New Course from CCEI on Meeting the Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce SPN105: Meeting the Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act to the online child care training course catalog.

Effective early childhood providers make adaptations throughout the day to create inclusive programs. It is a natural practice to make changes to the materials, environment, or expectations to match the individual needs of the children in the classroom. Children’s needs and abilities are quite varied, whether children with diagnosed disabilities are present or not.

Child care professionals work with children and families with varying needs and abilities. It is important that providers understand their ethical and legal responsibility to every child regardless of abilities. The purpose of this training is to provide child care professionals with a clear understanding of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The course also provides an overview of what inclusion means and what it looks like in an early care environment.

In inclusive programs, providers consider each child as essential to the classroom community. Providers take the responsibility for ensuring each child can participate in the daily routine, planned activities, and special events. Each family member feels welcomed and respected. Each child knows they are a valued member of the community.

“As child care providers work to include children with various needs into programs, they need to be familiar with the legal requirements in providing all children with an equal opportunity to access, participation, and support,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course will provide tangible strategies that will support their efforts to include children with disabilities into their programs.”

SPN105: Meeting the Requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

Cultivating a Healthy Relationship with Self-Improvement

September is Self-Improvement Month. Some readers may be thinking to themselves, “Wow, I didn’t know that! Where can I find more information?” Some readers may be shaking their heads and saying, “I’m so tired of hearing about self-improvement!” Your personal feelings about self-improvement may lie in one of these two camps, or somewhere in between. Regardless of what you might be thinking, I encourage you to keep reading.

The idea of self-improvement and the publication of self-improvement resources have been around since the Ancient Egyptians. Today it is a $1 billion industry, which some say is fueled by the fact that life does not come with an owner’s manual. Many people seek out ways to learn more about themselves and others by roaming the aisles of the self-help section of local bookstores.

This desire to learn more, should be the common denominator that resonates with ECE professionals. It is easy to become frustrated after implementing a new strategy and not getting the prefect life results we were seeking.

As a member of the early care and education community, being a life-long learner is vital to your success. If you can look at self-improvement through this lens, it may become more palatable. For those of you who enjoy self-improvement practices, please keep in mind that self-improvement does not mean self-perfection.

Self-improvement is the act of continuing to seek out new information, thinking critically about how it relates to our lives, incorporating the pieces that serve us, and leaving the rest behind. When we approach self-improvement in this manner, we are more likely to be balanced, confident, and ready to support the children in our care.

Think about it. If you are unhappy with an element of your life, you likely carry that with you into other areas of your life, including the workplace. Children feel the stress that adults carry around with them. In addition, when you are not your finest, most-fulfilled self, you are probably not in the best frame of mind to respond to the needs of others – most notably – the children in your care.

With this in mind, here are a few ideas that you may find helpful in your self-improvement (lifelong learning) practice that can impact your work with children:

Organize: Find new ways to organize materials, your environment, and your time. De-clutter your counters, closets, car, and computer files.

De-stress: Identify ways that help you release the stress that you carry. Some people take walks, others lift weights or do yoga. Some play with a pet while others listen to music. There are so many ways to relieve stress. Do some research and find the strategies that work for you.

Take a class: Professional learning is always encouraged, but personal learning is also important. Learn more about making jewelry, cooking, painting, gardening, self-defense, or other topic that piques your curiosity.

Engage: Research shows the importance of connection between human beings. Find organizations or causes that resonate with you and get involved. Participate in events at a place of worship, volunteer at an animal shelter, seek activism opportunities, or contribute to a community garden or event planning committee.

Diversify: Variety is the spice of life! If you normally read mystery novels, try Sci-fi or a biography. Read different magazines, listen to a new pod-cast, watch a different news channel. Make it a point to expose yourself to a variety of information and viewpoints… not necessarily to change your mind… but to build your capacity for compassion and understanding of other perspectives.

Commit: Yes, September is Self-Improvement Month. It’s a great time to start the process of self-improvement that should continue throughout the year. Start a journal, photo gallery, or other form of documentation. Keep it updated throughout the year and next September look back on how much you have learned!

CCEI Offers No-Cost Online Course Examining STEM in Early Childhood

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR106: STEM in Early Childhood as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during the month of September.

Students in the United States continue to lag behind their counterparts in many other developed nations in math and science, even as these subjects become increasingly important in the 21st Century economy and job market. Educators and policymakers are aware of this urgent need and they are raising standards and expectations accordingly. As a result, teachers at all levels will be expected to focus more on STEM-related materials, including early childhood educators who the opportunity and responsibility to help children build the foundational skills for future academic achievement.

This course provides basic information about STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education so early childhood educators can promote the development of foundational science and math skills in young children. Course participants will learn why it is important to focus more on STEM and how STEM can be incorporated more effectively across the early childhood curriculum.

“Studies show that early interest in science predicts later success in science, and at an early age children are curious and well−suited to math and science activities,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course is about how early childhood educators can help young children build the foundation for future achievement.”

CUR106: STEM in Early Childhood is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST