ChildCare Education Institute February Newsletter
Healthy Habits for Children  
In This Issue...
Children's Heart Month
Activities for Kids
Why Is Nutrition Important for Children?
Early Childhood Credential Can Help Head Start Staff Meet their Education Qualifications
Fitness Child Care Training Course is Available to New CCEI Users for American Heart Month
Alumni Profile: Lisa Wamack
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

Children's Heart Health  


February is National Heart Month. We don't typically think of children when we hear about heart disease or other cardiovascular ailments. There's a good reason for that: unless a child has a congenital heart defect or some other unusual condition, heart disease tends to develop later in life. And while genetics is certainly a factor for many adult heart disease patients, the simple fact is that most cases are related to a person's long-term diet and exercise habits.


Children should come to mind when we hear about "long-term habits," because research clearly shows that attitudes toward food and exercise form early in life. A child with a habit of grabbing an apple or carrot instead of chips or cupcakes will probably grow into an apple/carrot eating adult. Same for the child who reaches for a glass of water instead of soda. Likewise, a child who engages regularly in vigorous, active play is less likely to be obese and has a good chance of maintaining good physical fitness throughout life.


True, it is possible for adults to change their habits. People do it all the time. But people also fail frequently in their efforts, because it really is difficult for grownups to alter their eating and exercise habits once they are established. Young children, on the other hand, stand an excellent chance of developing good habits, or altering bad ones, as long as the adults in their lives provide appropriate guidance. Remember: children learn most habits by observing adults. You can tell them to eat carrots all you want, but they will notice if you reach for a bag of chips at snack time. Be a good role model!


Just like any other muscle in the body, the heart is subject to a "use it or lose it" system. Of course, the heart is one muscle that exercises itself, all day every day. But the heart won't get any stronger if the rest of the body is just sitting there idly all day long. The heart needs a good daily workout. For children, the daily "heart workout" should include a range of light, moderate, and vigorous activities. In other words, they don't have to be running at full speed in order to get the exercise they need. Such vigorous play is important, but walking, dancing, and many forms of indoor play provide necessary light to moderate activity.

Please take time to check out the resources included in this newsletter, and review your curriculum to ensure that children get plenty of activity, not just this month but all year!


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Activities for Kids


Your kids can have an active role in their health and the health of others. Below are some of our programs designed especially for children and youth of varying ages. Encourage your kids to check out our programs and learn how to start making a difference today!

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Resource Courtesy of American Heart Association 

Why Is Nutrition Important for Children?      


Nutrition is very important for everyone, but it is especially important for children because it is directly linked to all aspects of their growth and development; factors which will have direct ties to their level of health as adults. For example, a child with the right balance of omega fatty acids in their daily diet has a much better chance at creating a more solid foundation for their brain activity and capabilities later on. Likewise, a child who practices a low fat and cholesterol diet on a daily basis significantly improves their chances of preventing a heart attack; even if heart disease tends to be hereditary within your family.


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Article Courtesy of Childrens Heart Center

Early Childhood Credential Can Help Head Start Staff Meet their Education Qualifications   

CCEI is pleased to announce that practitioners who complete the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential program are considered qualified by the Office of Head Start to meet formal education requirements for certain positions. By September 30, 2013, all Head Start assistant teachers are required to have a minimum of at least a Child Development Associate Credential or be enrolled in a credential program to be completed within 2 years, or enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree. Holders of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that have this requirement, making CCEI's Online ECC an alternate route to meet the education qualifications in Section 648A of the Head Start Act, as amended in 2007, for the 2013 deadline.  


CCEI's Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) also satisfies the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential formal training requirements, which include the six CDA Competency Goals and 13 Functional Areas. This 180-hour program is for professionals working with children in the birth to eight-year age range and is designed to provide a basic framework of early childhood education theory and application.

Fitness Child Care Training Course is Available to New CCEI Users for American Heart Month 

New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course
CCEI121: Motor Development and Physical Fitness in Early Childhood at no cost in February in recognition of American Heart Month. This course provides an understanding of the importance of motor development and physical fitness in the early childhood years and the ways in which they can become part of the curriculum. Participants will be able to define physical fitness as it applies to young children, identify five health related fitness factors, physical activity recommendations for young children and fundamental motor skills. Account holders without an active, annual professional development individual or center-based training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment.

Lisa Wamack    

Evans, GA


Congratulations to Lisa Wamack for successfully completing CCEI's Online Georgia Director's Certificate Program of Study!


Lisa's career in early childhood education began when she was asked to teach a weekday church program for two-year-olds, and she's now the child care program director. Her favorite time of day is seeing the children's excitement when they first arrive at school and interact with their peers. Lisa also enjoys watching children learn and seeing their understanding show on their face. The pre-k children especially love being rewarded for good behavior when they've been selected as the daily "secret star."


In her spare time, Lisa enjoys paper crafting and spending time with her grandson. Lisa plans on continuing her education with CCEI, and obtaining her CDA Credential from the Council of Professional Recognition. She hopes to never stop learning and plans to continue to expand her child care and education program, including a kindergarten class in the coming year. Lisa recommends CCEI to anyone and states, "I was so impressed with CCEI's online training program that we have also purchased the Pinnacle Curriculum. Our teachers love using it and our students are learning more than ever."


Congratulations, Lisa! 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.


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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