Volume 2, Issue 8

In This Issue
Developmentally Appropriate Classrooms
Article: Be More Specific Than You're Terrific
Article: Classroom Design and How it Influences Behavior
September Enrollment Events
Dates to Remember
 Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute August Newsletter!  This month CCEI discusses
 developmentally appropriate classrooms.
 Generally, discipline is viewed as a form of
 control in the classroom with rules and
 regulations to follow.  Rules are often maintained
 or enforced by inappropriate methods such as
 punishment, harassment, or humiliation.  Placing
 children in a corner or denying a toy or activity,
 telling the child over and over again that they
 behaved poorly or scolding the child in front of
 their friends, are not only inappropriate examples
 of discipline, these examples take away a child's 

The word discipline means to teach.  Unlike the examples listed above, discipline is a process that helps a child develop self-control and responsibility while expanding self-growth and learning.  Setting limits, often associated with discipline should be positive and offer children a structure in which to grow.

Through limit setting, children learn the boundaries of behaviors.  They develop a sense of acceptable and non-acceptable behavior.  The classroom teacher must view non-acceptable behavior as teachable moments where children learn from their mistakes.  Discipline should not be a punitive measure that results in a child developing poor self esteem.

Limits help children organize and manage their      lives in ways that are socially acceptable and personally rewarding.  They are positive forms
of discipline and should emerge from life experiences.
  Some will be flexible, since experiences in a classroom change from
moment to moment.

CCEI1660: Supporting Appropriate Choices the Preschool Teacher and Classroom Discipline is a professional development course that offers many positive examples of appropriate methods to be used in the early childhood classroom.  Enroll in this or one of 120 professional development courses offered online at www.cceionline.com to expand your knowledge and continue your professional growth.

Online Learning Community Discussion Thread
The subject of this month's Online Learning Community Discussion Thread is Methods of Positive Reinforcement.  Log on to discuss the developmentally appropriate methods of positive reinforcement that you are using in your early childhood classroom.  Share your creative ideas with other early childhood professionals and receive feedback from the CCEI faculty.

Be More Specific Than You're Terrific
By Jane Pratte
 Children do wonderful and delightful things.
 They perform acts of bravery, kindness,   
 honesty,  and respectfulness. Yet these actions
 are often rewarded with generic "at-a-boys,"
 "You're great," "Wow, you did it!" or "You're
 terrific." Acts of goodness deserve more than a
 casual pat on the back and should receive more
 attention than negative behaviors.
 Read Article
 Printed courtesy of Early Childhood News
Classroom Design and How it Influences Behavior
By Judith Colbert
 Early childhood classrooms serve as the physical 
 environment for adults and young children for
 most of their waking hours.  Although it is
 important for classrooms to be attractive to the
 eye, it is equally, if not more important, that they
 function effectively.

 Read Article
 Printed Courtesy of Early Childhood News

 Professional Development*

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CCEI also offers a Center Based Subscription Program, that allows you to train your staff for the entire year, at one low price. The $999 subscription provides unlimited access to 120 courses for up to 50 users. This month, get an Online CDA program, a $750 value, for no additional charge with the purchase of a 50 user center based subscription. 

Child Development Associate Certificate Programs*

Earn your Online CDA and save over $350 during the September Enrollment Event! For only $499, CCEI's Online CDA allows you to work independently at your convenience with access to courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

The Instructor Supported CDA provides each student with the added benefit 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. Directors, enroll your staff today and save! Enroll two teachers at the regular price and receive a voucher to enroll a third teacher at no charge, with CCEI's "Three Pack" September Enrollment Event.  

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.  Save during the September enrollment event, and earn your Head Start Parenting Certificate for $99.

Director's Certificate*

CCEI provides a specialized professional development certificate for the child care director. The Director's Certificate (DC) coursework concentrates on core competencies that facilitate the management of your child care center. Save 30% during the September Enrollment Event and start earning your Director's Certificate today!

Earn college credit while completing your Director's Certificate! CCEI offers coursework that provides students the opportunity to pursue their Early Childhood Associates Degree through the University of Cincinnati. Save 30% off the regular tuition price of this certificate program during the September Enrollment Event! Earn your Director's Certificate and credit towards your college degree!

Call CCEI today at 1.888.418.5358 to enroll!

* Some restrictions apply. Offers expire September 30, 2007. Offers not available in Florida, New York, Connecticut, and Idaho. Offers cannot be combined with other promotions or scholarship programs. Contact CCEI for details.

Calendar of Events

September 7 - CCEI is participating in the Pinellas Early Childhood Association Curriculum Fair in St. Petersburg, Florida at Great Explorations.  Stop by our table for information on Pinnacle Curriculum products.

September 11, 12, 13 - Visit CCEI at the Region VI Head Start Association Conference in San Antonio, Texas at the Hyatt Regency Hotel.

September 28, 29 - Visit CCEI at the Early Childhood Association of Florida's Annual Conference at the Double Tree in Orlando, Florida.

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