Volume 3, Issue 7
In This Issue
Art: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom
Art in Early Childhood: Curriculum Connections
Encouraging Creativity in Early Childhood Classrooms
CCEI State Approvals
CCEI Professional Development
26-Hour College Credit Eligible CDA
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute July Newsletter. 
This month, CCEI discusses Art: Cultivating Creativity in the Classroom.
  Imagine that you could climb up on a
  rainbow to zoom back in time and travel to
  faraway places, meet famous people,
  witness exciting events, and come face to
  face with dragons and unicorns.  Wouldn't
  that be exciting?  We can take trips of the
  imagination that are nearly as exciting by
  including the work of famous artists in our
  preschool programs.

Exploring great works of art and their creators from different times and different places opens new doors to learning for both teachers and young children.

Traditionally, art in early childhood programs focuses on production, or the making of art.  People can interact with art in other ways.  In addition to making art, we can appreciate it, understand it and even evaluate it.

Preschool programs that encourage these skills through a fine arts program expand a child's focus from simple art production to the appreciation, understanding and evaluation of art.

Some experts feel children need opportunities to investigate what they see in order to fully appreciate and respond to it ( Gaitskell, Hurwitz, and Day, 1982). The addition of art related activities to the classroom provides another type of hands-on investigation. 

Including fine arts in early childhood programs is often as exciting for the teacher as it is for the children.  Learning is a lifelong activity and teachers learn as they gather and prepare materials for their students.  Let your knowledge of child development be your guide.  Challenge your students to reach for new horizons, explore, create, and discover new things.  Then, challenge yourself to reach, explore, create and discover.

Join the CCEI Discussion Thread and share your favorite art activity with your colleagues.  How are you chasing rainbows with your little Rembrandts?  Need some ideas for including fine art in your classroom?  Register for CCEI760 - Rainbows and Rembrandts: Including Fine Art in Young Children's Programs.

Art in Early Childhood: Curriculum Connections
By: Jill Englebright Fox, Ph. D. and Stacey Berry, M. Ed.

  Art has traditionally been an important part of
  early childhood programs. Friedrich Froebel,
  the father of kindergarten, believed that young
  children should be involved in both making
  their own art and enjoying the art of others.
  To Froebel, art activities were important, not
  because they allowed teachers to recognize
  children with unusual abilities, but because
  they encouraged each child's "full and
  all-sided development" (Froebel, 1826).
  More than a century later, early childhood
  teachers are still concerned with the "all-sided" development of each child. Our curriculum includes activities that will help children develop their cognitive, social, and motor abilities. As Froebel recognized, making art and enjoying the art of other people and cultures are very important to the development of the whole child. The purpose of this article is to discuss the importance of art in young children's learning and development and to describe elements of an art program within a developmentally appropriate early childhood curriculum.

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Encouraging Creativity in Early Childhood Classrooms
By: Carolyn Pope Edwards and Kay Wright Springate
Adults are often amazed by young children's unexpected perceptions of the world and the unique ways in which they express their imagination. We also know, however, that children usually need adult support to find the means and the confidence to bring forth their ideas and offer them, day after day, to teachers, parents, and friends. This digest considers both teacher-initiated and child-initiated strategies for enhancing young children's self-expression an creativity.

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CCEI's online coursework is accepted by the Wisconsin Bureau of Regulation and Licensing.  CCEI's courses provide continuing education units and meet annual in-service training requirements. Additionally, CCEI is an approved training sponsor by The Registry, Wisconsin's Recognition System for Childhood Care and Education.  Access a list of CCEI courses on the T-Net Training Network's Calendar of Events.

CCEI's online professional development courses are approved to meet the annual 18 clock hours of in-service training required in Delaware. 

CCEI's coursework is accepted in Minnesota to meet both pre-service and in-service training requirements. 

For a full list of CCEI state approvals, click here.

Meet Your Professional Development Needs with CCEI's Online Coursework.
The Professional Development Subscription is the easiest, most cost effective method for providing your staff with the training needed to meet licensing requirements.  One annual subscription gives your teachers access to over 100 online professional development courses in English and Spanish.  With the 50-user subscription option, the cost breaks down to $20 per teacher.  If each teacher takes 10 courses, that breaks down to $2 a course.  As an administrator, you will be able to schedule, track, and report on all staff professional development with a simple click of your computer mouse.  Rollover options allow you to address staff turnover, at no additional cost.

CCEI also offers an individual professional development subscription for teachers.  For $69, a 30% savings, a teacher can access over 100 online professional development courses in English and Spanish.

Child Development Associate Certificate
Meet the requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition for 120 hours in formal child care training with CCEI!  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 CCEI faculty who are experienced child care professionals and are available to assist you with coursework and preparation 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.
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.

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.  Click to learn more about Summer of Wonder!

Calendar of Events
July 14, 15, 16, 17 - National Registry Conference, Scottsdale, Arizona.

September 8, 9, 10 - NARA Annual Licensing Seminar, Atlanta, Georgia.

September 26, 27, 28 - 53rd Early Childhood Association of Florida Conference, Orlando, Florida. 

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Coming in next month's issue...Teacher Roles and Responsibilities.

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