Volume 2

Volume 2, Issue 3 - March, 2007

In this Issue:

Welcome to ChildCare Education Institute’s March 2007 newsletter!  Observation and assessment is a hot topic in early childhood education. This month CCEI takes a close look at how observation and assessment can be used to benefit young children in an early childhood learning environment.

Assessing Young Children: What’s Old, What’s New, and Where Are We Headed? by Susan Bowers, Ph.D. explores why observing and assessing young children is important, what measures are available for observation, and how to apply developmentally appropriate assessment techniques in the classroom. John Funk’s Using Assessment Information to Guide Planning and Teaching takes a practical look at how assessment results can be paired with developmental guidelines to create an effective teaching environment that tracks the individual progress of young children. Check out these scholarly articles and more in this month’s newsletter!

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In the field of early childhood education, teachers of young children must find ways to show that children are growing, developing, and learning. Parents, as well as teachers, want to see evidence of growth and development. Appropriate assessment methods can be used to provide that evidence. Authentic Assessment is defined as “the process of documenting and evaluating growth and development over time using real-life situations”. It shows what children can do, what they know, and what they understand. Rather than attempting to explain a child’s performance based on one test, this type of assessment focuses on the progress and growth of a child over an extended period of time.

Early childhood includes children from birth to age eight and is a very difficult period to assess because the rate of growth is so rapid and varies for every child. Also, growth is highly influenced by nurturing parents, quality of care, and a child’s learning environment. Parents want to be assured that their child is ready for school. In addition, teachers and administrators want to know if they are offering effective programs. Therefore, assessment is critical to the child, the parent, and the success of a program. The number one reason to assess young children is to benefit the child. If the assessment is tied closely to instruction it will be easier for the teacher to see what and how the child is learning.

It is imperative for teachers, administrators, and parents to understand that assessment of children in an early childhood setting is only a “snapshot” of the child’s ability at the time the assessment occurs. There are many factors that can affect the assessment outcomes of a child at this stage of development. Assessment results that are acquired through observation over a period of time will produce the most reliable results.

When ongoing assessments are implemented, teachers become aware of issues that must be addressed. Large scale monitoring of data can provide information regarding current trends, programs and services. Academic achievement must be assessed to hold students, teachers, and schools accountable. The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) offers reasons to assess children as well. As one of the most respected professional organizations for early childhood educators, they endorse the belief that assessment should be conducted in a developmentally appropriate manner. NAEYC also maintains that assessment helps teachers plan instruction for individual students, can be used to identify children who need special services, and can be used to evaluate a whole program on how well goals are being met.

Are you interested in learning more about how observation and assessment can be implemented in the early childhood classroom? CCEI1200 Assessing Young Children: Part 1 – Introduction to Assessment explains the basics of assessment and the benefits of assessing young children. CCEI1210 Assessing Young Children: Part 2 – Methods of Assessment closely examines the six basic methods for observing and assessing young children. Participants will learn how to implement assessment activities into their daily classroom plans. The Assessment Series concludes with CCEI1220 Assessing Young Children: Part 3 – Pulling it all Together. This course teaches educators how to pull data together to create a useful tool for overall assessment and reporting.

This month’s Online Learning Community Discussion Thread allows teachers to discuss observation and assessment techniques with early childhood educators across the country. Do you have a tip for observing and assessing young children? Would you like advice from other teachers regarding assessment? 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.

Assessing Young Children: What’s Old, What’s New, and Where Are We Headed?
By Susan Bowers, Ph.D.

Traditionally, the issues related to assessment have centered around three key questions: 1) Why should I engage in assessment?, 2) Which methods should I select?, and 3) How should I use the information obtained? In this article, the answers to these questions are explored, along with trends emerging in the field today. Read Article

Using Assessment Information to Guide Planning and Teaching
By John Funk, M.Ed.

Many state and local education agencies, as well as commercial preschool programs, are now applying core educational standards in their preschool settings. While they do an admirable job of employing curriculum standards, a number of programs do not introduce skills in developmental order. Developmental order is essential – for tracking learning and to help each child progress along the educational continuum (POCET, 2005). Without following developmental order, teachers and children can find themselves grappling with gaps in abilities and comprehension. Read Article

Printed courtesy of Early Childhood News


CCEI is pleased 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:
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For more information, please call 1-800-499-9907 ext. 533.

*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 about 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 April 1, 2007.

*Not available to scholarship, financed, or funded students


Unlimited Professional Development Annual Online Access
Only $999.00       Up to 50 User Licenses
  • 100+ English and Spanish CEU eligible online courses
  • Completed courses may transfer into the CCEI Online CDA (conditions apply)
  • License seats are transferable (conditions apply)
  • Hurry - Offer Expires March 30th, 2007!
visit www.cceionline.com or call 1-888-418-5358 to enroll.


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 Credential 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 recently announced 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 online at  www.faccm.org and click on the FACCM Professional Development Learning Portal.  (http://faccm.cceifame.com)  or call 1.800.499.9907.


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Online Learning Community:

March 16th & 30th - Which forms of assessment do you use that allow you to reveal an accurate picture of a child?

April 13th & 27th - What are some of the procedures you follow to ensure that everyone stays healthy in the classroom?

Visit CCEI Online for details.

Calendar of Events:

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

April 18th, 19th, and 20th - Visit CCEI at the National Head Start Association 34th Annual Training Conference, San Antonio Convention Center, booth 535, in San Antonio, Texas.

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