ChildCare Education Institute March Newsletter
Spring Forward: Teaching Cleanliness   
In This Issue...
The Virtues of Spring Cleaning!
Donating Used Clothing and Household Items
Find a Charity You Can Trust
Technology and Digital Media in Early Childhood Training Course
Child Care Training Course Focuses on Gender Bias and Stereotypes
Alumni Profile: Scarlett Mattoli
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

The Virtues of Spring Cleaning!   


Spring is here, so it's a good time to talk about cleaning! Time to hunt down those dust bunnies, clean the gutters, and try once again to organize closets, basements, and garages. Of course, you should maintain the same high level of high cleanliness inside your child care center year round. You shouldn't have any stray dust bunnies floating around, (although your closets, storage bins, and shelves might tell a different story).


You might want to consider adding a "Spring Cleaning" theme to your toddler or pre-K curriculum in March or April, because this is the perfect time of year to teach children about the virtues of staying clean and organized. Good cleaning and organizing habits formed during childhood will likely last a lifetime, and so will the benefits!


As a bonus, the Spring Cleaning theme provides an opportunity for something even more important than personal cleanliness, something which some people may argue is the most important lesson of all: the chance to help others. Those old items in your closets may be useless to you, but they can provide great benefit to others. So instead of sending those used items to the landfill, donate them to charity. Get children and their families involved in the process and you have an opportunity to promote empathy and teach invaluable lessons about the importance of community service.


Old clothing, toys, books, surplus classroom supplies, and all manner of household items can be donated to charity. Charities may in turn distribute the items directly to people who need them, or they may resell them and use the proceeds to fund their programs. The Salvation Army, with its famous thrift stores, is one example. Keep in mind, as an added bonus, that most donations of used goods are tax deductible.


Gathering used items from families or around the center might be easier than actually finding a good place to donate them, so be sure to do some research ahead of time. Not all charities will take all kinds of items. Some may be very specific, wanting (for example) only clothing, used eyeglasses, or books. Once you find an organization to take the used goods, do some background research on them to make sure they have a good reputation. Overall, most charities honestly try to fulfill their missions, but some are better than others.

Resources in this newsletter will help you identify worthwhile causes. By law, they all have to document how they use every dollar that passes through their hands. Good charities direct at least 80 percent of every dollar directly to their programs. The very best devote 90 percent, with the rest going to administrative costs and marketing. If you find a charity that devotes 70% to marketing and admin and only 30% to programs, then your donations are paying salaries at the organization, not going to the programs. Unfortunately, you may be surprised how often this is the case!
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Donating Used Clothing and Household Items


Giving as much thought to where you give your clothing and household items as to where you make cash donations can help assure you that you're not just cleaning out but truly helping others. 


1.  If you get a phone solicitation for a local goods pick-up, don't hesitate to ask what charity will benefit from your donation, and how.  If the solicitation comes by mail, contact the source and ask the same things.

2. Don't assume that all thrift stores are run to benefit a charitable cause.  While the name of the store may identify the charitable affiliation, charity-sounding names have been used by for-profit stores with no connection to charity.  If in doubt, ask the store to identify the charity it's affiliated with and then contact the charity to verify the arrangements.


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Resource Courtesy of the Better Business Bureau

Find a Charity You Can Trust       

Charity Navigator, America's leading independent charity evaluator, works to advance a more efficient and responsive philanthropic marketplace by evaluating the Financial Health and Accountability and Transparency of 6,000 of America's largest charities.

Browse by category, daily featured charities, hot topics, top ten lists, related articles, and more. Tips, resources, and methodology are also included in the link.  


View Charity Navigator

Technology and Digital Media in Early Childhood Training Course - New From CCEI

CCEI announces the addition of its newest course, The Child's Digital Universe: Technology and Digital Media in Early Childhood to the CCEI online child care training course catalog. CHD103, a three-hour, intermediate level course, is available for purchase through online training enrollment now. This course presents top findings and statistical trends regarding children's habits and effects of media usage on development, health, and behavior. Course participants will learn recommended practices from child development experts regarding media usage in the classroom and key NAEYC recommendations regarding technology users in the early childhood environment. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will gain an understanding of the developmental differences affecting young children's responses to media compared to those of older children or adults, what it means to be a good "digital citizen," and appropriate uses of various technologies, and the so-called "digital divide" between various socio-economic groups. 

Child Care Training Course Focuses on Gender Bias and Stereotypes

New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course SOC103: Gender Bias and Stereotypes at no cost in March to provide new users the opportunity to try quality, online child care training at no cost. This month's trial course explores how and why gender identity develops and the ways in which gender stereotyping can impact a child's psychological and social development. Students will learn to 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 techniques for sharing information about gender stereotypes with families. Current individual or center-based subscription account holders can enroll in this course at no additional cost.

Scarlett Mattoli  

Congratulations to Scarlett Mattoli for successfully completing
 several CCEI Online Mini-Certificate Program of Study!


Scarlett first became interested in early childhood development while completing her bachelor's degree in psychology, but didn't pursue the topic until she had children of her own. The children in her care favor free-play when they can create games with their friends, and Scarlett appreciates seeing how she affects their development. Scarlett's favorite time of day is at the end of the school day when the children share all of the new things they have learned and what interests them most. She is motivated by her desire to be a better parent to her own children, by learning more about child needs at different ages, and how to best help them at home.


In her spare time, Scarlett enjoys reading and taking coursework dedicated to early childhood development. Scarlett is currently pursuing her education with a Master's of Science program, and will apply for a clinical position in the near future. One day, she hopes to open a center that will provide support and assistance to children with learning disabilities and their families, and accommodate varying financial circumstances. Scarlett recommends CCEI to anyone and states, "I have thoroughly enjoyed the learning experience I have had with CCEI. The ease of use and convenience of the self-timed pace suits my hectic work and home schedules very well."


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

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