ChildCare Education Institute August Newsletter
Supporting Education at Home  
In This Issue...
The Benefits of Family Education
Family Education and Support Services
Family Education Resources
CCEI's ECC is Accepted in Wisconsin
Gender Equality and Stereotypes in Early Childhood Settings
Literacy Gains Momentum through Family Reinforcement
Alumni Profile: Jan Benger
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

The Benefits of Family Education  


The phrase "family education" could mean different things to different people, but the basic definition revolves around the idea that learning is a lifelong process, and all the members of a family can be active participants, working together to improve opportunities and expand experiences for everyone under the roof.  


Children are fantastic observers. They learn by watching and imitating others. Language is perhaps the most obvious example of observation in action, but children also learn most of their social skills -- manners, tone of voice, vocabulary, body gestures, facial expressions, etc. -- by observing others.


Parents and other family members also influence children's attitudes toward education and self-improvement. A parent who is passionate about learning and experiencing the world will likely have children who share in that passion. Here are a few basic practices every parent should consider:

  • Get involved at school! Get to know your child's teacher; volunteer in the classroom; show interest in schoolwork.
  • Answer children's questions and encourage them to ask more. If you don't know the answer, work together to figure it out. 
  • Litter your home with books, magazines, and materials for creation, exploration, and experimentation. (Okay, keep it organized, but make sure its accessible and enticing.)
  • Point out the little, amazing things in nature: the spider web, the flowers, a bird's nest, approaching storm clouds, snowflakes, and ants. Life's wonders are often in the details.
  • Involve children in activities that build basic early literacy, math, and science skills, like cooking, cleaning, and gardening (which also promote responsibility and physical development).
  • Talk to children about their goals and dreams, and help them figure out how to get there. Share your own experiences. (Maybe you wanted to be an astronaut once, as well, but you just didn't take calculus and algebra as seriously as you should have.)
Families should be encouraged to make education a family pursuit, and they should be reminded frequently that it's a lifelong process.
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Family Education and Support Services


Most states provide support for parents and families across a wide range of topics and issues, including workshops, online courses, counseling, and many other services. The exact name of the agency or office varies from state to state. Furthermore, in most states there are nonprofit organizations offering services that complement or supplement public services. Call your state's office of child or family welfare, or search the Internet for "family education services" or "family support services." Here is an example of one such organization based in Washington state. Although many of their programs are directed at a local market, they also provide a range of helpful resources for anyone who happens to visit their site.

Website Courtesy of Family Education and Support Services (FESS)

Family Education Resources


Pearson Education, Inc., provides a comprehensive website,, with plenty of free access to helpful resources. This is a good place for parents to start, whether they're new to the world of parenting or they're dealing with one of its many challenging phases, regardless of the child's age. This site can also be used as a tool to uncover healthy recipes, educational activities, communication and advice from the community, family financial tips, and much more.


Website Courtesy of Family Education, part of Family Education Network


CCEI's Early Childhood Credential is Accepted in Wisconsin


CCEI is proud to announce that practitioners who hold the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) meet the education components required for directors of small centers and child care teachers in early childhood settings in the state of Wisconsin. The  Wisconsin Professional Early Childhood Registry and the Bureau of Early Care Regulation have evaluated the CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) and determined that it is an accepted certification equivalent to the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition. CCEI's ECC credential awards 18 IACET CEUs and has been recommended for 12 hours of semester credit in early childhood education by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), which has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider credit. The Credential is also recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to meet part of the Alternative Pathways for directors working to qualify as Designated Program Administrator and holders of the Credential can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that require a minimum of a CDA or other certificate.

Gender Equality and Stereotypes in Early Childhood Settings


CCEI is proud to announce the addition of SOC103: Gender Bias and Stereotypes to the child care training online course catalog. This course explores how and why gender identity develops and the ways in which gender stereotyping can impact a child's psychological and social development. Participants will identify the means by which children develop gender identity and the relevance of brain development in relation to gender stereotypes. They will also learn recommended strategies for promoting gender equality and equal opportunity in the classroom, along with strategies for sharing information about gender stereotypes with families. SOC103 is a one-hour, intermediate level course available for purchase through online training enrollment or at no additional cost to current individual or center-based subscription account holders.

Literacy Gains Momentum through Family Reinforcement


New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course CCEI3024: Supporting Family Literacy at no cost in August, in recognition of Family Fun Month. This course explains the benefits of Family Literacy and presents ways that parents and teachers can work together to promote reading and writing skills. Course participants will learn ways to help parents establish developmentally appropriate practices at home in order to build a lifelong love of reading and knowledge. Phonemic awareness, verbal communication skills, vocabulary building, and reading fluency are among the major topics covered in this one-hour course. CCEI3024 is available to new CCEI users as a trial course during August, and anyone who does not already have an active, annual training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment.


Jan Benger  

Richland, MI 


Jan is an administrator who has enjoyed CCEI professional development to train herself and her staff since 2007!


Jan decided on a career working with children at a very early age, and earned a Bachelor's degree in Elementary and Physical Education. She's now a college ECE Intern supervisor, co-developer of a local high school childhood professional training class, and the director of a licensed center that is a part of a U.S. Department of Labor child care apprenticeship program. The children at her center enjoy playing outdoors, water tables, and movement exercises. Jan very much enjoys visiting the classrooms and being a hands-on director.


Now that she's an "empty nester," Jan enjoys working on household projects, gardening and visiting family and friends. Jan has her Master's degree in Elementary Education with an early education emphasis and is a current CDA advisor and mentor for staff members working toward their CDA Credential. In the future, Jan hopes to expand her child care program and become a field advisor for those working toward their CDA. Jan recommends CCEI to anyone and says, "CCEI has been very helpful and a great resource for my staff since 2007. We have found it to be convenient, easy to understand, and worthwhile to our profession. Thank you for your help in training my staff, and keep all the great new classes coming!"


Way to go, Jan! CCEI is proud to train you and your staff!

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!

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 Online Director's Certificate and Renewal, Georgia Director's Certificate, Texas Director's Certificate and Renewal, and Florida Director's Certificate Renewal. 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) and CCEI's technical support Help Desk.

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 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. Holders of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that require a minimum of a CDA or other certificate.


CCEI coursework is eligible for college credit through articulation with one of CCEI's articulation partners, and has 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 the ChildCare Education Institute website for more information or to enroll online.

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