Written by Leslie Coleman, Education Director at ChildCare Education Institute.
Looking for simpler ways to manage your preschool classroom, continue your education and implement quality curriculum? You need tools for ECE Teachers.
I’ve spent 25 years working in early childhood education, and was once a preschool teacher myself, so I understand the importance of resources and tools that gift you with more time to focus on teaching and your students – and that make your life easier, overall.
The three companies below (including one at which I’m employed) help ECE professionals: conveniently earn CDAs and meet annual training requirements; streamline daily tasks; and easily utilize research-based curriculum.
3 Tools for ECE Teachers
Work on your professional development from anywhere, at any time.
With ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), you can take courses from wherever you are, at your convenience, without having to physically be in a classroom. As the leading online provider of early childhood education, CCEI offers more than 150+ (in Spanish and English) courses for those who work in an array of child care settings, including child-care centers, preschool and prekindergarten classrooms, after-school environments and more.
CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. Most courses take about two hours and include a certificate upon successful completion. To sign up for a free trial course, visit www.cceionline.com.
Implement easy-to-use, high-quality curriculum.
Frog Street provides engaging and interactive bilingual research-based curriculum for ages zero-five. ECE teachers can select any curriculum for download and save time on brainstorming creative lesson plans and activities.
The company also offers professional development programs for teachers, administrators and coaches designed to show you how to effectively teach when you’re one-on-one with a student. To learn more about Frog Street, visit www.frogstreet.com.
Spend less time on childcare management.
LifeCubby, a preschool management software that allows ECE teachers and administrators to stay organized and efficiently manage parents and students. Teachers can communicate directly to parents without having to print off handouts everyday; plus, you don’t have to rely on students to transport important documents to their parents.
Within the software, teachers can quickly upload incident reports, post upcoming events and log meals and attendance for parents to access in real time.
LifeCubby also allows student tuition logs for your child care center with automated recurring billing and payment processing. To learn more about LifeCubby, visit www.lifecubby.me.
Teachers deserve easier lives because of the selfless work they do for students — nurturing, guiding and preparing them for the future. With the resources and tools for ECE teachers, listed above, teachers can spend more time enjoying their students.