Volume 4, Issue 6
In This Issue
Play! Where Learning Begins
Back-to-Basics: Play in Early Childhood
Learning Through Play
CCEI Alumni Profile
Professional Development
Online CDA Course of Study Programs
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute June Newsletter. This month, CCEI discusses 'Play! Where Learning Begins'.

When children play they learn valuable lessons about competition, cooperation, and how to interact with their peers.  Games can promote physical, cognitive, and socio−emotional development in a fun and challenging way.
Outdoor games involving running, jumping, balancing, or hopping help children make use
of excess energy and they promote large
motor skill development.

Not only can learning objectives be met by adding a group game to the lesson plan, group games promote cognitive development. For instance, a teacher who is focusing on matching and sorting skills might play a group sorting game where children sort themselves by shirt color, shoe color, or hair color.  These activities not only reinforce cognitive development, they require cooperation and social and physical interaction as children match, sort and classify. Children are not only learning, they are having fun in the process!

Children will benefit emotionally from a game or activity when they experience success or a sense of accomplishment. They will feel compelled to play again, and finish with an "I did it!" feeling. It is better to play a simple game that can be quickly mastered by the children and leave them with a sense of accomplishment first, and then proceed to the next skill level.

Provide opportunities where children play for the sake of play, not just for the prize of winning. Keep competition out of the games whenever possible, and encourage teamwork that allows skills development. Keep it fun!

In addition to promoting skill development, games and group activities add fun to the early childhood environment and bring laughter and cooperation to the classroom.

Teachers promote learning through everyday activities.  Children come to think of themselves as learners as we interact with them to impart values, tell stories, ask questions, play games, and relay messages about the world and their place in the world. What types of activities do you offer in your classroom to encourage the love of learning? Log on to this month's Discussion Thread and share your ideas with other early childhood professionals.
Back-to-Basics: Play in Early Childhood
By: Jill Englebright Fox, Ph.D.
Kyle plays with blocks and builds a castle. Tony and Victoria play fire station and pretend to be fire fighters. Kenzo and Carl play catch with a ball. Children playact with playmates in the playhouse. Playgroups on the playground choose players to play ball. As an early childhood professional, you probably use the word play a hundred times per day.

Research indicates that children learn best in an environment which allows them to explore, discover, and play. Play is an important part of a developmentally appropriate child care program. It is also closely tied to the development of cognitive, socio-emotional, and physical behaviors. But what exactly does it mean to play and why is play so important for young children?

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Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News
Learning Through Play
By: Shelley Butler
One sunny summer day, I looked out the window to see my son and a friend spinning and laughing, playing at something known only to the two of them, unfettered by time, expectations, or adult rules. Never before had I seen such pure expressions of joy. Were they playing to learn or consciously seeking new information or skills? No, but if you look closely, they were exploring spatial relationships, honing motor capabilities, practicing social skills and language, creatively thinking, gathering information about the world through their senses, or to put it simply, learning through play.

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Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News

Allison R., Lawrenceville, Georgia
Allison is a graduate of CCEI's Online Self-Study CDA. Currently, Allison works in the older infant room, focusing her attention on infants 9 - 14 months old. Allison enjoys hearing from parents about all the funny things her students are doing at home. Allison enjoys watching the infants reach milestones and knowing that she is influencing their development. Allison is also a mother of 4! In her spare time, she enjoys taking her family to the park and fishing. She and her children bond over their love of animals and enjoy visiting local pet stores.

Congratulations, Allison! Thank you for your commitment to early childhood education!

CCEI Launches Head Start Online Training at www.headstarttrainingonline.com!

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce the launch of a new website at www.headstarttrainingonline.com.

www.headstarttrainingonline.com directly targets the needs of the Head Start community. In addition to the information found on the main CCEI site, this site contains information specific to how CCEI training correlates to Head Start requirements. The information is presented with streamlined navigation for ease of use.

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ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) offers over 100 online, IACET CEU awarded professional development courses that meet continuing education requirements. Courses are offered in English and Spanish and are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a week 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) credit hours of completed CCEI professional development coursework translates to one (1) unit of elective credit at Ashford University.

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Contact CCEI Admissions at 888.418.5358 or enroll online.
Child Development Associate Certificate
Meet the coursework requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition with child care training from CCEI! CCEI offers online course of study options that allow you to work independently and at your convenience with access to courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  CCEI offers three online CDA program options, depending on your needs.  For those seeking college credit, the Online College Credit Eligible CDA is a great choice.  Students successfully completing all requirements of this program not only meet the CDA coursework requirement, but are also eligible to receive up to 26 quarter-hour credits from Kendall College.  This is an instructor supported dual-enrollment program.  CCEI also offers a non college credit Instructor Supported CDA program and a Self-Study CDA program.  The Online Self Study CDA is designed for students who can successfully work independently. 

Call CCEI today at 888.418.5358 to speak to an Admissions Representative or enroll online.
NAEYC's 18th Annual National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
June 14 - 17, 2009, Charlotte, North Carolina.

13th Annual Birth to Three Institute, June 22 - 25, 2009, Washington, D.C.

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