Volume 2, Issue 2 - February, 2007

Welcome to ChildCare Education Institute’s February 2007 newsletter!  This month CCEI explores Home to School Connections. What outside influences affect a child’s growth and development?  What should early childhood professionals know about these influences?  By considering these types of questions, early childhood professionals can make a tremendous difference in the lives of children.
Support of Family-Teacher Partnerships by Amy Susana Klein, Ed.D., and Marian Miller, M.Ed. explains the importance of positive relationships between teachers and parents and offers suggestions for improving these relationships. Ann Barbour’s Supporting Families: Children Are The Winners further stresses the value of cultivating educational partnerships with families. This February, take a fresh look at the connections between home and school.  Consider how you can improve relationships, better relate to children, and provide a higher level of care in your classroom!

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Divorce is a rising problem in the United States.  The effects of divorce extend beyond the couple going through a separation, and quite often children find themselves in the middle of messy home situations. As an early childhood educator, you can provide comfort and a stable environment during this time of great change. By better understanding the emotional toll divorce can take on young children, you will be better prepared to provide needed support.

Research shows children’s mechanism for coping with divorce depends on their age and developmental stage at the time of the separation or divorce. Children under the age of five (Pre-Early Latency Stage) generally experience a great sense of insecurity and confusion. The early care setting becomes vital in maintaining a sense of security and stability. Consistency and predictable routines in the classroom assist children at this stage to cope.  

Children between the ages of five and eight (Early Latency Stage) tend to react with great sadness.  They may be fearful, insecure, and helpless along with feeling abandoned by a parent. These children may express guilt and blame themselves for the separation. Reassure children that they are not responsible for the actions of adults and should not blame themselves.

Nine to twelve-year-olds (Late Latency Stage) often experience feelings of intense anger.  They may still feel loneliness, shock, loss, surprise, and fear, but the predominant reactions at this stage are anger and rejection.  Problem behavior may arise from these angry feelings, so be prepared for classroom disturbances.  Remember that these children are experiencing emotional pain.  Provide a safe place for them to express themselves.

It may be difficult for early childhood educators to deal with young children while they are going through these tough times. Remember, children need a stable classroom environment to counter the confusion occurring at home. You can help young children cope with the changes they are experiencing by remaining neutral when dealing with parents, cultivating a positive relationship with the child, and remaining professional. Providing parents with a list of counseling services specifically geared toward children dealing with divorce may prove to be helpful

Are you interested in learning more about the effects of divorce on young children? Children and Divorce, CCEI Course CCEI950, discusses the topic in great detail and offers a wealth of suggestions for early childhood educators. Home to school connections include more than emotional development. Tune In or Tune Out: The Effects of Television and Media On Young Children, CCEI Course CCEI780, explores the cognitive effects of watching television. Learn about how children are impacted by media and what you can do to encourage the responsible consumption of media materials.

This month’s Online Learning Community Discussion Thread allows teachers to discuss the effects of media and television on classroom behavior. Later in the month, educators will have an opportunity to further explore the effects of divorce and methods that may be used to help young children through this troubling time. Log on to discuss what works for you and receive tips from other educators around the country. CCEI’s Education Coaches are available to answer questions and provide in-depth coverage of this topic.

This month’s Online Learning Community Discussion Thread

In Support of Family-Teacher Partnerships
By Amy Sussna Klein, Ed.D., and Marian Miller, M.Ed.

Often the relationships that develop between parents and teachers are negative. On the teachers’ side of the relationship, Ellen Galinsky (1989) notes that in the teachers’ lounge parents are often spoken of negatively; if the word “black” or “woman” were substituted for “parent,” many of the comments would seem racist or sexist. On the parents’ side of the relationship, many parents enter school assuming that teachers will ignore their concerns and alienate them from the classroom. This article will focus on four main topics: 1) why the family-teacher relationship is important, 2) the barriers to a better relationship that require attention, 3) valuable methods of communication, and 4) how teachers may embrace differences among families. Read Article

Supporting Families: Children Are The Winners
By Ann Barbour, Ph.D.

In recent years, numerous efforts to improve children’s school readiness and achievement have focused on building partnerships with families. The recognition that parents are key elements in children’s learning is reflected in the U.S. Department of Education’s Goals 2000 Education America (1993). One of the eight goals states, “By the year 2000, every school will promote partnerships that will increase parental involvement and participation in promoting the social, emotional, and academic growth of children.” Most education intervention programs, including Head Start, require parent participation and consider it an essential component. Various legislative acts providing services to children also mandate parent participation (e.g., Title 1 of PL 100-297, PL 94-142). In addition, numerous professional organizations, including the National Association for the Education of Young Children and Association for Childhood Education International, recognize that parent involvement is an important measure of program quality.  
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CCEI is please to announce a new online training package, in partnership with SLM Financial, a Sallie Mae Company, and Dell Computers. CCEI Students who enroll in any SLM Financed Certificate Program can also finance a specially priced Dell computer package for low monthly fees.

The computer package includes:
- Dell Inspiron 1501 Laptop Computer with Windows XP Home and 60 Gb Hard Drive
- Dell on Call 30 Day Getting Started Assistance Service
- 6 Month Earthlink Internet Access Included at no charge
- Dell all in one Ink Jet Copier/Fax/Scanner/Printer
- Microsoft Works 2006 (Including Microsoft Word)

For more information, please call 1-800-499-9907 x533.

*This is only available to qualified SLM students who obtain approved financing with Sallie Mae Financial, a Sallie Mae Company. CCEI will have no involvement with support, shipment, or warranty work, and you indemnify CCEI and hold CCEI harmless with respect to such claims. Such work will be provided by Dell or Earthlink, as applicable, and will be controlled by your agreement with Dell and Earthlink. You should contact Dell or Earthlink regarding any issues abuot this product, including if you have issues with the shipment. CCEI makes no representations or warranties concerning the Dell product or the Earthlink product, and you should direct any correspondence directly to Dell or Earthlink. Orders are non-refundable, even if you drop from the program or otherwise fail to graduate. All sales are final. CCEI is not an affiliate of Dell, Earthlink, or Sallie Mae, nor is CCEI a reseller of their respective products and services. CCEI has arranged with Dell for CCEI to market this special offer to certain students. CCEI has not provided any of your private information to others as part of this offer. Pricing, specifications, availability, and terms may change without notice. This offer applies only to SLM financed Certificate Programs $999.00 or above, fully paid by SLM.


Centers who enroll at least 5 students in CCEI's Online CDA Course of Study programs or at least 3 Instructor Led Course of Study programs are eligible for the No Risk Enrollment Guarantee*. 

  • Tuition must be paid for all students upfront at the time of enrollment. Certificates will be granted if students are not assigned to the enrollment.

  • Should any student be dropped or unable to complete the course of study (prior to beginning module 3 for instructor led program), the center can transfer the enrollment to another student.

  • No transfers will be allowed after 12 months from date of initial enrollment.

  • Students are still required to adhere to academic policy and terms and agreement.

Enroll in the No Risk Enrollment program and qualify for free registration through March 1, 2007

*Not available to scholarship, financed, or funded students


CCEI is an approved provider of Child Care professional development and the CDA Credential Coursework. The Online Instructor Led Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program provides each student with an Education Coach, who is an experienced child care professional, to assist with coursework and applying for the credential.

You can earn 120 hours or 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which meet the coursework requirements of the CDA, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our online access. College Credit for this course of study program can be articulated to an AA Degree in Early Childhood Education for students enrolled in the college CDA Program. Non-college credit options are available.


The Online Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program allows students to work independently on the coursework needed to earn the required 120 hours.

You can earn 120 hours or 12 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) which meet the coursework requirements of the CDA, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week with our online access.


A CDA Renewal is valid for three years from the date of the award, after which time it may be renewed for five year periods. CCEI offers the required professional development coursework for CDA Renewal Candidates.


CCEI provides a specialized professional development credential for the child care director. Courses provide a concentrated study in the areas that must be mastered to be successful as a child care management team member. College credits are available when dual enrolled through University of Cincinnati .


An annual renewal program will be offered which requires 25 clock hour training in early childhood administration. These advanced courses can be taken as a part of CCEI's ongoing professional development subscription program. There is no college credit available for this renewal certificate. Renewal must be kept up to date annually in order to maintain the CCDC certificate standard.


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) has an articulation agreement with the University of Cincinnati to offer students the ability to pursue a college degree. Many CCEI courses are eligible for articulation to the University of Cincinnati Online Early Childhood Associate Degree.

Did you know... Most certificate programs are supported by a "live" member of the CCEI faculty. These Education Coaches are all Early Childhood Experts.

ChildCare Education Institute is excited to announce the launch of the FACCM Professional Development Portal in partnership with the Florida Association for Child Care Management (FACCM).   CCEI and FACCM are committed to the development and implementation of programs, techniques and strategies, which improve the quality and affordability of early childhood education.

For enrollment information visit the FACCM professional development learning portal on line at  www.faccm.org and click on the FACCM Professional Development Learning Portal.  (http://faccm.cceifame.com/)  or call 1.800.499.9907.


CCEI is a proud Professional Development Partner of:


Online Learning Community:

February 16th - What positive methods have you used to impact the lives of children during divorce?

March 2nd, 16th, & 30th - Assessment

Visit CCEI Online for details.

Calendar of Events:

February 21st - 23rd - Visit CCEI at the Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Conference in Washington, DC.

February 26th - March 1st - Visit CCEI at the Native American Child and Family Conference in Phoenix, AZ.

March 23rd - 24th - Visit CCEI at the National Child Care Association Conference, booth #407, in Las Vegas, NV.

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