Volume 6, Issue 6     
In This Issue
Nutrition in the Curriculum
Why Fruits & Veggies?
CDC Recipes
New Early Childhood Credential
Online Professional Development Course Completions Surpass Half a Million
Five-Hour Courses Added to the CCEI Professional Development Library
This month's trial course is CCEI540A: Preventing Foodborne Illnesses: Sanitation and Hygiene in the Child Care Environment. New users can take this course at no charge to explore the benefits of online learning.
Alumni Profile: Michelle Buitron
Professional Development Annual Subscriptions - Individuals only $99 per year + Center-based Options
Certificate Programs - CDA, Director's Certificate, FCCPC and more
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute June Newsletter!
This Month, CCEI Discusses
Nutrition in the Curriculum.

Goodbye Food Pyramid. Hello MyPlate! In case you haven't heard the news, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has done away with the familiar Food Pyramid. The Food Pyramid was revamped as recently as 2005 to include far more information on recommended serving sizes and food types, as well as accompanying guidelines for physical activity. At the time, it was renamed MyPyramid to emphasize the fact that different individuals have different dietary needs. Although it contained more useful information, MyPyramid was widely criticized as being a bit too thorough or overwhelming. The result: five years later the USDA introduces MyPlate!


Parents and caregivers will find MyPlate to be a practical, helpful tool for meal planning. In addition to the basic MyPlate concept, which is quite straightforward, the USDA and other agencies have posted oodles of resources online intended to help people make informed dietary decisions.  


The familiar food groups are still there: fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy. Look at MyPlate and you see it divided into four colorful wedges representing one meal's worth of portions from the various food groups. Look closer and you can see that fruits and veggies make up half the plate, and the vegetables and grains sections are slightly larger than the others. So, veggies should account for about 30 percent of a meal, as should grains (at least half of which should be high fiber whole grains).


It is worth noting that the USDA and most dieticians, place as much emphasis on calories as on food types. In particular, they warn against giving children sugary beverages, which unfortunately account for a large percentage of many children's daily calories and have been shown to contribute greatly to childhood obesity.


Child care professionals and parents are strongly encouraged to check out the resources available on the USDA website. Experts at the USDA have done the homework for you! They have research-backed information to help grownups make informed decisions and set good examples for the children in their lives.


Why Fruits & Veggies? 
From: Produce for Better Health Foundation       

Looking for a brighter future? Try eating a diet rich in colorful fruits and vegetables. The potential benefits associated with eating more fruits and vegetables stack up quickly: Reducing your risk of certain chronic diseases is only the beginning.


Whether fresh, frozen, canned, dried or 100% juice, these 200+ taste sensations are quick, delicious and convenient, and will keep you healthy all year round.


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Article Courtesy of Fruits & Veggies More Matters

CDC Recipes

From: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Many parents understand the food groups and all the different foods children are supposed to eat. You can put a plate full of healthy food in front of a child but you can't necessarily make him eat it. Well, one way to address this challenge is to come  

up with new ways to present healthy foods that children might otherwise reject. Interestingly, the website of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) has a terrific database of easy recipes searchable by ingredient. You can search for anything from apples and avocados to bamboo shoots and broccoli. Why the CDC? Because food and exercise directly impact health, and poor food decisions are at the root of many of our most  

common diseases.

Search Recipe Database

Database Courtesy of Fruits and Veggies Matter

CCEI Announces New Early Childhood Credential  

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce the addition of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential. With eight instructional units covering the major early childhood disciplines, this 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 and classroom observation. This credential is recognized by NAEYC to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways to Achieve Educational Qualifications for the Designated Program Administrator. The credential awards 18 IACET CEUs and has been recommended for 12 hours of semester credit in Early Childhood Education by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), who has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider National CCRS credit recommendations. View the CCEI Articulation Partners page for details.

CCEI Online Professional Development Course Completions Surpass Half a Million 

ChildCare Education Institute is proud that students have completed over 500,000 online professional development hours with CCEI. Students have utilized CCEI's widely approved early childhood education courses since 2005, and they continue to broaden their knowledge with CCEI coursework. CCEI's online self-paced, competency-based courses aide educators in meeting state licensing continuing education requirements, and are delivered in a flexible learning environment that allows students to eliminate travel expenses and scheduling conflicts. Courses are frequently updated to keep caregivers abreast of industry trends. CCEI maintains relationships with many higher education institutions, allowing articulation to college credit with one of CCEI's Articulation Partners. The Professional Development Course Catalog continues to be a great value for educators, with individual annual subscriptions for only $99. Center-based subscription options and individual course hours are available, as well.

Five-Hour Courses Added to the CCEI Professional Development Library  

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce the addition of several new, five (5) clock-hour courses to the Professional Development Course Catalog. Early child care providers are required to meet annual, in-service training requirements for ongoing education. In order to further satisfy licensing requirements, CCEI has introduced twelve (12) new, five (5) clock-hour professional development courses worth 0.5 CEUs each, now available in the CCEI Course Catalog. Courses offered include: Curriculum Enrichment, Inclusion and Special Needs, Child Care Management, Observation and Assessment, and various others.

CCEI's Trial Course in June is CCEI540A: Preventing Foodborne Illnesses: Sanitation and Hygiene in the Child Care Environment      

Healthy, safe food is a priority in the early childhood environment, and foodborne illnesses can be spread easily during meals and snacks if effective, thorough hygiene and sanitation policies are not maintained. Through this course, child care professionals will learn about maintaining safe food service and kitchen facilities, no matter the size of the center. Online learning has proven successful for busy educators to fulfill their professional development needs. CCEI540A is available to new CCEI users at no cost in June. To take this course as a new user, click on Take a Trial Course and Earn CEU Credit at www.cceionline.edu. This course is also available to users with a current CCEI subscription at no charge. Existing account holders who do not have an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course for $15 by selecting Professional Development for Individuals here. 

Michelle Buitron   

Anna, TX   

Congratulations to Michelle Buitron for successfully completing CCEI's Child Development Associate Certificate program of study!  


Michelle began her child care experience as a nanny in high school. Later, she worked in child care centers while she attended dentistry school at night. Before long, she knew she wanted to work with children full time and has been doing so for the past 21 years. Currently, Michelle works with toddlers, which she feels is the most exciting age group to teach, but she has also been an Assistant Director in the past. Michelle enjoys working with children at learning centers, seeing language and motor skills develop, and knowing she's a part of their development. She's motivated by their "unconditional love and ability to learn."


Michelle continues to take professional development courses with CCEI and hopes to go on and receive her Director's Certificate, as well as a University degree, in the future. In her spare time, Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and gardening. When asked about her thoughts on CCEI, Michelle said, "I recommend CCEI every month to my co-workers! I really enjoy reading the newsletters and often refer teachers that are struggling with classroom management to your website."


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

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 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 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 Goals 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 several 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 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 interested in college credit should enroll in the Online College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate program for the opportunity to articulate credit with one of our college partners. CDA renewals are also available.

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 and for renewals.
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