Volume 1, Issue 2 - September, 2006

Welcome to ChildCare Education Institute’s Monthly Newsletter

Welcome to ChildCare Education Institute’s September, 2006 newsletter! This month CCEI focuses on learning centers in the early childhood classroom. We will explore the basics of launching learning centers and the importance of refreshing centers throughout the year. Early childhood professionals will find this issue bursting with exciting ideas for the classroom!  Carolyn Ross Tomlin’s 10 Ideas for Using Learning Centers offers creative suggestions for activity stations, and Sue Miles, Ed.D., provides a look at Exploration and Discovery! Creating an Enthusiastic, Exciting Classroom. 

Visit us at CCEI Online to learn how you can take advantage of weekly Online Learning Community Discussions and monthly webinars. If you are an early childhood professional in Texas, be sure to read on for information on CCEI’s new Texas Director’s Certificate!

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As a new school year begins, September offers an exciting opportunity to re-invent and liven up learning centers in the classroom. Learning centers provide a wonderful opportunity for teachers to actively engage children in meaningful, hands-on activities. Well-planned learning stations present children with challenging projects and opportunities for exploration which encourage thinking skills and motor development.

When planning learning centers, many teachers find it helpful to focus on a unit theme. For example, an “Under the Sea” theme may include a book center with stories about sea life, sailing, or the beach.  Teachers may add sailor hats, snorkels, and flippers to the dramatic play center. Using this theme, a teacher may choose to incorporate an art project using sea shells and sand. Unit themes often correspond with curriculum for maximum impact. 

When refreshing learning centers, it is important to gradually introduce new materials. This prevents children from becoming overwhelmed by new items and allows them to focus on play with new items.  Focused play leads to higher order learning and an opportunity to develop or sharpen skills in a particular area. By rotating materials, teachers ensure that the centers remain fresh. Rotation also allows teachers to provide learning centers which focus on developing separate and distinct skill sets.

ChildCare Education Institute offers CCEI450A “Launching Learning Centers in Your Classroom”. This course provides a guide for implementing learning centers in the classroom. Teachers will discover what motivates children to learn, examine common learning centers, discuss techniques for livening up learning centers, and learn the secrets to creating short-term interest centers. CCEI450B “Liven Up Your Learning Centers” offers a more in-depth look at how to keep learning centers exciting. Themes and activity center suggestions are included in this lesson as well as instructions for developing your own centers.

Be sure to check out CCEI’s Online Learning Community Discussion Thread! This month we invite you to share your ideas for livening up learning centers. Do you need ideas for your classroom? Log on and see what has worked for other early childhood professionals! CCEI’s Education Coaches are available to answer questions and provide in-depth coverage of this topic. 

10 Ideas for Using Learning Centers
By Carolyn Ross Tomlin

Learning centers, often called zones or stations, provide a variety of curriculum activities using cognitive modes of learning, such as visual, auditory, and kinesthetic. By using centers in your program, you can reach all children in the way they learn best. All of the following ideas use inexpensive materials that require little preparation. You'll be amazed at how quickly your program turns into a "super-center."
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Exploration and Discovery!  Creating an Enthusiastic, Exciting Classroom

By Sue Miles, Ed.D.

Most teachers remember the excitement they felt as they approached their first early childhood teaching assignment. The summer before I began to teach I dreamed of what the children would be like and the interesting subjects, concepts, and ideas we would explore together. It was with great care that I mentally designed the classroom environment—not only the children’s name tags and welcoming items for the room, but the entire environment in which the children would play and learn.
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Printed courtesy of Early Childhood News

CCEI Announces the Texas Director's Certificate

ChildCare Education Institute is pleased to announce the release of its Texas Director’s Certificate.  This 60-hour certificate program has been approved by the Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Child Care Licensing Division and is considered equivalent to the Day Care Administrator’s Credential in the state of Texas. Comprehensive courses are designed to address the practical skills required to manage the day to day operation of a child care center. New Directors, seasoned professionals, and those aspiring to become a management team member will benefit from courses that provide insight to the practical application of the daily responsibilities of a Child Care Director. 

Day Care Director Credentialing Organizations Recognized by Child Care Licensing

For more information, please call 1-888-418-5358 or visit CCEI Online for details.


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.

Special Offer

ChildCare Education Institute announces 0% financing on all certificate programs until the end of the year. Call for details, exclusions apply.

For more information, please call 1-888-418-5358 or visit CCEI Online for details.

CCEI is a proud Professional Development Partner of:


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

September 20th and 27th - CCEI450B - Liven Up Your Learning Centers

October 11th and 25th - CCEI810 - Brain Development and Learning: What Early Child Care Education
                                                   Professionals Should Know

Visit CCEI Online for details.

Online Learning Community:

September 22nd - CCEI450B - Liven Up Your Learning Centers

October 6th - CCEI810 - Nature vs. Nurture. Is one more important that the other?

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

Visit CCEI Online for details.

Coming in next month's issue...Brain Development and Learning.









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