aid invites you to join our team of mission-driven staff who share a common vision: an equitable world where all children and families thrive in strong communities. As a leading child and family service agency with more than 20 locations across Illinois, our mission is to advance the well-being of children by investing in families to disrupt the systemic and multi-generational cycle of racial, social and economic inequality.

Our part-time staff receive competitive hourly rates and have flexible schedules. We hold ourselves and each other accountable for fostering an inclusive work culture where we can be our authentic selves, where we create and have equitable opportunities, and where our voices are supported and encouraged.

The Child Care Worker implements the Crisis Nursery program to ensure the safety, wellbeing, basic needs and general care of children ages birth through six years attending the Crisis Nursery programming. The Child Care Worker for the Crisis Nursery also works closely with the parents of the children to assess immediate family needs, make referrals for services and identify community resources that may reduce stressors impacting their ability to care for their child(ren).

Staff are be required to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 and to submit proof of their vaccination status before their start date unless they have an agency approved medical or religious exemption. Staff with an exemption will need to provide proof of weekly testing. For more information about our COVID-19 safety practices, please click here.

What you'll do:

  • Ensure the daily routine of the Crisis Nursery is followed while supervising and monitoring the safety, care and wellbeing of the children entrusted to your care.

  • Prepare meals and organize mealtimes and snacks for children.

  • Assist children with keeping good hygiene and toileting.

  • Change the diapers of infants and toddlers.

  • Develop schedules and routines to ensure that children have enough physical activity, rest and playtime while at the Crisis Nursery.

  • Provide nurturing, age appropriate and stimulating activities for infants, toddlers and young children.

  • Coordinate activities that promote the development of the infants/child’s fine and gross motor skills.

  • Provide appropriate behavior management interventions and redirects children’s behavior.

  • Admit children to the program and completes relevant assessments, including the Relationship Assessment Tool, the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale, and the ASQ during the intake process.

  • Discharge children and follow-up with parents regarding their use of the Crisis Nursery.

  • Follow the licensing standards of health, welfare and safety and ensures staff to child ratio per license.

  • Follow and complete all daily maintenance and sanitation schedules.

  • Answer the Crisis Nursery Hotline and responds to callers expressed needs.

  • Refer parents to community resources and contacts other local agencies to help clients receive assistance.

  • Train volunteers/interns and report progress and/or any concerns to supervisor.

  • Promote and assist in creating a friendly and welcoming environment for the parents and children.

  • Assist team and Crisis Nursery program staff with annual fundraising events.

  • Ensure outcome surveys are completed within identified timeframes.

  • Assist with entering outcome survey data into the data base.

  • Assist other Crisis Nursery staff with completing follow-up phone calls to parents.

  • Complete intakes, case notes, child visit logs and any other agency required paperwork with accuracy and within required timeframes.

  • Assist as needed with client file organization.

  • Ensure the Crisis Nursery is stocked with needed items.

  • Call maintenance to address any maintenance issues.

Who you are:

  • Must be 21 years of age or older.

  • High School Diploma or GED required.

  • Associate Degree or Child Development Accreditation Certificate preferred.

  • Course work in child development, early childhood education, or childcare preferred.

  • Minimum one year experience working with children, preferably birth to seven years.

  • Must demonstrate compassionate care to infants and children.

  • Must secure and maintain a valid CPR and First Aid certification.

  • Demonstrates proficient knowledge of basic infant/child care.

  • Demonstrates knowledge and understanding of age appropriate behavior for infants, toddlers and small children.

  • Demonstrates an understanding of how children are affected by crisis and trauma.

The details:

  • Location: Bloomington Crisis Nursery (

  • Schedule: Relief staff are expected to work at least two shifts per month when needed for coverage. Available relief shifts may include weekday, weekend, day, evening, or overnight.

  • Hourly: Range starts at $13.50/hour, offers are commensurate with experience.

Where you work matters.

You’re considering a new position, so no one knows better than you that where you work matters. We believe that by building diverse teams of passionate advocates for youth and families, we can continue to show up for Illinois families, putting those families at the center of every decision, and strengthening the communities where we all work, play, and live together. (More about who we are here. ( )

We invite you to become an active member of a team that supports, inspires, and challenges each other, and grow your career in an organization that celebrates emerging leaders and provides development and training opportunities aligned with your individual goals and aspirations. If you are looking for an opportunity to do meaningful work, including raising your voice to disrupt the status quo, we encourage you to apply today.

Review our agency’s blueprint for impact:




  • High School or better


  • Some college or better



  • 1 year: Experience working with children

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)