January 2022 Newsletter – Resources for the New Year: Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center

Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center 

Staffing in the child care sector is now considered a crisis, as over 126,000 positions remain unfilled. And while you as an administrator likely cannot change the biggest barrier (pay), it is important to implement practices that can help you retain your staff.

Head Start Early Childhood Learning & Knowledge Center has compiled resources designed to help you build and retain your workforce. While some of these resources are purely for Head Starts, most of them can benefit anyone in any child care environment.

These resources a meant to help you with:

  • Recruiting and Hiring Staff
  • Trainings for New Staff
  • Professional Development for Teachers, Family Child Care Providers, and How Visitors
  • Staff Retention
  • Coaching to Support Staff
  • Connect with Others

Here are some of the resources that are worth highlighting:

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January 2022 Newsletter – Resources for the New Year: ParentEducate.com

ParentEducate.com

As a childcare professional, you are probably asked a million questions from the parents of the children in your care.  What are age-appropriate activities for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers?  What are my child’s developmental milestones?  How will my child’s brain develop?  How can I build resilience in my child?

Did you know ChildCare Education Institute has launched a new online courses site for parents that addresses these questions and more?  Parents can choose from a variety of short 20-30 minute courses covering a wide range of topics that will help parents empower themselves to strengthen their family. Plus, they can take the courses at their own pace from anywhere on any device, 24/7.

With countless books and websites about parenting, ParentEducate.com offers parents one trustworthy place to learn research-based techniques online to care for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children.  Parents can rest assured knowing the brief online courses they take via ParentEducate.com contain the same quality information as those taken by educators for a variety of certifications.

ParentEducate.com’s membership gives parents unlimited access to information that will help them with the everyday challenges of parenting so they can raise a healthy, happy child.  And with new content added every month to their already existing catalog of 100+ courses, parents can find a topic to meet any current need or challenge.  Try their free 7-day trial to check it out for yourself here.

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January 2022 Newsletter – Resources for the New Year: Learning Trajectories for Teaching Math Skills

Learning Trajectories for Teaching Math Skills

Within any group of children there will be a slight variation in skills and abilities. It is the early childhood educator’s role to observe children, identify their existing levels of development, and provide individualized support to move children along their unique developmental paths.  Teaching all children the same skill at the same time is not always the best option, especially when it comes to math and language skills.

Occasionally, challenges arise in deciding which skills to introduce next. An excellent resource to help teachers make decisions about how best to introduce math skills is called Learning and Teaching with Learning Trajectories.

This website provides tons of information defining specific math skills, how children progress from one skill to the next, and activity ideas to support children’s learning. The site includes videos that illustrate math skills in action.  Here are some of the skills you can learn more about:

  • Counting
  • Subitizing
  • Comparing numbers
  • Patterns
  • Recognizing 2D and 3D shapes
  • Measuring length and volume
  • Spatial visualization and orientation
  • And many more

Each category is broken down even further, pinpointing the subskills that are necessary to master the skill. Resources for teachers and parents are included as well as information on inclusion and suggested materials for teaching math. There are even a number of online games that you can explore with the children in your care.

Be sure to visit the site to explore this valuable resource for teaching math skills to children through grade 3.

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January 2022 Newsletter – Resources for the New Year: New NAEYC Resource

New NAEYC Resource

As an ECE professional, you may already be familiar with the Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs book published by NAEYC.  This resource has provided foundational and practical guidance to early childhood educator for years.  And now, a new edition is available.

In the fourth edition, you will find a wealth of researched-based information and strategies that can guide your practice in working with young children. The book provides information that can be used by teachers, directors, administrators, and faculty to enhance practices in their work with children birth through age eight.

Here are some highlights from the books:

Throughout the book, readers will find vignettes, reflective questions and prompts to help readers incorporate new information into their work.  A series of appendices provide additional guidance and support.

Click here to learn more about the book entitled Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8, Fourth Edition

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January 2022 Newsletter – Resources for the New Year

Resources for the New Year

The beginning of a new year is a great time to reflect on your knowledge and experience in the hope of continuing to grow in the coming year. It is a time to reaffirm your dedication to your career as an early childhood professional and seek out the resources and information that will help you continue on the never-ending path of professional development.

This month, we will explore a few important resources that you can utilize in your efforts to be an excellent early childhood educator.

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ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Reducing Exclusionary Discipline in Early Childhood Education

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers SOC112: Reducing Exclusionary Discipline in Early Childhood Education as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users January 1-31, 2022.

It has been well established for many years that quality early childhood education benefits young children′s cognitive (thinking), social (human relationships), and emotional (feelings) development. However, sometimes young children in child care and preschool programs behave in ways that are difficult for educators to manage. These behaviors may even be unsafe to the student and others.  Disciplining young students and improving their behavior requires specialized training and skills.

Exclusionary discipline refers to common practices in early childhood education, such as removing children from their classrooms, sending them home from school early, suspension, and expulsion. This course will explore the harmful nature of these practices and explore how exclusionary discipline impacts different populations of students. The course will also identify strategies early childhood professionals can take to reduce the incidence of exclusionary discipline within early learning environments.

Years of research have shown that early childhood education helps students to reach critical developmental milestones.  High-quality early childhood education also helps to prepare young students to begin their elementary education years ready to learn.  This belief is especially true for students who experience poverty. With students of color being more likely to live in poverty than their white peers, students of color are also most likely to need and benefit from early childhood education yet lack access to it.  Exclusionary discipline further prevents access to education.

Reduced access to education means less access to the additional support services schools offer and how educators refer to students and families in need. Examples include mental health services and social services (e.g., assistance with meeting food security, housing, and medical needs).  Students with disabilities and developmental delays are more likely to receive the services they need while in school.

Services such as speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy are often performed in early learning environments as part of early intervention services.  When families in need receive these types of services, children experience more success in school as the challenges they are facing can be addressed before growing into more significant issues.

“When schools exclude students, even in the name of discipline, they send the message to students that they are not wanted,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Having a deep understanding of child development provides teachers with the capacity to plan how they can effectively respond to children′s behaviors, for instance, by using language they will understand.”

It may seem overwhelming for individual teachers to carry out effective, unbiased discipline given all the systemic challenges. Indeed, when an entire school works cooperatively to support student behavior in unbiased ways, the best outcomes for students occur. And, teachers are an essential part of these efforts.  Even if a school has not committed to this work school-wide, teachers can do much to make their classrooms more supportive of all students, including those who struggle with undesirable or unsafe behaviors. 

SOC112: Reducing Exclusionary Discipline in Early Childhood Education is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for 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.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).