ChildCare Education Institute May Newsletter
Visual Development and Protection  
In This Issue...
Healthy Eye Development
Children's Vision & Eye Care Basics
Four Fantastic Foods to Keep Your Eyes Healthy
CCEI & the Council for Professional Recognition Expand Partnership
Develop Empathy & Prosocial Behavior in Children with Online Training
Promote Development of Visual Intelligence In Healthy Vision Month
Alumni Profile: Brenda Sonora
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

Healthy Eye Development  


The human eye did not evolve in front of a television or in a dim room. Aside from our ancient, prehistoric ancestors who apparently spent a lot of time hiding out in dark caves, most children throughout history have grown up spending most of their time outdoors, bathed in natural light, endless combinations of contrasting shapes and colors, and all sorts of different critters crawling, flying, walking, and slithering around.


Our eyes are really best suited to develop outdoors, and although it is NEVER okay to look at the sun, that sunlight and all the wonders of the great outdoors are exactly what young eyes need. 


 A newborn infant's sense of hearing is essentially fully developed after just one month, and that's a good thing, because eyesight takes a good deal longer. A newborn's vision is somewhere between 20/200 and 20/400, which means they are legally blind. They can focus on things about 12 inches away, and they can make out light and some colors, but beyond that most of what an infant learns about the outside world (beyond their 12-inch visual frame of reference) comes in through their ears.


By the time he or she is about eight months old, an infant's eyes are basically "adult" in terms of clarity and depth perception. But even though they are mature, all those rods and cones and various other eye parts (and relevant brain parts) will continue to adapt and condition themselves based on the child's typical environmental surrounding. Therefore, children's caregivers need to be conscious of what it takes to help that child maintain healthy eyeballs!


Fortunately, nature provides everything young eyes need in order to fulfill their vital role, including proper nutrients, light, colors, shapes, and moving things. Simply put, the best way to get healthy eyes is to give them plenty of OUTDOOR exercise!
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Children's Vision and Eye Care Basics 

By: Deborah Nurmi 


It's difficult to know if or when your child needs to see an eye care provider. But most experts agree that eye exams -- performed during regular well-child visits -- help protect your child's vision and provide useful information about his or her eye health.

Children's eye health begins in the newborn nursery and should continue throughout childhood, says Michael Repka, MD, professor of ophthalmology and pediatrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. "For many children, an evaluation by a pediatrician may be enough. But if a child has a family history of vision or eye problems or has symptoms, he or she may need to have an official eye exam," he says.

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Article courtesy of WebMD  

Four Fantastic Foods to Keep Your Eyes Healthy 


Everybody knows that eating right is the way to keep your heart healthy. The good news is that the same diet that helps your heart is probably also good for your eyes. A diet low in fat and rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains can pay benefits not only to your heart but to your eyes. The connection isn't surprising: your eyes rely on tiny arteries for oxygen and nutrients, just as the heart relies on much larger arteries. Keeping those arteries healthy will help your eyes.


Some foods stand out as particularly helpful for eye health. Here are four you should make sure are part of your diet.


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Resource Courtesy of EyeSmart

CCEI & the Council for Professional Recognition Expand Partnership 

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce an expanded partnership with the Council for Professional Recognition, the administrator of the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program™. The Council has always recognized the quality of CCEI programs and accepted them toward meeting the coursework requirements of the CDA credentialing program, but the partnership now expands to include a CCEI program that meets more than just the coursework requirements of the Council. Graduates of CCEI's Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) will have met all training, portfolio, and observation requirements of the national CDA Credential and only need to complete the Council's exam at a PearsonVue testing center to finalize the CDA Credential application process. For more information about the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential program, contact a CCEI recruitment coordinator at 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm ET. 

Develop Empathy and Prosocial Behavior in Children with Online Training Course

CCEI announces SOC104: Promoting Empathy and Other "Prosocial" Behaviors as the newest addition to the CCEI online child care training course catalog. Empathy promotes meaningful relationships, better communication, and problem-solving skills. It also promotes greater understanding between people of different backgrounds, and it is an essential building block for a secure, prosperous community. This course examines recent social research into empathy and other "prosocial" behaviors, as well as recommended strategies and practices for guiding young children through the early phases of empathy's long developmental process. Objectives of this course include understanding the difference between empathy and sympathy, defining the "warm glow effect," and identifying appropriate strategies for promoting and reinforcing altruistic behavior in the early childhood environment. 
Promote Development of Visual Intelligence During Healthy Vision Month


New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course COG100: Exploring Visual/ Spatial Intelligence as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during May in recognition of Healthy Vision Month. COG100 examines strategies for boosting children's spatial intelligence, one of the nine intelligences identified by developmental psychologist Howard Gardner in his influential Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Spatial skills, or "picture smarts," are used by painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, fashion designers, graphic artists, interior designers, movie directors, pilots, navigators, military strategists, engineers, and city planners. These skills help children view the big picture, or finished product, and foster creativity. This course is a one-hour, intermediate-level training, available as a trial course to new users for CCEI account creation in May. This course is available for purchase through online enrollment now. CCEI students with active, unlimited subscriptions can enroll in this course at no additional cost when logged in to their account. 


Brenda Sonora 

Brooten, MN    


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


Brenda started her career in early childhood as a substitute teacher for Head Start, and currently works with infants and toddlers in a Migrant Head Start. She enjoys art activities with the children and the ways in which they express themselves. Brenda is motivated to work with children by the smiles on their faces and the knowledge that they can trust and depend on her.


In her spare time, Brenda likes to spend time with her family, watch movies, spend time outdoors, and scrapbook. Brenda has received her CDA Credential in the infant/toddler setting from the Council of Professional Recognition, and plans on pursuing her education by becoming certified in the preschool setting as well. In the future, she would enjoy being able to alternate between caring for infants, toddlers, and preschool age children. During the winter, Brenda lives in Uvalde, TX, and hopes to reside there full-time once her daughters begin high school. Brenda recommends CCEI to anyone and states, "I enjoyed taking this program. I was able to ask for help if I needed it and always got a good response. I would like to thank CCEI for the opportunity for taking this coursework. I enjoyed every moment and the staff is so friendly."


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

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
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 Customer Support Help Desk.

CCEI Early Childhood Credential

The CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) 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. Graduates of CCEI's Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) will have met all training, portfolio, and observation requirements of the national CDA Credential and only need to complete the Council's exam at a PearsonVue testing center to finalize the CDA Credential application process.The ECC is an expanded program that incorporates the other CDA required elements such as the formal observation and portfolio creation.


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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