Volume 4, Issue 2
In This Issue
Creating a Healthy Classroom
Let's Get Physical!
Childhood Overweight: What Teachers and Parents Should Know
CCEI News
Professional Development
Online CDA Course of Study Programs
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute February Newsletter. This month, CCEI discusses Creating a Healthy Classroom.

Studies have shown that the occurrence of obesity in children has increased in recent years. Eliminating obesity in the early years can prevent the serious health effects associated with obesity before they develop.

The human body is an amazing thing, especially in early childhood when it is constantly growing and changing.  Helping the children in our care stay healthy and fit is important.  Childhood Obesity and Childhood Overweight are associated with various health related consequences. Overweight children may experience immediate health consequences and may be at risk for weight related health problems in adulthood. In addition, there are many other social and economic impacts.

Over the past 30 years, the number of overweight children aged two to five years old has doubled.  According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, one in every four preschoolers is overweight or at risk of being overweight. Currently, one in five children is overweight. Since the late 1970's, the percentage of obese children has increased in all age groups.

The social consequences of being overweight and obese are serious and pervasive. Overweight and obese individuals are often targets of bias and stigma, and they are vulnerable to negative attitudes in employment, educational institutions, medical facilities, mass media, and interpersonal relationships.

Negative attitudes toward obese youth develop in children as young as three years old, and children attribute multiple negative characteristics to overweight peers including being mean, stupid, ugly, unhappy, lazy, and having few friends.

Regularly scheduled well baby visits and ongoing checkups are important for young children. Your center, under the direction of the local licensing agency, should have requirements that insist that recent medical examinations be conducted before a child can enroll in your program.
                                                                
 The methods for maintaining weight or losing
weight are
  the same: the child should eat a h
ealthy diet and increase
  physical activity. Eating habits and exercise habits go
  hand in hand.  Active children are more likely to
  become fit adults. Physical activity is an important
  component to maintaining health. It burns calories and
  builds strong bones and muscles. It also helps children
  sleep better at night and remain alert during the day.

Early childhood professionals have a duty to educate the whole (thinking, feeling, moving) child. Moreover, teachers of preschoolers can be more realistic than parents in their assessment of children's physical activity levels, and preschool teachers' prompting of children has a positive influence on those activity levels. Childcare settings can be a major force in shaping children's dietary intake, physical activity, and energy balance.

Working in concert with family members and health care professionals, you can help diminish the occurrence of childhood obesity and its negative short-term and long-term consequences.

To learn more about child health and safety, log on to www.cceifame.com to review the professional development courses offered by CCEI.

Let's Get Physical!
By: Rae Pica
There are so many reasons why children need to move. But today, more than ever, the primary reason may be movement's contribution to their physical fitness. Word of the childhood obesity crisis is everywhere: magazines, newspapers, television, and radio talk shows. Even so, it's sometimes difficult to take it all seriously. How can we be experiencing a childhood obesity epidemic? Worse yet, how can we be using words like heart disease in relation to young children?

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Printed Courtesy of Early Childhood News
Childhood Overweight: What Teachers and Parents Should Know
By: Judy K. Martin, RD, CD
  It is possible that today's children could have a shorter
  life expectancy than their parents and grandparents.
  This shocking thought comes to mind because children
  are becoming increasingly overweight, with a
  corresponding increase in the incidence of chronic
  diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular
  problems, which shorten life expectancy. This article
  will present some facts you should know about the
  prevalence of overweight in children, the resulting
  health effects, factors that are thought to be
  contributing to the problem, and finally what you, as an
  early childhood educator, can do to help prevent
  childhood overweight.

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Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News
ChildCare Education Institute Announces Articulation Agreement with Ashford University Giving College Credit to Child Care Professional Development
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce an articulation agreement with Ashford University.

The articulation agreement allows CCEI students the opportunity to transfer completed coursework to Ashford University for college credit.  CCEI students graduating from the Child Development Associate (CDA) program and CDA-equivalent programs shall be permitted to transfer courses for eight (8) units of credit at Ashford University in the following: three (3) credits for ECE 101, three (3) credits for ECE 214, and two (2) elective credits. In addition, CCEI students completing professional development courses also have the opportunity to articulate coursework to Ashford University.  Under the terms of the Ashford University transfer credit policy, fifteen (15) clock hours of completed CCEI professional development coursework translates to one (1) unit of elective credit at Ashford University. Click here for more information

Georgia Bright From the Start Approves Pinnacle Curriculum
The review process for Pinnacle Curriculum has been completed and Pinnacle will remain on the Georgia Approved Curriculum list for Georgia Pre-K. Pinnacle is a research-based early childhood curriculum, designed with both teachers and students in mind.  Based on the works of Piaget, Gardner, and Erikson, Pinnacle provides teachers with lessons that engage children in developmentally appropriate activities.  Pinnacle is published in an easy-to-use, reusable format that includes lesson plan guides, activity enrichments, and long range goals linked to key standards.   Comprehensive programs are offered for Infants, Toddlers, Two's, Three's, Four's, and School-Age children. For more information on Pinnacle Curriculum, contact Elaine Bullard at 800.499.9907 ext. 522.

Annual, unlimited professional development subscriptions, only $99!
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution, offers over 100 online, CEU eligible professional development courses that meet continuing education requirements. Courses are offered in English and Spanish and are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a week from any computer with Internet access.  CCEI is approved by the International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET) to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEU's).

Now, with the CCEI and Ashford University articulation agreement, CCEI students completing professional development courses have the opportunity to transfer completed coursework to Ashford University for college credit.  Fifteen (15) credit hours of completed CCEI professional development coursework translates to one (1) unit of elective credit at Ashford University.

Center-Based Subscriptions
Directors, center-based subscriptions are a great way to manage and administer continuing education.  Purchase a 50-user center-based subscription at regular price, $999, and give your students a 'summer of wonder' with a free Summer of Wonder Curriculum Kit.

Contact CCEI Admissions at 888.518.5358
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. 

Call CCEI today at 888.418.5358 to speak to an Admissions Representative for information and enrollment!
February 26-27, 2009 - Kids 'R' Kids Owners Conference, San Antonio, Texas.

March 10 -14, 2009 - NACCRRA National Policy Symposium, Washington, D.C.

March 14, 2009 - North Central Florida AEYC, Gainesville, Florida.

March 26 - 28, 2009 - California Association for the Education of Young Children, Sacramento, California.

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