Tuesday, August 4, 2015

Back to School

Back-to-school time brings many changes for children and their families. Whether it's the first day of kindergarten or first grade, or starting at a new preschool or childcare setting, the process can seem overwhelming and intimidating. Providing a smooth transition between home and school requires teachers and early childhood professionals to help children feel confident about themselves and trust other adults and new children around them. For more information on Back-to-School transitions, read CCEI's August Newsletter!

Wednesday, July 15, 2015

Service-Learning for School-Age Children

CCEI is proud to introduce SCH105: Service-Learning for School-Age Children and Older Youth to the online child care training course catalog. According to the National Dropout Prevention Network, service−learning is a teaching and learning method that connects meaningful community service experiences with academic learning, personal growth, and civic responsibility. This course provides in−depth study of the use of service−learning as an educational strategy designed to engage, motivate and increase knowledge, skills and civic involvement for school−age children and older youth.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Motor Development and Fitness Course Offered to NEW USERS

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI) is proud to offer CCEI121:Promoting Motor Development and Physical Fitness in Early Childhood as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of July, in recognition of National Anti-Boredom month. This course provides an understanding of the importance of motor development and physical fitness in the early childhood years and the ways in which they can become part of the curriculum. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to define physical fitness as it applies to young children, identify the five health-related fitness factors, outline the need for instruction in and practice of motor skills in early childhood, define locomotor and non-locomotor skills, and much more.   

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Outdoor Play

Playing outdoors is crucial in the physical and mental development of children. In its simplest form, playing outside is a good way for children to get their daily exercise. With one out of three children overweight or obese, being active is critically important for the health of children. Lack of outdoor play has been linked to such problems as childhood obesity, increased reliance on behavior regulating medications, low self-esteem, and lower academic performance. Improving a child's health and well-being might be as simple as sending him or her outside to play! For more information on Outdoor Play, read CCEI's July Newsletter!

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Cultural Competence and Diversity in the Classroom

CCEI is proud to introduce CUR111:Cultural Competence and Promoting Awareness of Diversity in Child Care to the online child care training course catalog. This course focuses on essential principles and practices for promoting acceptance of diversity in the early childhood and school-age learning environments. Even if a child grows up in a relatively homogenous neighborhood with little diversity, he or she still needs to be prepared for life in a multicultural society. This course is relevant to all children and teachers, regardless of the cultural, racial, and ethnic demographics in their particular community.

Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Sensational Science Course Offered to NEW Users

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI) is proud to offer CCEI440: Sensational Science as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of June. This course examines age appropriate guidelines and activities for setting up a science center that includes activities that build curiosity. Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to define science as it relates to preschool children, identify appropriate materials to include in a science center, identify basic activities for promoting early science skills, and list the main purpose and benefits of science in the early childhood curriculum.

Thursday, June 4, 2015

Science in the Classroom

At its core, science is all about exploration, experimentation, and observation. These are the things that lead to the most important product of science: discovery. This is true regardless of a person's level of scientific engagement, whether he or she is a preschooler playing at the water table or an astrophysicist studying the composition of a distant nebulae. Scientific knowledge and skills are important and some are appropriate and necessary to introduce in the early childhood environment. However, an early childhood professional's first and most important goal regarding science education is to encourage exploration, experimentation, and observation. Keep those three words in mind as you plan and assess science-based activities. For more information on science in the classroom, read CCEI's June Newsletter!