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The Hidden Curriculum:Cultivating Quality Interactions in Early Childhood Settings
Creative Development: Inspiring the Mind to Imagine and Design
Georgia Improves & Increases Scholarships and Incentives for Early Educators
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The Hidden Curriculum:Cultivating Quality Interactions in Early Childhood Settings

Check out one of our new sessions on the Ideal ECE course list!



"The Hidden Curriculum: Cultivating Quality Interactions in Early Childhood Settings"

This session supports early educators in recognizing and facilitating quality teacher-child interactions in early childhood settings.







Participants will:

1. Recognize research-based methods for assessing early childhood classroom quality.
2. Examine teacher-child interactions in early childhood classrooms.
3. Explore strategies for improving teacher-child interactions in early childhood classrooms.

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!

Creative Development: Inspiring the Mind to Imagine and Design

Check out the latest additions to the Ideal ECE course list!




"Creative Development: Inspiring the Mind to Imagine and Design"
This training engages early childhood educators in exploring creative activities that foster development of “the whole child”.





Participants will:
1. Recognize birth-5 creative development standards.
2. Encourage creativity through music, movement, and dance.
3. Discover methods of encouraging artistic expression.
4. Inspire creative expression through participation in dramatic play.

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!

Georgia Improves & Increases Scholarships and Incentives for Early Educators

On July 2, 2014, Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) launched the DECAL Scholars website and announced its new AWARDS for Early Educators Program offering $1,200-$2,500 to early educators in Georgia who earn a national Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential up to a Master’s degree in early education  from January 1, 2014-June 30, 2017!

And that’s not all! Not only did DECAL keep its Scholarships and Incentives programs, both were improved! Early educators in Georgia can now apply for Scholarships to support their education endeavors up to the Master’s degree level! For each early education credential completed, graduates can apply for the Incentives Retention awards with additional payments for credentials earned in higher education!

There is so much good news about awards for early educators in Georgia that we can’t tell it all! Every early educator in Georgia needs to check out DECAL Scholars and apply where qualified! Look for this icon to learn what’s NEW! Be sure to share the information with every early educator you know who lives and works with children in Georgia!

Ideal ECE CDA courses start from $399 and are all state-approved by DECAL! If you’re an early educator in Georgia and qualify for Scholarships, AWARDS, and/or Incentives, you will put yourself in a great place for DECAL to cut you nice size checks! Contact us, when you’re ready to start CDA training! WE OFFER COURSES ON-SITE and ONLINE!

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

Intentional Teaching: Planning Purposeful Math & Science Experiences for Children in Preschool

Check out our most recent additions to the Ideal ECE course list!

“Intentional Teaching: Planning Purposeful Math & Science Experiences for Infants and Toddlers”

Level: Intermediate
Credit: 2 hours

This session actively engages early childhood educators in recognizing and planning developmentally appropriate math and science experiences for infants and toddlers.

 


“Intentional Teaching: Planning Purposeful Math & Science Experiences for Preschoolers”

Level: Intermediate
Credit: 2 hours

This session actively engages early childhood educators in recognizing and planning developmentally appropriate math and science experiences for children ages 3-5.
 


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!

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 faith-based programs, private child care centers, family day care homes, group child care, Easter Seals, Head Start, Early Head Start, Pre-K, YMCA, primary grades, afterschool programs, and camps!
 
Although we offer a variety of courses with state-approved credits and/or continuing education units (CEUs), we are able to customize training, based on program needs. Every year, education administrators contact us to request topics they need for professional development. 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!

We need Ideal ECE, because children ARE our future!

Congrats, New National CDAs!

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.

Reshonte Butler

Jasmine Edwards

Ritha Facey

Stephanie Snow


Thanks to Bright from the Start Scholarships & Incentives, Randolph County Head Start, United Way of Greater Atlanta 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 development! 

We are so proud!

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

Interested in taking or hosting an “Ideal CDA Course” in your area? Contact us by phone at 678-632-4085 or via email at info@idealece.com. WE OFFER COURSES ON-SITE and ONLINE!

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


Kelly Brown Reflects on Ideal ECE-United Way of Greater Atlanta CDA Partnership

Hello my name is Kelly Brown.  I wanted to express my gratitude to Dr. Bisa (Ideal ECE) and Charmaine Godley of United Way for the CDA class that I was a part of starting in October of 2013.  

I had one year of Director's experience in childcare, but this 120 hours of class taught me so many things that I had never known.  

Dr. Bisa is an excellent instructor! She made sure we understood everything that was being taught.  She also continuously encouraged all students to attend every week and really tried to set us up for success.  

Charmaine Godly came to class every Monday to check on us to see if we had any questions about anything, inform us of new things going on in the childcare industry, as well as encourage us to continue our education after the CDA class.
 
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Arthur M. Blank Foundation Making Play Safe featuring Kelly Brown


While in the CDA class, I was a part of an Arthur Blank Foundation event where I made a statement about Early Childhood activities that I learned in Dr. Bisa's class.  Please enjoy the video.











Last but not least, our class graduation was Monday March 24, 2014. I got a job in the Atlanta Promise Neighborhood (APN) as a Teacher, Tuesday March 25, 2014.  By me having Director's experience, I was cautious not to be too pushy going into the classroom; but, then, the teachers started trying to tell me what to do and how to do it incorrectly.  I simply said "I can't pick up any of your bad habits."




I also want to say Thank You to Ms. Debbie Hillman of the Black Child Development Institute (BCDI-Atlanta);  because, she introduced me to Charmaine Godley of United Way.

These ladies are Superstars in my EYES!!!

Kelly Brown, 2014 CDA Course Graduate, Atlanta, GA

Celebrating the Week of the Young Child with United Way of Greater Atlanta

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 the “Week of the Young Child” (WOYC).

In celebration of WOYC 2014, United Way of Greater Atlanta is hosting a FREE Professional Development Day on Saturday, April 12, 2014. For registration information, please email events@unitedwayatlanta.org. 

Ideal Early Learning is pleased to participate in this event by featuring a session--“Updating Your Game: Modern Techniques for Engaging ALL Stakeholders” presented by Dr. Bisa from 9:45-10:30 AM. We are also sponsoring a booth in the Exhibit Hall.



WINGS Curriculum will be featured at the Ideal Early Learning booth! Please stop by to visit! You will have opportunities to take a closer look at WINGS 3 classroom products for the duration of the conference.





Dr. Bisa will sign her world-renowned board book, Let’s Potty and children’s music CD, Singing up a Buzz, at our booth from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM. Special pricing will be available in celebration of the Week of the Young Child.

While you are at the Ideal Early Learning booth, be sure to inquire about how you can get a FREE music download to support your preschool lesson plans!





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

Congrats, Atlanta "Ideal CDA Course" Graduates!

Thanks to Ms. Charmaine Godley, Director of Training and Technical Assistance at United Way of Greater Atlanta, Ms. Hollie Pavloff, Director of the Early Learning Substitute Teacher Program at United Way of Greater Atlanta, and Dr. Bisa Batten Lewis, Early Learning Consultant and Trainer at Ideal Early Learning LLC, another group of "Ideal Child Development Associate (CDA) Course" graduates are on their way to national credentialing!


Full and partial scholarships for the course were provided by United Way of Greater Atlanta's Atlanta Promise Neighborhood (APN) Project and United Way's Early Learning Substitute Teacher Program.  

Program participants are pictured with Ideal ECE CDA Course Trainer Dr. Bisa (front, center).  




Congratulations to these "Ideal CDA Course" graduates!   

Jessica Carter 
Vita Zuniga 
Kendra Lewis-Daniels 
Kelly Brown 
Ira McCray 
Sharita Tibbs 
Julia Seawright 
Maria Del Pilar Salomon 
Nicole Baker 
Chandria O’Neal  


A heartfelt celebration was held in the graduates' honor on Monday, March 24, 2014 at United Way of Greater Atlanta. The graduates' families, friends and colleagues were invited to participate and support!    

One graduate's husband shared, "I have seen a major change in my wife, since she has been in this class. I know they mainly learn about children, but she's made some amazing personal changes. I am so proud of her. Thank you for this opportunity."  


This is yet another example of how United Way of Greater Atlanta puts its nonprofit dollars to work! We are proud to be a partner! 

To learn more about training offered by Ideal Early Learning, LLC, check out our Training page. While you're there, register for our mailing list!  


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


Congrats, New National CDAs!

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.



Vanessa Davis McWhorter

Carolyn Lockett

Kyeomishia Logan

Moric Palmer (pictured)




Thanks to United Way of Greater Atlanta's Early Learning Substitute Teacher Program and the Atlanta Promise Neighborhood Project for providing funds to support these early educators in completing and achieving this national level of professional development and achievement!

We still have seats remaining in our new CDA course in Atlanta!  Contact us to claim your seat! Be sure to join our mailing list, so you can receive updates on new course offerings.

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

Interested in taking or hosting an “Ideal CDA Course” in your area? Contact us by phone at 678-632-4085 or via email at info@idealece.com. WE OFFER COURSES ON-SITE and ONLINE!