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Ideal ECE on Nat'l Head Start Consultants Directory

At Ideal ECE, we provide professional development and consulting services for a vast amount of early educators and administrators around the country, but none more than those working in Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Check out our listing in the National Head Start Association (NHSA) Professional Development Consultants Directory!

"Reducing the Spread of Infectious Diseases"
Ideal ECE Workshop on Child Health for Early Head Start


Popular topics we primarily present for Head Start and Early Head Start programs include:

Administration:
  • Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework
  • Developing & Empowering Staff
  • Family Engagement at the Corporate Level
  • Masterful Mentoring
  • New Director Institutes (flexible topics and schedule)
  • Organizational Learning, Leadership & Change
  • Professionalism
  • School Readiness
  • Serving Children with Special Needs
  • Shared Governance
  • Transformative Learning & Leadership

Family Advocates, Ed/Disabilities Specialists & Support Staff:
  • Building Positive & Productive Relationships with Consumers
  • Communicating Effectively with Parents
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Reciprocal Community Engagement
  • Engaging Families in Dynamic Monthly Activities
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition
  • New Family Advocate Institutes (flexible topics and schedule)
  • Professionalism
  • Serving Children with Special Needs
  • Implementing the PFCE Framework
 
Teaching Staff (Early Head Start & Head Start):
  • Assessing and Evaluating Child Progress
  • CDA Training & Renewal
  • Connecting Child Assessments with Lesson Plans
  • Ideal Daily Activity Schedules
  • Including Children with Special Needs
  • Intentional Teaching
  • Health, Safety & Nutrition in the Classroom
  • Implementing the HS Outcomes Framework in the Classroom
  • Language Modeling
  • New Teacher Institutes (flexible topics and schedule)
  • Proactive Methods for Guiding Child Behavior
  • Professionalism
  • School Readiness
  • Standards-based Teaching
  
WARNING: OUR WORKSHOPS ARE HIGHLY INTERACTIVE!

Check out course descriptions for some of our most popular sessions. Topics can be customized according to need or event theme.

We are excited about this partnership with NHSA to extend our provision of quality professional development and consulting services to Head Start and Early Head Start programs! Pre-service Training sessions are well underway and going well! Thank you, NHSA!


We need Ideal ECE, because children ARE our future!



It’s Time for Pre-Service Training!

It’s that time again—pre-service training time, that is! At Ideal ECE, we train teachers and administrators from Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K, faith-based programs, private child care centers, family/group child care, primary grades, after-school programs, and camps!

 We offer a variety of courses with state-approved credits and/or continuing education units (CEUs). Every year, education administrators contact us to request topics they need for professional development, including New Teacher Institutes, beginning, intermediate and advanced training. If we do not already have courses written on requested topics, we immediately write them and submit for state and/or national approval, to support client needs.
 

Check out course descriptions for our most popular sessions! Topics can be customized according to need or event theme. Also, take a look at testimonials, to see what real training participants think about Ideal ECE training.
 
Contact us to book pre-service training for your staff. Summer Break is flying by! The new school year will arrive, before we know it! Make sure you and your staff are prepared for a successful academic year!

Let’s change the future one training at a time!

100% of Ideal ECE CDA Course Graduates Earn National Credential

The Ideal Early Learning Professional Development Team would like to recognize the following “Ideal Child Development Associate (CDA) Course” graduates who recently completed the national CDA assessment process and earned their National CDA Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition.

Bridgette Marshall

Ebony Robbs


We are pleased to report that 100% of our graduates from the 2014 Ideal Early Learning CDA Course in Atlanta (pictured right) have successfully completed the national CDA credentialing process. That’s right! They ALL have earned their national CDA credential and are working in early education positions and programs they enjoy! This is how we truly measure success!


Thanks to United Way of Greater Atlanta's Early Learning Substitute Teacher Program and Training and Technical Assistance for providing funds to support these early educators in completing and achieving this national level of professional development!

Their next step is to apply for the DECAL Scholars Award and Incentives for early educators, in hopes of furthering their education in the profession.

If you are an “Ideal CDA Course” graduate and have earned your National CDA Credential, please send us an email at info@ideal-ece.com, so we can give you a shout-out!

Let’s change the future one training at a time!

 

Look Who Earned the National CDA Credential!

The Ideal Early Learning Professional Development Team would like to recognize the following “Ideal Child Development Associate (CDA) Course” graduates who recently completed the national CDA assessment process and earned the National CDA Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition.

CDA Marta Velez


Dwanice Baldwin
 
Jennifer Sanders

Marta Velez






CDA Jennifer Sanders

Thanks to Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Scholarships & Incentives Program, United Way of Greater Atlanta's Early Learning Substitute Teacher Program and Atlanta Promise Neighborhood Project for providing funds to support these early childhood educators in completing and achieving this national level of professional achievement!




We are so proud of our graduates!

Best wishes to those who recently completed the CDA application and are scheduled for assessment. Please email us to share updates! We want to know about your progress!


Let's change the future one training at a time!

The Ideal ECE Team

Celebrating NAEYC Week of the Young Child

Each year, children all over the nation are celebrated during the month of April with a special week designated by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) as Week of the Young Child (WOYC).


Since 1971, NAEYC has engaged the community in celebrating children and services for families through WOYC. According to NAEYC, “The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the early childhood programs and services that meet those needs” (naeyc.org).

This year, WOYC is celebrated April 12-18, 2015. Check out these wonderful WOYC activities and resources NAEYC has provided for communities, families and early education programs. Also, find out what your local and state Affiliate groups are doing to celebrate WOYC 2015, so you can support advocacy efforts for our youngest learners!

Here are a few more important resources for engaging stakeholders and children in festive activities, during the month of April:

And, let's not forget to plan transition activities for children who are in their final year of preschool! 
 
Please share your pics with us via Facebook and Twitter!
 
Because children ARE our future!
 

Serving Children with Special Needs in Regular Preschool & Kindergarten Settings

Check out the newest session on the Ideal ECE course list!

In this session, early educators will explore best practices for meeting the individual needs of young children with exceptionalities in regular preschool and kindergarten settings.

Participants will:

  1. Identify 13 categories of disability, as defined by IDEA.
  2. Discuss five characteristics of an inclusive classroom.
  3. List three new strategies for improving inclusion of young children with special needs in the regular classroom.

Check out course titles and descriptions of our most popular sessions. Also, please visit our Testimonials page to view training evaluation comments from session participants. We hope to see you in our training very soon!


Let’s change the future one training at a time!


How Sick is Too Sick for Childcare?

Many parents have difficulty recognizing if their child is too ill to go to child care. Communicable diseases are so easily spread in child care settings, due to hugging, touching, and exchanging toys and learning materials. 

If your child exhibits any of the following symptoms, along with a fever of 101 degrees or higher, he or she is too sick for child care.

  • Unusual spots, rashes, or bruises not associated with injury
  • Sore throat or difficulty swallowing
  • Infected skin patches
  • Unusually dark, tea-colored urine
  • Gray or white defecate
  • Runny nose with yellow or green mucus
  • Headache or stiff neck
  • Vomiting
  • Unusual behavior – cranky, discomfort, cries more than usual
  • Loss of appetite
  • Earache
  • Too weak or unwell to participate in normal activities

Parents should assist their children with handwashing upon entrance into the classroom each morning, to promote and maintain sanitation.  It is also a good practice to assist your child in handwashing before departure.

In our training, "Reducing the Spread of Infectious Diseases", we show childcare providers how to prevent illness through proper diapering, handwashing, cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitizing. Check out our training list for details and descriptions of our various child care courses.



Let's change the future one training at a time!

    5 Seats Remaining in Ideal ECE CDA Course in Atlanta

    The Ideal ECE Child Development Associate (CDA) Course starting January 26, 2015 in Atlanta, GA has 5 seats left!


    LOCATION: YWCA of Greater Atlanta

    120 hours of Bright from the Start-approved Training

    Mondays Only—January 26-May 18, 2015 @ 6:00-10:00 PM

    Course Fee: $599 (Includes CDA books and CDA Professional Portfolio)   


    Pay-as-you-go Option:$199 payment due upon registration with remaining four payments of $100 due mid-month on February 15, March 15, April 15, and May 15, 2015 

    Submit your registration ASAP!


    Changing the future one training at a time!

    The Ideal ECE Team!




    NEW Child Development Associate (CDA) Course in Atlanta

    Announcing a new Ideal ECE Child Development Associate (CDA) Course starting January 26, 2015 in Atlanta, GA!


    LOCATION: YWCA of Greater Atlanta

    120 hours of Bright from the Start-approved Training

    Mondays Only—January 26-May 18, 2015 @ 6:00-10:00 PM

    Pictured: National CDA Nicole Baker, 2014 Ideal ECE CDA Course Graduate



    Course Fee: $599 (Includes CDA books and CDA Professional Portfolio)   

    Pay-as-you-go Option:$199 payment due upon registration with remaining four payments of $100 due mid-month on February 15, March 15, April 15, and May 15, 2015 

    Download the course flyer and registration form!  

    Course enrollment ends January 15, 2015, so get your registration in ASAP.

    Need a more flexible course schedule? Check out our ONLINE training options!

    Thank you, YWCA of Greater Atlanta, for partnering with us to host this very important professional course!

    The Ideal ECE Team!




    Look Who Earned the National CDA Credential!

    The Ideal Early Learning Professional Development Team would like to recognize the following “Ideal Child Development Associate (CDA) Course” graduates who recently completed the national CDA assessment process and earned the National CDA Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition.



    Nicole Baker
     
    Darlene Person

    Maria Del Pilar Salomon




    Thanks to Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning Scholarships & Incentives Program, United Way of Greater Atlanta's Early Learning Substitute Teacher Program and Atlanta Promise Neighborhood Project for providing funds to support these early childhood educators in completing and achieving this national level of professional achievement!

    We are so proud of our graduates!

    Best wishes to those who recently completed the CDA application and are scheduled for assessment. Please email us to share updates! We want to know about your progress!

    We are announcing our new CDA courses, this week! Please join our email list and stay tuned for upcoming dates and locations.

    We also offer ONLINE Child Development Associate (CDA) at a one-time fee of ONLY $399 and ONLINE CDA Renewal Training at a one-time fee of ONLY $150 - NATIONALLY!

    • Complete coursework ANY TIME, ANY PLACE, and AT YOUR OWN PACE.
    • All you need is internet access.
    • will be active in your online account for 12 months.
    • Print certificates with YOUR NAME on them from ANY computer.
    • Courses are state-approved in states requiring specific credits.
    • Units (CEUs) are automatically offered for each course at NO additional cost.

    Register Now for one of our CDA Courses! 
     
    Got questions? Check out our CDA Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    Interested in taking or hosting an “Ideal CDA Course” in your area? by phone at 678-632-4085 or via email at info@idealece.com. Be sure to join our mailing list, so you can receive updates on new course offerings.