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New Year, New Goals  

It can be difficult to set aside time for planning and scheduling amid all the challenges and duties within the childcare setting. This time of year, almost everyone can stand to do some organizing in some area of their lives. Whether that includes a major New Year's resolution, or smaller goals like organizing your desk drawer, keeping a tidier classroom or getting some additional training, now is a great time to help make your life easier and less stressful. The process of planning and setting new goals provides an important opportunity to reflect on where you are, and where you want to be. Effective planning and time management skills will help you leave work at the end of the day on time, in control, and satisfied with a job well done!

A key component of any successful childcare provider (or business person) is time management. Effective time management is all about understanding what you need to accomplish in order to succeed. Once you reach that understanding, you can organize the details of your life and get control of your to-do list. It's all about "planning the work and working the plan." Good time management allows you to organize daily, weekly, and monthly tasks in a way that puts you in control of your to-do list. Without planning and time management, you probably won't enjoy your job or find much satisfaction in it. These steps are crucial for providing high-quality care as well as achieving a successful work-life balance.

Childcare professionals are in a unique position to have a direct impact on young children. You can see your work in action, and experience firsthand your goals coming to fruition. Only you can set goals for yourself, and only you can decide what each of those goals mean to you. A typical child care professional must fulfill a number of responsibilities in a variety of areas, and the to-do list is never-ending. It's important to prioritize those responsibilities, and have a plan on how to approach those responsibilities. In the child care setting, those priorities could include preparing for a licensing visit, reviewing a new curriculum, doing an employee review, or conducting parent conferences. Whatever the responsibility might be, proper planning and time management can help you get it right.

Another key component in planning for the new year is communication. Communication with the children in your care, parents, fellow childcare providers, and your superiors is imperative to helping you accomplish all of your goals, and becoming the best version of yourself. The quality of a relationship between two people is highly dependent on the quality of their communication. Developing effective communication skills is especially important in a child care environment, where young people are watching and learning from your every move. The better your communication skills are, the better your relationships will be in your professional life, and the better early child care provider you will become.

Planning and setting goals for yourself can seem tedious. However, the process of setting these goals provides an important opportunity to reflect on where you want to be as a childcare professional. Learning to set new goals and properly manage your time shouldn't be painful. It may take a little extra effort to get it right at first, but eventually it will help you do your job better, and make your whole life more enjoyable. 

Defining Your Teaching Goals 
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Every aspect of your teaching will be shaped by the role you want to play in the mentor-ship and development of your students. Every nuts-and-bolts teaching strategy, even the most practical advice serves the goal of helping you become the kind of teacher who has inspired you. Long after individual facts and phrases are forgotten, your students will carry with them the intellectual skills you help them develop, from critical to creative thinking. Great teachers prepare students for lifelong learning.

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Time Management Strategies 
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Teaching takes time. And in school, as elsewhere, there's never enough of it. Like any executive responsible for the efforts of others, you will find that managing time - yours and the students' - is one of your biggest challenges.Time management is the thread running through almost all aspects of teaching - organizing the day, organizing the classroom, deciding how long and how often to teach various subjects, recording student progress, or keeping time-consuming behavior problems to a minimum. 

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This Month's Trial Course: Time Management Skills   
CCEI offers CCEI770: Making Time! Time Management Skills for Administrators as an online child care training course to
new CCEI users during the month of January. 

Effective time management is about understanding what needs to be accomplished in order to succeed. This course outlines effective time management skills for program administrators or directors, including how to prioritize deadlines, set goals, and use time more effectively. Upon completion of this course, participants will be able to identify key elements of time management, effective meeting strategies, and common "time wasters."
Alumni Profile  
Maura Hanly
New Hope, PA

Congratulations to Maura for successfully completing the CCEI Infant-Toddler Certificate Program of Study!

Maura began her career in early childhood by helping take care of her many cousins, and began attending technical school during her last two years of high school to gain additional childcare knowledge. She loves playing and talking to the infants in her care, and enjoys the one-on-one time while feeding them their bottles. The children in Maura's care enjoy their time most when the caregivers are smiling, singing, and laughing with the infants on a regular basis.

Maura is motivated by interacting with babies who depend on her to meet their nurturing needs.
In her spare time, Maura enjoys spending time with her niece and nephew, and cheering them on as they compete in various sporting events. In the future, she plans to continue working with babies, and helping them begin their developmental journey through life. Mauara recommends CCEI to everyone and says, "I have found the CCEI program to be very thorough and comprehensive.  I was very pleased with my Student Services Manager.  She answered all my questions and concerns very quickly and she was most encouraging."

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

Contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907, or visit for more information or to enroll online.


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