Volume 4, Issue 11
In This Issue
Singing as a Teaching Tool
The Importance of Music in Early Childhood
Start the Music: A Report from the Early Childhood Music Summit
CCEI Alumni Profile - Kristin Baer
Professional Development
Certificate Programs
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute November Newsletter.
This month, CCEI Discusses 'Singing as a Teaching Tool'!

In most early childhood classrooms, music is part of the curriculum because children really enjoy music and musical activities.  Teachers and caregivers are often unaware of the importance that music plays in the development of a young child.

There are many reasons for exposing children to music.  Music provides motivation for children to communicate with the world and may be their first exposure to their own culture or the cultures of other people.  

Vocal and speech development can be improved through singing.  Children with speech delays can benefit from rhyming activities and songs.  Music affects social development, too.  Simply by sharing musical instruments in the classroom, children are encouraged to cooperate.

Most important is the effect music has on cognitive development.  Research shows that music has the greatest effect during the first six years, when the most important brain development takes place.

Teachers should not be afraid to implement a music curriculum in the classroom.  Teaching music to young children does not require anyone to be an expert musician; all that is required is that you have a desire and willingness to participate.  Young children are not critics and will be willing participants and learn from the example provided by their teacher.

Like art, reading and dramatic play, music should be a part of every early childhood classroom.  If you are not providing musical opportunities in your classroom, begin today and watch as children respond to the joys of music.
For more in-depth information on developing a music program in your classroom, CCEI offers CHD100: Music in Early Childhood.  This course provides participants with an understanding of the importance of music in the early childhood years and ways in which it can become part of the curriculum and a child's life.  This month, log in to the CCEI Discussion Thread and share the ways you use music in the early childhood classroom.

The Importance of Music in Early Childhood
By: Lili M. Levinowitz, Ph.D.
The media's popularization of findings from studies indicating a causal link between music training and spatial reasoning in young children (Rauscher et al. 1993, 1997) has caught the attention of many and spurred interest in the inclusion of music in early childhood education. Curriculum models that substantiate this point of view are credible; however, music educators need to remind decision makers about other valid reasons for teaching music in the early childhood curriculum. The purpose of this article is to survey some of the work in music education that validates the inclusion of music for its own sake in models for early childhood learning.

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Article Courtesy of Music Together
Start the Music: A Report from the Early Childhood Music Summit
Developed by: Bruce O. Boston, Wordsmith, Inc.
The Value of Music for the Very Young.
The idea that very early education provides great long-term benefits has been rendered incontestable by studies in cognition and early learning. Research in developmental psychology and commonsense observation underscore both the importance and the wisdom of making music an integral and overt part of the earliest education of young children.
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Article Courtesy of: MENC: The National Association for Music Education
Visit CCEI at NAEYC 2009 in Booth 1815! Meet and Greet CCEI Coursework Authors for Book Giveaways and Signings!
CCEI is exhibiting at NAEYC 2009, November 18 - 21, 2009.  Stop by the booth for book giveaways and signings with Dr. Gerald Newmark, Pam Schiller and Rae Pica. Visit CCEI in NAEYC booth 1815 for the daily schedule and plan to meet these experts in early childhood education!
CCEI Gives Child Care Staff Access to Its Professional Development Library in Honor of National Distance Learning Week 2009! 
CCEI provided over 1,100 hours of professional development to early childhood staff in honor of National Distance Learning Week 2009! National Distance Learning Week was an opportunity for early childhood professionals to experience the benefits of online learning with CCEI and complete mandated training. Thank you to the early childhood professionals who took advantage of this great opportunity to enhance their knowledge base, which enhances the quality of care given to children.
Industry News: CCEI's Partner, Ashford University, Introduces a New Infant and Toddler Specification
Ashford University has introduced a new Infant and Toddler Specialization as part of its online Bachelor of Arts degree programs in Early Childhood Education and Early Childhood Education Administration.
The Infant and Toddler Specialization will help to prepare Ashford University's education students for careers specific to early childhood education, as well as infant and toddler care.
Click here to view the complete article.
CCEI Announces a New Website for the Head Start Community!
CCEI is proud to announce the launch of a new Head Start Training website at www.headstarttrainingonline.com.
The new site directly serves the needs of the Head Start community. The design and streamlined navigation makes finding enrollment requirements, program descriptions, scholarship opportunities and Head Start training requirements effortless for Head Start staff and directors. The site is also available in Spanish, at the click of a button.
Click here to read more! 

Visit the new website at www.headstarttrainingonline.com and discover the training available to meet Head Start training requirements!
Kristin Baer, Harrison, NY
Kristin is a recent graduate of CCEI's Online Self Study CDA program. Kristin began working in an early childhood setting after she enrolled her son in preschool. She began as a volunteer and enjoyed the work so much that she decided to pursue her CDA Credential and a full-time position as a preschool teacher.
Krisin enjoys teaching most in the mornings when she and the children are awake and ready for a day of learning. Her favorite activity is craft time when she gets to work one-on-one with each of the children.  She especially loves helping each child excel with individual guidance and attention.
The best aspect of working with 3-year-olds is their curiosity and desire to learn new things. The children are interested in everything and she enjoys giving them new experiences and new things to explore! As the children learn and explore, Kristin is proud to witness the growth they experience throughout the year.
In her free time, Kristin spends time with her family and friends. In the future, Kristin will continue to expand her education in early childhood education. She feels that she has found a rewarding career in which she can make a difference in children's lives.

Congratulations Kristin, on your recent accomplishment and your contribution to the early education of children in your care!
Annual, Unlimited Professional Development Subscriptions, Only $99!
CCEI offers over 100 online, IACET CEU awarded professional development courses that meet continuing education requirements. CCEI has a course offering in English and Spanish and courses are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year 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) clock hours of completed CCEI professional development coursework translate to one (1) unit of elective credit at Ashford University.

Center-Based Subscriptions
Directors: center-based subscriptions are a great way to manage and administer continuing education for your staff. CCEI's Center-Based Subscriptions, available for 20 and 50 users, allow you to provide training for as little as $20 per teacher for the entire year.
For more information, contact Admissions at 800.499.9907 or click here to enroll online.
Complete CDA Coursework Online with CCEI!
CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs meet the clock hour training requirement of The Council for Professional Recognition, needed to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential. CCEI's CDA Certificate programs focus on the six CDA Competency Standards 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 three 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 Online 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 and has previous experience working in a child care center or school. Students seeking college credit should enroll in the College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate program for the opportunity to earn 26 quarter-hour credits at Kendall College.

Click here to enroll online.
November 18, 19, 20, 21. National Association for the Education of Young Children Annual Conference and Expo, Washington, D.C. Visit CCEI in Booth 1815!
December 3, 4, 5. Zero to Three National Training Institute, Dallas, Texas.

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