Volume 3, Issue 2
|Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute February Newsletter. |
This month, CCEI discusses How to Prepare for a Licensing Visit.
In today's society, as more and more households require both parents to
work, more children are cared for in early childhood programs. These programs must meet minimum basic
requirements designed to ensure the safety and developmental well-being of
children while in out-of-home care.
Licensing requirements and guidelines vary from state to state. It is the responsibility of every early
childhood professional to become familiar with the minimum requirements
established by local regulatory agencies.
Many wonder whether standard regulations should only be regulated to
meet the minimum standard, or if they should be regulated to go above and beyond
In this issue of the CCEI Monthly Newsletter, we will
look at ways child care centers can use the requirements to create a positive early childhood environment. When minimum child care standards are
practiced on a daily basis, regulatory visits are less threatening and result
in a safe and developmentally appropriate environment for children.
CCEI Discussion Thread and share the methods used in your school to maintain minimum standards and prepare for licensing visits. For more information, register for CCEI959 and learn about legal issues faced by center directors.
on Licensing Requirements to Create Positive Early Childhood
Judith Colbert Ph. D.
First impressions are
powerful. When you
visit an early childhood setting for the first
know relatively quickly if it is a
place you would like to work or leave your
child. What is likely harder to decide is why
you feel as you do, or - if you
are a director
or teacher - how you can create a positive
environment. The early childhood
environment shapes how adults and children
experience your program. To understand why
one environment has a more positive
effect than another, it is important to identify the elements common to most
early childhood settings.
Printed Courtesy of Early Childhood News
|Group Size - A Key Indicator of Quality By: Ruth A Wilson, Ph. D.
If you had to describe the
quality of child care programs, what would you say? Most of us associate
quality with a "certain something" that is special, usually expensive, and
difficult to first find and then keep. In the child care field, researchers
have tried to be more specific by setting aside the term "quality" and looking
at the variables that appear to be program quality indicators. In doing so,
they have identified two types of indicators: structural and interactive.
Structural indicators of quality are especially useful since they can be
quantified and measured, allowing researchers to estimate the relative quality
of particular programs. They can also be regulated through licensing or used to
set standards in accreditation systems and often provide a foundation or serve
as a necessary condition for the presence of less tangible, interactive
indicators (Hayes, Palmer, & Zaslow, 1990; Colbert, 2002).
Printed Courtesy of Early Childhood News
Completing ongoing professional development
and meeting licensing training requirements can often be challenging in an
early childhood facility. Demanding
schedules, personal commitments, and training costs often make it impossible to ensure
professional development goals are met.
CCEI offers a solution to these
and other barriers by providing a quality training program for every early
childhood professional in your school. The Center Based Professional Development Subscription
allows you to train your staff for the entire year. With access to
over 100 online courses and administrative capabilities, you can ensure that
your teachers meet the ongoing professional development requirements
established by your state. Purchase the 50-user Center Based
Subscription and receive a Online Self-Study CDA Program.
Annual Individual Professional Development subscriptions are
also available for teachers looking to meet personal professional development
goals. The web based format is flexible, eliminates transportation costs,
and allows access to courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All you need is a computer with Internet access and an email address.
|Child Development Associate Certificate
Earn your CDA! CCEI is pleased to offer the College Credit Eligible CDA.
Students successfully completing all required coursework in the CCEI
College Credit Eligible CDA will not only meet the coursework
requirement for the CDA, but will also be eligible to receive up to 26
quarter-hour credits from Kendall College. Additionally, the program has the support of an Education Coach. The
Education Coach is an experienced child care professional available to assist
you with coursework and preparing for the credential application. CCEI also offers a non college credit Instructor Supported CDA and an Online Self Study CDA. With all programs, you work independently and at your convenience, with access
to courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
CCEI provides a specialized
professional development certificate for the child care director. The Director's Certificate coursework concentrates on core
competencies that facilitate the management of your child care center.
Head Start Parenting Certificate
The Head Start Parenting Certificate is designed to provide parents the opportunity
to enhance their parenting skills by understanding the developmental and
educational needs of their children.
| A Summer Curriculum that gives children "A Summer of Wonder" and Excitement!
Pinnacle's Summer of Wonder introduces children to the wonders of weather and nature. The
15-week curriculum for school age children provides a "Summer of Wonder" filled with activities
and lessons related to weather preparedness, how weather phenomena effect nature, animals,
and the effect the constellations have on geography, tides, and seasons.
|Month One: Weathering the Storm
- Weather Preparedness
- Storm Chasers
- Hurricanes, Typhoons, & Monsoons!
- Weather at Play
|Month Two : Weather at Work
| - Frogs, Locusts, & Grasshoppers - Oh My!
- Water at Work
- Mountains, Caves, & Icebergs
- Adaptive Animal Habitats
|Month Three : Weather Phenomena
- Geography, Weather, & People
- Weird Weather
- Earthquakes & Tsunamis
- Weather Myths
- Sun, Moon, & Stars
For a limited time, CCEI is offering Summer of Wonder for $49.99. The program includes 15
weeks of curriculum, 50 Parent Promotion Letters, 11x17 "A Summer of Wonder" promotional
poster, 2 "A Summer of Wonder" buttons for teachers to wear, and a complete Summer Camp
Curriculum with interchangeable topics and themes designed to adapt to your scheduling needs.
To take advantage of this special offer, call CCEI's Curriculum Specialist, Elaine Bullard, at
800.499.9907 ext. 522.
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