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About how long does a CDA take to complete?
The beauty of our program is that it is self-paced. You can complete the program in as little as a month and a half, and we recommend a minimum pace of four courses per week which gets you complete in about 7 months.
inquiring about a certificate
If my agency pays for my courses how do I obtain a certificate?
No matter who pays, once you are enrolled, your coursework and your certificates are yours. You will be able to print course certificates upon completing each course.
which courses count for diverse learners
The courses are listed by the core competencies but I need to find out what courses meet the diverse learners requirement for our state. (Massachusetts)
You can find the chart you're looking for by visiting the MA State Approvals Page:
There you will find a link to the courses and their correlation to the MA Core Competencies.
In need of help with registration I'm in need of ten hours I'm a new assistant teacher for almost a month. I have signed up but when I sign in and select classes I need my screen brings me back to the screen to select my classes again.
Hey my name is Jomitra I am currently a medical assistant looking into opening a in home daycare center. Am I starting at the right spot?
Good afternoon Jomitra,
It sounds like we could be the right fit to help you with your training needs for the path toward home daycare. You can contact our Admissions Department at 1.800.499.9907 ext. 523 to discuss your needs and options, or you can email firstname.lastname@example.org. Have a great day!
Lashuanta, you can reach out to Customer Support for Assistance with your professional development courses: 1.800.499.9907 ext 524 or email@example.com.
I would like information on biting and 2yr olds.
While we don't have a class singularly devoted to this sensitive topic, you can find information and behavior management/positive guidance techniques and working with two-year-olds in various courses that could be of help: CCEI660, CCEI4002, CCEI4003, GUI100, and CCEI857 are the ones that come immediately to mind.
I am trying to take the course child abuse and mandating reporter but it is not letting me because I took the course back in 2008
fccpc observer info
i am currently working on fccpc course. I want to know if i can use the same observer for both observations or do i need two different people to observe me?
Yes-most people do use the same person for both. We just wanted to provide the flexibility for our students to use multiple people.
CDA vs ECC
I want to get a degree in early childhood and special ed. I graduated with a B.A in liberal arts. I was just wondering what is the difference between CDA and ECC? and which do you believe I should take?
Also will i be receiving a degree or is it a certificate?
Good morning Netty,
The right program for you really depends on your needs. To discuss them further, you can contact our NY Admissions Representative, Johnel Everett: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 512.
Once you complete our program, you would receive a certificate of completion reflecting your hours and CEUs. We are not a degree-granting institution.
Thank you for your interest!
Expired CDA and Directer's credential
I had my CDA (FCCPC) and Directors credential, both expired in 2013. I was enrolled in a vocational school looking to start a new career path, now I would love to return to childcare. My question is how to I go about obtaining them again? Do I need to start completely over?
Unfortunately, once credentials expire, you do need to get them again. You can contact the organization (DCF in your case) to see if you can get a renewal grace period. We do offer renewals for both programs. So feel free to reach out to our Admissions Department after you've contacted DCF, either to work toward your FCCPC again or to renew both.
I have just created an account but am unable to register for a free trial coarse. Please assist
You can contact Customer Support for assistance, so they can see your account and assist you with your professional development coursework: email@example.com or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 524.
delete a current course
How do I delete a current course from my
course list ? Is this possible?
Once a course is on the Current Course list it stays there (it only moves if it has been completed). For a subscription, it doesn't affect you because you have unlimited access to our entire PD course library. You can just leave it there, and then have that course to take later if you choose.
How to determine a fair rate of pay
I am new to posting a thread and am not sure if this is the correct forum for my question. I apologize if it is not but don't know where to post this question.
I am the lead teacher at a private preschool on Long Island, New York. I started as an assistant teacher making $10.00 per hour, after one year I was made lead teacher and my pay went to $12.00 per hour. We worked for 4 years with NO RAISES. Last year I received a $.50 raise and now after 7 years as lead teacher my pay rate just went to $12.90 per hour. Is my director taking advantage of me or is this a fair rate.
any feedback would be appreciated.
I have a BA in Liberal Arts. I was just wondering if this program is right for me? Can I take course that will help me become a teacher? Can I take these classes to be a certified teacher?
Good afternoon Netty,
We offer various programs, so I'm not sure which one you are referring to. If you mean the CDA, the CDA credential is the minimum qualification for lead teachers in many states and areas. Since you're in South Carolina, your best bet would be to connect with our Admissions Representative for South Carolina students, Lorena Weinkle. She can discuss your needs and how we might be able to meet them. 1.800.499.9907 ext. 516 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your interest!
I am from the ny region. And I just want to become certified in early childhood and special ed.
I graduated with a BA in liberal arts in May of 2014. I want to extend my degree to become a early childhood and special ed teacher. I do not work in a school or a daycare. I was wondering with your program of study can I be certified with you guys to become a teacher? If so, can you tell me some general information needed to go about that process?
Director Certificate Course
I live in California. I have been a teacher for 10 years and now I am planning to do Director Certificate course to enter into Administration department of a Preschool setting. I am not working currently. Took a break since last 2 years to take care of my daughter. I would like to start working by next 6 months so decided to do this online course.
* How far this course is helpful to straight away become the Director of a preschool or after the course I can only get entry level admin jobs?
* Since I mentioned I am currently off work, does this course requires observations and projects relating to students and if yes will CCEI help me approach any school for completion of assignments.
* After how many years I have to renew the certificate.
* Does this course valid globally if in near future I decide to move to India.
* The duration of this course is 6 months so the course goes as my working pace sooner or later or it has to be within instructors assignments pace.
* This course is self-guided or with instructors help and support?
Good afternoon DP and thank you for your interest.
The Director's Certificate program does contain practical application courses that require you to do observations and answer questions about your program, so it would be difficult to complete those courses without access to a program (especially if you haven't been a director before).
The program does not take the full 6 months to complete. The more determined you are, the sooner you are able to finish. We give 6 months so students have more flexibility in completing their coursework, but it can easily be completed in half that time or less.
The program does come with the support of an Education Coach, who would serve as a resource and guide for you while you worked on your program.
Here is the link to the program page for your reference:
As far as the state-specific questions you have and what this credential would allow you to do, here is the California State Approvals page:
You can use the link on that page to connect directly with Community Care Licensing Division.
Our coursework is designed with US requirements in mind, so we cannot speak to acceptance in India. You would need to reach out to agencies/authorities there to see whether it would be accepted.
If you'd like to discuss your needs in more detail or work on enrolling, you can connect with our CA Admissions Representative, Rayvn Coates at email@example.com or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 544.
Do you guys accept the GI bill for payment for the certificate programs?
Thank you for your interest, but CCEI is not eligible for GI Bill payments. They are only payable to institutions that are Title IV.
I am trying to get the directors certificate however I don't see I am working towards that certificate program. I think I might have just enrolled for the year unlimited of classes. How do I know which classes to take to work towards the directors certificate?
Good afternoon and thank you for your interest. You are correct. Professional development is designed to help students meet continuining education goals through earning CEUs and selecting courses in topics they need or that appeal to them, but the Professional Development Subscriptions are not certificate programs and are not designed to meet certificate requirements. You can find out more about the Director's Certificate Program we offer (any duplicate courses you look in PD would articulate into the certificate program) by contacting our CA Admissions Representative, Rayvn Coates: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.499.9907 ext 544.
Professional development vs. certificate program
I'm wondering if anyone knows if I can take courses now and then apply them to a certificate program in the future? I am currently a nanny but hope to start a home day care in the future. I'd love to take classes now and then pursue the certificate when I am closer to opening the day care.
Any thoughts or advice?
The system will automatically give you credit in a certificate program for any duplicate courses (same course number) that you take in PD, as long as the courses are no more than two years old by your graduation date from your certificate program.
How do I get an EC?
I work at a childcare place and take CCEI courses for in-service. I want to get my CDA and they said to contact an Education Coach through CCEI, but I cannot find anything to let me find out who mine is. Please help! I'm in Fort Walton Beach, FL.
Cali, you would get a coach assigned once your were enrolled in a certificate program. Right now, you would want to contact our Florida Admissions Representative to find out about enrolling in a CDA or FCCPC program. You can contact Marta Merriman: email@example.com or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 514. Once you completed the enrollment process, you would be assigned an education coach, and she would reach out to you to introduce herself and guide you.
It time for the renewal of my CDA I currently holds a FCCPC CDA . Do I renew through the council website. Or my local licensing agency. I'm in florida.
hello i was wondering if anyone knows if the school excepts military TA as a form of payment for the CDA cert. What is the total cost for the cert to include the book? Is a month and a have realistic time frame to comeplet the courses required. Also, and more importantly, do i have to be work in a childcare field to complete the cert?
Good morning and thank you for your interest! You have a lot of wonderful questions, and your best bet is to connect with our Admissions Department to address all of your questions and find the best program option for you. You can contact Elaine Bullard by phone or email: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 522
I have had my CDA for almost 3 years now, and am in the process of renewing it online with the Council. However, I am having trouble finding all the courses needed to satisfy the 4.5 CEUs. I've noticed that you offer a "CDA Renewal" that includes all hours combined. What is the cost for this and how are the CEUs awarded? Is there a wait period from the time I complete the course to the time of actually receiving the completed certification letter? Thanks in advance!
Thank you so much for your interest. Yes, we do have a comprehensive CDA Renewal Certificate Program, and you can connect with Elaine Bullard to discuss the program, address your questions, and enroll:
email@example.com or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 522
self study CDA Program
I am from VA and really interested to enroll in the self study CDA program. I tried to reach the concerned person many times through emails and calls but don't get any response. Finally, I decided to post my query on this online forum.
I want to start my career as a child care associate in a preschool but don't have an experience. So I'm wondering whether this program will help me to achieve my goal. After getting a certificate, do I have more chances of getting hired with respect to the people who have experience but not a certified CDA? Does this certificate program possess the equal value as the academic courses?
Thank you for your interest. The Admissions representative for VA is Rayvn Coates (firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 544) or you can reach out to Melissa Thomas (email@example.com r 1.800.499.9907 ext. 523).
Part of the online CDA program requires you to do observations in a licensed childcare setting, and you will need to be able to meet for your Verification Visit with the Council in a licensed childcare setting. So while a CDA can help with professional recognition and is the minimum requirement in some states for being a lead teacher, you do need access to a licensed program (you can volunteer for now if need be) in order to complete your coursework and to complete the CDA credentialing process later.
The coursework itself without finishing the credentialing process can stand alone as CEUs in ECE, but it will not be recognized as the credential until you finish the whole process (www.cdacouncil.org).
My not sure which academic courses you're referring to, but if you mean college courses, you could possibly articulate your completed coursework into a college program later:
Thank you for your quick response.
So how many hours of observation do I need to have and after being observed for the total hours, will the CDA credentialing process be completed?
You're welcome. It's not a particular number of hours that you do observations. It's for certain courses in various content areas throughout the program.
As far as the rest of the credentialing process, here is the Council's website for you to look through all of that information (your program with us would meet the formal education requirement step of the credentialing process).
Thank you again, one last question, do I have to make the full payment at the time of enrollment or I can pay that in 2 or 3 installments. On your website, For self study CDA program the tuition fee is $775 and the book cost is $30. If this is a self study program then what is the amount 775 stand for. Can I get the book from other stores?
The $775 would need to be paid in full, but you could have some other financing options. Please contact Rayvn Coates, our VA Admissions Representative, for more information about enrolling in the program and finding alternative options for financing your program.
firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 544.
As long as you get the correct book, you are free to purchase it from wherever you chose.
Directors license in California
I have recently moved from Texas to Cali and was wondering if the same license/Texas course I am about to complete is the same one used in Cali. Or am I going to have to do a whole new course?
You will need to contact California directly to see if they are willing to work with you on transferring in your TX program: https://www.cceionline.com/index.cfm?id=86
Hello I am a director for a program that uses Pinnacle Curriculum, created and distributed by CCEI. Our program uses FAME for our staff's annual training requirements. Are there any thoughts towards including Curriculum Implementation for Pinnacle. That would be REALLY AWESOME for us!
Thank you for the suggestion-that is actually something we are looking at trying to do (bringing some pieces of Pinnacle online as enrichment for the FAME coursework).
Center Director Requirements in DC
Hi! Does the Center Director Certificate program cover the 15 credit hours in early childhood or childhood development education required by the Washington DC government to obtain the license for child care center?
Thank you for your interest. Here is the state approval information for Washington DC so you can contact them directly to inquire whether they will accept this program to meet that requirement:
This month, we will be taking a closer look at STEM education and its value and importance, even in early childhood education. Science, Math, Engineering and Technology are vital subject areas for all students, and it's important to get children off to a great start. How do you encourage children to explore these concepts, create, and develop these skills that will help them be successful lifelong learners (For example: engineering can be something as simple as creating a ramp in the block center, or prying something open with a popsicle stick)?
Can I do the courses on my kindle or is a computer the best option?
The computer is the best option. Trying to do coursework on a Kindle is not recommended.
Thanks! I don't have a computer at the moment, so I wanted to check my options.
I am unable to find a First Aid course. Does anyone have any help tips for me?Does anyone know if such a course exists on CCEI? Any suggestions or help is appreciated.
We offer a variety of health, safety and hygiene courses, but not a first aid course. First aid is most often taken in-person, as it requires some hands-on activities, and most states prefer face-to-face instruction over online delivery for certification in CPR and first aid.
Are any of these courses counted towards the S.T.A.R.S program?
Business Management Certificate
Does the certificate for Business Management in an Early Childhood Setting Certificate still exist? I cannot find it in the Online Enrollment page. TIA
We are continually updating and renewing our offerings, and while the specific certificate you are looking for has been phased out, we do have one that might interest you: Basic Center Management. We also have other management and administration-related mini-certificates. Here is the link to our list of offerings for your reference:
Positive Guidance: what, why and how?
We hear so much now about positive guidance and positive discipline, but what does it really mean?
How can we maintain safety and order in the classroom while remaining positive in our discipline approach?
Do you have any techniques that you have used with success in your own classroom that have helped you make the shift from an environment that included punishment and negative consequences to one that includes positive discipline and natural consequences?
We all wish we could have another hour or two in each day to get everything done! Especially in ECE, we have a lot of roles and responsibilities to balance.
If you've mastered time manangement, how do you manage to get everything on the 'to-do' list done? If you have some techniques, please feel free to share them here with your peers!
If you struggle with time management, please share your concerns here as well, so we as a community can learn from each other.
Developmental Assessment in Early Childhood
The importance of assessment in education has long been understood. We need to understand the needs of our children in order to meet those needs and help children develop, learn and grow. What types of assessment(s) do you use in your own classroom or program, and what have been your results? Are there any other assessment methods you might like to use and why?
i'm so confused! for step three of my EIP application it's asking for "CDA/ Training organization information" and "Course information" where can i find my options?
More intermediate and advanced classes
I would like to see more intermediate and advanced classes with the focus on ideas to use in the classroom and less theory. I enjoyed the tray tasking class and would liked to have more ideas to use. Also the outdoor class was interesting--if you could offer and/or expand on these.
Thank you for your interest. We're glad you enjoyed the Tray Tasking course! We are continually adding to our course catalog, and are developing more intermediate trainings. You can check back from time-to-time for new courses on the course catalog, marked with the red "New" graphic. As you'll see on the list, we offer quite a few new intermediate courses:
CD certificate renewal
How often does the Center Director's certificate need to be renewed?
Good evening Stacey,
Renewal requirements vary state-to-state. You will want to be sure to check directly with your licensing representative to be be sure you're meeting all state and local requirements.
Question about final exam
I read that the final exam for the CDA program is in multiple choice format. I'm just curious to know if the final exam is composed of the assessment questions from each course? Thank you
Good evening Dot,
Yes, the system randomly pulls the final exam questions from the assessment questions throughout the program.
Are there essay/open response questions and additional competency statements in the final assessment?
The final exams for certificate programs are currently all multiple-choice questions, randomly pulled from courses throughout the program.
Thank you for your responses! That will help me when it comes time to study.
how can i get more ceus twards my directors credental renewal
Good morning Tracey,
We offer a certificate program accepted by DCF to renew a Florida Director's Credential.
Here is the link to the certificate information page:
You can also contact Johnel Everett in our Admissions Department for more information. 1.800.499.9907 ext 512 or email@example.com
Thank you for your interest!
How many times can I take the final exam?
The final exam allows for up to 10 attempts, but you pass as soon as you get 70%. Good luck and we look forward to seeing you come through as a graduate soon.
Is the test timed?
The test itself is not timed, but you do not want to take 15 minutes or more between questions, as you run the risk of the page timing out and having to start from 0% again.
CDA or Director Certificate
Last year I had annual subscription and did several classes along with mini business management course. This year I am planning to go for Texas Director Certificate course but wondering what is the difference between CDA and Texas Director Certificae Course? How will it affect on my career? I did took CDA classes couple years ago but did not attempt examination. Any Suggestion?
Ms.Laura have few more questions..if I go for CDA what is the difference between Self Study CDA and instructor based CDA? I understand I will not get step by step instruction but are they both have same value? and if I do CDA do I need to look for specialist to observe me and do I need to apply for examination other then with CCEI?
Good afternoon Rosy,
Thank you for your interest! The main difference between the TX Director's program and the CDA is that the TX Director's program is a state-specific program to help center managers and administrators in Texas to improve knowledge and job performance and meet licensing requirements. The CDA, once you carry the credential, is a nationally recognized early childhood credential that is often most valuable for teachers (though directors find it helpful too). So, it really depends on your function. If your focus is on being a teacher in the classroom, the CDA is the way to go. If you're looking to be a director/administrator at a center, the Director's Credential is most likely what you'd want.
The main difference between the Self-Study CDA and the Instructor-Supported CDA is, as you mentioned, the level of support and guidance you get. The Self-Study is designed for more self-motivated students that are comfortable with distance education and can set and meet their own goals and keep themselves on track. The Instructor-Supported CDA has a bit more structure and support.
For additional program questions or to go ahead and enroll, you can reach out to our Texas Admissions Representative, Elaine Bullard: 1.800.499.9907 ext. 522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
To renew your Director Certificate you must have a professional contribution requirement. Does you renewal class include this component.
No, the renewal program meets the education requirement. The professional contribution is a separate component of the renewal process that you complete on your own.
I am thinking about opening up a preschool in Virginia. I have my AAS Degree in Early Childhood Development and I have previously worked as a Director and Assistant Director for a chain type daycare.
I am looking at the Director Certificate program and was wondering what your thoughts are on this. Although I have had experience "running" a facility, it was several years ago and the training I received was specific to that particular chain of schools.
If I go through with my own school, I want to be sure I have all the knowledge I can get to help better myself and what I offer.
Inclusion and Special Needs Certification
In the state of Florida, will taking the Inclusion and Special Needs Certification course qualify me for taking the FTCE Exceptional Education exam for ESE endorsement? Will it be considered an ESE Certification?
That certificate program was designed to give students an introduction and overview of special needs in the early childhood environment. To find out whether it will be accepted for anything other than CEUs/continuing education, you will want to contact licensing directly. I am providing the link to information about our coursework and its acceptance in Florida. You will also find contact information for you to pose your question to the state directly:
Thank you for your interest!
I have taken courses here for several years. I have 2 questions about the mini certificates. 1) Courses you take in the past that are now in a mini certificate program are suppose to automatically count so you do not have to repeat the course. I have several that are not showing up as completed. How do I get this fixed? 2) what exactly are the mini certificates? Are they equal to the cda modules? If I do the 8 areas will this qualify towards the cda? What about child care center director training - do these qualify for that?
some clarification on my above post - ccei has my programs listed as "certificate programs" - I never signed up for these specifically - I guess it does it automatically?? The options ccei offers are a bit confusing as far as certificate programs and mini certificates. What are the differences and how do they benefit us? I am looking at applying for jobs as a preschool teacher or assistant director/director position in the next 1-2 years. (I have 28 years experience in childcare/preschool setting - both licensed centers and my in home registered daycare. I do not hold a "degree". )
Good afternoon LibertyPrek,
The main difference here is that the "mini-certificates" are some of our Professional Development courses that are bundled together for students to be able to take a group of courses in a particular subject area. Professional Development coursework is meant to help students hone skills or meet annual training, in-service, or CEU requirements.
Stand-alone certificate programs, like the CDA and the Director's Certificate, are different from PD, because they meet specific formal education requirements and can be submitted, along with any additional requirements for credentials (Director's will vary state-to-state, but our completed CDA Program will meet the formal education requirement for the Council's CDA Credential process). It looks like you are in the state of TX, so feel free to reach out to Elaine Bullard (email@example.com or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 522) if you're interested in more information about our CDA Certificate program options.
Professional development is not designed to meet all CDA requirements. So while you can use your professional development coursework toward the CDA, you cannot meet the entire formal education requirement with PD alone. You can either choose to enroll in one of our CDA Program options, and any course that's less than two years old and an exact duplicate will be checked off in your CDA, or you can combine the hours you already have with additional training sources that you would find on your own.
As far as the courses that are not getting checked off, if it's not the exact same course number or if the course is older than two years, the system will not give you credit.
Yo ya tengo mi CDA y me gustaria seguir entudiando ,,, en espanol que clases me ofrecen que luego las pueda utilizer como creditos universitarios..
Director Training Course
I have look online and don't see the prices for the classes. How do i get that?
Good evening and thank you for your interest! To look up program prices, you can go to our main website: www.cceionline.edu. On the gray navigation menu on the left-hand side of the page, click on Admissions, and then on Tuition and Fee Schedule.
trouble using the 6 hours of nocost training
I am trying to register for classes using my certificate for 6 free hours but it wont let me order any.
Getting the Word Out About Your Program
Since December is National Write a Business Plan Month, in what ways have you had success this year as you marketed your program, or how do you plan to get the word out in the coming year? Do you have any techniques that have gotten a good response or might be a bit more creative or unique that you can share with other EC professionals looking to boost enrollment?
Promoting Good Health and Nutrition
In recognition of American Diabetes Awareness Month, what kinds of measures do you take or can you take to promote the good health of the children you care for? After yesterday's sugary treats and as we look toward the holiday season, how can you keep the atmosphere festive while still supporting healthy eating and physical activity habits?
I have taken 90 courses with you and have enjoyed all of them. I want to apply those courses to the
Early Childhood Education certificate then get my
Associates with Penn Foster. Can you tell me how I
can do that?
Thank you for your interest and I'm glad you're enjoying your classes! Any time you enroll in a certificate program, our system will automatically give you credit for any of the duplicate courses with identical course numbers that you've already taken in your professional development coursework. I'm not sure whether you're inquiring about the Early Childhood Credential program or the Early Care and Education program, but either way you can contact admissions and they can help you through the process. Elaine Bullard works with our students in North Carolina and you can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.499.9907 ext 522.
Hi my name is KarlaK I'm starting my CDA for preschool and I need information or trascript how can I started step by step can you contact me back ASAP.pliss I would appreciated Thank You.
What can i do when im done
After I finish my course what will I beable to do as far as getting a new job? like is it just to be a director or is there more I can do with it?
The main benefit of your training is continuing education and professional development and recognition. Beyond that, it would vary state to state or even center to center. Your training does give you skills you can use in your classroom/center and credentials such as Director's or CDA are easily recognizable, desired by employers, or sometimes required, so your training could be of assistance to you there.
Fail to fisnish course registration
Hello im trying to order course "Online Basic Principles of Child Development Certificate" but cant finish my order cause the system keep log in me out with message y`our session expired.
I am trying to print transcript and it does not appear in window when I cleck on transcrpit view
Guiding Emotional Intelligence
Since October is Emotional Intelligence Awareness Month, please share how you work with children to help them understand and work through their own emotions and learn how to be empathetic toward other people. These are such important skills for children to learn in order to function in society and develop healthy self-image and positive self-esteem. In what ways do you foster the development of these skills in your classroom/program?
need help finding online CDA class
have my AS in early childhood education also have an employment history recognition (for having more than 10 years of work history in a child care facility).
for over 20 years now, i thought that it was equivalent to having a CDA but was just told that it is not - by DCF, the same people that gave it to me!)
i work for Head Start so i am already enrolled in cceionline - have taken about 80 classes!
what do i need to do next and will these classes be recognized by the state of Florida or be considered as having a national CDA? your input will be greatly appreciated
The training (formal education requirement) is part one of the entire CDA credentialing process. DCF will accept either a full FCCPC program or a National CDA Credential. For information on using the training you already have to meet the Council's formal education requirement and pursuing the credential from there, visit www.cdacouncil.org or call them at 1.800.424.4310. If you'd like to find out about applying your CCEI training hours toward our FCCPC program that you can then take to DCF, you can contact our admissions representative for Florida, Marta Merriman: email@example.com. Good luck!
Registration keeps timing out
I'm trying to register and pay for the self study CDA course online, but the online "EZ Enrollment" times out before I can get all of my information typed in and it does not save it. i'm living internationally right now so calling is very expensive for me. I'm wondering if anyone else is experiencing this. Is there another way to register online?
For assistance with alternative ways to enroll or information on the process you're trying to follow to enroll online, you can communicate directly with an admissions representative. She may even be able to work with you to do the "paper" process through email with you since calling is expensive. You can reach out to Melissa Thomas at firstname.lastname@example.org to address the timing out and work out another way to enroll. Thank you for your interest and have a wonderful day!
Over 2 years ago, I took my CDA course online through CCEI. The center where I work paid for the course as long as I agreed to work there for a year following completion of my CDA. Not only did I do this, but I still work there. My problem is that my director waited over a year and a half to get my observation done by a professional. Then, that was never completed because the 'professional' no longer works for the ELC and left with not only my observation papers, but several other teachers observations as well. What can I do to get my director to do what she is supposed to. If we bring it up, she gets mad and says she doesn't have time.
As of June 1, 2013, the process has changed. You're in luck with the changes because you now do not get observed beforehand. It's now part of the Verification Visit. The Professional Development Specialist you select will observe you when he or she comes for your visit. At this point, the rest of the credentialing process is your responsibility. The only thing your director will have to do is sign off on your application before you submit it. For information on the CDA Credentialing Process, you can visit www.cdacouncil.org or call the Council at 1.800.424.4310. Here is the link directly to information about how to prepare to apply for your visit and complete the credentialing process, but I highly recommend you visit their website and explore the whole process as well.
Promoting Critical Thinking in Early Childhood
Now that we're all back in the swing of a new school year and beginning to think about skills children need to learn in order to be successful, it's time to look at critical thinking.
How do you help children in your classroom learn to think both independently and critically? How do you support them as they learn how to reflect on and evaluate new information and situations?
Hi! I'm new. I figure this would be a great group to ask a question about age appropriate materials for preschoolers. I was wondering if a book like this would be appropriate for children in this age range. http://www.amazon.com/Sheldon-Patnett/e/B00EIRREN2
If you have any insights on what might be appropriate, please let me know. Thank you!
COG 101 Critical thinking skills in the Preschool
I also completed COG 101 Critical thinking skills in the Preschool Environment course.
Can I get 1 credit too?
Good morning and thank you for choosing CCEI! For information on TAPP and what they will accept for credit, you can visit out Arkansas state approval page or contact TAPP directly:
I took CCEI116A course(Oral Health in Early Childhood) on 02-11-13. But, it is not counting to my TAPP.
How can I get 1 more credit?
Business Management mini-certificate
I would like to register for the above program but I am not able to find out the specific details about the course before-hand. I would like to know exactly what classes are included from the course listing. If anyone could help me with that I would appreciate it!
Thank you for your interest! The syllabus is provided once your enrollment comes through, but if you've taken any professional development coursework with us that is a duplicate course in the program, the system will automatically give you credit for that course.
Here is a more specific description of the mini-certificate:
Preventing the Spread of Illness
Since August is National Immunization Awareness Month, it's a good time to take stock before the school year begins and think of ways we can prevent the spread of illness and improve our health and hygiene habits.
How do you maintain good health in your classroom? Do you have any tips or suggestions to share with others?
Also, feel free to share a health or hygiene issue in your program that you'd like to discuss with fellow ECE professionals.
Cut and paste
Hola yo tengo que mandar mis respuestas en el answer box pero no tengo la opcion de hacer cut and paste, solo me deja escribir no copiar.mepueden ayudar?
1. Escriba sus respuestas en Microsoft Word o Notepad y guárdelas. Le recomiendo que los guarde bajo el numero del curso (CCEI030R, CCEI080W, CCEI112P1).
2. Al mandar sus respuestas, Copie (Copy) su respuesta como lo haría normalmente (la mayoría de la gente resaltan la selección y luego hagan clic con el mouse/ratón y haga clic en Copiar)
3. Ve a tu programa y llega a la casilla de respuesta en la que desea presentar su respuesta.
4. Haga clic en el cuadro, y luego mirar hacia arriba a la barra de herramientas (Toolbar) en la parte superior de su navegador.
5. Haga clic en Edición (Edit) y, a continuación, en Pegar (Paste) en el menú desplegable.
6. Su respuesta aparecerá en la caja. Haga clic en Continuar para pasar a la siguiente pregunta y completar el proceso hasta que haya pegado cada respuesta en su caja correspondiente y manda el curso para que se lo revise.
Muchisimas gracias Laura.
Thank you for the information.
i try to cut and paste... put it not working... It say work on work processing on my time... That what i did, now that i finish with the question i try to paste and the system doesn't let me pste my owrk on the questions... What should i do
You are able to paste, you just have to do it from your browser's toolbar instead of using the right-click function of your mouse:
1. Type up your responses in Microsoft Word, then save them. I recommend saving each one under its course number (CCEI030R, CCEI080W, CCEI112P1).
2. When you’re ready to submit, copy your response as you normally would (most people highlight the selection then right-click the mouse and click on Copy
3. Log into your course and get to the response box where you want to submit your response.
4. Click in the box, then look up to the Toolbar at the top of your browser.
5. Click on Edit, and then on Paste from the drop-down menu.
6. Your response will appear in the box. Click Continue to go to the next question and complete the process until you’ve pasted each response in its box and submitted the course to me for review.
40-hour Director Training & Basic TCC
I am looking for the courses I would need so that I can obtain my "40-Hour Training for Program Directors" in order to satisfy requirements for Georgia's Bright From the Start. I also need the courses required for my Lead Teachers in order for them to receive credentials for their basic TCC.
Does this site offer the training I need or should I enroll myself and my staff in a technical college?
We do provide the GA Director's Certificate Training and in-service hours that carry IACET CEU's, but you would need to go through a technical college for the TCC.
Here's the link to our Georgia Director's Certificate for your convenience:
Excellent! Thank you for the link!!
I have a current CDA but I am also interested in obtaining my director training
Thank you for your interest, and we do offer the GA Director's Certificate Program. Here's the link to the information page for the program. Feel free to look it over and you can either enroll online or contact Elaine Bullard in Admissions for assistance: email@example.com or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 522
Children in the Culinary Environment
In honor of National Culinary Arts Month, we're focusing on getting children involved in cooking and nutrition experiences. How do you involve children in cooking? Do you have tips to share with fellow ECE professionals looking to guide children as they cook and learn about food and nutrition?
I need help on how to proceed in taking Associates degree in Early Childhood online. I have a Bachelor's Degree in my country as a secondary teacher,i had it evaluated in california and the equivalency statement was i graduated with a degree Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Education which is equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's Degree in the same discipline.
Now,i am presently connected at a childcare setting.How should I start to get my associates degree in Childcare?
You have many options for pursuing an Associates degree.
You could pursue a CDA credential with us if you'd like to take the first step toward official ECE professional recognition in the US, and then articulate it toward a degree program with one of our partners. You can also take professional development coursework and articulate it. For more information on articulation and our partners, you can visit https://www.cceionline.com/index.cfm?id=207
You could also contact one of our partners directly to pursue the degree straight away, or you could reach out to your local CCR&R or community college about AA ECE programs in your area.
Good luck with your goals and if you'd like to speak with someone here at CCEI about enrolling with us, you can contact Rayvn Coates at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.424.4310 ext 544.
I need help on how to proceed in taking Associates degree in Early Childhood online. I have a Bachelor's Degree in my country as a secondary teacher,i had it evaluated in california and the equivalency statement was i graduated with a degree Bachelor's of Science in Industrial Education which is equivalent to a U.S. Bachelor's Degree in the same discipline.
Now,i am presently connected at a childcare setting.How should I start to get my associates degree in Childcare?
Does anyone know how the discussion forum work and whats it for/
The discussion forum is meant to be a place where early childhood professionals can come together to share ideas and discuss topics related to the ECE industry. You can read through the threads for inspiration and to offer ideas or continue a discussion, or you can create a new thread that interests you if there's a topic you don't yet see.
I pressed retake the course by mistake but I do not want to retake the course, How do I delete it? Or do I just leave it in my current courses?
Good morning Lola,
Your record will already show that you completed it the first time, so you can just disregard it now and leave it in Current Courses.
Effective Communication in the Center
As we reflect on Effective Communications this month, in what ways do you ensure that you're communicating effectively with your staff/coworkers at the center, with the parents and families involved in your program, and with the children in your care (i.e. making expectations and rules clear)? Do you have any techniques or tips to share with other ECE professionals that might be struggling with communicating effectively?
Re-taking CDA course
Almost 3 years ago I took the online cda course but didn't finish the final test/ portfolio. Would I need to re-take the entire class?
Good morning Margaret. Since you completed your online coursework, you completed the formal education requirement and can now continue on with the rest of the credentialing process with the Council for Professional Recognition (the coursework you took is valid for 5 years). So go ahead and look over their website (www.cdacouncil.org) and contact them to order your CDA Candidate Application Packet (either through the website or by calling 1.800.424.4310) to continue the process with them.
Final exam for CDA coursework
If I receive a passing score but I am not happy with the score, can I take the test again? Who sees the final scores? Thank You.
Once you complete your final exam for your program with 70% or higher, you cannot take the exam again. As a result, you want to try your very best. You (and your coach if she looks it up) are the only one who sees your score-it's not reported on certificates or transcripts. It's mostly for your own feedback.
Annual membership and certificate questions
Does the annual membership just apply to individual courses, or is it for the mini certificate programs too?
If, for example, I took an individual course and then later enrolled in a certificate program that included that same course, would I have to retake the course again to complete the certificate?
Any duplicate courses that apply to a certificate program you might enroll in later would automatically articulate, giving you credit for the completed course so you don't have to take it again.
Promo code for the new trial course?
I am new here and recently received an email about the visual/spatial intelligence trial course. I wanted to enroll, but don't know how. I selected the enroll in trial course option in my account, but that's not the course that was there. Please tell me how to find it and enroll. Thanks!
Good evening and thank you for your interest. Trial courses are like "samples" for people that aren't yet enrolled, so they can figure out if online learning is a fit for them.
Students that are already enrolled in professional development can take the course by registering for it through their professional development subscription. You can log in and click on "Register for Professional Development Courses", search for this course in the catalog, click the box next to it, and click "Submit" to add it to your "Current Courses."
Promoting and Protecting Vision
Is there anything you do in your classroom to promote the development of vision or to protect the children's vision? There are many hand-eye coordination activities that can help children to learn and grow! Have you had success with a particular activity or technique that you would like to share?
I completed 1 course and went to register for more and it says I have insufficient funds to register for more courses, am I missing something how do I sign up for more courses
Good morning Kathryn,
It looks like you took a trial course, which is an opportunity to "sample" our coursework. In order to take more hours, you will need to enroll. You can either purchase individual hours or an Individual Professional Development subscription (unlimited access for a year). You can explore your options and choose the best one for you here:
https://www.cceifame.com/oe_new/ (click on Professional Development for Individuals).
Thank you for your interest!
mini certificate programs
I am new to this website and need to complete 2.24 CEU's according to our licensing tech. that visited our child care center. I registered for the mini-certificate program for the Online Infant-Toddler Orientation Certificate which is worth 1.1 CEU /ll hrs. I paid the $99.00 for the course but on the bottom of the tuition and fee schedule it shows that Professional Development costs $12-$15/hr. The total course for the 1.1 CEU is $99.00 correct? And the trial course was very misleading as I started that too(it indicated I could receive a free CEU) and when I went to re-enter it under "Enroll in Trial Course" it stated it was for new users not for current students. That is not a course I wanted to take, only if it was free to try, so I do not expect to get charged for it. Can a counselor please explain this and help me get this straightened out?
Good evening Sandra,
Yes, that is the cost for the mini-certificate program you chose. The $15 her hour up to 10 hours an $12 for each hour thereafter is for people that choose to buy access an hour at a time. To complete the 11 courses in your program you do not need to purchase more hours-they're built into your program. You will earn your 1.1 CEUs for your 11 clock hours of coursework. The trial course is a "sample" for people that are not yet users so they can see what distance education and our coursework are all about. Now that you are an enrolled student, you are no longer eligible to take the trial course.
Not sure how to go about this but need professional development hours and was guided here but it all cost money. I do not have money to spend on this. So are there ones that do not cost for me to take. I work in a day care
We do offer a trial course to prospective students so they can get a feel for what our coursework is like and whether it will work for them. You can access that trial course here:
After the trial course, you can access additional coursework by enrolling in an Individual Subscription to out professional development library. There is a $99 fee, but it gets you unlimited access to our professional development library of over 100 courses for a full year, which ends up being very cost-effective.
Managing Stress in the Classroom
There is a considerable amount of stress that can occur in the classroom itself, or that one can bring in from outside the classroom. This energy is easily detected by the children and it can affect them deeply, often causing them stress as well. How do you leave your external stresses outside your classroom door and/or how do you alleviate stress in your classroom? Do you have techniques in place to prevent stress? Once it reaches a certain level, do you have stress management techniques to bring it back down?
I am new in this class and I am not a teacher I am a home based visitor for an early head start and we follow the family child care and have providers that are located in different part of the city who have up to four children in their homes. I visit mothers in the homes and I work with one child at a time as I visit homes I have ten families to monitor. it is not stressful and it is not overwhelming as long as you work on the individual child and the needs that the child has.
On the other hand in a classroom it can be stressful. Usually in a classroom setting there is assistants and if the teacher is stressed than they should take a break or go out side while the assistant takes over for the time being.
Spring Forward: Teaching Cleanliness
As we enter the time of year that most of us do a bit of "Spring Cleaning," how do you address cleanliness in your own classroom or program and get children involved? Some programs might take up a collection and donate to charities, have parent-volunteer events to spruce up the center or grounds, or guide children as they learn clean-up routines for transition times.
Feel free to share tips on guiding children in personal hygiene, clean-up routines, or other ways to help them understand the importance of cleanliness and how to take responsibility for their own.
which classes to be certified staff for florida
I do not see a course for certified staff credentials. I only see individual classes and am not certain which ones I need to be certified in Florida.Thanks
Do I have to take all the classes with the CCE in front of them?
The PD subscription is not designed for you to meet the requirements for the staff credential for Florida. You can apply some of the coursework and the CEUs you've earned toward the formal education requirement and combine it with additional trainings, but you cannot get the FCCPC or CDA through PD alone.
To explore your options with CCEI, you can reach out to Michael Collins in our Admission Department: email@example.com or 1.800.499.9907 ext 542.
thank you very much for the information
Slightly Confused in general
Okay, well I am new to this and I am looking for some general information regarding what the institute actually provides. First things first, I am currently a floater/ED teacher at my center. I am looking to further my involvement in my center and eventually become a Lead Teacher. I was referred to this site to take online courses and receive a CDA. Now, I am slightly confused as to what is actually offered. Do you receive a CDA by completing the online courses here or do take these courses and they are applied to an accredited college/university. So I suppose my question would be is there a way to receive a certificate here that will grant me access to becoming an assistant teacher or lead teacher in the near future? If so which courses in the catolog should I be looking at?
after registering for the Child Development Associate Certification courses and successfully completing the academic portion here at CCEI you then apply to the CDA council for the actual credential. It is a process and you can learn more about it here, the steps and the cost. http://www.cdacouncil.org/
Mary -PreKindergarten teacher in NJ
Thank you, Mary. Camille, she is correct. We provide the training to meet the Formal Education requirement that is the first step toward completing the CDA credentialing process. To discuss your training options, feel free to reach out to our Admissions Department for more information. Our NJ admissions representative is Rayvn Coates: firstname.lastname@example.org or 1.800.499.9907 ext 544.
continuing ed courses
I am director qualified and the state of colorado now requires certain courses in order to keep my director qualifications. Do you offer college course for early childhood guidence, and early childhood health/nutrition/safety? They are required to be 3 credit hours long each.
Thank you very much for your interest, but we are not a college-credit granting institution. We do have coursework than can articulate into college programs. Please visit the following link for more information on articulation:
Does anyone know how to figure out which category to put some of these classes in, according to MSDE? The professional development seems to cover several areas.
The reason the courses aren't categorized is for the reason you mentioned: oftentimes courses can apply in various content areas. For specific information on what Maryland will accept, please visit our state approval page for MD: http://www.cceionline.edu/index.cfm?id=102
If you still have questions, you will want to contact the Office of Child Care, Credentialing Branch at the number listed on the Maryland page.
I just finished the exam for Defining Quality Care. During that time my computer froze and I was penalized twice for the same question. Please
let me know if this can be corrected, getting good marks on the tests is very important to me.
Good afternoon Cubby,
While I understand wanting good scores, exam results cannot be altered. Please know that the score isn't reported anywhere except to you in your results and rest assured that without that technical issue, you'd have gotten the score you wanted. Your option is to re-take the course by clicking in the link that allows you to do so, and then retake the exam. I'm glad you're so conscientious! Keep up your great work.
I was previously enrolled and had taken 54 course hours under one email address. I recently enrolled again under another email address and did a transfer of professional development courses request. How long does it take before I know if any of my previous courses will count or not? Is there someone I can contact to assist me in my situation?
You can look at both transcripts to see which courses show up on both-you'll know those were the old courses transferred to the new account. If you have additional questions regarding this process and what you were granted credit for, you can reach out to the Compliance Department by email: email@example.com.
Thank you! I checked both transcripts, none of the course show up on both. The newer transcript only have the courses I have taken under the new account. I guess I will be contacting the Compliance Department.
I am signed up with CCEI with my employer I am currently taking classes at least 4 a week will these be considered college credits? Am i able to receive a certificate of completion if i am taking them indivdually under different sections so far i completed one whole section and it only shows on my transcript. Bottom Line are these considered college credit courses if i am taking them through my employer.
While the courses don't carry college credits themselves, the courses and the CEUs they carry can be articulated into programs for credit. TO find out more, you can visit our Articulation Partners page:
how to register the courses
I am interested to study a few subjects. How can I register it and do I need to pay some money for that? I tried to submit it. But, it is not showing for the current courses.
Yesterday, I completed the trial course ID ADM110. It is including to Travel Arkansas Professional Pathways. Can you count it to this credit?
Yes, in order to take courses on our website other than the trial course, you will need to register. You can go to our site: www.cceionline.edu and click on Enroll Now on the lefthand side of the page. You will then click on Professional Development for Individuals and click "Yes, I am a returning user." Then put in your email address and password that you used to take the trial course. Click on Continue on the next screen, then choose what you want. You can either enroll per hour and purchase them or you can purchase your subscription for unlimited access to the whole library for a year! Then just follow the rest of the instructions.
As far as what courses will be accepted in Arkansas, you can find out by visiting this page:
Thank you for reply. I will think about it.
can some tell me if i have a associates degree on childhood development. Do i need a CCEI. Certificate or Or any other certificate to work in a daycare. Also is there something i need to do to keep up my associates degree updated.
Good morning Lisa,
If you had an Associate's Degree, you would have a transcript and diploma from the college or university you attended. I'm not sure, but if you went through a program (usually at a two-year college) and have a degree, then you most likely have one. To find out what you need to do to qualify to work in daycare, you'll want to reach out to DCF directly at 1.850.487.1111 or http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/child-care.
how many hours of training do you need every year
That depends on your state and local requirements. I recommend checking with the licensing agency for your area.
how does it work when you buy hours to do courses if you pay 15 dollars is that good for up to 10 hours of training for CEU's
You can purchase an annual subscription for $99, which gives you unlimited access to our Professional Development course library for a year. You can also purchase by the hour, $15 per hour up to 10 and then $12 per hour for 11+ hours. If you need 10 hours, an Individual Annual Subscription for Professional Development would most likely be your best option. You can enroll online here:
So if I needed to take one 2hr class, do I need to purchase 1 or 2 of the $15 block hours? Or is it like one of the previous posts stated, that if I buy one $15 block hours that covers up to 10hrs of training?
I'm from MA and I need 20 training hours. I am confused about how many courses I should take. Enough to equal 20 hours?
One clock hour is equal to 0.1 CEUs, so 10 clock hours of coursework=1.0 CEUs. If they're saying training hours, those are usually clock hours, and 20 hours would be 2.0 CEUs.
3. Educators working 20 or more hours per week shall complete a minimum of 20 hours of professional
development activities per year.
A Note about Diverse Learners: At least one third of the required professional
development must address diverse learners. Diverse learners are defined as, “Children who
have special physical, emotional, behavioral, cognitive or linguistic needs or whose
primary learning modality is visual, auditory, tactile or kinesthetic, who may require an
adaptation in the environment, interaction or curriculum in order to succeed in their
program.” (606 CMR 7.02)
Professional Development for CEUs
One CEU is equal to ten EEC Professional Development hours. EEC accepts CEUs awarded by:
• Accredited colleges or universities (See http://www.ope.ed.gov/accreditation/);
• Training organizations with the International Association for Continued Education and Training (IACET)
accreditation (See http://www.iacet.org/);
• Massachusetts Association for the Education of Young Children (MAEYC) (See http://www.massaeyc.com/);
• National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) (See http://www.naeyc.org/);
• The National Coalition for Education and Cultural Programs (NCECP) (See http://www.ncecp.org/);
does this mean that this site wont count?
Our center has a subscription to CCEI. I am already registered since I took a course last July 2013. I logged in but when I register for a course it tells me I have insufficient hours.
Good morning Sarah,
Those subscriptions run for one calendar year, and your center's subscription started in February 2013. This means that the subscription expired this past February. Your center can either renew its subscription or you can enroll in a Professional Development Subscription for Individuals to access the PD Library again. For more information you can contact our Florida Admissions Representative, Johnel Everett, at 1.800.499.9907 ext. 512 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I need to take 16 hours. I have to purchase an annual subscription for $99,or only buy 12$ (11 h).
In your case, it would make more sense to purchase the subscription. For the number of hours you need, it's more expensive to buy per hour.
Do the hours/credits earned here count toward professional development for state certification renewal? Or does it vary by state? I live in AZ...
Yes, it can vary state to state, Here is the link to the State Approval Information we provide on our website for Arizona:
Is there a way to delete courses once you register for them?
Once you register for a course in a Professional Development subscription, it remains in your queue of courses to take. You can leave it there and it won't affect you since you have unlimited access to all courses, but they do not get deleted. Only the courses you complete will show on your transcript.
I am a new director in a school which has some security, but because it is in a church, there is limited access to the school area from the church side of the building. We are looking at options for making the classrooms safer, but I am also looking for any publications, information, samples of Safety protocols, how and when to call for a "lock down" of the classrooms etc. Any schools have something already written they are willing to share? Could CCEI offer any training in this area?
found this website. Hope it helps if you haven't already gotten the help you need.
Will I recieve my certificate in the mail or do I just print whats on line?
You can print the certificate online but certificate program students also receive a copy of the certificate along with their official transcript in the mailed graduate packet.
Okay Great! Thanks! This has been an awesome experience. I will continue my education with CCEI. There is a great flow with program. Very easy to understand! Thanks again!
Can I earn my Florida Director Credentials via CCEI? Or does anyone have suggestions on the best (efficient) method of obtaining it?
I wish you luck in your professional development! CCEI does not currently offer the Florida Director's Certificate Program. To find out about programs DCF will accept to meet this requirement, you will want to reach out to them: www.myflfamilies.com or 1.888.352.2842.
I am taking the online directors course. How long is the exam?
The final exam for the Director's Certificate program is 50 multiple-choice questions. If you have additional questions, please feel free to reach out to your Education Coach, Kathy Stegenga at 1.800.499.9907 ext 513 or email@example.com.
My high school transcripts
How should I know if my transcripts are received at CCEI. I didn't get any confirmation and when I called it went to voice mail plus no one ever return the call.
Good morning Rosy,
You will know because you no longer receive the message asking for your diploma and the requirement box at the top of your learning page has a green check in it. I'm showing your proof of graduation was processed on 10/29. I am not sure where you left your message but I wanted to confirm that it was received.
Hello Ms. Laura
I finish several courses and can see unofficial transcript on the web site. Can I have official transcripts mailed to me?
Good afternoon Rosy,
If you'd like an official transcript for professional development coursework, log in just as you would if you were going to take a course and click on 'Resource Center' on the blue navigation menu. Once in the Resource Center, you will click on and print the Official Transcript Request Form, and then fill it out and fax it in to the Compliance Department at 1.866.878.3608.
CCEI APPROVED OBSERVERS
HOW DO I FIND AN APPROVED CCEI OBSERVER IN MY AREA??
Once enrolled in a program that requires you to have an approved observer, you should use the Observer Qualification Verification Form to determine who might be eligible in your center or area. Anyone that meets the requirements outlined on the first page of the form can serve as your observer. That person would need to complete the form and fax it with documentation to our Compliance Department for approval.
In the event you aren't able to identify someone eligible in your area (it works best if it's someone you already know, preferably in your center) then you could contact Compliance to try to be connected with an approved observer in your area. Please note that going about it that way could require more planning and that the observer retains the right to charge you as they see fit for their services.
OK. THANKS FOR THE INFORMATION. I'LL LOOK FOR ONE.
Taking the test
If I have taken the exam 2 times and have not gotten a good score. I want to take the course again before I take the final exam. Can you do that?
What I would recommend for this exam is to slow down and read each question carefully as you try to take it again. If you are still not passing it after a couple more attempts, then you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with the course number and I can get it reset for you.
Please keep in mind as you take these courses that the end of course exams are a review of the questions and content from the course. It's best to print the handouts when they are available, take careful notes and pay close attention to the evaluation questions as you take each course so you can learn the most from each one and set yourself up for success on the end of course exam.
Difference between the fccpc & the cda?
Hi I recently started the fccpc program and im wondering should I have done the cda program insted whats the difference
The FCCPC is the state of Florida's CDA equivalent. In Florida it is viewed as a CDA. Once you complete your FCCPC, you can use your transcript for your FCCPC coursework to meet the Council’s educational requirement. So I would recommend staying in your program because you'll get your FCCPC sooner and can go for the CDA later if you'd like.
But if I went out of state it wud do me no good
I have held my CDA for over two years now . I am sure it is time to think of renewal . Please tell me what are the renewal requirements for a CDA ?
Good afternoon Lisa,
Yes, you are at a point where you should be looking at renewing (3 years and then every 5). Here is the renewal information directly from the Council's website:
New Haven Public Schools
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Bright from the start competencies
Can you please let me know what competencies the following courses provide to meet the Bright From the Start Early Care and Education Professional Development Competencies...
I need 2 hours for competencies ECE5, ECE7, SAC5, SAC7 or ADM3
When I searched the bright from the start website these courses populated my search, but they do not confirm which specific competencies I would attain.
Good afternoon MrsJ,
For any of our courses that are listed on the BTFS site or any course in our Course Catalog that is listed as a Georgia BTFS Approved Course, you can look to the course description to determine the competency area it falls under.
You can go to www.cceionline.edu, click on Course Catalog and then on Professional Development Courses. Sort for Georgia BTFS Approved Courses in Course Categories, and then the two courses you are looking up are on page 3.
The description for CCEI660 lets you know that it relates to discipline, behavior and appropriate choices/discipline techniques. The description for CCEI670 lets you know that this course relates to DAP, infants and toddlers, developmental domains, developmental theories and toy selection. You can use those descriptions to determine which competency you want to apply your hours to.
certificate vs online PD
I have taken several PD 1 hour courses online. Do the Certificate Program of Study courses, such as the Director's Certificate and Mini Certificates have the same set up as the PD classes using multiple choice assessment and quizzes; or is it based on essays and disscussion boards?
Good morning C,
Our certificate programs contain a mix of different types of courses. They contain a majority of the course type you mentioned (content course with multiple-choice assessments) as well as practical application courses. The practical application courses are 2-hour courses that ask questions related to course content and require you to submit written short-answer responses for review. The CDA, ECC and Director's Certificate Programs also contain competency statements which are written responses, written in the first person, in which you describe who you are and what you do as a competent ECE professional.
Thank you for your interest!
Annual Membership Question
With the annual membership, will I receive CEU certificates of completion for each completed class? I am looking to take about ten courses and it would be cheaper to pay for the annual membership instead of taking each class individually? Also, how many CEUs are awarded per 1 hour course? Please advise.
Yes, you get a certificate of completion for each professional development course that you finish. The certificate will reflect both the clock hours and the CEUs earned. The conversion from clock hours to CEUs is 10 to 1. One clock hour is 0.1 CEUs and 10 clock hours is 1 CEU.
Individual Annual Membership
I was just looking into the different options to purchase courses. With the 99 dollar membership how many classes do you get.
In my state I am required 20 hours a year, but I try and take around 120 hours. I enjoy the courses, and like to stay ahead when it comes to my career in childcare.
Good afternoon Christin,
The Individual Professional Development Subscription gives you unlimited access to our entire library of PD courses for a calendar year. At the moment, we have 116 courses available, most of which are one hour courses but some of which are two or three hour courses. To review the library you can go to this link: http://www.cceionline.edu/courseCatalog.cfm
Thank you for your consideration and it sounds like this would be a great fit for you.
How do I receive my transcript from CCEI?
Please let me know.
Thanks, Cindy Slaughter
Good morning Cindy,
To request a copy of your Official Transcript, you will need to log in to your FAME Learning Page. Click on Resource Center on the left-hand side of your page and then on the blue link "Official Transcript Request". Print out and complete the form and fax it in to our Compliance Department for processing (the fax number is on the bottom of the form). They will then mail you a copy.
Is there a fee for an offical transcript?
Yes, if you order a copy of your official transcript using the request form, there is a $25 transcript fee.
Autism in the Early Childhood Classroom
Having children with special needs in our classroom can present challenges that help us grow as early childhood professionals. It is our responsibility to accommodate and meet the needs of every child that enters our classroom to the best of our ability. If you've worked with children with autism in the past, what teaching practices did you find most helpful? What kinds of adaptations did you need to make and what kinds of results did you see?
I find that using didactic materials that produce kinesthetic responses from the child seem to have the best success rate,
Promoting Linguistic and Auditory Development
Early childhood is a time of explosive language and auditory development and it important to provide children with a language-rich environment and curriculum. Serving as a language model and providing language input throughout the day lay the foundation for children to develop their own language skills. What advice would you give to fellow teachers looking to provide the best language-learning environment possible for the children in their care? If you're struggling with providing a language-rich environment in your own program, what areas would you like to learn more about?
Art in the Preschool Curriculum
Art activities are beneficial for children in so many ways, especially in helping them express themselves and develop fine motor skills. While scheduled, pre-planned art activities are important and have a place in the curriculum, it is also important to offer artistic opportunities across content areas and throughout the day. Outside of the art center and scheduled art time, how do you extend art into other areas of your program? What kinds of non-traditional materials do you offer and what kinds of results have you seen?
Building Partnerships with Parents
Parents are an integral part of the learning process throughout children's lives. It is important to cooperate with them in order to build partnerships that support each child's learning and development both at home and in the center. How do you communicate with parents in order to establish these valuable relationships? What advice would you offer to other teachers looking to develop open communication and partnerships with parents?
Hi, what do you currently do? Here are some things we do:
Open door policy
Whiteboard at classroom entrance welcoming them, reminding them of upcoming events, giving important information for the day.
Invite parents to come in and read to the children in small groups at their convenience, or share a talent such as singnig, playing an instrument, teaching a few words ina nother language, cultural art, etc.
Parent conferences 3 times a year.
Intake form that asks aboout child's interests, home language, cultural considerations, etc
Field trips with almost 100% parent attendance.
Cultural pot luck dinner on November.
Greet every family at door at drop off and pick up.
Notes home (positive language)
Parent Advisory board.
(Get the book Beyond the Bake Sale.)
Could use help locating course on this site
im looking for the course PDC 111 Observation and Assesment. cant find it at all. Can any one Help. thanks
Good afternoon Mrscience,
The PDC bundle no longer exists, but you can find hours of training that used to be grouped under that bundle by searching the course catalog. Based on your interest in Observation and Assessment, you might be interested in CCEI1200, CCEI1210, CCEI1220, CCEI122, and CCEI3014. When you search, you won't find anything with PDC in the course number but you will find the courses that used to be grouped together available for the taking in our Professional Development course Catalog.
i am trying to find the NAEYC Code of Ethics training and i cant can someone help me!
I'm glad you're looking to take this course as it's full of valuable information on professionalism in ECE. Log in and click on Register for Professional Development Courses. Once you are on the "online Professional Development Courses" page, the second course listed below the new courses is CCEI059T, Principles from the NAEYC Code of Ethical Conduct.
I would like to find online course for teaching preschooler children, can you please help where I have to start? thank you
Good morning Ely,
You have two options here. If you're looking for individual courses to take, you can go to our main page www.cceionline.edu, then click on Course Catalog and Professional Development Courses. Under Course Categories, you can sort for Preschool. If you're looking for a full certificate program, the CDA program is your option. You can click on enroll now to look at your Professional Development and CDA options and to enroll online, or you can contact our Admissions Department at 1.800.499.9907 ext 544 to speak with our PA Admission Representative, Rayvn Coates.
Getting my official Transcript
Does anyone know where about on the home page i can click to get my official transcript?? please help:)
Good morning Molly,
To request an official transcript, log in just as you would if you were going to take a course. On the blue menu to the lefthand side of your screen, look for and click on "Resource Center". Once in the Resource Center, click on the blue link to the "Official Transcript Request Form". Print it, complete it and fax it to the number on the bottom of the form and we will mail you a transcript.
What Certificate Programs does this Site Provide
What certificate programs doe this website provide
Good morning DG,
You can click on the following link to get a complete list of our certificate programs. You can click on the name of any program to get a detailed description of each one.
What happened to the content area??
When I use to print off my Certificate it use to say what content area it fell into. Now when I print one off it no longer says what area. How am I to know if I'm getting enough in all my areas?
Thank you for your question. We removed the content areas from our certificates because many courses can fall into multiple areas. Our course catalog has subject area menus that can help you with choosing appropriate courses. We also encourage you to look carefully at the course descriptions, which contain objectives that will assist you with determining the subject matter that a course covers. Please feel free to reach out to our Student Services department, by email at email@example.com or by phone at (800) 499-9907, if you have any additional questions.
im looking for courses that would fall into the "Community" content area according to Maryland state dept of ed.... ideas??
How do you sign up to get your cda? When I click on current Certificate it does not have. I do not know how to add it.
Thank you for your interest in CCEI's CDA Program! To get started you can go to our website and click on "Enroll Now" or you can go directly to:
https://www.cceifame.com/oe_new/ and follow each prompt.
If you need any additional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact our Admissions Department at 1.800.499.9907 ext 523.
Once enrolled in a CDA program with us, you will get credit for any of the duplicate courses you've already taken through Professional Development.
Hi I would like to study to become preschool teacher which program that I can start first?
I am a first time user and when registering I used the promotion code for SPN102. I signed out before taking the course and when I tried to sign on again I got the message that you could only use this code once. What do I do to reset or allow me to actually take the course.
Good morning Deborah,
It's not letting you use the code again because you are enrolled for the course. All you need to do now is log in and click on "Current Courses" to begin the course. Have a great day!
I am having problems logging on it continues to say that I have no hours but the company I work for has paid for these trainings. I have also talked with tech support and nothing. What do I do?
The administrator on the account for your center needs to log on and authorize you as a user on the account. If they need help doing that, they should call Customer Support at 1.800.499.9907 ext 524.
We've sent a response to your question to your email address.
Director Certificate Renewal
Does anyone know how to go about renewing your director's certificate?
Good afternoon Jessica,
We do offer an Online TX Director's Certificate Program here at CCEI. You can look it over here:
http://www.cceionline.com/index.cfm?id=43 and you can also contact Elaine in our Admissions Department for more information. 1.800.499.9907 ext 522 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
How do I know what classes I need to take to get my cda?
Good morning Court,
The Council lays out specific guidelines for their formal education requirement for the CDA. I'm providing a link to the Council's website that outlines the requirement:
CCEI offers a variety of CDA Certificate Programs that fall in line with the Council's training requirements.
Our Professional Development subscription is provided to aid our students in meeting annual training requirements, including getting CEUs. While the coursework offered in professional development can be used toward the training for the CDA, taking courses in our PD library alone will not satisfy the formal education requirement. You can combine our professional development coursework with other trainings or you can consider a certificate program.
How do I purchase a course in order to start getting early child care credit?
Good afternoon Netts,
Thank you for your interest in learning with CCEI! To get started you can go to our website and click on "Enroll Now" or you can go directly to:
https://www.cceifame.com/oe_new/ and follow each prompt. If you need any additional assistance, please don't hesitate to contact our Admissions Department at 1.800.499.9907 ext 523.
Help choosing courses
I am working on my Infant/Toddler CDA. I need 4 more hours in Content area 6, and 6 more hours in Content area 7. Also, I need 2 more hours in Content area 4. I am having a hard time selecting courses that are in these areas. I have an over abundance in other areas. Please help!!
The objectives for each course will let you know which content area it falls under and those objectives can be found in the course description for each course. The descriptions can be found by clicking on the course number and title in the Course Catalog. You can get to the Course Catalog from our main website page or by going to:
Some of the descriptions lead me to believe they will fall into the content areas I need but when I print the certificate, it is a different area. I wish the courses actually stated what area each course falls into. Many people I know are also having trouble with this. It's quite frustrating as I have a deadline to meet.
Starting online CDA any suggestions
Hi all, I'm just starting my online CDA and was wondering if you guys had any suggestion on the best way to go about this. It's been forever since i've taken classes, let alone online classes. So any helpful hints would be great.
Congratulations on taking this next step in your professional development! Your coach has probably been in touch with you since your post but just in case, I will provide some pointers:
1. First and foremost, print the syllabus for your program, read through it, and keep it handy. It will serve as your "road map" for your program.
2. We recommend a minimum pace of 4 courses per week. That gets you to graduation in 7 months. You are allowed to do up to 6 per day and the more you do the faster your pace will be.
3. For any course that has a handout, print and use it. Your handouts are your note-taking guide for your courses and serve as your "notebook," just as you would have for in-person classes.
Most of all, if you have questions or concerns, be sure to reach out to your coach. We are here to support and assist you as you work toward your CDA. Welcome and good luck!
I took my CDA two years ago. I took mine through Northhamption Community online. It took me nine months. I suggest that you print everthing and keep a notebook with all the lessons and information in it. Not sure how close this course work is to what I took. Good Luck
Planning for Success
The new year is the perfect time to reflect on areas in which we can improve (better time management, healthier choices, more physical activity). What are the healthy habits or changes you plan to make in the coming year that might improve your teaching and/or performance at the center?
If I am enrolled in school already working on my early childhood education degree, should I bother getting my cda?
your cdayour education , of only will help you go farther in the education of young children.
the classes that are taken at childcare education institute, will they be considered toward a degree or not? are sosme of the classes the same as would be needed to apply for the AAS in child care?
Good morning Puddin,
You could possibly articulate your coursework with CCEI into college credit. For more information you can visit our Articulation Partners page on our website:
What trainings from my work would count towards renewing my CDA?? I work for Head start.
Good afternoon Patricia,
For specifics regarding the CDA Renewal Process, please be sure to visit the Council for Professional Recognition's website. Here is the link to the CDA Renewal Information page for your convenience:
Here is information on the training requirement from the page I referenced above:
"Documented proof of at least 4.5 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) or a three-credit-hour course in early childhood education/child development, principles of adult learning, mental health counseling, etc. These hours must be in addition to the original 120 clock hours required when the Candidate obtained the CDA Credential."
CCEI offers coursework in early childhood education/child development and all of our courses carry CEUs.
Promoting Wellness in Early Childhood
Promoting wellness in the early childhood environment goes beyond cleanliness and good hygiene. What tips or techniques can you share with others for promoting wellness in your early childhood setting?
how many courses?
How many courses are their to finish a CDA? I have a list that I can click on but I only have 4 more left, Will I be given more courses? The hours are not adding up to 120. I am so confused.
how long does it take to recieve a cda?
If I work at a steady pace and complete 6 courses a day? about how long will it take to finish and how long did it take you?
You can finish under 8 months or less. Good luck
Good morning Navywyfe,
As far as your coursework goes, if you were to do 6 courses per day every day you could technically finish the online portion of your program in 18 days. The pace we recommend is four courses per week which gets you done in seven months but you are more than welcome to work faster. That is the beauty of our self-paced coursework that is available 24/7! As far as the rest of the process and the timeline for actually obtaining the credential itself, you will want to visit the Council's website (www.cdacouncil.org) and read about the rest of the credentialing process. I admire your goal of obtaining your CDA and we are here to support you if you need us! Keep up the great work!
Well thank you so much, the reason I am in a hurry is because we have to re-apply for our position at work, the head start program I am working for will be on the independent school schedule. I at least would love to finish my courses and continue my education, because I love my job.
CDA content areas
I am wondering if there is a way to find out what content area a course is under before taking the course. I never know until I print the certificate.
Good afternoon vikkikeske,
You can anticipate the content area for each course by reading the course description. It discusses what content is covered in the course and that information can help you determine whether the course will fall under the content area you are looking to get hours in.
That isnt working for me. I read the description, think it will be this area, turns out it wasnt what I thought it woould be. I need 5 hours in CDA area 5. I need 7 in area 6 and 6 in CDA area 7. Any course suggestions would be great!
Creating Safe Child Care Environments
It is vitally important to provide a safe environment for the children in our care. What tips or tricks do you use to ensure that you are providing the safest environment possible in your classroom and school?
I just started the course to get my CDA and registered for PDC100 and cannot find it it says I am registered but cannot get into take the course.. HELP!!!
Once you've registered for a Professional Development course, you need to be sure you're logged in to your page and then click on "Current Courses." All courses you have registered for will be there waiting for you to take them.
Bullying in the Preschool Environment
What techniques have you used successfully to prevent or to reduce/eliminate bullying in your classroom?
I am an assistant teacher in a 2 year old classroom. And I don't want to say that we have any children that bully at that young of an age, but when there have been children that show behaviors of bullying, then we put the misbehaved and the "victim" and 2 other children together in the same small group to all participate in a fun activity. Such as; ring a round the roses, dancing, or anything that gets them active. Our main focus is to redirect them. Sometimes it works and sometimes it takes a while. We never seclude, nor allow other children to "bully" the "bully".
Excellent! Isolating or shaming a child for "bullying" or showing some signs of bullying behavior can, and often does, perpetuate the problem. Redirection is often the best way to avoid/prevent bullying with children this age. Well done!
Assessing the Signs of Child Abuse
What signs do you look for to determine if a child is being abused?
Problems in school or with peers
Sudden changes in attitude or behavior
Regressive behavior—returning to bedwetting or thumb sucking
Excessive sexual curiosity or masturbation
Unusual or explicit knowledge about sex.
Safe Nurseries for Safe Infants
What methods are used in your classroom to ensure that the nursery is safe for infants of all ages?
Observar a los niños de cerca y establecer reglas de seguridad para crean un centro seguro. Esto es parte del proceso, sin embargo, también debo tener cuidado con las situaciones peligrosas. Los juguetes, equipos, electrodomésticos, agua caliente e insumos de limpieza pueden presentar un peligro para los niños, al igual que los vehículos de centro y el propio edificio. A fin de evitar una intoxicación, debo guardar los productos químicos fuera del alcance de los niños, manejando los alimentos de manera segura, cumplo con las indicaciones de las etiquetas de los medicamentos y enseñe a los niños a no llevar a la boca cosas extrañas (plantas, líquidos y objetos).Además de limpiar y desinfectar, también hay que tener hábitos seguros e higiénicos al manipular los alimentos a fin de evitar la presencia de gérmenes y el contagio de enfermedades. Preparar y manipular alimentos con malos hábitos de higienes puede hacer que los gérmenes hagan enfermar a la gente. Además, contar con una política por escrito y cumplirla es una buena manera de que el centro de cuidado infantil sea seguro y saludable.
Wow-parece que usted mantiene un ambiente super seguro para los bebes que cuida!
The Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
What components do you believe must be present in a developmentally appropriate curriculum?
Research and new trends are continually being updated in the early childhood profession. What do you do to continue your professional development and ensure you are aware of and implementing the most current early childhood research in your classroom?
I attend conferences and scan the papers for speakers in my area. I also check out all the current educational and parent books from the public library to stay abreast of what parents are reading.
My last two favorites have been "Simplicity Parenting" and "Nurture Shock". These provide me good resources and information to use or back up what I do in the classroom.
I attend workshops/conferences each year. I do online classes, I teach other early childhood educator. With all the changes going on in ECE one can easy fall out of the loop if they do not take traning.
I am a member of local, state and national assoications and I received materials from the association to read.
I am always searching for a conference workshop, typially in the local area. I have taken several online classes. I can't get enough of reading. I subscribe to several magazines focusing on early child learning and development. Also, I look for DVDs on various topics: current educational trends, educational equipment, new teaching materials and strategies. I'm just a sponge!
Excellent! It sounds like you all find ways to stay connected and informed! As Rabbit mentioned, it's important to stay on top of new developments and research because it's easy to be out of the loop. Studying the research being done and then implementing that knowledge in the classroom goes a long way in meeting the individual needs of the children you care for.
Nutrition in the Curriculum
Nutrition is a topic that can be taught at a young age to help prevent childhood obesity. What strategies do you incorporate to help prevent the spread of childhood obesity in your classroom?
I make sure they are served the portions for their age. I personally don't believe in over feeding a child. When we give them a treat it is given in moderation. A treat is just that and not a meal.
We also do alot of dancing and running and other sorts of physical activities.
Excellent! It sounds like you focus both on nutrition and physical activity. It is important to strike a balance and look at each child's needs.
There does tend to be a push to get children to "clean his or her plate" and it is important not to force a child to eat more than they need to. On the other side, it is important to make sure that each child is getting enough to eat.
I can tell you are attentive to the children's needs and you are helping them create lifetime healthy habits!
I think that Nutrition in the classrooms is the best way to go due to the face that when kids learn the different ways to eat healthy, they then go home and teach it to the parents as well and then the whole family learns how to be healthy at home and at school. Then this stops all the greasy hamburgers and french fries as well so to all the educators keep shining and teaching tomorrows future about nutrition great job.
I agree that the children can take it home and share with the parents. It starts with one small step.
Literacy in Early Child Care
Literacy can be used across the curriculum in the early childhood classroom. How do you promote literacy in your classroom?
I promote literacy in my class reading books story everyday to the kids.
Wonderful! A few ways to bring these stories alive are to offer flannel boards to show the action of the story, have the children "act out" the story, do theme-based table activities (building bridges with different materials after reading Three Billy Goats Gruff), and have the children answer comprehension questions or sequence the storyboards of your story. Well done! Keep up the great work building literacy skills.
The Eco-friendly Child Care Environment
How do you maintain a safe healthy eco-friendly environment free from hazards in your early childhood classroom?
Please define hazards.
Hazards are anything that can present danger. Typical hazards in the early childhood classroom are access to chemicals, tripping hazards like rugs, pinching hazards (squishing fingers in doors), sharp edges, gaps in supervision, etc.
Music in Early Childhood
Research shows that music plays an important part in a child’s development. What musical elements do you use in your classroom? What effect does music have on the moods and behaviors of the children in your class?
Music in the class room is very important.It can be used during circle time ,calendar and as a quick filler.The ideal early childhood setting has an assessable ready to go music center for all to participate in randomly during free play.It also has duplicates instrument to assure there is plenty to go around.Music together, is a program that I would recommend for teachers to explore early child hood based and truly touches on all the elements through sound/rhythm/tone/instrumental/dance & expression.
I reccomend music in the classroom when working with children who are displaying negative behavior.
Curtis091, that is right! Sometimes music communicates to children in ways that speaking just cannot. Music can be soothing, calming, energizing, or set any other mood you need. Using music during transition times may help to avoid a lot of negative behavior to begin with, but when negative behavior occurs, music can be used to redirect the child to more appropriate behavior.
We have drums, pianos, shakers, and xylophones. I like to get silly with the children and just play one of the instruments and sing a song. They will watch with amusement and then join in. I have tried the soft slow music, like Mary had a Little Lamb and find children that are bored. When I put on Mr. Al or some other up beat music and ask who wants to dance and start dancing myself the children come alive. The room is filled with happier looking children. I have alot of fun with my children.
Excellent! I can tell you all bring music alive for the children and make it fun. The children are responding to this and you can use these fun songs and dances during music and movement time as well as transition times. Music will probably always be enjoyable and important to these children since you are instilling music appreciation in them at such a young age!
Music in the classroom is a must because it helps the kids to learn about different cultures and then its also important because a child learns there alphabets and numbers by listening to music and they also learn there vowels by listening to differnt sounds that the letters make as well. It also is a relaxing time for the kids as well and it can also be used for exercising and games as well.
Teaching Oral Hygiene
Teaching oral hygiene in early childhood education is more than just teaching children to brush their teeth at the appropriate time each day. What creative techniques are included in your oral health curriculum to teach this important subject?
We had a prop puppet with "huge teeth" to show proper brushing techniques & discussed the importance of taking care of our teeth & gums daily.This also included healthy drinking choices and foods that are healthy for teeth and gums.Good habits start in early childhood.
Learning To Live A Healthy Lifestyle
Learning to live a healthy lifestyle can be taught to children from their earliest years of life. What experiences do you provide for the children and the parents of the children in your classroom to help them learn to create a healthier lifestyle?
I have an outdoor living classrom. We grow our own veggies and eat them. We do exciese on a daily basic. When the parents see what the children are learning from have a garden they go home and start one for their self.
Each year I do this with my new preschooler as they start schoo.
Excellent, Ava! What a wonderful way to help children understand the importance of a healthy lifestyle. Also, growing veggies makes children more likely to eat them and it also helps them to understand where food comes from and how things grow. You are then able to not only teach children about health and nutrition, but about science as well. Keep it up!
Healthy habits start young no better place then an earlychildhood enviornment to introduce and reinforce healthy eating habits.Teaching children to make better choices and its importants.Food pyramids,activities and making it part of the curriculm.
Right, Zee! How do you accomplish those things in your classroom? Your success might help other colleagues who are struggling with bringing these concepts into their own classrooms.
Is Standardized Testing Producing a Creativity Crisis?
Is standardized testing producing a creativity crisis, or are the levels of American children’s creativity as strong as ever? Should creativity be encouraged and taught from a young age, or should today’s educators focus more on teaching content and let creativity develop naturally?
Share your thoughts around this topic and what you believe is critical to the future success of today’s children.
I believe Standardized Testing is not testing all areas of a child's intellect or achievement that is possible for a child to achieve.
Im posting from Florida and cant account for other states. Im a Director of two Headstart Centers with both located on Elementary School Grounds. For the past 5 years i have observed teachers grades K-5 teaching the children the test. This is understandable since Florida teachers are evaluated by there children test results. Two back to back low scoring years could also cost the teacher his/her job.
Now im seeing Pre-school along with Headstart centers beginning to teach the test. Pre-School children are given a school readiness test within the first thirty days of school once they enter kindergarten. By teaching the test in all grades Prek-12 causes the teacher to miss alot of important bonding with the children along with teaching morals, ethics, honesty and numerous of other characteristics thats not in text books but extremely important in life.
That is right, Curtis091! We miss out on so many opportunities as educators to reach the children and have incidental learning experiences when we are required to focus on "covering the materials" and "teaching to the test." What students walk away with is rote memorization of a bunch of information that they did not actually learn and will soon forget. The key for a masterful teacher is to meet the standardized testing requirements while still allowing for fun, creativity and exploration in the Pre-K classroom. It's difficult but doable!
I live in Up state Ny . As a substitute teacher for 15 years k-12& earlychildhood teacher along with having children of my own Standardized testing has it's place but, has become the main focus in our public schools and for teacher's.
Yes,standardized testing is important as long as it is well balanced in keeping creativity and hands on fun!motivating learning activities
that promote children to be excited about learning and not just focusing on a test
Handling Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
Although experts agree that sexual behavior is exhibited at a very young age, discussing sexuality in relation to young children can be taboo. It is important however, for parents and caregivers to feel comfortable with the topic and together work as partners in guiding appropriate behavior, while being able to identify inappropriate behavior. Establishing clear guidelines surrounding this subject and sharing them with parents is critical.
Looking for strategies on how to approach this subject with parents? Share what tips you’ve learned over the years. Or share your strategies for guiding appropriate behavior and reporting inappropriate behaviors in your classroom.
Healthy Cooking in the Classroom
What creative cooking activities have you used in the classroom? Share how you help the children in your classroom learn about healthy eating while developing fine-motor and problem-solving skills!
we made homemade applesauce the children got the chance to help smash the apples and they got to put the apples in the blender and push the button down all while being supervised by teacher, they learned to take turns and they learned that smashing the apples first would help the it be a little easier when in blender
This is an excellent activity in so many ways, Gribby! Making applesauce and other products with apples is an excellent activity to tie into themes like Fall, Fruits and Vegetables, etc. You can apply motor skills, social emotional skills (like you did with turn-taking), science skills, math skills and many more in this one activity! Excellent work and thank you for sharing this activity and what your kids got out of it.
To extend this activity, you could reserve some of the applesauce and make apple butter with it, then use the same skills and allow for fine motor practice by spreading the apple butter on some toast!
Science Curriculum in the Early Childhood Classroom
What simple materials have you used in the classroom to engage children in science? Is there an experiment that garnered wonder and excitement from the children in your classroom? Share how science has enhanced the curriculum in your classroom!
The Outdoor Classroom
As winter gives way to spring, the thoughts of both children and staff turn to the playground. Early spring is an ideal time not only to review the physical condition of your playground, but to review how you incorporate the "outdoor classroom" into your lesson planning.
What processes have you put into place to ensure the safety of children on the playground? What indoor activities have you successfully moved outdoors? Please share how you have incorporated the 'outdoor classroom' into your curriculum.
My playground is a natural living habita. I have a outdoor classroom where the children learn through the curriculum. We have a year round garden.
Most of what we can do inside we can do it outside as well. We do a daily walk around to make sure that all hazards are remove.
Wonderful, Ava! You are lucky to have access to a year-round garden and I'm glad you take "indoor" activities outdoors. What specific activities are you taking outdoors? Your experiences may be helpful for colleagues looking to do the same!
The playground is the best classroom a child can ever have because they can be free and play on the equipment and also run as freely as they want. They can also scream and shout if they want because there outside and there really no minimum there voice can be.
Art and the Brain
It is generally accepted that the arts including music and movement, dramatic play, and the visual arts should have a place in the early childhood curriculum. When touring a child care center, parents rarely ask "Why?" when they hear that their children will be engaged in drawing, painting, sculpting, dancing, or playacting activities. After all, art is fun and engaging and children like it! That is often reason enough.
What art materials or curriculum have you introduced in the classroom to encourage learning through art? Share how you have promoted discovery, development and creativity through the use of art in the classroom.
I am employed at a Air Force Base CDC, the teacher's are preparing for Art Gallery, I would like to share some of the ideas:
Colored Sand Art
Pipe Cleaner Critters.
The teacher's introduced several art activities to the parent's and explained to the parent's the Goal's for the activities, because most parent's associate Art with just painting,drawing and scribbling and fail to see/understand the benefits of art.
I think this is a wonderful way to help children work on different projects that engage both fine and gross motor development, as well as encouraging them to use cognitive skills and creativity. Also, seeing their work on display improves social and emotional skills by increasing self-esteem and pride in one's own work! Putting all of these different types of very hands-on, expressive works on display also shows parents, other teachers and the children just how much there is out there beyond the usual stand-bys of an art program. Some of these, like the Recycyled Construction, would also tie well into themes, such as Green Week or Science. Thank you for sharing!
I think this is one of my favorites parts...help the kids....like an assitant teacher....i love to prepared the project when they are enjoying the nap time.....i start thinking about the theme of the month......i use to work with babies 12-18 months and they like paint....in some childs i help them holding their little hand and i observe that for next project they have an idea what we gonna do.....they are ecxited to coloring....to glue....or do what ever the project is.....!!!!! i love to help my kids ..... in the classroom....
It sounds like you do a great job of providing meaningful art experiences and planning and organizing them ahead. Art is such a great way to work with 12-18 month olds to improve motor development and it sounds like you do a great job of working with each child!
Stress Management for Childcare Providers
You are working and playing with children - what could be more fun? Yet you feel depleted and sometimes unappreciated at the end of the day. If this sounds all too familiar you might be suffering from occupational stress! This not only affects you as the caregiver, but also the quality of care that you are able to give. In order to be successful, caregivers need to look after themselves by managing their stress and finding a sense of balance in their life.
Have you implemented a plan to manage both your stress and the stress of your students? Share how you've reduced the stress in your classroom. Or, learn from your peers and get ideas for implementing your own plan!
I usually work with four year olds, but this week, I worked with School Agers and to keep them interested and enjoying themselves, I had a student bring in a dance cd. I also treated them to some popcorn and Hawaiian Punch. I had fun watching them dance and also joined in a few times with them trying to teach me the dance steps.
Wonderful! It sounds like you avoided the possible stress associated with a new situation by preparing ahead of time and by embracing this new age group. I think a key stress-reducing tactic is to prepare yourself, your materials and your activities ahead of time (it's also helpful to have some backup plans).
A thought -if a teacher is stressed the children no matter what age pick up on that.I agree pre- pare materials and always a back up plan.It is worth taking that extra time at the end of the day to prep for the next.
this will help tremendously and will allow you to be more effective as a teacher.
I am use to working with older children. I am currently working the a toddler classroom and I sometimes feel very stressed. I enjoy watcheng them grow but here lately I am having trouble dealing with the stress of children moving up. I can usually listen to some music on my lunch break and that helps me get rid of some of the stress. I know that they are only into an activity for about 10 minutes and I am starting to run out of ideas for dealing with the everyday stress. Does anyone have any suggestions for me? I have left my current employer know that maybe I need a change of classroom. I have lasted in the toddler room for 2 years.
Melmel, I am sorry to hear that you have been experiencing stress in your current room. We all have different gifts, and you might be better suited to working with the older age group that you were more comfortable in the past. It is important for you to be the right fit for the age group and vice versa. In the meantime, being informed and prepared can prevent and alleviate a lot of stress. You can learn about the developmental and growth needs of the age group you are working with so that your expectations are realistic. You can also plan ahead how to meet those needs and keep the children engaged. Also, with any age it is vitally important that you set clear expectations for behavior, that you ensure that the children understand what is expected of them, and that you follow up with positive discipline. I would recommend approaching someone who seems to "have it all together" and ask them for advice or to be your mentor. Above all, I recommend that you find a positive outlet for your frustration, such as cooking or reading outside of school to relieve some of the pressure and renew your spirits. Remember that you are a guide and model for these children and that you are as much a gift to them as they are to you!
What can you say to a director who seems to always looks for the negative. Our director put out a paper each Monday or Tuesday whith problems that she sees or has heard from staff. never does it have a positive remark. We actually have a great preschool.It has a great reputation in our area. While we as people aren't perfect, it would be nice to hear something positive about all our hard work.
Good evening christine42,
I think it might be nice to suggest forming an "Improvement Team" for the center, focusing on all of the wonderful things that actually happen at the center and addressing areas in which your director and/or coworkers want to see improvement.
Creating a team environment in which you are all looking out for the betterment of the work environment will benefit everyone involved in your program. Also, it might be a matter of requesting a meeting with her to express your feelings. She may not be aware of how negatively she is coming off. You will not want to be on the attack, but rather start with all of the positive things you see and do, then move into how you feel. You will want to use "I" statements (this is how I feel, this is how I perceive, etc.) to express your thoughts and not go in to her office on attack-mode.
Hopefully,opening lines of positive communication and building team morale will improve your work environment and therefore the care the children receive.
Good luck and have a great evening,
Mentoring is the process of sharing one’s knowledge and experience. Formal or informal, mentoring allows for the transfer of ideas and information between employees with different levels of experience. Creating a mentoring program in your early childhood center can create a supportive environment where both mentor and mentee can benefit and enjoy personal and professional growth.
Have you implemented a mentoring program in your early childhood center? Looking for tips on implementing a mentoring program? Share how you developed and introduced the mentoring program in your center. Or, request tips from those peers who have already instituted programs.
Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom
Early literacy skills are vital to a child’s success and happiness at home, in school and eventually in the workplace. As an early childhood professional, you play a crucial role in helping young children develop their language skills. Whether you are with a child all day long or for just a couple hours, you have a tremendous opportunity (and some would say responsibility) to stimulate and foster the development of strong listening, speaking, writing and reading skills.
In what ways do you promote literacy in the early childhood classroom?
Inviting Family into the Classroom
Parent-teacher conferences can be a valuable tool for both parents and teachers. Taking advantage of this opportunity to collaborate can help parents become more involved in their child’s program and reap the benefits of creating a positive relationship with the child’s teacher.
What methods have you used to encourage Parent involvement in your program?
Movement, Play and Physical Activities
Most experts believe physical fitness is the result of practicing a physically active lifestyle. For young children, appropriate movement tasks and experiences can enhance overall body strength, bone density, and developmental functioning of the cardiovascular system.
What movement activities have you included in your curriculum to promote play and physical activity?
Music in the Early Childhood Classroom
The reasons why children should have many and varied musical experiences are numerous. Among them is the belief that children exposed to music have a greater motivation to communicate with the world, perhaps because music provides their first exposure to the existence and richness of their own culture, as well as the heritage and cultures of other people and regions. Perhaps it is because music can be a nonverbal form of communication and, therefore, can bridge the gaps among people of different backgrounds.
How are you introducing music activities in your classroom?
Movement, Play and Physical Activities
We have the hat time...we put music every one put a hat and they start dancing, jumping...i think this activity makes them to be relax and happy....
That sounds like a lot of fun! Thank you for sharing!
Inviting Family into the Classroom
My co teacher and I invite parents to make up and activity they would like to have the children participate in. We have a lot of parents do cooking projects with the children (fruit pizza, lemon sorbet - healthy food).
We also invite parents to come in (2 per month preferably) and read to the children, books that they or their children select from home.
We also ask our parents to chaperon our once a month field trip to a retirement home
All three of these activities are wonderful for involving parents while also providing learning opportunities for the children. You could also tie the first two together by inviting parents to share their home culture through food, stories and possibly wardrobe or games!
Music in the Early Childhood Classroom
I have introduced music in my classroom over the years in many ways. With the older children I have taught we have had them paint to different styles of music. I also use classical music to listen to while we are resting and taking a nap. I have used upbeat music to dance to or just played a soft instrumental cd while the children are playing at centers. I have noticed that the childrens moods change depending on the music that we listen to through out the day in the classroom.
Melmel, I love the idea of painting to different styles of music! What a beautiful way for children to creatively express what they are hearing and feeling in response to the music! I am also always pleased when I am in classrooms that use appropriate ambient music to set the mood and keep things upbeat. Thank you for sharing these beautiful ideas!
Creating a Developmentally Appropriate Classroom
A developmentally appropriate classroom is a safe, secure yet stimulating place where each child can initiate learning. It celebrates each child’s uniqueness and family background.
Let us know how you implement developmentally appropriate activities in your classroom. Post your best practice ideas that help make specific learning centers meet the needs of the children in your classroom.
Leadership in the Early Childhood Classroom
Mentoring can provide teachers with a structured and supportive entry into the child care profession. Mentors take a personal interest in their staff by guiding and helping them in their jobs. Experiences with a mentor can influence the outcome of adult learning. Please share your mentoring relationships. How important have they been in your professional development?
ITS VERY IMPORTANT CAUSE IT HELPS US TO BE MORE POWERFUL. ITS LIKE USING TWO BRAINS.MENTORS ARE EXPERIENCED SO THEY CAN ADVISE BETTER THAN US.
Professional development is a daily struggle. It requires compassion in addition to experience. It requires touching sensitive areas of a persons life. It requires you to spring forth the best possible hidden values in a human soul. It requires much love for your fellow man and for yourself. It requires one to "not be selfish", but be willing to give knowledge and inspiration where hope may have been lost.
Thank you for sharing! It is true that "two brains are better than one" and that "[mentoring] requires one to 'not be selfish', but be willing to give knowledge and insipration where hope may have been lost."
How often have we felt lost or overwhelmed in our daily lives? How often would a guiding hand or a kind word have helped us to tackle what we had to deal with? Mentors can often be this person in the lives they touch.
We as educators are constantly being educated ourselves, and what better way than by someone we cam emulate?
The mentor relationship is a tricky one to establish and maintain, as it takes so much for both participants-an open mind, a willingness to learn, and much observation on the part of the person being mentored; and patience, generosity of spirit, and confidence in one's own skills as an educator in order to be a mentor.
Does anyone have an experience they'd like to share that they have had either as a mentor or with their own mentor?
Professional development is a daily struggle. It requires compassion in addition to experience, Working in the field for 15 years is a big much
Play is Where Learning Begins.
Teachers promote learning through everyday activities. Children come to think of themselves as learners as we interact with them to impart values, tell stories, ask questions, play games, and relay messages about the world and their place in the world. What types of activities do you offer in your classroom to encourage the love of learning?
What do Parents Look for in a Child Care Center?
In today’s competitive childcare market, customer service separates the quality programs from the mediocre ones, and can often make the financial differences in increased enrollments that make quality programming possible. By giving customers “added touches” that are supplemental to quality care for their children; your center sets the stage for gaining a reputation for good customer service. What are some “added touches” that your center provides to the families you serve?
How to Spot and Help a Child in Need
In order to express their wants and needs, young children must learn how to effectively communicate with others. What are some steps teachers, parents, and other caregivers can take to facilitate a child’s communication skills?
How Does Your Garden Grow?
It's that time of the year! Time to start thinking about gardening!
What are some of the ways you have introduced gardening into your curriculum? What have you found to be successful? What have been your challenges? Please share activities that you have included in your daily classroom that use the garden in learning.
my first time that I do is prepare brefast and then sing for 1 1/2hr. then we go out side and play for 30hr
Thank you for posting to this discussion. Thank you for sharing a portion of your daily routine. Have you incorporated gardening into any of the activities you engage in with your children? Please share any of the activities you have introduced to the children in your care.
Active Learning in Early Childhood
Please refer to course CCEI122
Movement is the preferred mode of learning for young children. Active learning that combines elements of cognitive, social/emotional, and physical domains builds a bridge between mind and body. Please share how you incorporate these active learning concepts in your lesson planning. We would love to hear your creative ideas and comments!
Most of my older toddlers and young twos love to play see-saw on the capret or grass.
I taught them when they were young toddlers by sitting one child in my lap, and the other child opposite and linking their hands. All three of us did the sway of the see-saw and the little song, "see-saw." Eventually they learn to see-saw without teacher's help.
It is a great tool that touches all developmental domains. Won't you give it a try with yours?
Thank you for posting this activity teach4life. I hope everyone tries this with their class, it is a great movement activity and an informal assessment of the children's cognitive skills once they begin to repeat the activity without your assistance.
They love to make sounds.....when i show them for example a cow they love to make the sounds mooooo!!! the chiks....they love to make the sounds pio.. pio.. we have different cains of farm animals and they love to play with those....and they love to sing showing expressions with the face hands etc.....
Selecting Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum
Please refer to the related course CCEI1001- Curriculums- Do you really need one?
In your experience, how does a well implemented curriculum effect your learning environment?
The CDA Assessment Process
Please refer to the related course CCEI3001- The CDA Assessment
Share your ideas with other colleagues preparing for the CDA Assessment. How is your Professional Resource File organized? What tips can you provide for preparing and obtaining Parent Questionnaires? How long did the CDA Assessment process take for you to complete?
I actually never finished it because I did the course while I was not working in a daycare. Now I work in the public school, but in the food service. I'm waiting to find a work as teacher aid in head start or VPK so I can have my training hours, the visiting, the parents questionnaire etc...
Good! You have up to five years from your graduation date on your transcript to move forward with the Council for Professional Recognition and all of their requirements. I hope you find the position soon, and all of the process requirements are on the Council's website at www.cdacouncil.org
I'm having an interview this week for a VPK Lead Teacher position. Do you know if that count as a training for the CDA? Can they do the visit in the public school?
Thank you for the time line, I didn't' know about that.
Good afternoon Nadiutta,
The CDA Training requirement is specific to formal education. You need to have documentation of approved training (such as our online coursework) in order to meet their 120 hour requirement. Interviews and other experiences wouldn't count as formal education. Did you complete your online CDA Program with us? If so, you've already met that requirement. If not, you might want to consider re-enrolling to finish. You must have the training complete before moving on to the other steps.
As far as where the visit can be, once you have applied to the Council for a Verification Visit and you hear from the representative, you can decide on a mutually agreeable meeting location.
Good luck with your credentialing process and your interview!
Thank you, yes I finished the National CDA with this website, but then I received a long list of more things to do....
So if I get that job then I'll request the Application Form from the CDA Council and will do everything else..
Great! Good luck with the job and your CDA credentialing process!
Waiting to be able to take my final exams. Only thing is I am no longer working in a classroom. I am thinking it will be difficult to obtain parent questinaires if I am not in a classroom.
Not to sure about my cometency statements either. I first obtained my CDA 20 years ago. What is required for the professinal portfolio is a little different. 20 years ago we had someone here on site helping us with it. Hard for me.
I am ta
Grammy, I would love to have somebody here on site to tell me what to do....
I'm still not working...
Hi I need to renew my CDA can I use these courses to do that and if I pay for the annual membership can I take as many courses ads I want??
MayMay, you can definitely use our CDA Renewal Program to meet the Council's Training Requirements for the CDA Renewal. You can contact one of our Admissions Representatives to discuss your options! 1.800.499.9907 ext 523.
Nadiutta, you can complete your coursework with CCEI without currently being in the center, but one of the Council's Eligibility Requirements for pursuing your CDA Credential is 480 contact hours working with young children in a licensed setting within the last five years, and you must be working in a center when applying to the Council.
For more information on their requirements, you can go to their website: www.cdacouncil.org or give them a call: 1.800.424.4310. The first step, however, is to gain employment. You cannot apply for or go through the Verification Visit until you are employed in a center. Good luck!
Grammy, I apologize-the information I just posted for Nadiutta was for you as well. Good luck!
Hi, I have been a substitute teacher for over 15 years and have worked for 18 months in a pre k and daycare setting.I also am enrolled in your in your course program.
My question is, once i finish my courses can that
then get transfered into your CDA selflearning courses?
That your institute provides.I am a pre-k and daycare and daycare assistant and know I have over 450 hours.
Once I finish my online 120 proffessional developement courses.Will I recieve a certificate.
where can i get a cda
where can i get a cda
"and you must be working in a center when applying to the Council"
Somebody on this website when I called for information, told me that I could do the classes the same, even without being working at that time.....But now I see.....They just got my money for the classes and now I'll never found a job for the requested hours of experience before the 5 years. So then if I want to apply I will have to re-take the classes again...
Good morning Tina,
We offer training that meets the formal education requirement (the first step in the Credential Process laid out by the Council for Professional Recognition) for earning your CDA. If you do not yet have the 120 hours of formal education complete, you can contact our Admissions Department and they can discuss your options with you. You can call 1.800.499.9907 ext 523.
If you have already completed the formal education component of the CDA process, then you will need to contact the Council directly for your CDA Candidate Application Packet. Their number is 1.800.424.4310.
We are proud of you as you seek to increase your own professional development and hope to be of service to you as you work toward your credential!
Good morning Naduitta,
I apologize for any confusion that you may be experiencing, but there are two requirements that we need to discuss here. I hope to clarify these requirements and the CDA process for you.
Yes you are able to take the coursework if you are not currently working in a center. So you were able to pursue the educational component of your credential and gain professional development as you searched for a job. You are able to complete the educational component of the credentialing process with us without being currently employed. You have up to five years from your graduation date to take your coursework to the Council. Having 480 hours of contact with children and currently working in the center is a Council requirement, not a CCEI requirement.
So you have the educational component taken care of and now have documentation to that effect-this is a wonderful first step! It is a reflection on you and your professionalism that you took this first step that many employers might appreciate as you look for a job.
Once you complete the 120 hours, how long do you have to do the center work with children. What happens if your center is not licensed because you are under a public school system?
Good afternoon Knowledgeable! In order to move forward with the Council for Professional Recognition to pursue your CDA Credential, you must have 480 hours working with young children in a licensed childcare setting within the last five years. Also, when you apply to the Council for Professional Recognition for the Verification Visit and when they come our for the visit, you must be employed in a licensed childcare setting. For more information on setting requirements, you can visit the following link on the Council's website:
For any additional questions regarding setting, you will want to contact the Council directly at 1.800.424.4310.
Who is the advisor that completes the CDA Assessmant Observation instrument?
Good evening Creator!
You select your advisor based on the Eligibility Requirements outlined by the Council. I am posting the link to the CDA Advisor information on the Council's website: www.cdacouncil.org
You can look over the requirements and select someone you know based on the information found at: http://cdacouncil.org/CDA_ADV.htm
We at CCEI wish you much luck and success as you continue in your CDA credentialing process!
I am wondering what do I need to do to begin an online course for my CDA Assessment for infant care after which I could get a position in La Petite Academy on 98th Ave which is in my backyard.
I am presently unemployed and decided to re-train into an Online Course for ChildCare....preferable in infants. I have three grandchildren and have taken care of them on a constant basis. At present, I am taking care of my 3 Yr Old granddaughter all day. I also take care of a 6 yrs old after school which includes homework etc. I have also taken care of another granddaughter during her infant days and on occasionally when she is sick she will come for a day or two.
Do let me know the cost and the length of the course. I have worked for over 33 years in the business world and decided that since I cannot find a position anywhere that this field would be very rewarding.
I already have my Credentialing as a level 3 teacher. I also have my BS in education. In order to go to a level 4 (Maryland) I need 12 hours in community and 5 hours in special needs course work. I have taken, and enjoyed, the 5 course hours in special needs. What courses should I take for community. I love this site for it's information and ease of continuning education, especially with a family to raise.Thanks or any help you can offer.
Congratulations on continuing your development as an early childhood professional and thank you for your kind words about our coursework!
In order to be sure Maryland will accept your hours for their "community" requirement, I recommend you get in touch with someone in licensing and present them with the course catalog on our website. They can review the courses we offer and let you know which ones they would accept to meet that specific state training requirement.
Keep up the wonderful work and good luck in all of your continuing education!
I bought an annual subscription this week to take courses for my CDA. I currently have 34 hours I believe. But reading some of these posts it appears I need to enroll in an actual CDA program - or is this a way for you to make more money off those of us in the field that pays so little?? I have been in this field over 22 years and was licensed thru the USAF (we were required to complete the same modules - but at time USAF did not give us our CDA for all the work they required). I cannot afford $800 for classes. I live in TX and there is never a grant or financial help for CDAs. My goal this week was to finally finish and earn my CDA by end of this summer - this is something I have been trying to achieve for years. Now it looks as if this will not work and I blew $99. Can I finish the CDA without the online CDA program?
Good evening Sherry,
There are not enough courses in the Professional Development Library you subscribed to that meet the specific training requirements set forth by the Council for Professional Recognition. The Professional Development Library and subscription were designed for people to meet continuing education/CEU requirements (often to meet annual training requirements).
The good news is that any courses that also occur in our CDA Program that you've already taken in Professional Development can transfer into your program so you don't have to take them twice. Also, you might want to find out from our Admissions/Accounting Department whether you could get a $99 credit to count toward your CDA Program with us and then you would not be starting from scratch and you would know you were getting training that meets the Council's requirements.
Have a great weekend!
I emailed Admissions this psat weekend and have yet to hear anything back on the tuition issue as mentioned in the above posts. Any idea how long it takes to get an answer back from them? Sorry if I sound I am in a hurry - but have been trying to complete my CDA for so long I want to meet my goal.
hello, I have a question. I have taken my cde course in a classroom setting but was with drawn from the program b/c I missed 2 days. I didnt get to finish my last cycle, and now its to hard to go back to school. I was wondering if I could pick up were I left off online here with your school. I have all my hours(2000+). Can you please help. thsnk you
I have a question, once I take the final exam course, will I still have acces to my account?
Yes, you will have access to your program for a year after your graduation. This will give you time to go back and review as well as retrieve any work/responses that you might need later (like your competency statements).
I would like to know what courses you recomend to do for Tools and strategies for data collection?
Good afternoon Windixie,
Courses can can prepare you for collecting data (of various kinds) would be our marketing courses or our assessment courses. It depends on the type of data you are looking to collect. If you want data on improving your center/administration and staying competitive in the market, our marketing courses would be great for you. If you're looking for data on staying responsive to the developmental needs of each child within your program, then the assessment courses would be ideal. Go to our Course Catalog on the main webpage (www.cceionline.edu)and you will see a thorough list of our courses along with descriptions to help you decide.
Hello-It took me about 3 months to complete my CDA. This is my second renewal. I am also an CDA Advisor as well.
Yeah! I finshed the online CDA course! It was tough, especially when you work and still have a family to take care of. I almost thought I wouldn't make the deadline, but I made it with the help of God.
Now, I'm not too sure what comes next but I believe it's filling out an application and having my supervisor finshing up her observation of me. Once that's taken care of, it's time for the big part....the oral & written exam, along witht the viewing of my resource file and parent questionaires. I'm all set with my resource file and parent surveys, but I wonder how long I have to wait for a test date. Also, how do I know if I have enough ECE credits as well?
Anyway.... to those that are trying to climb that ladder by attaining a CDA, stay in there and try to stay focus. I know it may seem difficult but any extra time you get, try to use it to work on your studies. I wish everyone well!
Congratulations and thank you for encouraging everyone else to continue with their own professional development, NikkiDominique!
As far as your questions regarding the time line with the Council for Professional Recognition once you apply for your verification visit, you will want to contact them directly at 1.800.424.4310. It sounds like process-wise you are right on track, but you can always feel free to refer to the Council's website for information regarding their process: www.cdacouncil.org.
Regarding your ECE credits, you are eligible for up to 26 quarter-hour credits since you took the College Credit Eligible CDA Program. The number of credits you are granted by the institution you transfer them to and whether they are "enough" depends on the institution you are looking at or what requirements you are trying to fulfill.
I work as an Assitant Teacher right now and I have always been wanting to get my CDA. My question is since I do not really have the money for this course right now is would I be able to pay the school off as I go, or does my job pay for it as a scholarship.
Good morning Sammi,
Congratulations on looking into taking this important step in your professional development! We have many CDA program options and I recommend that you contact our Admissions Manager to discuss the option(s) that would work best for you. You can email or call: email@example.com or 1.800.499.9907 ext. 523.
Once the course is completed do I take the test or is there some sort of interview happening?
Good morning Robin,
In order to answer your question I will need more information. Are you talking about being 100% in your coursework with us and taking your final exam for your online program, or are you talking about being complete with your entire program and taking the exam with the Council Representative? Feel free to call or email and I'd be more than happy to discuss the process with you:
1.800.499.9907 ext 538
I plan on volunteering my time at my church's preschool in order to obtain my 480 hours of professional experience. When I apply to the council, it is ok that I am only a volunteer and not a paid employee?
Good morning Serissa,
You'll want to reach out to the Council for Professional Recognition directly to discuss your situation with them and make sure that your hours will meet their professional experience requirement. You can call the Council at 1.800.424.4310.
Does working in the child's individual home count toward the 480 hours of contact with children? I am not working in a Center but self employed and go to the child's home to provide child care services. I secure 100% of my child care positions through care.com. I am currently completing the educational component of the CDA. I understand teh 480 contact hours is a Council requirement and not a CCEI requirement.
Thank you in advance!
The 480 hours of experience need to be professional experience in a group setting. To find out whether you might be able to use your hours (or possibly submit a waiver) you would want to contact the Council directly. You can either visit their website at www.cdacouncil.org or call them at 1.800.424.4310.
I completed the online CDA courses almost two years ago. I work in an area that involves a community center and aquatics program for children. The programs are not recognized by county, etc. Is there a way I can complete my CDA with working with the children in these areas? I am very involved in program planning, etc.
How many CEU's do in need to renew my CDA?
Good morning Donita,
Here is the Council's page outlining all of the CDA Renewal requirements:
You need 4.5 CEUs (45 clock hours) to meet the education requirement. Feel free to reach out to our AR Admission Representative to discuss your training options. 1.800.499.9907 ext 544 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What courses do I need to take for my CDA on this website?
Thank you for your interest! We have various options for getting your CDA. You can explore them all here:
http://www.cceionline.edu/certificateCatalog.cfm or you can contact our Admissions Department at 1.800.499.9907 est 523.
If you were looking at our Professional Development library, it is offered to help people get CEUs and meet other continuing education or professional development requirements. It does not stand alone as a source of CDA training but you would be able to combine your PD training with other training to get the minimum 120 hours in the six competency areas that the Council requires. Any PD coursework you take with us that is also in your program would automatically transfer into your CDA certificate with CCEI should you enroll.
Encouraging Parent Participation
Please refer to the related courses CCEI520 & CCEI520P1 – Parent Communication and Family Involvement.
Good communication between parents and caregivers in the early childhood setting is very important. Good communication can encourage the parents to get involved with events at the child care facility, which is a benefit for the children. According to the National Parent Teacher Association, parent’s involvement in their children’s school has a positive effect on the children’s self-esteem. How do you help to include working parent’s in your school activities?
encourage the parents to get involved, send home notes and keep them up to date on things that are happening with their children's school activities
It is good to learn from parents, and make sure it it not a one way street- they know a lot about their child in settings we do not share; when is their child most tired during the day? what are the signs of tiredness? what if any changes have happened in the home (good or bad, little or big) so we can be aware of them? ( rearranging the furniture at home can be a big change to some kids!) and these changes often spill over into behavior at the program.
It's good to communicate with the child's parent. Why, because you can learn great ideas from your parents as well as the ideas you already have it will be good to put two and two together.While talking to a parent about there child or children it's always good to say positive things as well as saying things that the child does in the classroom area. It is also good to motivate the parents to come into the classroom area to see what the child is doing that will motivate the child to do even better.
Preparing for a Licensing Visit
Please refer to the related course CCEI959 – Legal Issues for Directors
Early care programs must comply with many state and federal laws. Specifics may vary from state to state so it is important to become aware of your state’s regulations. Children’s safety is generally handled by licensing. Licensing includes many areas. It may include staff qualifications, safety, teacher/child ratios, social services, sanitation, health services and nutritional services. What is your biggest struggle in preparing for a licensing visit?
yes why not
well for this year state has not come yet but the things we are trying to get together is our paperwork. From sleepcharts to immunizations and physicals. We have everything but sometimes when we enroll kids quickly you kind of slip over it.
We are preparing for a state visit coming in May. We are basicaly getting together our calssroom portfolios right now. Its fun!!!
The biggest challenges are admitting that your program is deficient in whatever area(s), fixing the issues, and then educating all of your employees about what was wrong and how you plan to fix it so that it doesnt happen in the future (especially when they have the "but we've always done it like that" mentality.
As a lead teacher, I have worked with different co teachers for ratio purposes.
Most coteachers I have had come in with an attitude that they know it all. But they don't!
You would be surprised to know that I have seen bleach for the diaper table used to clean a table after lunch, while the children are sitting down. As soon as I saw it, I stopped it, of course! (The bottle is marked DIAPER TABLE ONLY!)
This is only one the sorts of problems I fear during our assessment.
Thank you for posting to this discussion. I understand how frustrating it can be to work with someone who does not necessarily follow proper procedures or processes in the center. I do encourage you to express the importance of upholding the proper procedures and policies to your co-teachers. You can inform them of their responsibility if they do not adhere to providing quality child care, which includes everything from following the routine of your classroom all the way up to upholding the requirements of any center accreditation your center may have earned.
We are currently preparing for a licensing visit. Our past director recently resigned and I have stepped into the interim role as I complete my CDA. The toughest thing I have come across is fixing things that were left undone. I found a staff person with no file!! How do you fix that?
The hardest task i have with preparing for a licensing visit is getting my parents to make sure that their child's folder is up to date.
It is really tough to "clean up" after someone else and unfortunately you have to do this while satisfying your CDA requirements. The only thing you can do about the teacher's file is to have the teacher collect all of the documents required. If there is information you need to have documented from the time the previous director was active, you will need to back track as much as possible and get the file updated. If you have a person you can place in charge of file inventory, this will be help to free you up from a paper chase and you can check in with that person on a weekly basis. I wish you the best and I hope your visit goes off without a hitch!
Getting parent participation can be tricky. One tip I can offer is to tie some type of incentive or make a friendly competition to complete the task, in this case updating the child's file. Perhaps, you can highlight the parent(s) who have an updated file and feature them in an area of the classroom visible to all of the parents or in a class/school newsletter. Before you know it, you will have parents coming to you with all the info you need to complete their child's file.
Healthy Bodies and Growing Minds
Please refer to the related courses CCEI 530A, 530B, 540B, 540C, & 550
Providing healthy meals and snacks in the childcare setting is a great way to encourage children to form lifelong good eating habits. Cooking is a very enjoyable activity for most children and a wonderful window of opportunity for both teaching and learning. Please share some of your fun recipes and cooking activities.
Cooking is enyoyable activity for some of the kids. They love pasta and pancakes,and other healthy foods.
Thanks for sharing Ruth!
Here is recipe that is tasty and very easy to make. You can also turn this into a science lesson as liquid will be turned into solid.
(Adult Supervison is Must)
Perfect Peachy Freeze- Serves: 3
Serving size: 4 oz. (1/2 cup)
1/2 c. milk
1 c. sliced peaches (they can be either fresh or canned)
1 tsp. sugar
ice cube tray
1.Pour the milk into an ice cube tray and freeze until solid.
2.Pop the "milk cubes" out of the tray and put them into the blender. Then put the peaches and sugar into the blender.
3.Put the lid on the blender and blend on high speed until everything is all mixed together and very smooth.
4.Pour your Perfect Peachy Freeze into serving dishes and serve right away.
65 Calories, 2g protein, 0g fat,15g carbs, 1mg cholesterol, 25mg sodium, 53mg calcium, 0.3mg iron
the health is very good
the healthy body is need to exelent food and exercise for development of the child
When I was working in a daycare I was in the kitchen. And I tried my best to give more healthy food to the kids. For example instead of precooked chicken patties I start ordering fresh chicken breast. I sliced them and bake them in the oven.
Or instead of french fries (the frozen one) I start ordering fresh potatoes. Which I would have boiled or roasted with some herbs.
The owner was also very happy about the kitchen budget! ;) Fresh food cost less than processed food.
That's great! Sometimes it is easy to get stuck in the mindset that fresh always equals expensive. As you have pointed out, that is not always the case! The closer we can get to the natural state of the food item, the healthier it is for the children. It is a matter of doing some research and price-comparing. You might be pleasantly surprised to find out just how many fresh items you can fit into your budget!
children grow into healthy body and minds by physical activies such as walking,climbing,running,kicking,jumping these activies make them feel good about them self and about there growing ablities.they also need to learn new skills in thinking and talking quality care means developmental care that help children develope their mind and healthy place.
Right, Ada! Children are natural movers and they learn by exploring their world with all five senses. It is important to allow children to explore as they develop physically and learn all that their bigger and stronger bodies can do! A healthy body and healthy mind go hand-in-hand and it sounds like you make a point to nurture both. It sounds like you do all that is developmentally appropriate to support their physical and cognitive development. Keep it up!
Science Center Activities
Please refer to the relate course: CCEI440 – Sensational Science
For young children, developmentally appropriate science is the discovery of information through the exploration of real materials. Children learn by touching, tasting, feeling, seeing and hearing the world around them. Please share the Science Center Activities that have been successful in your classroom.
Learning Centers in Your Classroom
Please refer to related courses: CCEI450A Launching Learning Centers in Your Classroom, CCEI 450B Liven up Your Learning Centers
By including learning centers in the classroom, where materials are grouped together to encourage play and exploration, children’s activities become more meaningful to them.
Common Learning Centers Include: Art, Book, Listening, Music and Movement.
A favorite is the Block Center! Please share your experiences with adding new materials and enrichment activities in the Block Center.
Please refer to the related course CCEI 660- Supporting Appropriate Choices: The Preschool Teacher and Classroom Discipline.
Discipline is a word that means to teach. It is a positive means of setting limits that leads to a child developing self-control and responsibility.
Some Positive discipline strategies include: Distraction, Redirecting, Setting Limits and Positive Reinforcement.
Please share your experiences and helpful tips for guiding children towards appropriate choices in the preschool setting.
I recently had an experience where someone was using a stoplight and moving kids from green to yellow to red when they did not behave. I do not believe this is good positive discipline. The teacher has changed the system, gotten rid of the stoplight, and now the children earn points when they are seen exhibiting good behavior traits.
Author Ken Blanchard tells us that the best way to positively change behavior is to "Catch someone doing something right". Blanchard's premise is a perfect example of Positive Reinforcement. A direct and focused acknowledgment of good behavior helps children understand what is correct. In addition, the happy feelings associated with the good behavior leaves the child wanting more compliments and results in the negative behavior diminishing.
Whenever I can, I try to develop a closer relationship with my children by talking, reading, hugs, encouragement, asking questions, etc., so that if a problem ever arises, I have already cemented a relationship. From there, I can get closer to what is really bugging the child that day....Is he/she tired, hungry, wants to be alone, bored, needs to play outside, needing a hug, etc.
When you invest time with a child in a positive way before there is ever a discipline problem, you can expect the outcome to be smoother and have better results.
Has anyone else found this kind of interaction to help?
Re: Positive Reinforcement
I like the method of teach4life. Its a wonderful one to do with kids.Being a human we all need love and love makes everything work smooth and long lasting. I love my kids very much and they do what ever I want. I do what they want and play in a way with them where I teach them the rules and regulations as well as discipline them.If I give them a lecture they forget but teaching them in a play way method they remember and get practiced and finally it becomes a habit.
You have all made valid points and shared wonderful insights into the value of positive discipline for the development of young children. I agree that forming and maintaining strong relationships is a vital part of any meaningful teacher/student relationship, and that this relationship can promote positive discipline in the classroom.
In using positive discipline, we are attempting to guide the child toward appropriate choices and behaviors. It makes complete sense that we would guide them toward positive choices by focusing on positivity ourselves! I enjoyed the citation from Ken Blanchard about catching someone doing something right. We need to seek out and reward positive actions and outcomes in our classrooms.
One powerful tool is to review your classroom rules or limits. Are they stated in terms of the behavior that is expected? Are they stated positively? Or are they a "laundry list" of what not to do? Maybe your first step toward positive discipline can be to reword any negatively phrased rules in a positive manner. Instead of "No running", how about "We walk in the classroom"?
Does anyone else have any techniques, tips, or insights to share with the rest of the group?
This is the first year in a long time that we have had to use a behavioral chart in the classroom. The one that we use is similar to the "stop light" MSC mentioned above. We use the colors green, yellow, orange and red. Everyone starts off on green everyday, you get one warning then it's on to yellow, then orange and a time out, if it gets to red then it's a talk with parents. I work with 4&5 year olds, and this year they are a very young bunch of 4's. We have 3 children that have special needs that no one wants to "label" so it is hard to know how to address the behaviors. Are they just behavior issues? We don't know. We try to "let go" and let one do or not do as he chooses(we were advised to do this) but what about the other 19 that also want that choice. And by choices I mean walking around with as little clothing as he chooses. Music and movement time he just wants to crawl around between his friends legs. When he sees something he wants he takes or shoves or has even bitten for the item. We are trying to reward good behavior in hopes that he notices and will want to choose good behavior. "I like the way Johnny and Suzie are building with blocks together.." "Thank you Joey for cleaning up your snack things" The other two are, stated only by the parents, have aspergers and one ADHD which I believe there is more than just the ADHD.
Grammy, it sounds like you are trying to handle a difficult situation the best you know how. It's hard enough to balance everyone's wants and needs in the ECE classroom, but now you have some new members of the class that require additional accommodation.
I do have a website and some resources that can help you with the social and emotional development aspect of these behaviors. If you go to www.vanderbilt.edu/csefel/, you will find resources and links, including a section called Book Nook with a recommended book and handouts on Social Emotional Teaching Strategies from The Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning. If you create activities throughout the day based on themes, it will lend a comforting continuity to each day while also teaching key social-emotional development concepts. It will most likely take time for any of these concepts to take hold, but creating a routine and a cohesiveness of concepts throughout the day could teach him the "survival skills" they need to get through each day.
Rewarding positive behavior, as you mentioned you do, is another good tool. I once heard "catch them doing good"-notice them doing something positive when they weren't prompted to do so, praise them out loud, and offer a reward. That way, the students know that not only are you watching, but that you're seeking out ways to acknowledge their good behavior. Also, try to befriend the child, getting close enough to start a dialogue if possible. Communicate to this child that he is a valued member of the class, that you are glad he is here, and that you want him to be happy and learn. On Monday When It Rained by Cherryl Kachenmeister is a great book for introducing and discussing feelings with the class. His behavior might be stemming from a feeling of lack of control: give him a "task" or two to do every day. His behavior might be stemming from lack of self-esteem: focus activities for a week or more on confidence and self-esteem. He might have tension and stress at home that manifests itself in the behaviors he presents at the center. Building trust and opening a dialogue will go a long way in getting to the root of his difficulties.
You'll just want to be careful not to slip into the role of "diagnostician"-you're not there to "figure it out"-you're there to work with the child, and if there are red flags, to report them to the administration and possibly the parents. You are this child's ally and friend, and as daunting a task as it may seem, I know you can do it! The simple fact that you're concerned enough to post here shows how much you care!
I have done many different things to control behavior in my classroom. I work in preschool and I had one child who, no matter what we told him to do, he would do exactly the opposite and we figured out that always correcting him was doing nothing. My center doesn't not allow us to use rewards for good behavior, so I asked me boss if I could use a reward chart for him , only I would ask the parents to provide the reward. We did that. His reward was he was only to bring home our classroom bunny for a weekend. Within 3 days, the behavior problems all but vanished and he is well on his way to bringing the bunny home.
I also catch children doing what they are supposed to do and compliment them and I very quickly have 16 children doing the same so they can get the compliment as well.
I have very loving relationships with all my children and that can help behavior issues as well as inhibit. I say this because some children will try and use that relationship to push their boundaries. I am not saying you shouldn't have close relationships with your children, but we weary because the little ones can be sneaky sometimes =)
These are excellent suggestions for people who find themselves in more restrictive environments like your center! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful ideas, CMHALL!
Please refer to the related course CCEI 700: Planning an Early Childhood Environment that Promotes Creativity.
As Early Childhood Professionals we provide an environment that supports creativity in young children. Themes are main topics or ideas which classroom activities are planned. They help provide creative opportunities for the development of learning skills.
Please share your favorite themes. We would love to hear your creative ideas and comments.
My Favorite Theme was Dirt
The activities that we learn from that was what lives in dirt. Things we also learn what can grow in dirt. We also ate worms and watch the movie How To Eat Fried Worms.... The kids loved that love making mud pies growing plants etc..........
Dirt is a wonderful theme Teresa! It opens up so many discussions for science, and gets children involved in a hands-on way in the world that surrounds them! Your activities sound great! Another fun one for children is to make edible "dirt":
Either as a class or on your own as prep time, prepare chocolate pudding and divide into enough individual portions for each member of the class.
Top the chocolate pudding with either chocolate wafer crumbs or crumbled chocolate cake, and then top each one with a few gummy worms.
Now each person in the class will have their own cup of dirt to enjoy, and the conversation about dirt can move further. You can expand it into dirt making mud, worms living in dirt and what they do for the soil, etc.
Great job and thank you for your insightful post!
I was wondering if any one know if we are to write a lesson plan for a week or just write about the process of writing a lesson plan in chapter 18?