ChildCare Education Institute October Newsletter
Early Emotional Development
In This Issue...
Focusing on Healthy Emotional Development
Social-emotional Development in Early Childhood
Tips for Promoting Social-Emotional Development
CCEI Introduces Family Child Care Certificate
Expressive Play Online Child Care Training Course Helps Teachers Support Children's Development Across Multiple Domains
Learn How to Advance Emotional Development in Young Children
Alumni Profile: Erin Gentile
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Focusing on Healthy Emotional Development    


In the realm of early childhood education, we often refer to "developmental domains," the areas of development that occur simultaneously as children mature: physical, cognitive, social, and emotional. The domains are interconnected, meaning that development in one domain impacts the others, so you cannot really say that one domain is "more important" than any other. An effective early childhood curriculum promotes development across all domains.


However, one could argue that the emotional domain has the biggest overall impact on cognitive and social development. Research shows that healthy emotional development directly affects behavior, social relationships, and academic achievement. The connection between emotional and physical development is a little less obvious, but as children age, emotional development can certainly impact dietary and exercise habits, for better or for worse.


With infants, it all begins with attachment and bonding, the critical factors that establish the trust and safety babies need to feel before they engage in positive exploration of their surroundings. Unfortunately, it is very difficult to reverse the negative effects resulting from a lack of early emotional attachments during infancy. Thus, early care providers must learn how and why these attachments are so important, and they must also make every effort to ensure that parents understand, as well. Those early bonds set the stage for cognitive, physical, and social development throughout life!


Beyond infancy, childcare professionals should focus on the following key elements of emotional development and accompanying indicators: 

  • Self-concept - Awareness of self with regard to specific abilities and preferences; a capacity for self-reliance and independence; growing confidence in abilities and pride in accomplishments.
  • Self-control - Learning to express feeling, opinions, and needs in appropriate ways; understanding how actions affect others and accepting the consequences of actions; ability to follow routines and rules and use materials in appropriate, safe ways.
  • Cooperation - Interacting with peers by sharing and helping; learning to compromise and resolve conflicts appropriately; understanding the importance of taking turns and discovering the fine line between being overly submissive and overly domineering.
  • Social Relationships - Learning to accept guidance and directions from familiar adults; developing and sustaining friendships with peers; responding appropriately to others' needs and emotional expressions; showing empathy.
  • Knowledge of family and community - Understanding of personal characteristics such as gender and family structure; understanding and respecting differences regarding gender, culture, language, and special needs; awareness of different types of jobs and responsibilities and why they are important for functioning society.

The early years are absolutely critical for all of these elements of emotional development. If early care providers focus on promoting healthy, positive development in these areas, then many of the other major goals of early childhood education related to school readiness will follow. CCEI offers a number of courses for promoting healthy emotional development and the other articles in this newsletter will help, as well.

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Social-Emotional Development in Early Childhood
By: Janice L. Cooper, Rachel Masi, and Jessica Vick


The early years of life present a unique opportunity to lay the foundation for healthy development. It is a time of great growth and of vulnerability. Research on early childhood has underscored the impact of the first five years of a child's life on his/her social-emotional development. Negative early experiences can impair children's mental health and effect their cognitive, behavioral, social-emotional development.

Brief courtesy of the National Center for Children in Poverty (NCCP), from the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia University
Tips for Promoting Social-Emotional Development
Relationships are the way babies come to know the world and their place in it. They provide the loving context necessary to comfort, protect, encourage, and offer a buffer against stressful times. It is through relationships that young children develop social emotional wellness, which includes the ability to form satisfying relationships with others, play, communicate, learn, face challenges, and experience emotions. In addition, nurturing relationships are crucial for the development of trust, empathy, compassion, generosity, and conscience.


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Article Courtesy of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families 

CCEI Introduces Family Child Care Certificate

The CCEI Family Child Care Certificate provides 45 clock-hours of training for early childhood professionals seeking to start or improve upon an existing family child care program. This new program is accepted by the National Association for Family Child Care (NAFCC) to fulfill training/education requirements for member accreditation. Accordingly, program participants will receive comprehensive training in five basic knowledge areas: Relationships; Environment; Developmental Learning Activities; Safety and Health; and Professional and Business Practices. Effective management functions, including accounting, budgeting, and customer retention, are also training topics within this certificate program. This program grants 4.5 IACET CEUs upon successful completion.


For a limited time only, the providers enrolling in the CCEI Family Child Care Certificate can save $100! Upon program enrollment use promotion code FCC010 to take advantage of the savings. This offer is valid through November 30, 2013. For additional information, call CCEI at 1.800.499.9907!
Expressive Play Online Child Care Training Course Helps Teachers Support Children's Development Across All Domains

CCEI announces the introduction of CHD105: Focusing on Expressive Play in Early Childhood to the catalog of online professional development courses. This new CCEI course focuses on the importance various forms of play have on the development of the whole child, with emphasis on expressive play, which can be incorporated throughout most activities in the early childhood environment. Because drawing is an important element of expressive play, this course explores the typical development of drawing skills in children and how those skills relate to other areas of development. With a better understanding of the expressive play needs of young children, early childhood professionals can support children's healthy, optimal development across all developmental domains. This intermediate-level two-hour training course grants 0.2 IACET CEUs upon successful completion. Current CCEI students with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can enroll in all courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through online enrollment at any time.

Learn How to Advance Emotional Development in Young Children

Online child care training course CCEI3011-- Birth to Five: Emotional Development in Young Children is available as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during the month of October. CCEI3011 examines the development of emotional intelligence in young children. Emotional intelligence is awareness about how our minds influence our thoughts and behavior. Participants will learn about Erikson's eight stages of emotional development, methods of increasing emotional literacy, and activities that can be applied in the home to encourage emotional development. This beginner-level training course is available as a trial course to new users for CCEI account creation in October. Current students with active, unlimited subscriptions can enroll in courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through online enrollment. For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday - Friday, 8 am - 5 pm EST.
Erin Gentile
Little Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey
Congratulations to Erin for successfully completing the Online Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program of Study!

Erin began her career in early childhood as a counselor for school-age children and substitute preschool assistant, and went on to become an elementary after-school provider. Erin loves the challenges and rewards of her job and looks forward to work every morning. She enjoys learning from the children in her care, and observing their interactions and stories. Playing music, center time, and dancing are among the childrens' favorite activities.


In her spare time, Erin loves traveling and spending time with her family and friends. In the future, Erin plans to earn her CDA Credential from the Council of Professional Recognition and later her early childhood education degree. She also plans to become a preschool teacher and own her own child care center one day. Erin recommends CCEI to anyone looking to further their education or training. She explains, "I like the CCEI training courses because they are full of important information, and easy to understand. I am also very satisfied with the CCEI Child Development Associate Preschool Certificate program. I have learned many new skills and ideas for the classroom. I plan to put what I learned into my career. I recommend anyone looking to work with children to take any of the available training courses."


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