ChildCare Education Institute October Newsletter
Early Childhood Literacy
In This Issue...
Literacy: Beyond Reading
Early Literacy
What Works for Early Language and Literacy Development
Online Training Course is No-Cost during ADHD Awareness Week!
Children Need Critical Thinking Skills for Success
Improve Children's Language and Literacy Development through Early Literary Exposure
Alumni Profile: Laura Newman
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

Literacy: Beyond Reading


This is National Book Month and the start of a new school year, so it is the perfect time to review some basic concepts and strategies for promoting early reading skills. The early years are absolutely critical for literacy development, but the sad fact is that many children will struggle with reading and academics the rest of their lives as a result of skills and knowledge they did not develop during the early years. The good news is that there are many proven strategies and methods early childhood educators can use every day to help boost children's early literacy skills.

First, educators and caregivers need to understand that literacy is far more than simply knowing how to decode the written word: literacy includes speaking, listening, reading, and writing, all of which require complex and interrelated cognitive processes.

When working with infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, the primary focus should be on language and vocabulary development, as opposed to letter sounds and symbols. Research shows that by third grade (age 8) most children will learn to decode ("sound out") the written word. However, many of those same children will have trouble comprehending what they are reading. In other words, they may be able to "read" the words, but they won't necessarily be able to understand them because they lack adequate vocabulary and background knowledge.

Typically, the bigger a child's vocabulary, the easier it will be for that child to develop reading fluency. To develop a broad vocabulary, a child needs exposure to a wide variety of topics and forms of language. He or she also needs lots of practice using all those words! And because young children learn mostly through hearing and by imitating others, the adults in a child's life are responsible for giving the child the opportunity to develop a powerful working vocabulary.

There are many activities and methods you can use to boost literacy skills, some of which are described in the following articles of this newsletter. But there are two basic things young children need above all else: they need you to talk to them and read to them!

Talk to children and encourage them to talk to you! Use a broad vocabulary, including words that children are unlikely to know or use. Children will learn most words by hearing them used in context; thus, while it is difficult to explain the meaning and usage of "big" words like 'apparently' or 'eventually,' children will learn such words and internalize them if they hear them used in appropriate context.

Read aloud to children for at least one hour per day. This time can be broken into 10-20 minutes segments at home and at school. Choose from a wide variety of books and subject matter.

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Early Literacy   

By: Brain Wonders & Sharing Books with Babies 


Early language and literacy (reading and writing) development begins in the first three years of life and is closely linked to a child's earliest experiences with books and stories. The interactions that young children have with such literacy materials as books, paper, and crayons, and with the adults in their lives are the building blocks for language, reading and writing development. This relatively new understanding of early literacy development complements the current research supporting the critical role of early experiences in shaping brain development.

Article Courtesy of Zero to Three 

What Works for Early Language and Literacy Development:
Lessons from Experimental Evaluations of Programs and Intervention Strategies
By: Alison Chrisler, M.A., and Thomson Ling, Ph.D.


Early childhood represents a critical period in the development of young children's language and literacy skills. Children's experiences both inside the home and in early care and education settings play a significant role in the development of their emerging language and literacy skills. Early childhood interventions and curricula have been designed to promote children's development in language and literacy. Results from experimental evaluations of approaches have suggested that children's literacy skills can be influenced by effective early childhood programs. Given the importance of the early childhood period as a time when the foundation is laid for later language and literacy, it is important to determine what activities and experiences lead to positive language and literacy outcomes in early childhood.


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Fact Sheet Courtesy of Child Trends 

Online Training Course is No-Cost during ADHD Awareness Week!

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, online child care training institution, offers the course SPN102: Attention Deficit Disorders at no cost to all new and returning users October 14 - 20, in support of Attention Deficit/ Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Awareness WeekWith diagnosis rates soaring, it is important that child care providers understand the symptoms, subtypes, and common treatment strategies associated with attention deficit-hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and its common subtype attention deficit disorder (ADD). In order to access this no-cost course, you will need to visit the ChildCare Education Institute Facebook page October 14 - 20 and locate the all-caps promo code in the very top Facebook status post. Users will then need to visit online enrollment, select Professional Development for Individuals, and enter the promo code when prompted. Account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based training subscription may enroll in this course at any time for no additional charge. 

Children Need Critical Thinking Skills for Success

CCEI is proud to announce the addition of COG101: Critical Thinking in the Preschool Environment to the online child care training course catalog. Teachers often hear that children need to learn "critical thinking skills," but what does that really mean? Critical thinking is the ability to use information and skills in a variety of ways in order to solve problems. The development of critical thinking skills involves a long process, and ultimately the goal is to build high-level skills involving analysis, evaluation, and creation. However, children need to build a strong foundation of skills and knowledge first. CCEI's Critical Thinking course focuses on Bloom's Taxonomy of Learning Domains and includes relevant classroom activities. Understanding the role of open-ended questions, developmentally appropriate practices, and strategies for incorporating critical thinking into the classroom are also covered within this one-hour online course. COG101 is available for purchase through online enrollment now. Existing account holders with an active, annual training subscription may enroll in this course, and all other professional development courses, at no charge.

Improve Children's Language and Literacy Development through Early Literary Exposure

New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course CCEI330: Books and Beyond: Language Development in Young Children at no cost in October, in recognition of National Book Month. Books and Beyond introduces methods for creating a learning environment that promotes language development using a variety of speaking and listening activities. Upon successful completion of this course, CCEI students will be able to identify the four main types of language, define and differentiate between "oracy" and literacy, implement language activities in the classroom, and explain the importance of a language-rich classroom environment. Coursework is self-paced, and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CCEI330 is available to new CCEI users as a trial course awarded upon account creation during October. Account holders without an active, annual training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment.


Laura Newman

Roswell, GA    


Laura Newman is a Director of Education and Curriculum who enjoys CCEI professional development to train herself and her staff!


Laura began her career after receiving a Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University. Over the past twenty-five years, Laura has filled the following roles: classroom teacher, quality assurance and education program specialist for the corporate office of a childcare franchisor, resource coordinator, director of education, curriculum designer, and education consultant. Her education consulting business provided NAEYC accreditation support and parenting and early education workshops along with design and development services of newsletters for individual programs.


Laura sits on the executive board of the Georgia Preschool Association (GPA) as the Fulton County district representative and website resource coordinator, is an advisory panel member of the Georgia Child Care Association (GCCA), and a member of the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), Georgia Association on Young Children (GAYC), and The Southern Early Childhood Association (SECA). Laura lives in Roswell with her husband and four children, and enjoys trips to the beach and the mountains, reading, decorating, antiquing, and energizing activities that help maintain her momentum in the workplace. Laura recommends CCEI to others and says, "I had taken management courses back in 2008, and was immediately impressed with the ease of use, flexibility of the program, and information delivered. As director of education and curriculum for a child development center, and from managing, assigning, and monitoring our staff in their use with CCEI, I have confidence in knowing that our team takes away the scope and breadth of what I want to see unfold in the classroom as led by this online training. CCEI is an invaluable tool whether you are required to take additional training hours based on your employment, or merely want to further your understanding of management or best practices."


Thank you, Laura! 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 Director's Certificate 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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