Volume 1, Issue 3 - October, 2006

Welcome to ChildCare Education Institute’s October, 2006 newsletter! This month CCEI explores brain development and early learning. As an early childhood professional, how can you encourage healthy brain growth in young children? What roles do nature and nurture play? Learn the answers to these questions and more! Be sure to read Brain Development Research Can Influence Early Childhood Curriculum by Judith A. Colbert, Ph.D. for an in-depth academic exploration of early learning and multiple intelligences! 

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As a teacher, parent, or caregiver, you have the power to guide the development of young children in your care. Children enter this world ready to learn! By providing a safe and supportive learning environment you can encourage healthy brain development and pave the way for lifelong learning.

Significant brain growth and development occur in the first few years of life. A child’s surroundings and interactions with caregivers greatly influence this opportunity for growth. Early childhood educators can positively influence brain development by providing a safe, pleasant classroom environment with numerous opportunities for active learning. 

Teachers should avoid pushing students into learning experiences before they are ready. Rather than demanding that children engage in certain activities, teachers can use moments of children’s discoveries to create learning experiences. Provide children with choices on a daily basis.  Allow children to focus on areas of personal interest and build learning opportunities around these choices. Children should receive emotional support as they try new things. Be sure to offer plenty of support and guidance. 

Watch the children in your care thrive as they learn about the world around them! The first few years of life are exciting! You can promote early learning and healthy brain development by providing numerous opportunities for hands-on learning, offering choices, and ensuring a safe learning environment.

Are you interested in learning about how the brain develops? ChildCare Education Institute offers course CCEI810 “Brain Development and Learning: What Every Early Care and Education Professional Should Know”. This course explores the areas of the brain as they relate to learning and how nature and nurture affect brain development. Students will also learn how to foster an appropriate and fun learning environment for children in the classroom. Course CCEI330 “Books and Beyond: Language Development in Young Children” examines how to create a learning environment that provides the opportunity for children to develop language through speaking, reading, writing, and listening. These courses provide valuable insight into brain development and early learning opportunities.

This month’s Online Learning Community Discussion Thread examines the Nature vs. Nurture debate.  Is one more important than the other? Log on to discuss this intriguing issue and offer suggestions for enhancing brain development through classroom activity. CCEI’s Education Coaches are available to answer questions and provide in-depth coverage of this topic.

Brain Development Research Can Influence Early Childhood Curriculum
By Judith A. Colbert, Ph.D.

The scientific community is one of the most valuable sources of information about the learners in your care. Recently much has been written about the latest findings of researchers into brain development in young children. Why is this research important to you as an early childhood professional? How can the findings of these studies be implemented into your classroom? How will this recent brain research affect your role as a curriculum developer?
Read Article

Promoting Development Through Emergent Literacy
Francis Wardle, Ph.D.

Literacy is the “in” word today in education. We all want our children to read. Early. But literacy is not something we simply teach, and it’s not something a child starts to learn when he or she enters school. It’s a complex process that starts at birth, and includes a child learning in four basic areas: language, listening, writing, and reading—all at the same time!  Read Article


Printed courtesy of Early Childhood News

CCEI Announces the $999 Center Based Unlimited Annual Access Subscription

ChildCare Education Institute is pleased to announce a tremendous value, the center based annual unlimited access subscription, now only $999.00. The annual subscription plan gives (up to) 50 users unlimited 24 x 7 Internet access to CCEI's English and Spanish courses. The 100+ courses available online are CEU eligible, and completed courses can transfer into the CCEI online CDA.  The license seats under this subscription plan can be transferred to other users.* This plan provides unlimited training for one year, for as little as $20 per teacher!  That's less than $.05/day for each teacher's training.

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CCEI is an approved provider of Child Care professional development and the CDA Credential Coursework.

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.


A CDA Renewal 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 course work 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... All certificate programs are supported by a "live" member of the CCEI faculty. These Education Coaches are all Early Childhood Experts.

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Upcoming webinars:
(Webinars are FREE and are eligible for one clock hour of training. They are equal to 1/10th of a CEU.)

November 1st - CCEI1430 - Math Madness

Visit CCEI Online for details.

Online Learning Community:

October 20th - CCEI330 - Stimulating classroom activities that enhance brain development

November 3rd and 17th - CCEI1430 & CCEI1440 -
                                     What are some popular pre-math activities used in your classroom? 
                                     What science center activities have been successful in your classroom?

Visit CCEI Online for details.

Coming in next month's issue...Math & Science.


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