Volume 7, Issue 2    
Your ChildCare Education Institute February 2012 Newsletter is Here!

This month, CCEI discusses Parent Communication in Early Education.

In This Issue
Boosting Parent Participation in the Early Childhood Classroom
Building Parent-Teacher Relationships
CCEI Announces Articulation Agreement with Kaplan University
Take Heart-Healthy Child Care Training in Recognition of "American Heart Month"
'Parent Communication' Course at No Cost During "National Parent Leadership Month"
Alumni Profile: Joan Brewer
Professional Development Annual Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
Certificate Programs - CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, NAC, ECC and more
Boosting Parent Participation in the Early Childhood Classroom     
One way to kick-start the parent-teacher relationship is to encourage direct parent involvement in the classroom. All children in the classroom (not just the parent's child) benefit each time a parent participates; furthermore, parent participation in the classroom provides an opportunity for tremendously beneficial parent-teacher bonding!


Most parents are very busy. They are also tired sometimes. So, it is no surprise that it is often difficult to get them all directly involved. Here are some tips...


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Building Parent-Teacher Partnerships
By: National Association for the Education of Young Children

The day-to-day reality of many families is different today than a generation ago. Family members spend far less time together and adults often face an on-going struggle to balance the demands of their families and their jobs. While these pressures can cause parents to participate less in their children's lives, there remains a great need for them to be involved in their children's education.


Recent studies show that when families are involved in their children's education in positive ways, the children achieve higher grades and test scores, have better attendance at school, complete more homework, and demonstrate more positive attitudes and behavior. Reports also indicate that families who receive frequent and positive messages from teachers tend to become more involved in their children's education than do parents who do not receive this kind of communication.


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Article courtesy of NAEYC

Building Parent-Teacher Relationships
By: American Federation of Teachers

Effective communication is essential for building school-family partnerships. It constitutes the foundation for all other forms of family involvement in education.


Positive parent-school communications benefit parents. The manner in which schools communicate and interact with parents affects the extent and quality of parents' home involvement with their children's learning. For example, schools that communicate bad news about student performance more often than recognizing students' excellence will discourage parent involvement by making parents feel they cannot effectively help their children.


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Article courtesy of Reading Rockets

CCEI Announces Articulation Agreement with Kaplan University
ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce an articulation agreement with Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation. Kaplan University will accept transfer credit towards a Kaplan online degree program for the following CCEI certificate programs:Online College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate; Online Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) Certificate (up to 15 credits total in Introduction to Early Childhood Education and Curriculum Planning; Infant, Toddler, and Early Childhood Development; Child Safety, Nutrition, and Health); Online Instructor-Supported CDA Certificate (up to 10 credits total in Infant, Toddler, and Early Childhood Development; Child Safety, Nutrition, and Health; and two quarter credits towards an open elective); Online National Administrator Credential (NAC) Certificate (up to seven and a half credits towards an open elective); and Online Director's Certificate (up to six credits towards an open elective).
Take Heart-Healthy Child Care Training in Recognition of "American Heart Month"
ChildCare Education Institute offers a wide range of child care training courses focused on health and fitness, all of which can help promote healthy minds, bodies, and hearts! Heart disease remains the leading cause of death in the United States with over half a million American lives taken annually. While some contributors to heart disease, such as genetics, cannot be avoided, a variety of risk factors can be combated with proper nutrition and fitness choices. CCEI has maintained a focus on child care training that instills healthy habits in early childhood settings in order to contribute to children's long-term personal success and overall wellness. These courses include Fit for Life; Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices; Motor Development and Fitness in Early Childhood; Early Childhood Obesity; and many more. Online courses and their descriptions are viewable in the child care training course catalog.
'Parent Communication' Course at No Cost During "National Parent Leadership Month"

CCEI offers new users the trial course CCEI520 - Parent Communication: Building Partners in the Educational Process at no cost in February in recognition of National Parent Leadership Month. This course is intended to help educators and parents build successful partnerships through the use of positive listening and speaking skills; effective nonverbal, verbal and written skills; and methods for overcoming communication barriers. Participants will receive 0.1 CEU and the ability to print and/or save their documentation immediately upon course completion. CCEI520 is available at no cost to trial users and account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. Without a subscription, this course may be purchased individually through online enrollment at www.cceionline.edu. 

Joan Brewer

Bentonville, AR

Congratulations to Joan Brewer for successfully completing CCEI's Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate!


Like many in the field, Joan began her career in early childhood education as a stay-at-home mom. From there, she moved on to care for three to five year olds and provide after-school care within a child care center, and is currently a lead teacher. Joan is motivated to work with children because she knows she makes a positive difference in their lives. She explains, "Just knowing that I can be a support system for the children in my care, as well as their families, is really a motivating factor and rewarding." Joan most enjoys seeing the children grow throughout the year and says, "Seeing their social, emotional and cognitive growth is quite amazing; from the way they hold their pencil, scissors, and crayons at the beginning, to watching them develop throughout the year. I love to see how proud the children are and to receive the appreciation from the parents."


In her spare time, Joan likes to write. She's had the privilege of publishing two books and frequently writes letters to the government. She also enjoys reading books on relationships, history and self-improvement. In the future, Joan has a dream of becoming a center director, but is also interested in social work, center licensing inspection, or being a court liaison for young children. Joan plans on continuing her education, and is currently working toward a degree in Early Childhood Education with an emphasis on Special Needs and Inclusion. She also plans to receive her CDA Credential from The Council for Professional Recognition. Joan recommends CCEI to anyone and says, "Thank you for this opportunity to express my experience with CCEI and working with young impressionable learners. It's a huge responsibility not to be taken lightly!"


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

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!
For more information, contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907 or enroll with CCEI at www.cceionline.edu.

Online CDA Coursework
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 CCEI Director's Certificate, the Online National Administrator Credential (NAC) Certificate approved by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA), and the Texas Director's Certificate. 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).

CCEI Early Childhood Credential

The CCEI Early Childhood Credential 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. The self-paced program allows students up to one year to complete the requirements and can be completed more quickly when concentrated time is devoted. 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. 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. The ECC is a clear pathway toward higher education and raising the knowledge and skills of the early education workforce.


Each clock hour of CCEI coursework is awarded 0.1 Continuing Education Unit (CEU). Several of CCEI's certificate programs of study are eligible for college credit through articulation with one of CCEI's articulation partners, and have received college credit recommendations by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), which has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider credit. Contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907, or visit www.cceionline.edu for more information or to enroll online.
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