Career Information

Below you will find a list of positions: 
We rotate Classrooms every August by using a looping schedule.  

$8.00-$15 Per Hour

Orange Learning Center
Ages of Children: Under the age of 1 by September 15th 
(as young as 6 weeks)

Red Learning Center 
Ages of Children: Must be 1 years old by September 15th 
For children ages 1 & 2 Years Old​

Yellow Learning Center
Ages of Children: Must be 2 by September 15th 
For children ages 2 & 3 Years old 

Violet Learning Center 
- Opening Fall 2019
Ages of Children: Must be 2 by September 15th 
For children ages 2 & 3 Years old 

Green Learning Center 
Ages of Children: Must be 3 by September 15th 
For children ages 3 & 4 Years Old 

Blue Learning Center
Ages of Children: Must be 3 by September 15th 
For children ages 3 & 4 Years Old

 Teal Learning Center
Must be 4 by September 15th 
For children ages 4 & 5 Years Old  

Purple Learning Center
Must be 4 by September 15th 
For children ages 4 & 5 Years Old  

School Age Children  
Kindergarten - 2nd Grade 

 Contact us at:  515-285-5322 
800 Colonial Circle
Norwalk, IA 50211
Funny Job Descriptions 
I found this online at and it gives the perfect job description of what is expected of staff that works in an early childhood classroom.  

◾You must have a warm, smiling face that makes every child feel special and loved.
◾You must be able to laugh at jokes that you don’t understand, or you don’t find funny. Child humour can be a confusing minefield to navigate.
◾You will preferably have a little bit of quirkiness. If a child requests that you be the captain of a pirate ship, you will be the best pirate captain you can be.

◾You must feel comfortable telling everybody in the same room as you, that you are going to use the bathroom.
◾The ability to sing in tune is not necessary, however the ability to sing out of tune in front of a crowd is essential. 
◾Some knowledge of Frozen, Minions, Spiderman, Ariel, Peppa Pig, Octonauts, Thomas the tank engine and Sofia the first would be advantageous.

◾A high level of multitasking is essential. If something would normally take 5 minutes to achieve, you must be comfortable with it taking 15 minutes or longer.
◾You must be able to distribute warm hugs as required.
◾Possessing the skills required to rapidly count the heads of numerous moving small people is of utmost importance.

◾Must be comfortable entering public places on the way home from work with unknown substances on your clothing.
◾You must have a high level of comfort around talking about bodily functions. You must also have a strong sense of smell to enable you to respond swiftly to said bodily functions.
◾You preferably do not have an aversion to an environment that at times resembles the aftermath of a tornado.

◾You must be able to remain focused in environments with high noise levels.
◾Pretending to eat playdough creations realistically is required, this is a skill that may develop with time and experience.
◾The ability to remember the names of 40+ children, their parents, siblings, grandparents, pets and special soft toys is a key component of this job. Again, this is something that will develop over time.

◾You must feel comfortable sitting on furniture that does not contain all of your behind.
◾A high level of comfort with being asked personal questions by children is essential. You will regularly be asked questions regarding what you are having for lunch, whether you are willing to share said lunch, whether or not you are married, and if not, why you are not married, where you are going (as you walk into the toilet), and what you did in there (the toilet).
◾You must have an understanding that the small people you have a strong relationship with during the week, may completely and utterly refuse to talk to or acknowledge you when they see you at the local store. Your feelings must not be easily hurt.

◾You must have the ability to read a ten page fairytale with at least one interruption per page.
◾Authentically showing an interest in and curiosity for bugs and creepy crawlies is essential, even if they are your biggest fear on earth.
◾You must be prepared to have a lot of fun in the workplace. Laughter is something you can expect to engage in for a large part of your working day.
◾Finally, you must be prepared to feel loved, special, and important to many young children and their families. There is simply no other job quite like this one.


A high school diploma or GED is required

Must be at least 18 years of age for Lead Teachers and Assistant Teachers

Must be at least 16 years of age for part time assistants

Advanced education/experience in the Early Childhood Education field is strongly preferred.


Annual Bloodborne Pathogen training +
First Aid (every three years) *
Child Abuse Registry Check *
Mandatory Child Abuse Reporter Training (every five years) *
Communicable Disease Form/TB Test *
A completed Physical *
Adult/Infant/Child CPR *
Criminal Record Check *
CDA Credential (for Infant/Toddler Teachers) 

Additional Group or Individual Training up to 20 hours per year as required by DHS.
* Trainings with a star by them are required trainings you need prior to starting.  
I can tell you how to get these trainings if you don't have them already.  
+ Trainings with a plus by them mean you have 6 months from the date you start to take them
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Get an application on file with Crayons 2 Pencils 
Please fill out the questions below and hit the submit button.    
What is your full name : First, Middle, Last
What is your telephone number: 
What is your email address:
What is your home address:
How did you hear about Crayons 2 Pencils: 
Do you currently have a College Degree? If yes, please describe
What position are you currently looking for
If you are a High School Student at what time can you be at work after school? 
Are you currently enrolled in college?  If so what days, times and what are you going to school for? 
Have you ever worked in a child care center before?
 If yes, please answer the following questions: 

Where did you work?
What was your role in the center?
How long were you employed?
What was your reason for leaving? 
What was your ending pay?

* If you have worked in more than one child care center, please fill this box out for all centers you have worked in. 

Have you ever been convicted of a felony?  If yes, please describe. 

* We are required to do a Federal background check as well as a fingerprint background check on all employees    
Have you ever had a DUI?  
Do you have a current 1st aid and CPR Certificate?  If yes, When does it expire?
Do you have your essentials training done?
Please place in order what age of children you like working with the best.  Your first choice being the top selection and the bottom being your last choice.
What is your first available day to start working? 
If applying for part-time please list your hours you can work each day
Our full time teachers work 4 10 hour days to be able to spend a day to themselves.  
Which is your first choice shift and which is your second choice shift
1st choice
2nd choice
Children stay in on classroom the entire school year.  Are you willing to commit to a full school year.  We are big on consistency at Crayons 2 Pencils
Why do you want to apply for  Crayons 2 Pencils? 
What would you like to gain from working at Crayons 2 Pencils? 
Do you see yourself as a lead teacher or an assistant teacher and why?
Describe an activity that you have done with children. 
Do you have children that you are looking to have attend the center too?  If so, what are their ages
Please describe how you would talk to a child's parent if that child had bit another child.
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Tell us 3-5 things that you think we should know about you. 
Please provide us with 3 references. We need their name, how you know them and phone number 
Past employer
Family Friend (non relative)
Past co-worker
If this is your first job ever, just fill in the family friend reference box. 
Thank you for sending in your application.  Your application goes directly to Jill Larsen owner of Crayons 2 Pencils.  She will reach out to you in the next 24 - 48 hours.  If you have any questions you can always reach her at 515-285-5322 or email at 
Do you have a Facebook account?  If yes, what is the name.  
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Perks of working at 
Crayons 2 Pencils Early Learning Center 

We work 4 10 Hour Days – You get 1 day off to yourself 

No more sack lunch or fast food- We provide breakfast, Lunch and Snacks for all teachers free of charge

Not sure what to wear each day? Don’t worry we made it easy- We provide the shirts for you

Want to further your education? We help with that- After 1 year of working here, we can help you get an early childhood degree. We pay you time off to study, you only pay 10% of your tuition and you get a raise when you are done! 

When the weather is nice, your job lets you be outside playing with the kids! 

Some teachers even get to go on field trips

You get to be a part of a team 

We have a social committee that plans fun activities and events during the year for staff