CCEI Recommends Child Care Safety Training In Support of Safe Toys & Gifts Month

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, distance learning institution, promotes online safety child care training to all early childhood educators in recognition of Safe Toys and Gifts Month.

Parents and child care providers are responsible for maintaining a safe environment free of unnecessary hazards. Toys are one of the most common causes of accidental injury and death, so it is important to think about toy safety during this season of giving. Toys should be age appropriate; avoid choking hazards with infants, toddlers and other risk groups (at least 3 cm wide by 6 cm in length); and be in compliance with U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) standards. The U.S. CPSC lists product regulations, recalls, warnings, and safety-related news, along with being a source for consumers to report unsafe products.

Caregivers should receive ongoing professional development in order to keep current with new safety standards. CCEI offers a number of courses dedicated specifically to safety, including CCEI900: Safety in the Infant/Toddler Classroom; CCEI3025: Creating a Safe Home Environment; CCEI110A: Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting; CCEI110B: Outdoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting; the Eco-Friendly Child Care Center series (ADM100 & ADM102); and others. Account holders with active, individual or center-based annual professional development subscriptions may enroll in these courses at no cost when logged in to their account. Non-subscribers can also purchase course hours to take any of the courses.

“Parents and seasoned professionals alike often feel they understand and promote the highest level of safety, yet injuries and emergency room visits still occur at alarming rates,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Safety is so important that anyone caring for young children can benefit from a course to brush up on their safety practices and review any new standards that may have been enacted.”

Online Training Course on Multiculturalism Promotes Diversity in Early Learning Settings

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, distance learning institution, offers new users the opportunity to try quality, online child care training with the trial course CCEI640: Creating a Multicultural Environment at no cost in December.

It is important to help children develop respect for people from different backgrounds. This helps them build a sense of self-awareness and respect for their own family and community traditions as well as others. CCEI’s Multicultural Environment online training course helps users define the goals of multiculturalism, plan and implement an anti-biased classroom, incorporate multiculturalism into learning centers and other classroom activities, and promote cooperative social skills in diverse classrooms. Cultural identity, society’s “cultural layers,” and identifying how racism and prejudice begin are also covered within this one-hour, beginner-level course.

CCEI640 is available to new CCEI users as a trial course awarded upon account creation during December. Account holders without an active, annual professional development individual or center-based training subscription may purchase this course at any time through online enrollment.

“Children are not born with prejudice and cultural bias. They learn these things by observing adults, especially family members and teachers,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course will help early childhood professionals promote an environment of tolerance and cooperation. Most importantly, these strategies will help teachers and children understand that cultural diversity is something to be cherished, not feared.”

ChildCare Education Institute Announces New Online Speaking and Listening Skills Course

Duluth, GA/ December 1, 2010 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, announces the addition of CHD101: Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills to its catalog of online professional development courses.

Speaking and listening skills are essential for the development of early literacy skills, self expression, and oral language comprehension. This course gives child care providers practical methods for teaching children to listen more effectively in order to build vocabulary, knowledge, and general communication skills. The course also covers factors that influence listening behavior, proper speaking skills, and the promotion of active listening techniques. When young children receive oral instruction or engage in conversation, with caregivers or their peers, better listening and speaking skills lead to enhanced learning and overall communication.

“It’s never too early to start developing good communication skills. This new course is another means of teacher enrichment to encourage the most effective communication with young children,” said Maria Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.