Volume 4, Issue 9
In This Issue
Parent Involvement in the Early Childhood Setting
Parents & Families
A Hands-On Approach to Nurturing the Parent Partnership
CCEI News
CCEI Alumni Profile
Professional Development
Certificate Programs
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute September Newsletter.
This month, CCEI discusses 'Parent Involvement in the Early Childhood Setting'.


There is a lot written about parent involvement being the key to a child's success in school. What is the definition of the term parent involvement? How do you involve parents in a child's school experience? What are the benefits of parent involvement in a child's education? When should parent involvement begin?
 
The Connecticut Parent Teacher Association defines the term parent involvement as, 'the participation of parents in every facet of children's education and development from birth to adulthood, recognizing that parents are the primary influence in children's lives'.
 
Research has shown that parental involvement is one of the key factors in how satisfied parents are with their child's care arrangements. The greater their involvement, the more satisfied they are with their child's care. Parents are more likely to become involved when there is an environment created that makes them feel comfortable and welcome and when their involvement in their child's education is expected. 
 
There are many ways to provide parents the opportunity to be involved.  Parent involvement may be as simple as a parent providing classroom supplies or assisting on field trips.  Regardless of the type of involvement, the relationship between parents and teachers should be one of mutual support and learning.
 
Consistently, researchers have discovered that greater parental involvement in a child's education is associated with:
- higher student grades and test scores
- better attendance
- higher rates of homework completion
- more positive student attitudes and behavior
- higher graduation rates
- greater enrollment rates in post-secondary education
 
The same researchers also noted that when parents are involved, children achieve more regardless of their socioeconomic level, ethnic/racial background, or the parents' educational level (Henderson & Berla, 1994).

There has been a significant amount of recent research on early brain development that has shown positive parental involvement needs to begin long before children enter into formal schooling arrangements. The early years of a child's life are critically important for healthy brain development, attachment formation, and language acquisition. Prime opportunities for learning exist during the first few years of life that may not be recovered at a later stage.
 
As an early childhood educator, there are many ways you can encourage parent involvement.  Parent involvement benefits the school, teacher, parent and most importantly the child.  Be creative with your parent involvement program and have fun!    

This month, log in to the CCEI Discussion Thread and share your ideas about how to increase parent involvement in your preschool program.
Parents & Families
Parents and families remain the first teachers for their children. The life of a parent is always filled with many tasks, but establishing routines can be one way to create stability in a child's life. Routines generally include time performing chores, eating meals together, and going to bed at an established time. The more a parent is involved in a child's development the more the child can feel comfortable moving into new environments. Studies show that successful students have parents who create and maintain family routines. A child's growth and development includes physical, social, academic and emotional development, all of which are important in helping a child perform to his/her potential in a caring environment.

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Article Courtesy of Pennsylvania Department of Education
A Hands-On Approach to Nurturing the Parent Partnership
By: Edna Wallace, M.S.
In these days of dual working parents and super-busy lifestyles, it's even more challenging to build relationships with families and involve them in your programs. When parents are active in their child's education, optimum learning is much more likely to occur, but there's also something in it for you. Not only are parents experts on their own children, they're also talented and can provide resources money can't buy. Nurturing a partnership with parents will strengthen and move your classroom and center towards excellence in care and education. Let's look at some simple ways you can create parent partnerships in your program.

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Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News
CCEI Announces Two New Professional Development Courses!
CCEI is proud to announce the addition of two new online professional development courses.
 
SOC100: The Five Critical Needs of Children is a course focusing on the emotional needs of children and parents. Take this course and learn how important meeting a child's critical needs is to the development of their emotional health. Learn to identify children whose emotional needs are not being met and how this affects their development. Knowing what children need emotionally can make you a better teacher and director. SOC100: The Five Critical Needs of Children is written by well known author, Gerald Newmark, Ph.D. Dr. Newmark is the author of How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children: Meeting the Five Critical Needs of Children...And Parents Too! which focuses on improving parent, teacher, child, family, and school relations.

SOC101: Healthy Social and Emotional Development vs. Challenging Behavior in Young Children, is a course focusing on the child's development and developmentally appropriate behaviors and expectations. Complete this course to gain an understanding of temperament and how to differentiate between appropriate and challenging behaviors. Knowing what to expect from a child, based on development milestones, can aid a teacher in creating a classroom individualized to each student. Karen Cairone is the author of SOC101: Healthy Social and Emotional Development vs. Challenging Behavior in Young Children.  Karen has worked as a Disabilities and Mental Health Specialist and she is currently responsible for training and technical assistance at Devereux Early Childhood Initiative (DECI).
Industry News: Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning
In May 2009, SRI International, under contract by the U.S. Department of Education, published a study evaluating evidence-based practices of online learning. As a result of meta-analysis, the study found that, 'on average, students in online learning conditions preformed better than those receiving face-to-face instruction'.
 
Some findings from the study include the following:
- Students who took all or part of their class online performed better, on average than those taking the same course through traditional face-to-face instruction.
- Studies in which learners in the online condition spent more time on task than students in the face-to-face condition found a greater benefit for online learning.
- The effectiveness of online learning approaches appears quite broad across different content and learner types.
 
For more information and to review the complete report, click here.
Jerri Kerzmann
Bismark, North Dakota
Jerri Kerzmann is a recent CCEI CDA graduate. Jerri began her career in early childhood after the birth of her son, when a close friend opened a Christian Learning Center and offered her a job in the toddler room. She was able to work and spend time with her 13 month old son. She believes it was the best thing that ever happened to them.
 
Morning arrival is Jerri's favorite time of the school day. She enjoys the excitement of the children as they arrive and their happiness to see her each day! Jerri plans her daily schedule to include music, dancing, singing, and fingerplays. These activities are some of the children's favorites and they anticipate starting the day with fun filled activities that they enjoy.
 
Jerri is motivated by the strong willed or challenging child. It is her goal to help them, and all of the children in her class, to become the best they can be. For Jerri, the most rewarding part of her job is seeing the children master the skills she has taught.
 
In her spare time, Jerri enjoys spending time with her son, family, and friends. She is also starting a Christian band with a group of friends. In the future, Jerri envisions herself working at Day of Hope Christian Learning Center and doing missionary work!
 
Congratulations to Jerri for graduating from the CCEI CDA program. Thank you for your contribution to the early education of children in your care!
Annual, unlimited professional development subscriptions, only $99!
CCEI offers over 100 online, IACET CEU awarded professional development courses that meet continuing education requirements. CCEI has a course offering 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.
CCEI has an articulation agreement with Ashford University, giving CCEI students the opportunity to articulate completed coursework to Ashford University for college credit.  Fifteen (15) clock hours of completed CCEI professional development coursework translate to one (1) unit of elective credit at Ashford University.

Center-Based Subscriptions
Directors, center-based subscriptions are a great way to manage and administer continuing education.  Purchase a 50-user center-based subscription for only $999 or a 20-user
center-based subscription for only $499, which allows you to meet your annual training requirement for $20 per teacher or less.

Contact CCEI Admissions at 888.418.5358 or enroll online.
Complete CDA Coursework Online with CCEI! In September, Enroll in the Online Self Study CDA Certificate Program for Only $499, a Savings of Over 30%!

CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs meet the clock hour training requirement of The Council for Professional Recognition, needed to apply for the National Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. CCEI's CDA Certificate programs focus on the six CDA Competency Standards established by The Council and contain the required hours in each of the eight specified content areas.  Each hour of completed coursework is awarded 0.1 IACET CEU. CCEI offers three CDA programs. The CCEI Online Self Study CDA, promotionally priced at $499 for the month of September, is designed for students who are comfortable with an online learning environment and can successfully complete work independently.  The Online Instructor Supported CDA Certificate, available in English and Spanish, provides students with extra support from a CCEI Education Coach (EC).  Each EC is an early childhood specialist and has previous experience working in a child care center or school. Students seeking college credit should enroll in the College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate program for the opportunity to earn 26 quarter-hour credits at Kendall College.

For a limited time, students enrolling in the Online Self Study CDA Certificate program will receive the promotional price of $499, a savings of over 30%. Click here to enroll online.

*The $499 pricing is for the Online Self Study CDA program only. Promotion expires September 30, 2009.
September 24, 25, 26. ECA Florida Annual Conference, Orlando, Florida.
October 9, 10. GAYC Conference 2009, Duluth, Georgia.
October 25, 26, 27. National Black Child Development Institute 2009 Annual Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

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