ChildCare Education Institute June Newsletter
Professional Practices for Early Educators 
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Professional Practices for Early Educators
June: Professional Wellness Month
"How can I keep current in my field?"
CCEI Announces Professional Development Partnership with Becker's School Supplies
Get Child Care Training on Caring for Infants and Toddlers
Union Institute & University and CCEI Announce Articulation Agreement
Alumni Profile: Gissett Letellier
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA, Director, & Early Childhood Credential Coursework

Professional Practices for Early Educators     

 

It's June, a time when many people look forward to a little summer fun: splashing in the pool, barbecues and picnics, maybe a little vacation time. However, June also marks the midway point in the year, making it a good time to reflect on those New Year's resolutions you made a few months ago and ponder the months and years ahead. Maybe this is why someone decided to make June National Professional Wellness Month.

 

Consider your workplace and job. Aside from retiring early to the Bahamas on your private yacht, what would you like to change or improve in your professional life? Start by considering this: career development is a process with many steps and stages. Earning a degree and/or taking that first job was just one little step. Whatever goals and aspirations you have, you should not expect to achieve all of them overnight. It takes time to earn your CDA or Bachelor's or Master's degree (or all three), just like it takes time to build a high-quality early childhood program.  

 

Several key factors impact your professional health and wellbeing. No matter what stage of your career you are in or where you see yourself in a year or two, it is important to strive for professional health right now. And, while career development is a long process, there are always important steps you can take right now, or in the short-term, to create big, positive changes.  Not only will you improve your happiness and quality of childcare, you will also increase your chance of meeting your major career goals.

 

Start with your own personal character and demeanor. What image do you project to children, colleagues, and parents? Do you always maintain the highest ethical standards, no matter the situation? Are you as kind, patient, and empathetic as you ought to be? Should you try a new communication approach with that challenging colleague, or make more effort to get to know children's parents and involve them in the program?  

 

What about your classroom practices? Do you know the mission and philosophy behind your program? Do you apply those principles each day in the classroom? Is your curriculum and approach appropriate for your children's specific developmental needs?  

 

There is also the educational and training element of professionalism. Have you met all your education goals? Are you waiting before you pursue that next certification or degree? Why? What exactly are you waiting for? What else can you do to increase your knowledge and skills? Can you make time to read that article or book or take that one class that could change the way you teach or even your entire outlook on the profession?

 

Finally, consider the big picture. How is your work improving the lives and futures for young children, and what more can be done? Do you go out of your way to advocate for young children's needs and rights? How can you use your experience and knowledge to make a difference to children and families everywhere, not just in your own classroom?

     

That's a lot of questions, but today is as good a day as any to think about them, make a plan, and take action. You can probably list at least a dozen things you could do starting TODAY to greatly improve your career and work life by this time next year. Make that list, along with a list of longer-term goals, and then choose the ones that seem both attainable and essential for helping you meet your most important goals in life. Then, take a break and enjoy some summer fun! Hit the pool or beach, or do whatever it is you love to do the most, because all work and no play is no fun at all!

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June: Professional Wellness Month

Did you know that June is "Professional Wellness Month"?

 

It is a time to recognize the importance of well-being in the workplace and in your professional lives.  This may be the perfect moment to examine your own life for ways you can find more of a work-life balance.  Here are some tips to get the most out of Professional Wellness Month:

 

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"How can I keep current in my field?" 
  

A lifelong learner is a person of any age who takes the initiative to seek new skills and information when needed or wanted for work, quality of life, or leisure.  

 

Today, being a lifelong learner is more important than ever. The workplace constantly changes. Technology pervades nearly every work environment making it necessary for workers to learn new skills throughout their careers. Workers discover that in order to be successful, they need to be lifelong learners.

 

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CCEI Announces Professional Development Partnership with Becker's School Supplies  
      
ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce a professional development partnership with Becker's School Supplies.  Becker's School Supplies shares CCEI's commitment to the childcare industry. Becker's provides schools, child care programs, and other educational facilities with quality educational materials, furnishings, and equipment. Becker's offers convenient shopping on the web, through their catalog, or at any of their 8 retail stores located throughout PA, NJ, and DE.   

Effective immediately, Becker's School Supplies is an official distributor of CCEI Professional Development subscriptions. CCEI center-based and individual subscriptions will now be available for purchase through the Becker's School Supplies website. These subscriptions provide access to 100+ online child care training courses in English and Spanish to meet state licensing and Head Start requirements.

Get Child Care Training on Caring for Infants and Toddlers 
      
CCEI is proud to provide a wide selection of online training courses to support the dynamic needs of Infant and Toddler teachers and caregivers in the early care and education industry.

The first three years are critical to a child's development. Infants and toddlers need special care and guidance to ensure optimal physical, cognitive, and social-emotional growth. Research shows that the quality of care an infant or toddler receives has a direct impact on the child's future. CCEI offers a wide selection of Infant and Toddler courses to give caregivers the information to apply research-based, developmentally appropriate practices to promote the safety, health, and happiness for our youngest children. Topics include Brain Development, Positive Guidance, Curriculum, Safety, Early Language and Literacy Development, Overview of the ITERS-R Rating Scale, and more. Infant and Toddler Care courses range from one to three clock-hours, and each clock-hour awards 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion.

Union Institute & University and CCEI Announce Articulation Agreement 

  
 
CCEI is proud to announce an articulation agreement with Union Institute & University. Union Institute & University shares CCEI's commitment to offering a flexible approach to online education.  Union Institute & University academic programs are designed to meet unique learning styles and varying personal schedules. Combining traditional learning with learning outside the classroom, a Union education offers students the choice of online and low-residency degree options.

 

Effective immediately, students who successfully complete the CCEI Early Childhood Credential may articulate 12 semester hours of credit towards a bachelor's degree at Union Institute & University. In addition, students who successfully complete the CCEI Online Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) Certificate receive 10 semester hours of credit toward their bachelor's degree at Union Institute & University. Those who complete the CCEI Online Instructor Supported CDA Certificate may articulate eight semester hours of credit.

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Gissett Letellier    

Miami, FL    

 

Congratulations to Gissett for successfully completing the Florida's Director's Credential Renewal Certificate Program of Study!

 

Gissett began her career in early childhood education by helping a friend's mother teach English classes. She enjoys spending time with the children in her care during the morning and making a connection with them before they begin their day. Gissett loves coaching the children in soccer and seeing their smiles as they continue to grow and learn. She is motivated by knowing she is educating future leaders, explaining, "If I give a good example and show them learning is fun, then I have definitely left my mark."

 

In her free time, Gissett enjoys scuba diving and playing as many sports as possible. She plans on taking more classes with CCEI in the future and continuing her commitment to early childhood education. Gissett says, "I would definitely recommend CCEI to anyone who is looking for a flexible and rewarding program!"

 

Congratulations, Gissett! 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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