Volume 10, Issue 1

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Organizational Skills are Good for the Mind   

This time of year, most everyone can stand to do a little organizing in some area of their lives. Whether or not you need a major New Year's resolution to keep you on track, surely there is something (desk drawers, computer files, email inbox, daily schedule, pantry, closet, etc., etc) that will make your life easier and less stressful if you can just get it organized!


Don't worry, the point here is not to lecture you or make you feel guilty or unworthy because of that cluttered closet. Your closet is your business, but as an early childhood educator you should recognize the important role organizational skills play in healthy cognitive development. Think about the cognitive skills you use when you "organize" something. Whether you are organizing your closet or a committee of colleagues or parents, you are applying your brain's Executive Functions, which include working memory, reasoning, cognitive flexibility (the ability to switch between thinking about two different concepts), problem solving, planning, and execution.


Young children do not have highly developed executive functions, so it is very important to set appropriate expectations. At the early level, executive functions begin with activities such as classifying, sorting, and categorizing. Organizational skills will develop over time, as children gradually build the cognitive skills that make organization possible, as well as the social/emotionally understanding of how organization can make life easier and more fun.


Ultimately, the big question is whether or not it's appropriate to focus on organizational skills in young children. Young children should spend most of their time playing, because that is how they learn best, and they don't need to be concerned with keeping all the crayons categorized by color family or all the toys sorted by theme. "Cleaning" the play area (i.e., getting the stuff off all the floor) does not necessarily need to equate to "organizing" the play area every time.


But here's a funny thing about young children: often, it is much easier to get a child actively and even enthusiastically involved in the clean-up process if you introduce an activity based on some organizational skill. For example, ask them to pick up all the green blocks first, or see who can sort everything the fastest. This turns clean-up time into playtime, while at the same time promoting the very skills children will use in the future. Academic and career work depends on good organization.

CCEI Introduces Infant-Toddler Certificate

CCEI is proud to announce the introduction of the Infant-Toddler Certificate to the catalog of online certificate programs of study.

The CCEI Infant-Toddler Certificate program of study provides 45 clock-hours of professional development needed for early childhood professionals providing care for infants and toddlers. This program grants 4.5 IACET CEUs upon successful completion. For a limited time only, the providers enrolling in the CCEI Infant-Toddler Certificate can save $100! Upon program enrollment use promotion code INFANT15 to take advantage of the savings. This offer is valid through January 31, 2015.

New Course from CCEI Covers Conflict Resolution in the Child Care Environment

CCEI is proud to introduce GUI102: Conflict Resolution in the Early Childhood Environment to the online child care training course catalog

This course offers strategies and practices for addressing and resolving a wide variety of social, emotional, and behavioral conflicts likely to arise in the early childhood environment. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to define character education, demonstrate an understanding of strategies for promoting resiliency, and identify strategies for reducing and responding to aggressive behaviors, including biting and bullying.

Mary Annthipie Bane
Leonardo, NJ

Congratulations to Mary for completing over twenty-five courses with CCEI! 


Mary began her career in early childhood education twenty years ago by working in a fitness center child care program. She holds an Associate's Degree in ECE, a Bachelor's Degree in Christian Education and a Master's Degree in Christian Education. Mary enjoys spending time with the children in her care during circle time each morning, while art and literacy are her favorite activities to share with the children. She is motivated by sharing the joy of learning and exploring with her preschoolers. She says, "I love my job as a prekindergarten teacher which allows me to guide each child as they make new connections and reach developmental milestones."


In her free time, Mary enjoys spending time with her family. She also enjoys writing, art, reading, cooking, and hiking! She plans to continue taking courses with CCEI, and is currently enrolled in a program to earn a Bachelor of Science Degree in Early Childhood Education. In addition, Mary plans to continue her classroom teaching and become a CDA Professional Development Specialist. Mary recommends CCEI to everyone and exclaims, "I cannot say enough about how much I have loved studying the courses at CCEI and recommend it to everyone who is an Early Childhood Education professional. As a prekindergarten teacher I rely on the things I have learned from CCEI and look forward to my continued studies."


Congratulations, Mary! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!  

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Online CDA Coursework
CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs of study meet the clock-hour training requirement of The Council for Professional Recognition, which is needed in order to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. CCEI's CDA Certificate programs focus on the six CDA Competency Goals established by The Council and contain the required hours in each of the eight specified content areas.

Online Director Programs
CCEI offers several online programs for directors including the Online Director's Certificate and
Director's Certificate Renewal, Georgia Director's Certificate, Texas Director's Certificate and Texas Director's Certificate Renewal, and Florida Director's Certificate Renewal. These programs provide the professional development required for early childhood professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in the management of a child care center. Each student receives support from an Education Coach (EC) and CCEI's Customer Support Help Desk.

CCEI Early Childhood Credential 

The CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) is designed to give a basic framework of early childhood theory and application through online content-based coursework, reading assignments, practical application exercises, essays, parent interviews, classroom observation and oral and written exams. The instructional units and the 180 hours of coursework cover major topics in early childhood education including the Principles of Child Growth and Development; Safe, Healthy Environments; Social and Emotional Development; Motor, Language, and Cognitive Development; Principles of Child Assessment; Program Management, Families, and Professionalism. The credential awards 18 IACET CEUs, and is recognized by NAEYC to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways for directors to achieve educational qualifications. The ECC is a clear pathway toward higher education and raising the knowledge and skills of the early education workforce. Holders of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that require a minimum of a CDA or other certificate. Graduates of CCEI's Early Childhood Credential (ECC) will have met all training, portfolio, and observation requirements of the national CDA Credential and only need to complete the Council's exam at a PearsonVue testing center to finalize the CDA Credential application process.The ECC is an expanded program that incorporates the other CDA required elements such as the formal observation and portfolio creation.


CCEI coursework is eligible for college credit through articulation with one of CCEI's articulation partners, and has received college credit recommendations by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), which has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider college credit recommendations. Contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907, or visit the ChildCare Education Institute website for more information or to enroll online.


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