Volume 7, Issue 1   
Your ChildCare Education Institute January 2012 Newsletter is Here!

This month, CCEI discusses Planning for Success.

In This Issue
Planning for Success
Life: New Year's Resolutions: Why They Don't Stick
New Year's Resolution Series: Make more time for family, yourself in the new year
Online Profession Development Completions Continue to Rise
Improve Long-Term Health with CCEI's 'Nutrition and Fitness' Course
Alumni Profile: Maria Leatherwood
Professional Development Annual Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
Certificate Programs - CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, NAC, ECC and more
Planning for Success    

Statistically, only about 1 in 10 people actually follows through on their New Year's resolutions. Nevertheless, the process of making New Year's resolutions does provide an important opportunity to reflect on where we are and where we want to be.

 

This month's trial course, NFS100 - Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices, touches on a common New Year's resolution theme. Shedding pounds and getting in shape are always good goals, but they also require a long-term outlook and (usually) significant change, as anyone who has ever lost 10 pounds one month and gained 10 the next will attest. Again, health and fitness are important goals (for you and the children in your care), but you're not likely to achieve them if you attack with short-term results in mind.

Meeting your professional development goals, including annual training requirements and career aspirations, can also be difficult without long-term planning. If this year's resolution (or one of them) is to meet your training requirements and advance your career, a psychologist would probably recommend the following:

  1. Break your resolution down into measurable steps or goals. CCEI's professional development library and certificate programs are organized to help you manage your time wisely while meeting your own specific, personal needs.
  2. Focus on the long-term benefits. Write all the things you hope to gain by meeting your resolution(s), and post the list in a prominent place. That way, if you start to slip away from your goals, your list will remind you of all the great things you won't achieve if you don't fulfill your resolution.
  3. Make it public! Peer pressure can be a very good thing where resolutions are concerned. Secondly, you may find that your colleagues have the same goals as you with regard to career advancement and professional development. You can help each other create and maintain those realistic but ambitious goals!

Best wishes and Happy New Year from CCEI! Please let us know how we can help you meet your professional goals this year and beyond!

 

 

Life: New Year's Resolutions: Why They Don't Stick
By: Jim Taylor

Ah, a new year, a new chance to start fresh, another opportunity to make New Year's resolutions, and, sadly, another year of likely failed New Year's resolutions. We want those resolutions to last, we really do, but we just can't make them stick. Well, we're not alone. Research has shown that, after six months, fewer than half the people who make New Year's resolutions have stuck with them, and, after a year, that number declines to around ten percent. Gosh, with those kinds of statistics, what's the point of even thinking about New Year's resolutions?

 

On the hopeful side, other research has reported that some simple strategies can help us stick with our New Year's resolutions, for example, setting specific goals, sharing our resolutions with others, and focusing on the benefits of achieving the resolution. But, even with these helpful hints, far more people fall off the New Year's resolution wagon than stay on.

 

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Article courtesy of Psychology Today

New Year's Resolution Series: Make more time for family, yourself in the new year
By: Sara Pauff
This year, you're going to make more time for yourself and your family.Eva Cooper, an assistant director at the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development offers these tips for balancing your work life and your home life and managing stress: Think about your roles in life: Time management really isn't about managing time, Cooper said -- it's about managing yourself. Think about all the roles you have in life -- parent, employee, child, sibling, friend -- and decide which area of you want to focus on improving. If you want to be a better parent in 2012, make a conscious effort to devote more time to that role.

Read more here: http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/2011/12/29/1873332/new-years-resolution-series-make.html#storylink=cpy
This year, you're going to make more time for yourself and your family. Eva Cooper, an assistant director at the Cunningham Center for Leadership Development offers these tips for balancing your work life and your home life and managing stress:

 

Think about your roles in life: Time management really isn't about managing time, Cooper said -- it's about managing yourself. Think about all the roles you have in life -- parent, employee, child, sibling, friend -- and decide which area of you want to focus on improving. If you want to be a better parent in 2012, make a conscious effort to devote more time to that role.

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Article courtesy of Ledger-Enquirer.com

Online Professional Development Completions Reach 600,000 

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce that its students have completed more than 600,000 professional development hours and over 4,200 certificate programs online. As CCEI enters its seventh year of offering quality online coursework for the child care industry, students continue to appreciate the competency-based, self-paced coursework that allows them to fulfill their training requirements at home, work, or anywhere they have Internet access. Organizations and individuals across the country choose CCEI for its professional development courses and certificate programs. In addition to adding many new industry-relevant courses to the catalog throughout the year, CCEI recently introduced a national industry credential, the Early Childhood Credential, recognized by industry leaders as a stepping stone to an early childhood degree.

CCEI certificate programs and courses are available at www.cceionline.edu. Training hours may be purchased individually or as part of an annual individual or center-based subscription for unlimited access to the Professional Development Course Catalog.

Improve Long-Term Health with CCEI's 'Nutrition and Fitness' Course

CCEI offers new users the trial course NFS100 - Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices at no cost in January. Educators have an important opportunity and responsibility to help children develop healthy eating and exercise habits. CCEI's course NFS100 teaches caregivers to develop a nutrition policy, strategies for working with families to promote good nutrition practices at home, and curriculum enrichment ideas for increasing healthy lifestyle choices and reducing childhood obesity. USDA nutrition recommendations, healthful snacking, and portion sizes are also covered. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive 0.1 CEUs and the ability to print and/or save their certificate of completion immediately.

 

NFS100 is available at no cost to account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. Without a subscription, this course may be purchased individually through online enrollment at www.cceionline.edu.

Maria Leatherwood

Orlando, FL  

Congratulations to Maria Leatherwood for successfully completing the CCEI Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certificate!

 

Maria began her career in early childhood education by attending classes at a local technical school. She most enjoys group activities with the children in her care, and they love playing in the housekeeping center. Maria is motivated by watching children learn, especially fundamental skills like eating with a spoon, graduating to a cup from a sippy cup, or becoming potty-trained. She also loves hearing from parents how their children are developing intellectually and emotionally, along with the new skills and songs they take home with them.

 

In the future, Maria would like to further her knowledge and receive a bachelor's degree in Education. She currently enjoys spending spare time with her son. "I plan to work with children until I retire," says Maria. "And even when I retire, I plan to work with children part time." Maria very much enjoyed her experience with the FCCPC program through CCEI and says, "Not only were the courses easy to follow, but my coach was very helpful. She would try to help when I had questions and she would give suggestions; she was always there to help me. So, I would say that I recommend CCEI for the format of the coursework and the genuine support of the coach."

 

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

Individual Professional Development Subscriptions for only $99 per year!
CCEI offers over 100 IACET CEU-awarded online child care training courses that meet continuing education requirements. CCEI has professional development offerings 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.

Center-Based Subscriptions
Center-Based Subscriptions are a great way for directors to manage and administer continuing education for staff members. CCEI's Center-Based Subscriptions, available for small and large centers, allow directors to provide training for as little as $20 per teacher for the entire year!
 
For more information, contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907 or enroll with CCEI at www.cceionline.edu.

Online CDA Coursework
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.

Online Director Programs
CCEI offers several online programs for directors including the CCEI Director's Certificate, the Online National Administrator Credential (NAC) Certificate approved by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA), and the Texas Director's Certificate. These programs provide the professional development required for early childhood professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in the management of a child care center. Each student receives support from an Education Coach (EC).

CCEI Early Childhood Credential

The CCEI Early Childhood Credential is designed to give a basic framework of early childhood theory and application through online content-based coursework, reading assignments, practical application exercises, essays, parent interviews, classroom observation and oral and written exams. The instructional units and the 180 hours of coursework cover major topics in early childhood education including the Principles of Child Growth and Development; Safe, Healthy Environments; Social and Emotional Development; Motor, Language, and Cognitive Development; Principles of Child Assessment; Program Management, Families, and Professionalism. The self-paced program allows enrollees up to one year to complete the requirements and can be completed more quickly when concentrated time is devoted. The credential awards 18 IACET CEUs, and is recognized by NAEYC to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways for directors to achieve educational qualifications. The ECC is a clear pathway toward higher education and raising the knowledge and skills of the early education workforce.

 

Each clock hour of CCEI coursework is awarded 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Several of CCEI's certificate programs of study are eligible for college credit through articulation with one of CCEI's articulation partners, and have received college credit recommendations by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), which has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider credit. Contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907, or visit www.cceionline.edu for more information or to enroll online.
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