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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.

    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!