Volume 3, Issue 9
In This Issue
School and Home Connections
Getting It Right: The School-Home Connection
Bringing Home into the Classroom
CCEI News
CCEI Professional Development
CCEI Online CDA Course of Study Programs
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute September Newsletter. 
This month, CCEI discusses School and Home Connections.
  Young children's learning and development
  are integrally connected to their families.  
  Parents are a child's first teachers.  

  Good communication between parents and
  caregivers in the early childhood setting is
  very important.   It is the goal of both parents
  and caregivers to provide children with the
  best environment for learning and growing.
  Caregivers should strive to earn the trust of
  each child's parents.  This trust will allow
  parents and caregivers to work together for
  the good of the child.
 

To support and promote children's optimal learning and development, early childhood programs must recognize the importance of children's families, establish relationships with families based on mutual trust and respect, support and involve families in their children's educational growth, and invite families to fully participate in the program.

There are numerous ways programs can support family relationships.  Parent-teacher conferences, home visits, and family nights at the child care center are acceptable ways of encouraging family involvement.
 
Teachers may also plan family involvement events that correspond with the curriculum.  For example, during a monthly unit on professions, the teacher may invite parents to visit the classroom and explain their professions to the children.

In his article, "Teacher-Parent Partnerships", Kevin J. Swick states, "The partnership construction is based on the premise that collaborating partners have some common basis for action and a sense of mutuality that supports their joint ventures.  Teachers and parents have a common need for joining together in partnership: the need to foster positive growth in children and in themselves.  It is their challenge to create a sense of mutuality so that their efforts are meaningful to all those involved."

Some parents do not have the characteristics needed to form a partnership and this is when the teacher's efforts to create a partnership become vital.  Teachers can provide an environment that encourages the development of partnership behaviors in parents.  Modeling respect and communication skills, showing a genuine interest in the children, responding constructively to parent concerns, promoting a teamwork philosophy, and being sensitive to parent and family needs are some ways to promote this process.

Swick also states, "Teacher attributes that appear to positively influence teachers' relationships with children and parents include: warmth, openness, sensitivity, flexibility, reliability, and accessibility" (Corner and Haynes, 1991).

Swick's also comments on teacher-parent partnerships is the discussion on the unique roles teachers and parents play to create a successful partnerships. Swick says,"Parenting roles are performed within the family and within family-school relationships. Roles critical to family growth are nurturing, teaching, and modeling.  Within the larger contexts, they emphasize particular roles as family or family-school situations dictate." Comer and Haynes add to this commentary stating  "For example, recent findings suggest that when parents sense an inviting school climate, they emphasize nurturing and supporting behaviors in their interactions with teachers; their participation in the school environment also increases".

Teacher roles that are critical to partnership are family-centered in nature and include support, education, and guidance.  Teacher roles that focus on family involvement in school and classroom activities include those of nurturing, supporting, guiding, and decision-making.

Parents and teachers are on the same team and they both have the same goal.  To support and nurture the children the best way possible, at home and in the classroom.

Join the CCEI Discussion Thread and share the activities that you've implemented at your school to promote parent participation.  For additional information on the subject, register for CCEI520-Parent Communication: Building Partners in the Educational Process.

Getting It Right: The School-Home Connection
Written By: Carol Ott

  Education is a partnership; our children
  benefit from an alliance between school and
  home. It's the reason parents join the local
  parent-teacher organization and dutifully
  attend back-to school nights. It's why they
  volunteer for occasional field trips or special
  projects that bring them to school for
  celebrations, career days, or book fests.
  Read Article

  Printed Courtesy of Family Education.com
Bringing Home into the Classroom
By: Polly Greenberg
Recently, a teacher said to me, "In my classroom, there are children from a number of cultures. I don't have time to study each of these cultures, but I do want each child to feel comfortable in my classroom. It seems like an almost insurmountable problem." As we chatted, we teased out what we agreed were the most important things that this concerned and way-too-busy teacher could do to bring the children's home worlds to school.
Read Article

Article Courtesy of Scholastic.Com
ChildCare Education Institute Announces IACET Approval
CCEI has been approved by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  Meeting these standards and becoming an Authorized Provider of IACET Continuing Education Units is a testament to the integrity of CCEI as a company and to the quality of professional development solutions that CCEI offers the early childhood industry.

The International Association for Continuing Education and Training is a non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing education and training programs.  IACET certifies education providers that meet strict continuing education guidelines.  Originally created in 1968, IACET's Criteria and Guidelines for Quality Education and Training Programs apply across all disciplines and are the standards by which hundreds of organizations measure their education offerings.
Meet Your Professional Development Needs with CCEI's Online Coursework.
The Professional Development Subscription is the easiest, most cost effective method for providing your staff with the training needed to meet licensing requirements.  One annual subscription gives your teachers access to over 100 online professional development courses in English and Spanish.  With the 50-user subscription option, the cost breaks down to $20 per teacher.  If each teacher takes 10 courses, that breaks down to $2 a course.  As an administrator, you will be able to schedule, track, and report on all staff professional development with a simple click of your computer mouse.  Rollover options allow you to address staff turnover, at no additional cost.

CCEI also offers an individual professional development subscription for teachers, for just $69, a 30% savings.

Child Development Associate Certificate
Meet the coursework requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition with 120 hours in formal child care training from CCEI!  CCEI is a distance training institution dedicated to providing online professional development for early childhood professionals.  CCEI offers online course of study options that allow you to work independently and at your convenience with access to courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  CCEI offers three online CDA program options, depending on your needs.  For those seeking college credit, the College Credit Eligible CDA is a great choice.  Students successfully completing all requirements of this program not only meet the CDA coursework requirement, but are also eligible to receive up to 26 quarter-hour credits from Kendall College.  This is an instructor supported program.  CCEI also offers a non college credit instructor supported program and a self-study CDA program.  The Online Self Study CDA is designed for students who can successfully work independently. 

During the month of September, CCEI CDA Programs start at just $299*!  Call CCEI today at 888.418.5358 to speak to an Admissions Representative for information and enrollment!

*The $299 pricing is for the Online Self Study CDA program only.  Restrictions apply.  Offer expires September 30, 2008.  Promotion Code CDA-OIL-02-P
Calendar of Events
September 26, 27, 28 - 53rd Early Childhood Association of Florida Conference, Orlando, Florida. 

October 10, 11 - Georgia Association on Young Children, 2008 GAYC Annual Conference, Duluth, Georgia.

November 5, 6, 7, 8 - National Association for the Education of Young Children, NAEYC Annual Conference and Expo, Dallas, Texas.

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