Volume 6, Issue 5    
In This Issue
Literacy in Early Child Care
Early Literacy
Early Literacy Skills
New Online Professional Development Course in the Eco-Friendly Child Care Center Series
Partnership with Association of Childhood Education International
This month's trial course is CCEI330: Books and Beyond: Language Development in Young Children. New users can take this course at no charge to explore the benefits of online learning.
Alumni Profile: Andrea Baker
Professional Development Annual Subscriptions - Individuals only $99 per year + Center-based Options
Certificate Programs - CDA, Director's Certificate, FCCPC and more
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute May Newsletter!
This Month, CCEI Discusses
Literacy in Early Child Care.
The term early literacy refers to the skills and knowledge young children learn prior to actually learning to read. Before they experience formal reading instruction, young children spend the first five or six years of life gradually building up a basic set of early literacy skills.


Future success in reading, not to mention high academic achievement, depends to a large extent on a child's language experiences during early childhood. It is impressive to meet a child in pre-K who already knows how to read. However, actually learning to read is definitely not the main goal of early literacy efforts. There is more to reading than the ability to decipher, or decode, the written symbols of the alphabet.


Reading experts at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development point to six early literacy areas where parents, child care providers, and preschool teachers need to focus:


Vocabulary: The more words a child understands and uses, the more likely that child is to become a strong reader. This is why it is so important for adults to talk to children. Tell them about their world! The more exposure they have to a variety of language and content, the better prepared they will be to understand what they read!


Narrative Skills: The ability to understand and tell stories is extremely helpful to children as they learn to read and interpret simple books. By practicing their narrative (storytelling) skills, children practice their verbal fluency and they learn about the elements of a good story.


Phonological Awareness: The ability to hear and manipulate word parts. For example, a young child who can think of 5 words that rhyme with cat has good phonological awareness-he understands the connection between rhyming words. Mastering the verbal use of -ed ¬≠and  -ing verb endings is another example of phonological awareness.


Print Awareness: This involves the understanding that printed words are used to express important meaning throughout our society. From road and store signs to newspapers and restaurant menus, children with print awareness are motivated to read so they can understand the world around them.


Print Motivation: This is, quite simply, a love for books, or for learning in general. This begins with a child's understanding that book time is a special and important time.


Letter Knowledge: There is more to letter knowledge than being able to recite the ABC song flawlessly. Letter knowledge involves the understanding that letters are different and that each letter makes a sound. Gradually, children will learn about letter combinations and all the other details, but those skills will be addressed early on in the first-grade reading curriculum.


Above all, remember that all young children are different and develop at different paces, but all children need to experience frequent, rich verbal interactions with the adults in their lives. For extra information on early literacy skills, please see the following CCEI courses:


CCEI330: Books and Beyond

CHD101: Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills

CCEI3024: Promoting Family Literacy

SPN100: Inclusive Literary Lessons

Early Literacy 
From: BrainWonders & Sharing Books with Babies      

What We Know About Early Language and

Literacy Development


Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child's earliest experiences with books and stories. The interactions that young children have with such literacy materials as books, paper, and crayons, and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development. This relatively new understanding of early literacy development complements the current research supporting the critical role of early experiences in shaping brain development.

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Article Courtesy of Zero to Three

Early Literacy Skills 
By: M. Segal, B. Bardige, M.J. Woika, and J. Leinfelder   

Unfortunately, many parents judge the value of a preschool by how much reading is taught there. The philosophy that underlies this book does not support this measure, although it does support parents' belief that reading is important.


After reviewing a large body of research on how children become good readers, a panel of experts commissioned by the National Academy of Sciences concluded that having a preschool language and literacy foundation is important for later reading success (Shonkoff & Phillips, 2000). That foundation involves all kinds of experiences with stories, conversation, word play, books, and other meaningful print (signs, notes, lists, directions, etc.). Its most important component is a rich vocabulary, in whatever language or languages the child speaks. Providing the range of experiences that will build a strong foundation is more important in the long run than simply teaching children to recite the alphabet or to read simple books.


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Article Courtesy of Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall

CCEI Announces Second Online Professional Development Course in the Eco-Friendly Child Care Center Series  

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce the addition of a new course, The Eco-Friendly Child Care Center, Part 2: Environmental Education and Sustainability. This new course promotes education and sustainability within early child care settings. A "green" child care program practices sustainability through resource management and waste prevention and reduction. This course includes strategies on creating healthy, safe learning centers for children such as "going green" on a tight budget, incorporating organic foods, and replacing hazardous materials and cleaning agents with environmentally responsible products. Existing CCEI account holders who do not have an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course for $15. 

CCEI Announces Partnership with Association of Childhood Education International  

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce a partnership with the Association of Childhood Education International (ACEI) to offer online training and certificate programs of study. The partnership with ACEI recognizes CCEI as the preferred provider of online early childhood development programs. "Partnerships like this one are implemented to further the common goal of preparing the child care workforce to provide the best educational and developmental opportunities for young children. Educators can continue to broaden their skill set, advance their careers and maintain a life-work balance by enrolling in online professional development or certificate programs with CCEI," said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO.

May's trial course is CCEI330: Books and Beyond: Language Development in Young Children. New users can take this course at no charge to explore the benefits of online learning.   

During the month of May, CCEI330 is available to new CCEI users. The development of language and early literacy skills are major goals in early childhood education. This essential course introduces developmentally appropriate strategies and classroom methods for promoting vocabulary building through speaking, reading, writing and listening. To take this trial course, click on the Take a Trial Course and Earn CEU Credit! icon located along the left side of the homepage at www.cceionline.edu. Users with an existing CCEI F.A.M.E. account who do not have an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this course for $15 as an individual hour by selecting Professional Development for Individuals here. 

Andrea Baker   

Orrville, OH  

This month's spotlight is on CCEI student, Andrea Baker. 


Andrea started her career in child care through participation in a teacher assistant program in high school. From there, she became an Infant/ Toddler Teacher Assistant and has been working with children ever since. Andrea and the children in her care enjoy the "Free Play" time of day and she loves watching them learn, laugh and grow. Seeing children discover something on their own, and knowing she has touched their lives, are the greatest rewards for Andrea.


Andrea completed her online CDA program with CCEI in 2007, and completed her CDA Renewal in 2010. Once her 13 and 17-year-old sons are out of school, Andrea would like to earn her Associate's Degree and become a Head Teacher in a preschool setting.


In her spare time, Andrea enjoys spending time with her own children. Currently, Andrea works for the Rittman Head Start. She recommends CCEI and says, "The agency where I work uses CCEI for employees to get their CDA."


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

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Complete CDA Coursework Online with CCEI!
CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs meet the clock-hour training requirement of The Council for Professional Recognition, which is needed in order to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. CCEI's CDA Certificate programs focus on the six CDA Competency Goals established by the Council and contain the required hours in each of the eight specified content areas. Each hour of completed coursework is awarded 0.1 IACET CEU.

CCEI offers several CDA programs. The CCEI Online Self Study CDA is designed for students who are comfortable with an online learning environment and can successfully complete work independently. The Instructor Supported CDA Certificate, available in English and Spanish, provides students with extra support from a CCEI Education Coach (EC). Each EC is an early childhood specialist with previous experience working in a child care center or school. Students interested in college credit should enroll in the Online College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate program for the opportunity to articulate credit with one of our college partners. CDA renewals are also available.

Online Director's Certificate
CCEI offers an Online Director's Certificate that provides professional development for early childhood professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in the management of a child care center. The program is composed of nine instructional units that focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center. Each student in the Online Director's Certificate receives support from an Education Coach. Click here to enroll online and for renewals.
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