Volume 3, Issue 2
In This Issue
Preparing for a Licensing Visit
Building on Licensing Requirements to Create Positive Early Childhood
Group Size - A Key Indicator of Quality
Professional Development
26-Hour College Credit Eligible CDA
Pinnacle Summer Curriculum - Special Offer
Dates to Remember
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 the minimum.

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.

Join the 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.

Building on Licensing Requirements to Create Positive Early Childhood
By Judith Colbert Ph. D.

  First impressions are powerful. When you
  visit an early childhood setting for the first
  time, you 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
  child care 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
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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).

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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.

Director's Certificate
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!
  - Tornadoes
  - Weather at Play
Month Two : Weather at Work
  - Frogs, Locusts, & Grasshoppers - Oh My!
  - Water at Work
  - Mountains, Caves, & Icebergs
  - Adaptive Animal Habitats
  - Volcanoes
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.

Calendar of Events

February 26, 27, 28, 29 - Visit CCEI at the 37th National Migrant and Seasonal Head Start Conference at the Renaissance Washington Hotel in Washington, D.C.

March 14, 15, 16 - Visit CCEI at the National Child Care Association Annual Leadership Conference 2008. Stop by booth 101 to speak to a CCEI representative and receive your free gift.

March 29 - Visit CCEI at the 20th Annual Early Childhood Conference in Ocala, Florida.

March 29 - CCEI will sponsor the Hall of Celebration Poster Session at the ACEI 2008 Annual International Conference & Exhibition.  Stop by and celebrate the Week of the Classroom Teacher.

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Coming in next month's issue...Encouraging Parent Participation.

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