Volume 6, Issue 8      
In This Issue
The Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum: Maintaining a Developmentally Appropriate Program
Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8
Brain Development
San Francisco Human Services Agency Awards ChildCare Education Institute Contract for Early Care and Education Workforce Registry
CCEI Announces New Online 'Dual Language Learning' Professional Development Course
This month's trial course is CCEI350: The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom. New users can take this course at no cost to explore the benefits of online learning.
Alumni Profile: Lisa Fernley
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Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute August Newsletter!
This Month, CCEI Discusses
Developmentally Appropriate Curriculum.

Early childhood education (ECE) research is constantly evolving. While it is difficult for ECE professionals to keep up with all the latest twists and turns in current research, it is essential to be aware of major trends and shifts. In developing curriculum and other program elements, ECE professionals must be able to discern the "good ideas" from those that are confirmed by research.

 

A little over a decade ago, many early childhood teachers were not aware of the important role they play in determining a child's future success in reading and other academic pursuits. Prior to the mid 1990s, you would not have found many child care programs that focused on things like vocabulary development, print awareness, and exposing children to rich oral language. Today, if you find a program that does not include these areas in its curriculum, then you would be justified in wondering whether the program's designers have been paying attention at all!

 

The main goal behind a developmentally appropriate classroom is to close the so-called achievement gap before it has a chance to widen. The achievement gap reflects the disparity in skills and knowledge between children from different socio-economic groups. For example, research has shown that minority children living at or below the poverty level come to kindergarten with less than half the skills and knowledge of their counterparts from higher income brackets.

 

Vocabulary knowledge and other oral language skills are of particular concern, since these areas are so closely tied to success in reading. Research proves that young children entering elementary school with limited oral language skills are almost sure to have trouble comprehending advanced texts, even after they have mastered the ability to decode written language.

 

Ten or twenty years ago, the notion of focusing on vocabulary development or print awareness might have seemed like a good idea to some educators. Now, the "good idea" has been confirmed by extensive research showing that the achievement gap can indeed be narrowed with the help of a strong, developmentally appropriate program focused on early literacy skills. Educators must take it upon themselves to determine whether their programs reflect current, research-based "best practices." There is a good chance these practices will change or evolve in years to come, since major long-term research is always ongoing.

"Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8  

NAEYC has recently revised a key position statement: "Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs Serving Children from Birth through Age 8." All early childhood professionals should familiarize themselves with its conclusions.

 

The purpose of this position statement is to pro­mote excellence in early childhood education by providing a framework for best practice. Grounded both in the research on child development and learning and in the knowledge base regarding educational effectiveness, the framework outlines practice that promotes young children's optimal learning and development. Since its first adoption in 1986, this framework has been known as devel­opmentally appropriate practice.

 

Read Position Statement

Article Courtesy of NAEYC

Brain Development 

It's all about brain development! The National Child Care and Technical Assistance Center has compiled the following resources to help educators keep up with the latest research. 

   

Recent technological advances have allowed scientists to study the brain in ways that have led to new understanding about how young children develop. There is new understanding of both the capabilities and vulnerabilities of infants and young children, and that has influenced the work of caregivers and teachers. The following resources include a sample of national and state organizations that share information about brain development and research to promote healthy growth among young children; additional publications that describe the research about brain development and the implications for parenting and programming; and publications that describe how information about brain development can be used to create early care and education policies.

 

Read Resource Compilation

Article Courtesy of The National Child Care Information and Technical Assistance Center

San Francisco Human Services Agency Awards ChildCare Education Institute Contract for Early Care and Education Workforce Registry

CCEI announces that it has been awarded the contract for the Early Care and Education Workforce Registry Pilot for the City/County of San Francisco and Los Angeles County Early Care and Education Workforce Consortium in the state of California. This contract, awarded by the Human Services Agency of San Francisco, is supported with funding by Los Angeles Universal Preschool through First 5 Los Angeles, the Mimi & Peter Haas Fund and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, to develop and host services for an Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Registry. The ECE Workforce Registry will be used by eligible participants in trainings and programs supported by the City/County of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County ECE Workforce Consortium in coordination with the Office of Quality Improvement at the Child Development Division of the California Department of Education. CCEI was selected for this project based on a number of criteria, including their experience in state workforce registry development for the states of Connecticut and New Jersey.

CCEI Announces New Online 'Dual Language Learning' Professional Development Course   

CCEI is proud to announce the addition of a new course, Dual Language Learning in the Early Childhood Environment. Roughly one out of six Americans speaks a language other than English at home, and many early care providers increasingly find themselves serving children and families from a wide variety of language backgrounds. CCEI's new course, Dual Language Learning, provides early childhood professionals with strategies and tools for helping young children develop language and early literacy skills in English as well as their native language. Participants will learn the benefits of "dual language" learning for young children along with key strategies for increasing family engagement and promoting rich, dual language development in the classroom.

CCEI's Trial Course for August is 'The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom'

A developmentally appropriate classroom is one that encourages exploration and offers learning specifically tailored to children's needs and interests, while maintaining safety and security levels. Knowledge of child development, social and cultural contexts, and other factors are all pertinent when creating an environment to nurture early needs. Upon successful completion of this course, caregivers will be able to identify strategies for creating a developmentally appropriate physical environment, characteristics of effective learning centers, keys for successful activity transitions, teaching practices and much more. CCEI350 is available to new CCEI users at no cost in August. To take this course as a new user, click on Take a Trial Course and Earn CEU Credit! at www.cceionline.edu. Existing account holders without an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course through CCEI online enrollment.

Lisa Fernley

Budd Lake, NJ

Congratulations to Lisa Fernley for successfully completing CCEI's National Administrator Credential Certificate program of study!

 

Lisa initiated her child care career with a vocational program for Early Childhood Education in high school. Since then, she's gone on to receive her Teacher's Aide Certificate, Early Childhood Certificate, and BA in Early Childhood. Lisa is currently a director, and enjoys story time with the children, in addition to seeing their excitement over their accomplishments. She teaches sign language as well, and notes the children love learning new sign language.

 

Lisa has little spare time, as a mother of two and going back to school to obtain a Psychology degree, but she likes to read or catch up with old friends when she can. She received her National Administrator Credential (NAC) from the National Child Care Association shortly after completing her NAC training with CCEI. She completes her annual Professional Development training with CCEI, and is an approved CDA Advisor for the Council of Professional Recognition. Lisa would recommend CCEI to others and says, "CCEI has made a huge difference for me and allowed me the opportunity to obtain a credential that I had wanted for many years. The courses were always too far away and required me to travel. CCEI's online program allowed me to study at my own pace from the convenience of my own home...Thank you!!"

 

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

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Center-Based Subscriptions
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Complete CDA Coursework Online with CCEI!
CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs of study 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 CEUs.

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 credit partners. CDA Renewals are also available.

Online Director Programs
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 five instructional units that focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center. Each student receives support from an Education Coach (EC). Director's Certificate Renewals are also available.

CCEI offers an
Online National Administrator Credential (NAC) Certificate as well, which is approved to provide the required clock hours of business and administrative training required for early childhood professionals seeking their National Administrator Credential. The program is composed of seven instructional units that focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center, and is approved by the National Child Care Association (NCCA). Each student receives support from an Education Coach (EC). NAC Renewals are also available.
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