Volume 4, Issue 4
In This Issue
How to Spot and Help a Child in Need
Intervention: The Earlier, the Better
Inclusion in the Preschool Setting
CCEI Alumni Profile
Professional Development
Online CDA Course of Study Programs
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute April Newsletter. This month, CCEI discusses 'How to Spot and Help a Child in Need'.

Just like typically developing children, children with special needs have strengths and weaknesses. Some children may have a recognizable syndrome, for example, a child with Down syndrome or a child who wears a hearing aid.  Other children may exhibit delays, but may not have been diagnosed with a specific condition or syndrome.  With time and practice of skills, many seemingly delayed children will ultimately catch up in their development.  Young children might be diagnosed as having a developmental delay because it is unknown if the child's condition will be ongoing or if he or she will eventually develop at the same rate as his or her peers. In other cases, children may be at risk for a special need because of their environment or a chronic health condition, such as ear infections or a depressed immune system.

Regardless of the challenges children may face, all children can learn and all children should be allowed to participate in everyday routines and activities to the best of their capabilities.  Special adaptations may be necessary.  Sometimes a child is only able to participate partially.  Research tells us that children learn best in natural environments with typically developing peers.

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) has added to its catalog of online professional development courses, SPN100: Inclusive Literacy Lessons, written by author and consultant, Dr. Pam Schiller. Dr. Schiller is a freelance early childhood consultant and author who shares her extensive knowledge in workshops, radio and television interviews, and as a popular keynote speaker and author. She has published several children's books, music CDs, DVDs, and more than thirty teacher resource books.

To learn more about how you can help children in need, log on to www.cceifame.com to review the professional development courses offered by CCEI.
Intervention: The Earlier, the Better
By: Suzanne Ripley
Children develop skills as they grow. They roll over, smile, babble, begin to crawl, pull themselves up, learn a word or two, begin to walk, begin to talk. In fact, most children follow a definite pattern as they mature.

Some children walk earlier than others and some talk sooner than others, but in general, they follow a similar course of development. There are, however, some exceptions. Some children develop very late and some do not follow a common pattern. While some children may "catch up," others may suffer from a developmental delay
or even a disability. The earlier such delays and disabilities are recognized, the sooner these children, their families,
and their caregivers can get help.

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Inclusion in the Preschool Setting
By: Deanna Jordan
In many preschools and child care programs today you can find a growing number of special-needs children. These children have disabilities ranging from hyperactivity, attention deficit disorder, speech and language difficulties, blindness, deafness, mental retardation, and physical impairments. Thanks to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), our society is becoming better equipped to meet the needs and challenges of these special children.
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Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News
Linda T. - Frankfort, Illinois
Linda completed the CCEI Online College Credit Eligible CDA. Since graduating, Linda continues to teach 3 year olds, concept, crafts and writing. Linda enjoys guiding her students to conquer a new concept and seeing the pride on their faces. In her spare time, she enjoys being a soccor mom and all that entails. She enjoys reading, shopping antique stores and American Idol! In the future, Linda looks forward to continuing her education at a local community college where she will pursue a degree in Early Childhood Education.

Congratulations, Linda!
ChildCare Education Institute Announces New Professional Development Course, HLTH100: Early Childhood Obesity
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) has added to its catalog of online professional development courses, HLTH100: Early Childhood Obesity. Register for this beginner level course today to learn about childhood obesity and strategies for addressing obesity in the early care setting. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to define obesity, identify causes of obesity, list risk factors and potential complications of obesity, and list the ramifications of early childhood obesity.
CCEI Announces Online National Administrator Credential Eligible for EIP Funding!
CCEI is proud to announce the CCEI Online National Administrator Credential (NAC) Certificate Program has been approved by the New York State Educational Incentive Program and is eligible for scholarship funding. CCEI is a National Child Care Association (NCCA) approved provider of the NAC Certificate Program. The NAC is a mark of excellence that designates individuals who have demonstrated the knowledge essential to managing a child care center. Upon successful completion of the CCEI Online NAC Certificate Program, participants will have completed the required business and administrative clock hours of training and will be issued the NAC by the National Child Care Association.

Enroll today and CCEI will waive the $100 Registration Fee! For more information, visit CCEI online at www.cceionline.com or contact Admissions at 888.418.5358.

Annual, unlimited professional development subscriptions, only $99!
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution, offers over 100 online, IACET CEU awarded professional development courses that meet continuing education requirements. Courses are offered in English and Spanish and are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a week from any computer with Internet access.  CCEI is approved by the International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET) to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Now, with the CCEI and Ashford University articulation agreement, CCEI students completing professional development courses have the opportunity to articulate completed coursework to Ashford University for college credit.  Fifteen (15) credit hours of completed CCEI professional development coursework translates 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.

Contact CCEI Admissions at 888.418.5358
Child Development Associate Certificate
Meet the coursework requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition with 120 hours in formal child care training from CCEI!  CCEI is a distance training institution dedicated to providing online professional development for early childhood professionals.  CCEI offers online course of study options that allow you to work independently and at your convenience with access to courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  CCEI offers three online CDA program options, depending on your needs.  For those seeking college credit, the Online College Credit Eligible CDA is a great choice.  Students successfully completing all requirements of this program not only meet the CDA coursework requirement, but are also eligible to receive up to 26 quarter-hour credits from Kendall College.  This is an instructor supported program.  CCEI also offers a non college credit instructor supported program and a self-study CDA program.  The Online Self Study CDA is designed for students who can successfully work independently. 

Call CCEI today at 888.418.5358 to speak to an Admissions Representative for information and enrollment!
April 18, 2009 - CFCC 21st Annual Early Childhood Conference, Ocala, Florida.

April 27 - May 1, 2009 - National Head Start Association's 36th Annual Training Conference, Orlando, Florida.

April 30 - May 2, 2009 - New York State Association for the Education of Young Children's Annual Conference, Brooklyn, New York.

May 1, 2009 - Kiddie Academy 2009 Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

May 6, 2009 - Primrose Schools 2009 National Conference, Tucson, Arizona.

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