ChildCare Education Institute March Newsletter
Role Modeling for Healthy Development
In This Issue...
Role Modeling for Healthy Development
Teach Your Toddler Through Role Modeling
Supporting Your Child's Communication Skills
Getting Along Together: Developing Social Competence in Young Children
Common Core State Standards. Now Available through CCEI Online Training Course
Online Mentoring Course from CCEI Delivers Key Practices for Child Care Providers
Early Childhood Online Training from CCEI Promotes the Effects of Positive Guidance
Alumni Profile: Aleta Martin
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA, Director, & Early Childhood Credential Coursework

Role Modeling for Healthy Development 

 

Children are watching, and learning, all the time! Unfortunately, this is something that many adults forget all too often when children are around.

 

Children are naturally curious, but mere curiosity is not the only reason they are so observant. In fact, observation and imitation are the main ways by which children learn language, social skills and all kinds of other habits, including those related to diet and exercise.

 

"Do as I say, not as I do" is NOT an appropriate attitude for adults to convey to young children. That's because children are naturally inclined to imitate the actions of the adults in their lives, no matter what the adults say to the contrary. In this regard, humans are not unlike any other kind of animal: we all learn by observing and mimicking the grownups in our lives. This is why it is important for adults (especially teachers and parents) to remember that they are role modeling all the time, not just when they choose to do so!

 

Consider the following scenarios and behaviors and imagine what they mean from the child's perspective and what that child is likely to learn.

 

Speaking and listening: If a child is trying to talk to an adult and the adult is looking at his smartphone or something else rather than making eye contact, how is that child going to learn appropriate communication skills? Eye contact is an essential ingredient in effective communication. You can tell a child this a thousand times, but he won't learn it unless he observes it regularly. It's also important to remember to model good listening skills when talking to other adults (and not just when children are around). 

 

Emotional control and conflict resolution: If a bad driver cuts you off on the roadway or fails to go when the light is green, and you respond by angrily pressing the horn, shouting, or giving a rude gesture, what is the child in the backseat going to learn? What will you say, then, when that same child yells at a classmate for cutting in line or taking a toy? If you want the child to learn to react calmly and responsibly to life's many little frustrations, then you, the adult in the room, need to model appropriate behaviors all the time!

 

Snack and exercise: If you say you're thirsty and reach for a soda, the observant child will learn that same behavior. Soda is fine sometimes, but it's a treat, not a cure for everyday thirst. The same goes for all sorts of snacking. We all know carrots and apples are better snacks than chips and cookies, right? Well, if you want children to learn that fact, then they need to see you reaching for those healthy choices and treating junk food like the occasional treat it should be.

 

Childcare providers and parents need to be good role models because that's how children learn. This is a fundamental principle of child development and it's a fact that all adults need to embrace.

Volume 9, Issue 3

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Teach Your Toddler Through Role Modeling
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You're waiting in the grocery store checkout line, and your little one is screaming like a siren because you said "no" to the candy he wants. What's your response? If you're like a lot of moms, you are tempted to give him the candy, just to end the embarrassing scene. You tell yourself, "Everyone in line must think I'm not a good mother."   

 

Stop right there! It's time to learn the "teaching model" of child discipline.  

   

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Article Courtesy of Mom365.com
Supporting Your Child's Communication Skills 
  

The capacity to communicate is the ability and desire to connect with others by exchanging ideas and feelings, both verbally and non-verbally.  Most children learn to communicate to get a need met or to establish and maintain interaction with a loved adult.

 

Babies communicate from birth, through sounds (crying, cooing, squealing), facial expressions (eye contact, smiling, grimacing) and gestures/body movements (moving legs in excitement or distress, and later, gestures like pointing.) Babies continue to develop communication skills when adults respond to their efforts to "tell" others about what they need or want. 

   

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Article Courtesy of ZeroToThree.org
Getting Along Together: Developing Social Competence in Young Children

Childhood is the time for children to learn how to get along with others. As caregivers, we play a crucial role in helping young children understand social behavior and form satisfying relationships. As caregivers, we play an important role in developing a child's personality and character. Our challenge is to learn how to help each child begin to develop into a socially-competent person who can express his own feelings, empathize with others' feelings, and be cooperative, generous and kind.

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Article Courtesy of PBS.org
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Overview of Common Core State Standards Now Available through CCEI Online Training    

CCEI is proud to introduce CUR110: What the Common Core State Standards Mean for Early Childhood Education to the online child care training course catalog.


So far, at least 46 states have adopted Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and implementation is well under way across the country. However, there is still a good deal of controversy and confusion surrounding CCSS, particularly in the early childhood education community. This course addresses those concerns and provides a basic examination of the standards-based education at the early childhood level. Course participants will learn to identify goals and content parameters of CCSS, the purpose of "guiding principles" in the development of effective early learning standards, and recommended teaching practices and assessment tools.

Online Mentoring Course from CCEI Delivers Key Practices for Child Care Providers 


CCEI introduces ADM108 - The Mentoring Process: Developing Professionalism from Within to the online child care training course catalog.This course examines the many benefits of professional mentoring, which improve teacher effectiveness and overall program quality. The course is intended primarily for directors and administrators but it addresses an important issue for all early childhood professionals. Course participants will learn to recognize important qualities and characteristics of mentors and mentees, define elements of both formal and informal mentoring programs, and identify the benefits of professional mentoring in the childcare environment.  

 
This one-hour training course is available for
online enrollment now, and awards 0.1 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion. Active, unlimited individual or center-based subscription holders may take this course at no additional cost at any time.

Early Childhood Online Training from CCEI Promotes the Effects of Positive Guidance 
 
Online child care training course CCEI4001: Positive Guidance, Part 1: What is Positive and Why Is It Important? is available as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during the month of March. This is an introductory course to positive guidance, a philosophy and strategy for guiding children's behaviors and learning experiences.Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to define the term positive guidance and explain why its valuable during the early childhood years. Students will be introduced to foundational theories behind positive guidance, as well as basic methods for implementing it in the classroom. Upon successful completion of the course exam, students will receive 0.1 IACET CEU and immediate, unrestricted access to course completion documentation.

This beginner-level training course is available as a trial course to new users for CCEI account creation in March. Current
CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can enroll in professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.  
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Aleta Martin 

Washington, DC 

 

Congratulations to Aleta for successfully completing the Online Self Study Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program!

Aleta began her career in early childhood education at an afterschool Montessori program while still in high school. Although Aleta studied business in college, she came back to child care when her son was enrolled in a preschool center. Aleta began working as a "floater", and eventually worked her way up to the center's curriculum coordinator and Spanish teacher. The children in Aleta's care enjoy listening to music and dancing the most, while Aleta most appreciates all of the hugs and personal interaction. Aleta is motivated to work with children because she feels they deserve the best and she loves to provide positive interaction in their day.

 

In her spare time, Aleta enjoys being with her family, reading, baking, retail therapy (also known as shopping), and watching reality television. Aleta is in the process of obtaining her CDA Credential from The Council for Professional Recognition, and is currently working on her Masters of Education. In the future, Aleta would like to earn her Ph.D. and work on the administrative side of early childcare initiatives and professional training. She will continue to use CCEI professional development to complete requirements, and recommends CCEI to everyone. Aleta elaborates, "I tell everyone that is involved with the childcare world about CCEI. My boss is considering implementing the professional development courses I took through CCEI [for staff training in our center] because of the performance she has seen from me and is very impressed by my knowledge!"

 

Congratulations, Aleta! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!
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Individual Professional Development Subscriptions for only $99 per year!  
CCEI offers over 100 IACET CEU-awarded online child care training courses that meet continuing education requirements. CCEI has professional development offerings in English and Spanish, and courses are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year from any computer with Internet access.

Center-Based Subscriptions 
Center-Based Subscriptions are a great way for directors to manage and administer continuing education for staff members. CCEI's Center-Based Subscriptions, available for small and large centers, allow directors to provide training for as little as $20 per teacher for the entire year!
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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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