ChildCare Education Institute December Newsletter
Diversity in the Early Childhood Setting
In This Issue...
Finding Unity in Diversity
Christmas Traditions Around the World
Talking to Children About Diversity: Preschool Years
CCEI Is An Approved Provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit in Texas
Recommended Safety Training In Support of Safe Toys & Gifts Month
Online Training Course on Multiculturalism Promotes Diversity
Alumni Profile: Yumiko Audette
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

Finding Unity in Diversity


Educators should recognize, respect, and celebrate diversity all year round, regardless of the season. Then again, December is obviously a special month because it is the heart of the "holiday season," when many religious and cultural festivals are observed. And so it is during December that many teachers take time to invite students to share their own family's holiday traditions, as well as to learn about other people's traditions, whether they are on the other side of town or the other side of the world.


The next article in this newsletter provides a link to a website for learning all about the different ways people celebrate Christmas in nearly 100 different countries around the world. Such information can easily inspire some rich, educational arts, crafts, snack, and storytime activities in any classroom. But as you plan your holiday activities, it is perhaps most important to emphasize one essential theme: in spite of all the differences and diverse traditions in the world, the "holiday season" is a perfect opportunity to reflect on all that we have in common.


First and foremost, what we find among the many diverse customs, regardless of religion or culture, is that the holidays are a time for giving and sharing with the ones we love, as well as with those less fortunate than ourselves. This is an important message to discuss with children of all ages. And while many people think of the holidays as a time for decorations and partying, it is also a sacred and holy time for many people, and a time for observing age-old traditions that have been passed down for generations. Again, these are topics worth discussing with children.


And whether you work in a secular or faith-based child care setting, there is benefit in promoting the basic theme at the heart of all December holiday traditions: love. That's something that strikes each one of us in the same way, no matter who we are or where we are from. 
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Christmas Traditions Around the World


One way to incorporate diversity appreciation into the curriculum is by educating children on how the Christmas holiday is celebrated around the world with traditions, crafts, and activities. The resource linked below explains numerous holiday traditions, along with their evolutions, from dozens of countries. Songs, holiday recipes from different cultures, and various translations of "Merry Christmas!" are also shown on this fun, holiday website.


Resource Courtesy of Santa's Net 

Talking to children about diversity: Preschool years    

By: Caryl M. Stern-LaRosa


A child's age is one of the most important factors in considering how to begin a discussion on any subject dealing with prejudice, discrimination or, more simply, the things that make people different. The most important thing to keep in mind is that it is never too early, or too late, to talk to children about respecting diversity.


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Article Courtesy of Anti-Defamation League 

CCEI Is An Approved Provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit in Texas 
CCEI announces that the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Division of Educator Standards, and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) have approved CCEI to provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit for educators in the state of Texas. Public school educators employed in the state of Texas are required to fulfill a minimum number of CPE training clock hours from an approved CPE provider in order to renew their standard educator certificate every five years. CCEI allows educators in a variety of roles to obtain CPE training online and meets all of the provider documentation and reporting requirements of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Rule 232.872. The approvals and registration with the TEA and SBEC ensure that activities offered for CPE credit support the professional growth of educators in the knowledge and skills necessary to improve student achievement in Texas public schools. Only CPE activities from approved registered providers, such as CCEI, will be recognized for certificate renewals
CCEI Recommends Child Care Safety Training In Support of Safe Toys and Gifts Month 

Caregivers should receive ongoing professional development in order to keep current with new safety standards. CCEI offers a number of courses dedicated specifically to safety, including CCEI900: Safety in the Infant/Toddler Classroom; CCEI3025: Creating a Safe Home Environment; CCEI110A: Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting; CCEI110B: Outdoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting; the Eco-Friendly Child Care Center series (ADM100 & ADM102); and others. Account holders with active, individual or center-based annual professional development subscriptions may enroll in these courses at no cost when logged in to their account. Non-subscribers can also purchase course hours to take any of the online courses.

Online Training Course on Multiculturalism Promotes Diversity in Early Learning Settings 

New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course CCEI640: Creating a Multicultural Environment at no cost in December. It is important to help children develop respect for people from different backgrounds. This helps them build a sense of self-awareness and respect for their own family and community traditions as well as others. CCEI's Multicultural Environment online training course helps users define the goals of multiculturalism, plan and implement an anti-biased classroom, incorporate multiculturalism into learning centers and other classroom activities, and promote cooperative social skills in diverse classrooms. Cultural identity, society's "cultural layers," and identifying how racism and prejudice begin are also covered within this one-hour, beginner-level course. CCEI640 is available to new CCEI users as a trial course awarded upon account creation during December. Account holders without an active, annual training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment.


Yumiko Audette  

Melbourne, FL


Congratulations to Yumiko Audette for successfully completing CCEI's Online Child Development Associate (CDA) Renewal Certificate Program of Study!


Yumiko began her career in child care when she learned of an available position at a child development center through a friend. She immediately realized working with young children was her calling, and currently works with infants. Yumiko enjoys making music and movement a part of her classroom curriculum, and expressing surprise and joy when a child tries something new. The older infants in her care enjoy singing, experimenting with sound, and playing with nesting cups and balls and stacking rings.


As a cancer survivor, Yumiko appreciates the children in her care for helping her through hardships. In her spare time, Yumiko likes reading, exercising, and practicing Buddhism. Yumiko has obtained her CDA Credential from the Council of Professional Recognition and plans to pursue her education in child care, especially special needs and inclusion. Yumiko recommends CCEI to anyone and states, "I believe that children are our future leaders and I want to help them grow and learn. I want to be the best caregiver I can be so I can help children learn and grow."


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

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CCEI offers several online programs for directors including the Online Director's Certificate and Director's Certificate Renewal, Georgia Director's Certificate, Texas Director's Certificate and Texas Director's Certificate 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.


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