ChildCare Education Institute September Newsletter
Adult Learning
In This Issue...
Lifelong Learning Means Lifelong Growth
The Importance of Professional Development
Take Opportunities to Keep Learning
New Course on Infant Care
New Leaders in Continuing Education and Training Elected
Effective Adult Education Requires Training
Alumni Profile: Chrissy Lindsley
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

Lifelong Learning Means Lifelong Growth   

The purpose of learning is growth, and our minds, unlike our bodies, can continue growing as we continue to live. 
~ Mortimer Adler, American philosopher   

The above quote is especially appropriate for professionals in the early childhood education industry. As we focus on helping guide young children through early development, we must remember that adult brains need to grow and develop, too! This is an important message to convey not only to teachers and other ECE professionals but also to children and their families.


Many of us may view in-service training and professional development requirements as necessary yet inconvenient. But what if, instead, we viewed them as minimal requirements for continued growth. Do you see yourself as someone who always strives to accomplish the minimum requirements? Or, do you agree that you are capable of much, much more?


Of course, we all learn new things all the time through our daily experiences. Furthermore, it is certainly possible to achieve big goals without going out of your way for higher education or other professional development. However, if you put in the time and effort to supplement your experiences and your professional achievements with ongoing, high-quality training, you may begin to view your experiences from a new and exciting perspective, and you may expand your concept of what you can achieve and the size of the contribution you can make to society.


Before you head off on your new learning journey, remember one other thing: you are not a child anymore. Your body will continue to change, but your foundation is complete. As for your mind, it's going to be a little more difficult for you to learn new things from here on out. Your brain still wants and needs to learn, but it's not quite as eager as it was during early childhood. Take some time to reflect on your own strengths and preferences. How do you learn best? What is your learning style? What do you really, really want to learn more about? What do you need to learn in order to reach your next big goal in life? As an adult, you have endless opportunities to learn and expand your horizons, but the choices and responsibility for fulfilling them are all up to you.

Let's conclude with another philosophical quote to help inspire you to lifelong learning:

Always walk through life as if you have something new to learn
and you will.   
~ Vernon Howard


Volume 7, Issue 9 

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The Importance of Professional Development

By: Mary Dixon Lebeau  


What makes a professional stand apart from others in his or her field? Of course, she has the educational chops and the hands-on experience that makes her well-rounded and widely respected in her field. But true professionals don't stop there. In fact, they never stop - especially when it comes to learning. After all, research is always discovering new things, and trends are always changing. Any good professional will be on top of - and responding to - these changes.

Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News

Take Opportunities to Keep Learning
Recognizing there is more to know is first step
By: Horace M. Lukens III


Horace M. Lukens III, a contributing writer, is an instructor of finance at the University of Southern Indiana.


There has been little attention paid to the importance of lifelong learning. Here are some thoughts that have been compiled over 55 years of learning. 


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Article Courtesy of Courier Press 


New Online Course on Infant Care Can Benefit Anyone Who Cares for Infants 


CCEI is proud to announce the addition of CUR105: Infant Care to the online child care training course catalog. It is essential for infant caregivers to understand the specific needs and developmental characteristics of children between birth and 12 months of age. While the course is geared toward practitioners who are either new to the child care industry or inexperienced in working with infants, it can also provide valuable information for experienced providers seeking to improve practices or refresh skills. Participants will learn about infant development and typical developmental milestones; essential practices for maintaining a safe, healthy environment; and strategies for promoting optimal growth across all developmental domains. CUR105 is available for online enrollment anytime and awards 0.2 IACET CEUs upon successful completion. Users with an active, annual training subscription may register for this course when logged in to their account. 

New Leaders in Continuing Education and Training Elected 

Maria Taylor, CEO of ChildCare Education Institute, elected to IACET Board of Directors   


The International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) recently elected new members to the 2012-13 Board of Directors, who represent organizations that make a commitment to excellence in lifelong learning. Each board member is an expert in continuing education and training, a function deemed increasingly more important in today's workplace. Maria C. Taylor, who serves as CEO & President for Childcare Education Institute (CCEI), has been elected to the 2012-2013 Board of Directors for IACET. Taylor stated, "Since CCEI's inception, our goal has been to raise the quality level of training for early care providers. I hope my experiences and input will benefit the organization."

Effective Adult Education Requires Training  


New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course PROF101: Adult Learning Theories and Strategies at no cost in September, in recognition of Self-Improvement Month. Effective instructors must consider individual needs, learning styles, and communication styles of adults. Teaching strategies can be tailored to meet a particular audience, but only if instructors are aware of the specific and wide-ranging challenges involved in adult education. Upon successful completion, CCEI's Adult Learning course provides professional trainers and adult educators with strategies for meeting the needs and preferences of individual students. Relevant topics in this one-hour online course include Gardner's Theory of Multiple intelligences and the work of several other prominent adult learning theorists. PROF101 is available to new CCEI users as a trial course awarded upon account creation during September. Preexisting account holders without an active, annual training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment at any time.


Chrissy Lindsley 

Haddam, KS  


Congratulations to Chrissy Lindsley for successfully completing CCEI's Director's Certificate Program of Study!


Chrissy began working as a nurse in England in the early 1970s and took a break from nursing to raise her three children. After working in the ER before moving to gynecology, Chrissy later taught high school sex education and became a school nurse. She then went on to become a health visitor, primarily working with children birth to five years of age, and studied to receive a Bachelor's degree and the equivalent of an Associates in Counseling, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Asthma and Allergy Management, Teaching and Assessment, and Pharmacology. Chrissy has been promoted to management more than once, and also became a health visitor/school nurse with the British army in Germany.


After retiring from a management position in the army in 2007, Chrissy moved to the United States with her husband, who is a farmer. Chrissy grew bored of not working and is now an Education, Special Services and Mental Health coordinator for Head Start. She enjoys helping families in need and seeing the children in her care grow and develop as individuals. Chrissy also enjoys seeing educators learn and improve their professional skills. During her spare time, Chrissy enjoys spending time with her family, which includes 3 children and 2 grandchildren. In addition to the Online Director's Certificate, Chrissy has completed a number of CCEI training courses, which have enabled her to align her prior learning with US standards and go on to complete her Master's degree in Research. Chrissy tells us, "I firmly believe that education lifts people out of poverty and that teachers are inspirational. I was lucky to have a very inspirational teacher when I was 10 who has guided my career path and given me the self-confidence to tackle all I have undertaken."


Congratulation, Chrissy! 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 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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