Volume 6, Issue 3   
In This Issue
Music in Early Child Care
Exploring the Effects of Music on Young Children
Children and Music and Rhythm
Meet Dr. Newmark and Learn More on How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children
This month only - Take CHD100: Music in Early Childhood, at No Cost! If you've never tried online learning, now is a perfect time to start!
Alumni Profile: Sabrina Jones-White
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Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute March Newsletter!
This Month, CCEI Discusses Music in Early Child Care.

Music is an essential educational tool that can contribute to all learning environments, and the early childhood classroom is no exception. March is Music in Our School Month and an appropriate time to incorporate music exposure and education within the early care curriculum. Research shows that music has a positive impact on mood, and it promotes creativity, cognitive development and motivation to communicate. Plus, it's fun!

The effect music has on improving one's mood goes beyond a
temporary fix. It has also been proven to increase overall wellness and energy levels. Music reduces stress, lowers blood pressure and stimulates the body's ability to create endorphins. Hospitals even use music to supplement anaesthesia, provide distractions from pain or anxiety, and speed recovery time in patients.

Beginning at an early age, music has the ability to create motivation
for children to communicate with peers and instructors. Self-management and social skills improve with musical activities, and children also learn to be more comfortable expressing their creativity at an early age. This creativity is not limited to music, as teachers have noted how listening to music affects artwork creation when the two elements are combined.

Heightened cognitive and neurological development is another major benefit to incorporating music into the curriculum at an early age. Music can even improve children's math and science achievement by improving development in key areas of the brain. Children's achievement in the language arts can also be improved through music. Language development is vastly improved through exposure to developmentally appropriate music, especially in regards to vocabulary and cultural awareness. Through music education, children develop their listening skills, attention span, and memory capacity, which will make learning more effective.

Research also shows that music accelerates a child's ability to conceptualize spatial awareness. They should be able to comprehend abstract concepts at an accelerated rate in comparison to their peers who are not exposed to music education at an early age. Many schools' music programs are cut each year due to financial restraints, making the need for music education and exposure at an early age even more imperative.


Exploring the effects of Music on Young Children 
By: Karen Sibal 
Every time that song is played on the car radio, 16-month old Jessica claps her hands and hums to the beat from the back of the car. She's as happy as she can be, and with her bunny-like smile, she's grinning ear to ear. You smile back at her from the rear view mirror. As soon as you start singing along, she giggles and tries to sing louder.  The song ends and the two of you are still singing and laughing. This is just one of many signs you've had indicating your baby loves music.


Children have a natural love for music. They love a good tune with an energetic beat. It's amazing what music can do for a kid. As a powerful stimulant, music can alter your child's mood instantly and create new bonds and memories. We all have our personal stories of using music to calm a colicky baby or playing a favorite lullaby to put a little one to sleep. Music can also make time fly away on a long car ride. And, let's not forget the role that music plays at parties!


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Article Courtesy of More 4 Kids

Children and Music and Rhythm

By: The Creativity Institute  

Music is like magic to children. A father's lullaby can soothe a baby to sleep, and a mother's enthusiastic chant can inspire a whole family to hike the steepest mountain trail. Music and rhythm, in their many forms, are part of all children's lives. The tick-tock of clocks, the purring of cats, and the rhymes and songs on television accompany them as they grow up. Music is portable. You can take it - or make it - anywhere. Part of growing up is learning to make and listen to music.


Children of all ages express themselves through music. Even at an early age children sway, bounce, or move their hands in response to music they hear. Many preschoolers make up songs and, with no self-consciousness, sing to themselves as they play. Kids in elementary school learn to sing together as a group and possibly learn to play a musical instrument. Older children dance to the music of their favorite rock and roll bands and use music to form friendships and share feelings.


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Article Courtesy of The Creativity Institute

Meet Dr. Newmark and Learn More on How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children


Stop by CCEI's booth at NHSA and meet Dr. Newmark! Visit booth number 420 on April 5, 7:30 - 9 pm, for a Meet-and-Greet with Dr. Newmark and be sure to get your book signed! Dr. Gerald Newmark, author of How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children, is teaching a full day pre-training seminar at the National Head Start Conference, from 9 am - 4 pm, on April 5 at no cost to all registered NHSA attendees! This seminar takes place at the Kansas City Convention Center and all attendees will receive a copy of How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children during the training. Registration for this pre-training seminar at NHSA must be done in advance of the conference.  


The Children's Project, a non-profit organization created by Dr. and Mrs. Newmark, provides education for numerous parents, schools and organizations on the emotional health of children. CCEI's course, The 5 Critical Needs of Children, was written by Dr. Newmark and is based on his book How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Children. Learn more from Dr. Newmark and The Children's Project by receiving their newsletter! To sign up for The Children's Project Newsletter, click here

In March only - CHD100: Music in Early Childhood - at no cost!

During the month of March, child care staff can log in to CCEI's  

learning management system at www.cceionline.edu and take CHD100: Music in Early Childhood, at no cost. The skills taught in CHD100 provide an understanding of the importance of music in early childhood years and the ways in which it can become a part of the curriculum and of children's lives. It is very simple to set up an account if you don't already have one. Click here for details.

Sabrina Jones-White 

Athens, GA

Congratulations to Sabrina Jones-White for successfully completing CCEI's Online Child Development Associate Certificate!


Sabrina began her career in early child care as a Head Start parent and by working in a child care center. She was initially motivated to obtain better teaching skills for work and for guiding her own children. Currently, she is a Home Visitor for the Clarke county school district in Athens, GA, and is able to focus on reading with different age groups. At work, Sabrina most enjoys seeing the look on parents' and children's faces when a goal is met.


In her spare time, Sabrina enjoys reading and spending time with her three children. In the future, she plans to start her own child care center. Sabrina has completed her CDA program and will one day obtain her Associate's Degree in Early Childhood Education.


In addition to her CDA, Sabrina plans on taking more coursework with CCEI. When asked about CCEI's CDA program, Sabrina said, "I would recommend it to others because it allows you to work at your own pace. I was able to work at home and at work, and it's convenient for people who work. I also was able to get assistance from an instructor when needed."

Congratulations, Sabrina! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!

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