Volume 4, Issue 12
In This Issue
Promoting Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom
Early Childhood Literacy
Early Literacy: Speak Up!
CCEI News
CCEI Alumni Profile - Kathie Albinski
Professional Development
Certificate Programs
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute December Newsletter!
This month, CCEI Discusses Promoting Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom.

Did you know that babies begin learning language skills before they are born? Even in the womb, babies learn to recognize familiar voices and respond to various sounds.

Ultimately, no matter what a child does when he or she "grows up", success and happiness at home, in school, and in the workplace will be enhanced greatly if that child has a foundation of strong language skills. And that child has a much better chance of developing strong language skills if his or her parents and teachers focus on language development as early as possible.

As an early childhood professional, you play a crucial role in helping young children develop their language skills. Whether you are with a child all day long or for just a couple hours, you have a tremendous opportunity (and some would say responsibility) to stimulate and foster the development of strong listening, speaking, writing and reading skills.
 
This would be much easier if all the children in your classroom came from the exact same background and all had the same language experiences at home. Of course, reality gives us exactly the opposite because every child is different. In a roomful of toddlers, you may have several who have had little or no exposure to English. Others may never have had a book read aloud to them, while some may bring highly advanced language skills.
 
The subject of early childhood literacy is fascinating and complex. The good news is that there are many simple, proven, research−based practices and strategies you can use in your classroom starting today to begin building essential language and early literacy skills!
 
The information in this article was extracted from CCEI330 - Books and Beyond: Language Development in Young Children. To learn more about promoting literacy in the classroom, log on today and register to take CCEI330 at no cost in the month of December.
 
This month, log in to the CCEI Discussion Thread and share the creative ways that you promote literacy in the early childhood classroom.
Early Childhood Literacy
By: Connie Newbauer
"Literacy: The ability to read, write, communicate and comprehend."
 
Literacy encompasses a broad spectrum of our lives from childhood to adulthood. The charge to promote literacy - in all forms - is an important one!

Reading is the first thing most of society thinks about when the word literacy is discussed. Reading is the important cornerstone of literacy, for if you do not read, your communication and comprehension will lag behind. In early childhood, slow comprehension of learning skills can mean an immediate educational division between the student and their peers, leaving them at the bottom of the trade-chain.
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Article Courtesy of Suite101.com
Early Literacy: Speak Up!
By: Susan B. Neuman, Ph.D.
Language and vocabulary represent the very foundation of learning to read and write. Children who do not develop strong oral language skills and vocabulary in these early years will find it difficult to keep pace with their peers.

Language is not just talk. Prominent psychologists, such as Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky, recognized the importance of the relationship between language and thought. In other words, children use words as a way to understand important concepts. In fact, language actually drives cognitive development, with words standing for increasingly sophisticated ideas. A recent study indicated that, from age 3 onward, children need to build a vocabulary store of at least 2,500 words per year. The same study stresses that they should encounter and explore at least two new words each day.
Article Courtesy of: Scholastic.com 
Learn How to Promote Literacy in the Early Childhood Classroom
December is "Read a New Book Month"! ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) offers all child care staff the opportunity to learn about the importance of promoting literacy in the early childhood classroom by completing CCEI330 - Books and Beyond: Language Development in Young Children, at no cost!

This one-clock-hour online course provides early childhood professionals with information on the importance of promoting and developing language skills, the stages of language development, and developmentally appropriate classroom activities. Students completing the course will be awarded 0.1 IACET CEU and receive a certificate of completion.

To take advantage of this opportunity, good during the month of December, child care staff can log in to CCEI's learning management system at www.cceionline.com and use the promotion code 120109 when prompted. For detailed instructions on how to register, click here.
Kathie Albinski, Commack, NY
Kathie is a recent graduate of CCEI's Online Instructor Supported CDA program. Kathie began her career in early childhood after the first of her four children was born. She was approached by other parents for safe and reliable child care and she began a home-based child care business. She now works in a school setting and has 25 years of teaching experience.
 
Kathie cherishes the time she spends reading books to the children. She finds they especially love the interactive books: pop-ups, lift tabs, and pages with texture. She focuses on making the story exciting with movement and voices, and she sometimes asks the children to predict what will happen next!
 
Kathie is motivated to continue working with children because of their constant curiosity and eagerness to learn. She is proud when parents mention something their child did in the home that they must have learned in school.

In her spare time, Kathie enjoys reading and going on long walks. She plans to continue working with children as long as she is able.

Congratulations Kathie, on your recent accomplishment and your contribution to the early education of children in your care!
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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.

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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 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.
 
Online Director's Certificate
CCEI offers an Online Director's Certificate that provides professional recognition 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 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.

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