Volume 5, Issue 2
In This Issue
Stress Management for Childcare Providers
Childhood Stress: How Adults Can Help
Avoid Burn Out: Ways for Early Childhood Educators to Minimize Job-Related Stress
Alumni Profile: Rebecca Hardy
Professional Development
Certificate Programs
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute February Newsletter!
This month, CCEI Discusses Stress Management for Childcare Providers.
You are working and playing with children. What could be more fun? You know in your heart that you are doing something rewarding and enjoyable (in what other job can you make play dough snakes and read Brown Bear, Brown Bear, over and over?). Yet you often feel depleted and unappreciated at the end of the day. If this sounds familiar, you might be suffering from occupational stress! 
Do these sources of stress resonate with you?
  • Tension with parents, coworkers, and/or management
  • Too much work, too little time to do it
  • The noise level in the classroom gets on your nerves
  • Unable to meet the individual needs of so many children
  • Limited budget and resources
  • Working with 'stressed' children
Job related stress affects you the caregiver as well as the quality of care you provide. In order to be successful, caregivers need to look after themselves by managing their stress and finding a sense of balance in their lives.

Some strategies for managing stress include:
  • Good Nutrition. Eating healthy foods helps your immune system work properly and combats the toll that stress can take on your body.
  • Breathing techniques. Breathing practice helps sustain vital energy and can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels.  Breathe in for the count of four, hold for the count of four, and exhale for the count of four.
  • Regular exercise. Regular exercise practiced at least three times per week can relax your body and mind. Try walking, swimming or Yoga. 
  • Short breaks. Periodic breaks where you stretch, breathe or just get a change of scenery can revive your body and lift your spirits.
  • Calm classroom environment. Provide sensory experiences to help children diffuse the stress they may be carrying from the home environment or from being separated from their parents. When the children are calm and engaged in classroom activities, you are able to better provide the nurturing attention they need and ultimately you will feel a sense of peace. 
This article was authored by Jody Martin, Vice President of Education and Training at Crème de la Crème Early Learning Centers of Excellence. Jody was also a contributing author on SOC102: From Chaotic to Calm - Lessening the Stress in your Classroom, just added to the CCEI course catalog. 

Have you implemented a plan to manage both your stress and the stress of your students? Log in to the CCEI Discussion Thread and share how you've reduced the stress in your classroom. Or, learn from your peers and get ideas for implementing your own plan!
Childhood Stress: How Adults Can Help
By: Carolyn Ross Tomlin
A teacher of young children said, "Children share the same problems as adults. There are no small problems-only small people trying to solve the big things they can't understand. And problems produce stress." Childhood stress is common in all cultural and socio-economic groups. No one can escape it.

The following anecdotes illustrate stressful situations where adults either helped allay the child's anxiety or exacerbated the problem.

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Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News
Avoid Burn Out: Ways for Early Childhood Educators to Minimize Job-Related Stress
By: Carolina Stewart
Stress related burnout in early childhood teachers can leave them feeling physically and emotionally drained. When this happens, most of them choose to leave the industry in pursuit of occupations that are less stressful. This leads to high teacher turnover and causes a shortage of qualified early childhood educators which eventually interferes with the quality of care the children enrolled in early childhood programs receive.

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Article Courtesy of Suite101.com
ChildCare Education Institute Receives National Accreditation
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, announces that it has been Accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC).

Click here to view the details!

February is National Children's Dental Health Month!
In February, National Children's Dental Health Month, ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) offers child care professionals the opportunity to discover the importance of oral health in early childhood by completing CCEI116A: Early Childhood Oral Health, at no cost.

This one-clock-hour online course provides early childhood professionals with information on the importance of early and consistent oral health care for young children (birth to age five). Students will learn classroom and home strategies for teaching children good oral health habits and the factors that contribute to tooth decay. Students completing the course will be awarded 0.1 IACET CEU and receive a certificate of completion.
To take advantage of this opportunity, good during the month of February, child care staff can log in to CCEI's learning management system at www.cceionline.com and use the promotion code 020110 when prompted. It is easy to set up an account if you don't already have one. Click here for detailed registration instructions and remember to use the promotion code when requested.
CCEI is Now on Facebook!
Become a fan of CCEI on Facebook! Learn about promotions, new course announcements and other information to help you reach your professional development goals!

Join the CCEI Discussion Thread!
Each month, CCEI gives early child care professionals the opportunity to share experiences, information, and suggestions in the Online Learning Community. Joining is easy! Log in to your CCEI account and click 'Online Learning Community' to share your knowledge and learn strategies that have worked for other early childhood teachers! You can also view the posts from the CCEI homepage without logging in. Just click on the 'Online Learning Community' link.
Rebecca Hardy, Liberty Hill, Texas
Rebecca is a recent graduate of CCEI's Online Self-Study CDA program. Rebecca's career in early childhood began when she volunteered at the school her children attended. Volunteering led Rebecca to an opportunity to substitute and then to a full-time job. 
Rebecca enjoys both meal time and center time because the children are relaxed and in the mood to talk. She likes watching them grow and learn through play and socializing with others. For Rebecca, working in a Head Start program is extra rewarding because she works with the entire family to create a supportive and nurturing environment for children. 
Rebecca is currently enrolled in a Bachelor's degree program and looks forward to continuing her career in early childhood education.  In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her husband of twenty years and their sons. She also likes to read novels.
Congratulations on your accomplishment, Rebecca! And thank you for the care and guidance you provide to the children and families in your Head Start program!
Annual, Unlimited Professional Development Subscriptions, Only $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.
CCEI has an articulation agreement with Ashford University, giving CCEI students the opportunity to articulate completed coursework to Ashford University for college credit. Fifteen (15) clock hours of completed CCEI professional development coursework translate 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 for your staff. CCEI's Center-Based Subscriptions, available for 20 and 50 users, allow you to provide training for as little as $20 per teacher for the entire year!
For more information, contact Admissions at 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 Standards 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 three 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 Online 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 and has previous experience working in a child care center or school. Students seeking college credit should enroll in the College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate program for the opportunity to earn 26 quarter-hour credits at Kendall College.
Online Director's Certificate
CCEI offers an Online Director's Certificate that provides professional recognition 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.

February 23-26 - 39th Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Conference, Washington, D.C.
February 26-27 - Georgia Preschool Association Conference, Atlanta, Georgia.

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