Volume 1, Issue 5 -
Welcome to ChildCare Education Institute’s December, 2006 newsletter!
This month CCEI discusses professional development and continuing
education for early childhood professionals. What are you doing to
increase your knowledge and dedication to the field of early childhood
education? If you’re new to the field, check out 10 Tips for
Beginning Child Care Providers by Carolyn Ross Tomlin. More
seasoned professionals will find interesting commentary on the many
roles early childhood educators play in The Seven Faces of the Early
Childhood Educator by Jill Miels, Ph.D. As you wrap up the
year, consider the many ways you can advance your own professional
development and increase your knowledge as an early childhood
professional. The children in your care will reap the benefits!
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teachers to share methods teachers and directors use to document
professional development. Do you have a great idea you would like
to share? Do you need advice? Log on to discuss what works for
you and receive tips from other educators around the country. CCEI’s Education Coaches are available to answer questions and provide
in-depth coverage of this topic
As a professional in early childhood
education, it is important to take steps to increase your knowledge of
the early childhood education field and develop your professional image. Creating a professional portfolio is an excellent way to foster and
document professional development and growth. By creating a
portfolio you can more easily and concretely show others your teaching
experiences, educational background, and strengths as an educator. If you are a center director, a portfolio may be a good resource for
evaluating current and future teachers in your center.
portfolio is a collection of assembled work and materials that documents
knowledge and skills. Teacher portfolios are organized and
constructed by teachers to highlight, document, and demonstrate their
professional growth, knowledge, and skills in teaching. They include
documents and materials that collectively suggest the scope and quality
of a teacher’s growth and performance.
materials should be considered for inclusion in the portfolio,
including: material you have generated (such as lesson plans), documents
from others (such as awards and evaluations), documentation of education
(including college coursework and relevant credentials), and any
products of your teaching or learning experiences. Materials
should be grouped and prioritized according to the goal of the
portfolio. There should be reflective statements about the items
in the portfolio in order to provide additional insight for the
Before submitting your portfolio, be certain to
proofread each document you have included. Contents should be
carefully checked for thoroughness and accuracy. Many
teachers find it helpful to have a trusted friend or advisor review the
portfolio and offer suggestions for improvement. Upon completion, the
portfolio should be an excellent representation of your skills as an
early childhood professional as well as an opportunity for
self-evaluation and reflection.
Are you interested in learning
more about the development of a professional portfolio? ChildCare
Education Institute is pleased to offer CCEI800 “The Teacher’s
Portfolio: Fostering and Documenting Professional Development”. This course provides in-depth information about the creation and
maintenance of a professional portfolio. CCEI954 “An Environment
Built for A TEAM” discusses the importance of creating an environment
where teachers can thrive as well as the value of being a team player.
The Seven Faces of the Early Childhood
By Jill Miels, Ph.D.
the last decade, the National Association for the Education of Young
Children (NAEYC) has brought us into a new era of working with young
children. They have encouraged us to implement developmentally
appropriate practices, to establish child-centered programs, and to
value the importance of what we do. As this new era unfolds, we must
prepare ourselves for new roles and responsibilities.
10 Tips for Beginning Child Care
By Carolyn Ross
Learn from others. Listen to more experienced mentors. Observe how they
handle disruptive situations. Watch how they diffuse a tense situation.
2. Expect great things to happen. Be excited about
your work each day. A child’s first teacher is often the one he or she
remembers the most. You could be that person in the life of the children
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Early Childhood News
INSTITUTE ANNOUNCES THE $750 ONLINE CHILD
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE (CDA) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM!
CCEI is pleased to
announce the $750 Online CDA Certificate Program. This certificate
program is custom tailored for independent study by self-motivated
students pursuing the CDA Credential from the Council for Professional
Recognition. Coursework in the Online CDA Certificate Program
meets the educational requirements established by the Council for
Professional Recognition, with courses targeting each of the eight (8)
specified content areas. Students have access to coursework 24X7,
allowing the utmost in flexibility for busy professionals!
For more information, please call
1-888-418-5358 or visit
CCEI Online for details.
ONLINE INSTRUCTOR LED CHILD DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE
(CDA) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
CCEI is an approved
provider of Child Care professional development and the CDA Credential
Coursework. The Online Instructor Led Child Development Associate (CDA)
provides each student with an Education Coach, who is an experienced
child care professional, to assist with coursework and applying for the
You can earn 120 hours or 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which meet
the coursework requirements of the CDA, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
with our online access. College Credit for this course of study program
can be articulated to an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education for
students enrolled in the college CDA Program. Non-college credit options
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATE (CDA) CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
The Online Child
Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program allows students to work independently on
the coursework needed to earn the required 120 hours.
You can earn 120
hours or 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which meet the coursework
requirements of the CDA, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our online
A CDA Renewal is valid for three years from the date of the award, after
which time it may be renewed for five year periods. CCEI offers the
required professional development coursework for CDA Renewal Candidates.
CHILD CARE DIRECTOR'S CERTIFICATE
CCEI provides a specialized professional development credential for the
child care director. Courses provide a concentrated study in the areas
that must be mastered to be successful as a child care management team
member. College credits are available when dual enrolled through
University of Cincinnati .
CHILD CARE DIRECTOR'S CERTIFICATE RENEWAL
An annual renewal program will be offered which requires 25 clock hour
training in early childhood administration. These advanced courses can
be taken as a part of CCEI's ongoing professional development
subscription program. There is no college credit available for this
renewal certificate. Renewal must be kept up to date annually in order
to maintain the CCDC certificate standard.
ASSOCIATES DEGREE COLLEGE CREDIT PROGRAM
ChildCare Education Institute
(CCEI) has an articulation agreement with the University of Cincinnati
to offer students the ability to pursue a college degree. Many CCEI
courses are eligible for articulation to the University of Cincinnati
Online Early Childhood Associate Degree.
Did you know... Most certificate
programs are supported by a "live" member of the CCEI faculty. These
Education Coaches are all Early Childhood Experts.
Education Institute is excited to announce the launch of the FACCM
Professional Development Portal in partnership with the Florida
Association for Child Care Management (FACCM). CCEI and FACCM are
committed to the development and implementation of programs, techniques
and strategies, which improve the quality and affordability of early
information visit the FACCM professional development learning portal on
www.faccm.org and click on the FACCM Professional Development
Learning Portal. (http://faccm.cceifame.com/)
or call 1.800.499.9907, Ext 547 and speak to Tyson Sliger, the CCEI
Admissions Representative specializing in the enrollment needs for FACCM
CCEI is a proud
Professional Development Partner of:
Online Learning Community:
December 22nd - How does
your Professional Development assist in classroom management?
January 5th - What methods
are used to communicate to parents at your school?
Coming in next month's
ChildCare Education Institute
will be closed December 26th, 2006 - January 1st, 2007.
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