Volume 5, Issue 8  

In This Issue
Talking to Parents about Developmental Issues
Developmental Milestones for Babies
Learn the Signs. Act Early
CCEI News: CCEI Offers No-Cost Professional Development Class in Honor of International Youth Day
CCEI News: New Articulation Agreements with Springfield University and Rio Salado College
Alumni Profile - Angelica Burchell
Professional Development - Individual Annual Subscriptions only $99 per year
Certificate Programs - CDA, Director's Certificate, FCCPC and more
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute August Newsletter!
This month, CCEI Discusses Developmental Milestones!

Developmental milestones represent the skills and behaviors Developing Boys
most young children
demonstrate during certain age ranges.
Milestones are essential for planning a developmentally
appropriate curriculum and environment. Normally,
milestones are also at the core of an early childhood
program's assessment system, providing a practical,
measurable means to track individ
ual progress and
evaluate overall program effectiveness.

Developmental milestones are used by doctors to diagnose developmental delays, such as those caused by autism spectrum disorders or hearing loss. Child care professionals are never expected to diagnose developmental delays. That is a job
for a medical professional. Ho
wever, as someone who observes and interacts with children on a regular basis, a child care professional
does have a responsibility to watch for possible evidence of developmental delays.

From time to time, a teacher may encounter a child who is far from the level of his or her peers. It could be a physical issue, a lack of language or communication skills, social or emotional issues, repetitive behaviors, or a number of other things that set the child apart.

Most developmental delays can be improved or reversed through early intervention, so it is important to do something. In order for intervention to occur, a pediatrician or other development specialist needs to administer a diagnostic screening to determine the source of the problem. But it is up to the parents to initiate the process, and-sometimes-it is up to the teacher to
convince parents that the diagnostic screening is necessary.

This can be one of the most difficult parts of a teacher's job, but there are ways to smooth the process. Here are some tips to keep in mind when talking to parents about potential delays in their children's development:

  • Be sensitive. Many parents may instinctively blame themselves or become defensive. Do not use phrases like "your child is not normal" or "he doesn't fit in."
  • Always stay positive. Don't act as though a potential delay is cause for sorrow. All children are different. Once the issue is identified and a plan of action is formed, things will improve.
  • Be prepared! Before approaching parents, understand they may react emotionally. Use role play with your supervisor or a colleague in order to plan the words and tone of voice you will use.
  • Caregivers and parents are partners. Emphasize this and work together to help the child. There is no reason to feel shame or hopelessness. It's going to be okay!
  • Have resources on hand for parents. Let them know where to find developmental pediatricians or other specialists who can perform diagnostic screening. Parents can use all the support they can get, so don't just push them off into the wilderness.
  • Document everything and stick to the facts! This is why developmental checklists are so important. Before you approach a parent with an issue, make sure you have hard evidence in hand. Use facts, not interpretations or vague judgments.

It may be difficult for parents to accept at first, but feel confident in knowing you have decided to intervene with knowledge and facts on your side. Even if the disorder turns out to be serious, everyone will feel better once it has been diagnosed and there is plan for helping the child.

Besides the information in this newsletter and training available through a wide variety of CCEI courses, there are many terrific resources on developmental milestones available on the Internet, including sample checklists and videos. The more you know about developmental milestones, the better the chance you will have toward making a positive difference in a child's life.

Developmental Milestones for Babies
Published by: March of Dimes

Developing Baby

During the first year of life, your baby will grow and develop at an amazing speed. Her weight will double by 5 to 6 months, and triple by her first birthday. And she is constantly learning. Major achievements-called developmental milestones-include rolling over, sitting up, standing and possibly walking. And your heart will likely melt at the sound of her first "mama" or "dada."

No two babies are exactly alike. Your baby will develop at her own pace. Most babies reach certain milestones at similar ages. However, it's not unusual for a healthy, "normal" baby to fall behind in some areas or race ahead in others.

The following milestones are only guidelines.

Read Article 
Article Courtesy of March of Dimes

Learn the Signs. Act Early
Published by: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Skills such as taking a first step, smiling for Learn the Signs. Act Early
the first time, and waving "bye bye" are called
developmental milestones. Children reach milestones in how they play, learn, speak,
behave, and move (crawling, walking, etc.).

Early recognition of developmental disabilities such as autism is key for parents and providers. CDC realized the impact on families and invested in a campaign to help parents measure their children's progress by monitoring
how they play, learn, speak and act.

Watch Video
or Read the Transcript
Video and Transcription Courtesy of Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

CCEI Offers No-Cost Professional Development Classes in  Honor of International Youth Day on August 12
In 1999, the United Nations General Assembly established August 12 as International Youth Day to bring worldwide awareness and support to children and children's issues. The theme for this year's International Youth Day is Dialogue and Mutual Understanding. CCEI is providing child care teachers and staff with no-cost access to the online course Creating a Multicultural Environment throughout the month of August in order to increase their knowledge about this important topic. This one-clock-hour course is awarded 0.1 IACET CEU and may be eligible for college credit articulation. 

To register for this great opportunity, log in to CCEI's learning management system at www.cceionline.edu, during the month of August, and use promotion code 080610 when prompted. Click here for detailed registration instructions.

CCEI Announces Two New Articulation Agreements
CCEI is proud to announce two new articulation agreements! Both Springfield College and Rio Salado College provide CCEI students the opportunity to articulate completed CCEI coursework for credit into their early childhood degree programs.

These new partnerships provide additional opportunities for CCEI students looking to earn an advanced degree. CCEI has existing articulation agreements with Ashford University and Concordia University.

For more information about these or other partnerships, visit the Partner section of the CCEI website.

New CCEI Radio! "Is Standardized Testing Producing a Creativity Crisis?"
Creativity in ChildrenToday's leading educational experts discuss
whether creativity in an era of high stakes standardized testing can coexist. More importantly, what are the creative skills today's children need to become effective employees in the future, and how can early care professionals assist children in learning them? Featuring Rae Pica, Paul Reville, Jay Matthews, Richard P. Phelps, Ph.D., Cheri Sterman and Dr. Michael F. Shaughnessy, this month's CCEI Radio is one you don't want to miss!

Join CCEI's Online Learning Community!
CCEI's Online Learning Community is a communication forum that allows child care providers to share information and discuss topics pertinent to child care. Each month, CCEI initiates a discussion on a relevant topic such as curriculum, classroom management, child development or health and nutrition. Participants interact by posting comments and feedback for others to review and respond to.
Join the CCEI Online Learning Community today! To view posts and for details on how to join, visit www.cceionline.edu and click the link to the "Online Learning Community" in the upper right-hand corner. There is no cost to join.
Angelica Burchell
Paris, Kentucky

CCEI Alumni
Congratulations to Angelica Burchell for completing the CCEI Online Self Study CDA Certificate program and submitting her  CDA Credential application to the Council for Professional Recognition!
Angelica came to the United States from Columbia in 2001 and launched her career in education as an Assistant Teacher at her child's learning center. It was a terrific opportunity for her, and by taking the position, she discovered her love for working with children. She takes great joy and pride in her ability to teach her students and watch them learn. Angelica enjoys helping the children learn about colors and numbers in the morning and allowing time for free play and the development of gross motor skills in the afternoon. You can find her reading to the children at any point in the day. Angelica dreams of continuing her education and obtaining an Associate Degree in Early Childhood Education. She hopes to one day become an elementary teacher for US Embassies around the world.

In her free time, Angelica enjoys spending time with her children and visiting bookstores, museums, air shows and other educational excursions.
Individual Professional Development Subscriptions for just $99
CCEI offers over 100 online, IACET CEU awarded professional development courses that meet continuing education requirements. CCEI has course 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 20 and 50 users, allow directors to provide training for as little as $20 per teacher for the entire year!
For more information, contact Admissions at 800.499.9907 or click here to enroll online.
Complete CDA Coursework Online with CCEI!
CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs 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 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 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 with 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 credits at Kendall College.
Online Director's Certificate
CCEI offers an Online Director's Certificate that provides professional development for early childhood professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in the management of a child care center. The program is composed of nine instructional units that focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center. Each student in the Online Director's Certificate receives support from an Education Coach.

Click here to enroll online.

  September 15 - 17, NACCRA Professional Development Institute, Minneapolis, MN
  September 20 -23, The National Registry Alliance Annual Conference, Norman, OK
  September 30 - October 2, Texas AEYC 46th Annual Conference, Austin, TX

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