CCEI Has Provided Over $100,000 of In-Kind Benefits for Head Start Staff Professional Development

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, online child care and education training institution, is proud to announce that over $100,000 of in-kind credit has been provided for Head Start staff training.

ChildCare Education Institute has served the Head Start community since CCEI’s inception and continues to provide quality online coursework that allows providers to meet multiple training requirements, while contributing to a program’s in-kind goals. In addition to using CCEI coursework to fulfill the annual minimum clock hours of professional development, Head Start sites utilize CCEI’s online Child Development Associate (CDA) coursework and other programs. The CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) can also be used to meet Head Start requirements for positions that require the minimum of a CDA Credential. Head Start staff members have appreciated the wealth of training topics in CCEI’s library, including coursework on inclusion, health and safety, early literacy, family communication, and much more. Coursework is self-paced and competency-based, which facilitates retention, and enrollment is available online at any time.

“CCEI works closely with the Head Start community in order to extend quality training opportunities that directly affect early learning environments,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “We cannot overstate how important it is for all young children that their teachers and caregivers have access to high-quality, effective early childhood education and training. CCEI is proud to help in that effort.”

Child Care Providers Complete Over 700,000 Hours of Online Professional Development through CCEI

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, online child care and education training institution, is proud to announce that its students have completed more than 700,000 professional development course hours and more than 4,500 certificate programs online.

CCEI has provided quality online professional development and certificate programs across the country since 2005, allowing child care professionals to continue their education from anywhere they have web access. CCEI students work in a wide variety of child care settings and appreciate the self-paced, user-friendly coursework that fulfills licensing, Head Start, and other training requirements. Most importantly, CCEI’s research and competency-based professional development programs promote high-quality, effective early childhood education practices.

“ChildCare Education Institute continues to introduce new coursework on critical issues in the child care and education industry,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of ChildCare Education Institute. “This latest milestone confirms our role as a top provider of quality training solutions.”

All CCEI certificate programs and courses are available for purchase through online enrollment on the CCEI website. Professional development coursework is available as individual courses or as part of an annual, unlimited individual or center-based subscription.

Transportation and Field Trip Safety Online Training

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, online training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care and education workforce, is proud to announce the addition of ADM103: Basic Transportation and Field Trip Safety for Child Care Centers to the online child care training course catalog.

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of death for persons age 5 through 29 years of age according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), but most deaths and injuries are preventable if caregivers apply proper, recommended safety practices. Basic Transportation and Field Trip Safety for Child Care Centers presents recommended practices and policies for safe, developmentally appropriate transport of young children to and from child care centers and/or field trips. Topics include staff training and support; recommended vehicle types and maintenance routines; child passenger restraint systems; operating procedures and practices; safe loading and unloading procedures; field trip safety, and more.

“It is imperative that all providers be well trained in transportation safety procedures, and many states now mandate such training for all center staff,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “ADM103 provides the latest research-based recommendations and promotes a solid understanding of how providers can implement a complete transportation plan that ensures safety and security to the greatest extent possible.”

ADM103 is a two-hour, beginner level course and is available for purchase through online enrollment on the CCEI website. There is no additional cost to current individual or center-based subscription account holders.

Promoting Nutrition by Cooking with Children: Director’s Corner

Incorporating cooking with children requires planning and preparation. It can be time consuming and add additional costs to monthly expenses. Each program will approach cooking with children differently. Even if you are not able to incorporate a full cooking curriculum into your program, we encourage you to consider ways that you can provide more opportunities for children to interact with healthy food options.

Here are a few things that you can do as you work more opportunities for cooking with children into your program.

Identify Objectives – Prior to a staff meeting, prompt teachers to think of possible learning opportunities that are available through cooking. During the staff meeting, brainstorm a list of skills and benefits of cooking. Remind teachers to think about all domains of learning. From there, encourage teachers to create a list of learning objectives that can be applied to cooking activities. When teachers understand the benefits and purpose behind incorporating cooking, they become more excited about the opportunity.

Budgeting – Cooking activities will create an expense that needs to be addressed. Again, programs have different levels of access to resources so you will have to work with teachers and program leadership to determine how much money is available in the budget for cooking activities and equipment. Consider fundraisers or working with local farmers to acquire food and materials for cooking projects.
There may be an opportunity to acquire some tools and materials during a Cooking Materials Donation event. Parents and community members could donate gently-used cooking materials or monetary donations to the cooking program. Inspire donations by sharing your Cooking Program objectives with potential donors. From time to time, there are grants available for these heathy initiatives. Keep your eyes open for opportunities.

Traveling kitchen – Create a cart that can travel from classroom to classroom that is equipped with cooking supplies. These supplies can be purchased new or found at discount or second-hand stores. Be sure that all materials are clean and in good working order before using them in the classroom.

Communicating with families – In addition to sharing the cooking program objectives, be sure to share healthy recipes and ingredient lists with families. Share pictures of children preparing and enjoying all of the healthy foods used during cooking projects. Gather recipes and invite families to join in cooking activities. There may even be an opportunity to invite parents to participate in a child-prepared meal. This special event will reinforce healthy eating for both children and their families.

Collaboration with the community – Establish relationships with local farmers, grocers, and restaurants. Even if you are unable to cook in the classroom, you may be able to incorporate field trips to food-related places in the community.

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Learn to Minimize Safety Hazards in Outdoor Child Care Settings

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, online child care and education training institution, offers new users the trial course CCEI110B: Outdoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting at no cost in June in recognition of Great Outdoors Month.

Outdoor play is essential for good health and should be a major part of any effective, high-quality early childhood program. Children need a chance to run, climb, and explore in the outside every day. CCEI110B promotes safe, secure outdoor learning through a comprehensive presentation of potential hazards on playgrounds and in other outdoor settings. Participants will learn basic policies and practices designed to prevent injury and exposure to pollutants or toxins, along with strategies for teaching children about safe conduct in the outdoor environment. This is a one-hour, beginner level, self-paced online course and certificates with documentation of 0.1 IACET CEU credit are available upon successful completion.

“Outdoor safety is always a concern for teachers and parents, as well as regulators,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “While children must be encouraged to play and explore outdoors, adults are responsible for ensuring that the environment is free of unnecessary hazards and that children are guided in appropriate outdoor behaviors.”

CCEI110B is available at no cost to new users who have never enrolled in a CCEI course and to account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. This course is also available for purchase through online enrollment.