Volume 3, Issue 3
In This Issue
Encouraging Parent Communication
Building Parent-Teacher Partnerships
Preschool Teacher Communication: Ways for Early Childhood Educators to Communicate with Parents
26-Hour College Credit Eligible CDA
Pinnacle Summer Curriculum - Special Offer
Dates to Remember
between parents and caregivers in the early childhood setting is very important.  Both parents and caregivers have a goal of providing children with the best learning and growing environments.  Caregivers should strive to create trust between the parents and themselves so they can work together for the good of the children.

Creating trust between parents and caregivers involves using an open communication system that benefits the children, parents and caregivers. Caregivers are better able to help children learn when they communicate with the parents about the child.  They learn from the parents about each child's family, culture, home life, and language. 

In the early childhood setting, we communicate with parents for a variety of reasons.  In all our interactions with parents, we should create a positive and trusting environment by being respectful and honest. 

After parents have decided to enroll their child, seize your chance to get to know them and encourage them to become involved in the classroom or at the facility.  Greet parents at arrivals and dismissals.  Make parents, who may be uncomfortable with the school environment, feel at ease.

  Tell parents about yourself and your goals for
  the children in your class.  Let them know when
  you are available for meetings with them.
  Explain the child care facility's policies and
  answer any questions they might have.  Inform
  them of any special events.

  It may be hard to communicate with parents 
  who have long work schedules.  You may not
  even see many of these parents because they
  send another relative or a close friend to transport the child to and from the facility.  Other parents may find it hard to get involved in special activities because of an evening work schedule.  Keep these parents informed of classroom happenings and special events through written notes, telephone or email communication.

We communicate in various ways and with many different styles.  When we practice methods of positive and open communication, we can get to know parents and encourage them to build a partnership with us.  Children, parents and teachers all benefit from the partnership.

Join the CCEI Discussion Thread and share the methods your center uses to include working parents in school activities. To help you learn more about positive communication and building parent partnerships, CCEI offers courses CCEI520 & CCEI520P1 - Parent Communication and Family Involvement.

Building Parent - Teacher Partnerships

  The day-to-day reality of many families is
  different today than a generation ago.  Family
  members spend far less time together and
  adults often face an on-going struggle to
  balance the demands of their families and their
  jobs.  While these pressures can cause parents
  to participate less in their children's lives, there
  remains a great need for them to be involved in
  their children's education. 

  Read Article

  Courtesy of National Association for the
  Education of Young Children

Preschool Teacher Communication: Ways for Early Childhood Educators to Communicate with Parents
  Communication among early
  childhood teachers and parents is
  important.  This article offers
  preschool educators ways to
  effectively communicate with parents.

  In the online publication titled,
  "Teaching Our Youngest: A Guide for
  Preschool Teachers, Childcare, and
  Family Providers," the U.S.
  Department of Education says "As a
  teacher, you and the children's parents and caregivers are partners in helping to get the children ready for future school success.  Good communication with parents and caregivers can build support for and strengthen the important work that you are doing in the classroom." There are a variety of methods that early childhood teachers can use to effectively communicate with parents.

Read Article

Courtesy of Suite101.com

If it's been a while since you earned your CDA, you may want to start thinking about renewal.  Stay up-to date by completing your CDA Renewal before your credential expires. The 45 hours of coursework can be completed online with the CCEI Online CDA Renewal!

The flexibility of CCEI's Online CDA Renewal Program allows you to access your courses from any computer with Internet access.  Take courses from home, work, or the library.  The convenience of distance learning allows you to maintain your busy, work, personal, and social schedules.   Access to courses is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  The program is instructor supported, giving you access to support at just a phone call away.  CCEI faculty and help desk are designed to help you every stop of the way.

Renew your CDA for $399!  Registration is just a phone call away!  Are you a CCEI CDA Graduate?  Get $50 off your CDA Renewal!

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

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.

April 1 - 5, 2008 - CCEI will be exhibiting at National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies Policy Symposium 2008.

April  3 - 5, 2008 - Visit CCEI at Booth #651 at the California Association for the Education of Young Children 2008 Annual Conference and Expo at the Long Beach Convention Center in Long Beach, CA.

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