This year, instead of making broad resolutions that aren’t always honored, why not make real goals within the SMART goal framework? SMART goals are: Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, and Time-bound objectives that act as a guide toward success in the new year. Whether you are an early childhood teacher, childcare staff, director, or a home provider, ChildCare Education Institute, the leader in online professional development, is making it easy for you to meet your professional goals in 2020.
New Year, New You: Professional Development Goals in Early Childhood with ChildCare Education Institute
Setting professional development goals utilizing the SMART framework will help you achieve success in professional development goals for the new year.
S = Specific
Broad goals can be overwhelming to tackle. Be as specific as possible when setting professional development goals for the new year. If you need to plan CEU’s, or even desire to make specific learning goals, such as tools for mindfulness in early childhood, ChildCare Education Institute can help with over 150 English and Spanish training courses to meet specific licensing, recognition programs, or Head Start requirements. What courses will you choose to meet your short-term professional development goals for longer-term career success?
M = Measurable
How will you track your professional development goals to stay on the right path toward success? ChildCare Education Institute offers a personalized dashboard where you can track all professional development courses taken. No need to wait for course completion certificates to be mailed as you can print your course certificates right from your personalized dashboard. In most cases, CCEI will automatically submit course completion directly to your state’s registry. As you meet milestones in your professional development, be sure to make small rewards for yourself. Meeting goals in the new year isn’t always easy, but the rewards will be worth it.
A = Achievable
Are your professional development goals achievable? Take into account your daily responsibilities and set realistic goals – it might take longer to finish a certificate program or articulate credits to one of CCEI’s articulation partners found here to receive an Early Childhood degree if you are also working full-time and caring for a family. Setting realistic goals with clear timelines for completion will help you stay on track toward success. CCEI offers education coaches to help make these goals more attainable. When considering goals within the SMART framework, set a clear and targeted date for completion. For example: I will gain relevant tools by completing three courses toward my CDA before [Date].
R = Relevant
Learning relevant tools and gaining new knowledge can help everyone in early childhood guide our children to success and enhance our own abilities. Enrolling in an online course to gain new insights has never been easier than with courses through ChildCare Education Institute. You’ll gain relevant tools and up-to-date insights from every course that you can implement immediately in your own ECE environment. All courses are delivered entirely online, 24/7/365, so you can learn at your own pace from school, work, or at home. Set a targeted date to register to meet your “New Year, New You” professional development goals.
T = Time-Based
What is your timeline for the completion of your own professional development goals? If you don’t meet your short-term goals, take a moment to ask yourself why. Prioritize important dates you’ve set, but if you don’t meet your timeframe, there is a reason for that. Ask yourself if the professional development goals were realistic for your own circumstances. Were the dates you set unreasonable for the materials or courses you wished to take? Did family circumstances or other unexpected life events sway you from your chosen course of action? Are you suffering from career burn-out in early childhood? There are always unforeseen events, but with a little inspiration, motivation, and courage, you can always re-set and get back on track toward your career goals. Sometimes, new tools and insights are necessary in order to guide yourself back to the joys of ECE. ChildCare Education Institute offers amazing benefits to help you get started in meeting your goals in the New Year.
New Year, New You: Professional Development with ChildCare Education Institute
Register with ChildCare Education Institute TODAY and take advantage of the following benefits:
- One FREE trial course for new CCEI users (with over 150+ professional development courses in English and Spanish to choose from)
- IACET CEUs for completed coursework with certificates printed on demand at no additional cost
- FREE school supplies from Discount School Supply (of equal value) when you purchase a professional development individual or center-based annual training subscription (limited time offer)
- Obtain CDA coursework from a Council for Professional Recognition Gold Standard Comprehensive provider
Why Should YOU Choose ChildCare Education Institute for Your Own Professional Development Goals in 2020?
I’ve personally taken many early childhood education courses, including GUI 102: Conflict Resolution in the Early Childhood Environment and SOC 109: Building Resilience in Young Children through ChildCare Education Institute. The courses are convenient, easy to navigate, and offer relevant content I can use immediately to guide our own children to success in our home program. CCEI is always my first choice for online learning. I know the content will be amazing! Like most of you, I don’t have time to waste taking courses that fail to provide relevant information, insights, and tools I can use. I know each of you will gain new perspectives to encourage each and every child in your own early childhood environments through CCEI’s courses. All of the courses offered have detailed, up-to-date information with guided videos, key question/answer components, and thorough (printable) hand-outs to guide self-paced learning. Give CCEI online courses a try and REGISTER here today! Make 2020 a New Year, New YOU!
ChildCare Education Institute provides high-quality, online training courses and programs, applicable to those who work in an array of childcare settings, including center-based care, Head Start, family childcare, Pre-K classrooms, after-school environments, and more. Over 150 English and Spanish training courses are available to meet licensing, recognition programs, or Head Start requirements. ChildCare Education Institute also has online certification programs that the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard Comprehensive training provider, is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
- 99 percent of students say they would recommend ChildCare Education Institute to others
- Over 5 million online course hours completed
- Graduated over 15,645 early childhood professionals from CDA and other certificate programs
- Web-based coursework is available 24/7/365
- IACET CEU’s awarded for completed coursework at no additional cost
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