It has been a WILD time in Pre-K lately (though, tbh I think I could say that every month) and I am finding it so hard to keep up with it all: the 100th Day of School, Valentine’s Day, mid-year assessments, and the constant threat of inside recess. I am beyond ready for February break — I definitely need to rest and reset my tired teacher brain! Even though I absolutely love my littles and being in the classroom with them, the breaks allow me time to practice some intense self care that lets me be my best teaching self. Kind of like a little ‘spring cleaning’ for the teaching soul!
Though I am lounging and sleeping for 70% of my break, I do take the time to get some professional development and classroom planning done. The only difference with doing these two things during a break as opposed to during school is that they are on MY time (and are usually completed in my pajamas). During my February break, I am so excited to rethink our morning meetings in Pre-K, plan our Transportation unit, and check out ChildCare Education Institute’s catalogue of professional development courses.’
What is CCEI? ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, online training courses and programs, applicable to those who work in an array of child care settings, including center-based care, Head Start, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, after school environments and more. Over 150 English and Spanish training courses are available to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard℠ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
CCEI is my go-to for professional development. Their catalog of courses is HUGE and covers a wide range of topics — basically anything a teacher could want and THEN some! Being able to complete courses on my own time is incredible, because I feel like my schedule after school is always changing from day to day. I don’t have to worry about being at a certain place at a certain time! The courses themselves are easy to navigate and include high quality content that give practical advice –they get what it is like in a classroom of kids and the suggestions reflect the ‘realness’ of teaching!
If you’re like me and like to throw some cozy professional development into your “teacher soul spring cleaning” routine, I have found some CCEI courses that can hugely benefit you in the classroom!
– CCEI954: Building a Team Environment
This course presents guidance and strategies for increasing employee satisfaction and reducing turnover through strong teamwork and an appropriate organizational climate. Participants will learn about the benefits of teamwork and the importance of empowering their employees.
– ADM109: Developing Leadership in Early Care and Education
This course examines what it means to be a successful leader in the field of early care and education (ECE) which includes after school or out-of-school-time care. While there are certain universal qualities to any good leader, regardless of profession, leaders in the ECE industry face some unique challenges and responsibilities that are not covered in typical corporate leadership books and seminars.
– CCEI770: Making Time! Time Management Skills for Administrators
This course outlines effective time management skills for program administrators or directors. Participants will learn how to prioritize deadlines, set goals, and use time more effectively. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to clearly state their job purpose, list three types of formal and informal planning and create strategies for using time more efficiently.
– NFS101: Nutrition and Food Service in Early Learning Environments
This course is designed to provide information to assist food service staff, caregivers and members of program leadership develop positive, healthy nutritional programs for young children. Participants will also gain a greater understanding of the requirements of the USDA Food Program and meal planning in an early childhood education setting.
– ADM110: Technology and Social Media Policy in the Early Care and Education Environment
This course examines the impact of digital technologies, the Internet, and social media on the early care and education environment and offers recommended strategies and best practices for using various technological tools. Program policies are a central focus of the comprehensive course, with emphasis on crafting policies that best promote effective, high-quality care.
– ADM100: The Eco-Friendly Child Care Center, Part 1: Green Lifestyle and Environmental Health
The goal of this course is to provide an overview of what constitutes an eco-friendly child care environment, with a major focus on the hazards of environmental exposure and recommended practices for maintaining a safe, healthy environment for young children.
– ADM101: The Eco-Friendly Child Care Center, Part 2: Environmental Education and Sustainability
This course offers strategies for developing and implementing a sustainability plan at a child care center, including activities for promoting environmental awareness in young children and increasing family involvement.
– PROF104: Reflective Practices in Early Childhood Education
This course provides an examination of what it means to reflect on daily teaching practices and why it is an important practice. The course offers several models of reflection and reflective thinking strategies to help ECE professionals establish a reflective practice. Participants will also discover ways to plan for reflection when working with colleagues, children, and families.
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Take it from me, ChildCare Education Institute is the way professional development should be! If you’re not totally convinced, here are the hard facts:
- 99 percent of students say they would recommend CCEI to others
- Over 5 million online course hours completed
- CCEI has graduated over 15,000 early childhood professionals from CDA and other certificate programs
- Web-based coursework, available 24/7/365
- 30 hours of new content added each year
- IACET CEUs awarded for completed coursework at no additional cost
So, if you have a February break coming up or are thinking ahead to Spring Break in March or April, let ChildCare Education Institute help you tackle your teacher spring cleaning to-do list!
[This post was made possible through a paid partnership with ChildCare Education Institute. Though I was compensated for my time, all thoughts and feelings expressed are my own.]