Develop Empathy and Prosocial Behavior in Children with Online Training Course from CCEI

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an industry-leading distance training provider, announces SOC104: Promoting Empathy and Other “Prosocial” Behaviors as the newest addition to the CCEI online child care training course catalog.

Empathy promotes meaningful relationships, better communication, and problem-solving skills. It also promotes greater understanding between people of different backgrounds, and it is an essential building block for a secure, prosperous community. This course examines recent social research into empathy and other “prosocial” behaviors, as well as recommended strategies and practices for guiding young children through the early phases of empathy’s long developmental process. Objectives of this course include understanding the difference between empathy and sympathy, defining the “warm glow effect,” and identifying appropriate strategies for promoting and reinforcing altruistic behavior in the early childhood environment.

“This course shows that empathy isn’t just about being nice or thoughtful. Empathy is a vital life skill and a major factor in personal relationships and communication,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Our empathy and prosocial behaviors training course shows early childhood professionals why this topic is as important for children as it is for adults.”

This course is a one-hour, beginner-level training, available for purchase through online enrollment now. CCEI students with active, unlimited individual or center-based subscriptions can enroll in this course at no additional cost when logged in to their account. Upon successful completion of the course, students will receive 0.1 IACET CEU.

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CCEI Reaches New Milestones and Offers a No-Cost Online Course During WOYC

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited online child care training institution, is proud to announce that its students have completed more than 900,000 professional development hours and over 5,000 certificate programs online. CCEI appreciates everyone’s support and offers Critical Thinking Skills in the Preschool Environment course at no-cost during Week of the Young Child™ (WOYC), April 14 – 20, 2013.

Over the past eight years, CCEI has provided quality online child care training coursework, and students continue to appreciate the competency-based, self-paced coursework that allows them to fulfill their training requirements at home, work, the library, or anywhere they have Internet access. Organizations and individuals across the country choose CCEI for its professional development courses and certificate programs to continue education and satisfy requirements. In addition to the new industry-relevant courses added to the catalog throughout the year, CCEI also maintains college credit recommendations awarded by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), which can provide a bridge from online CCEI certificate programs that articulate to an early childhood degree program.

The celebration of the Week of the Young Child™ is an annual occurrence sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and the intention 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. The 2013 Week of the Young Child™ theme is Early Years Are Learning Years® and CCEI provides its Critical Thinking training course at no-cost during that time.

“CCEI continues to be a top provider of online professional development in the early care industry, and we’re fortunate to have so many early childhood professionals choose us for their professional development needs,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of ChildCare Education Institute. “We share NAEYC’s goals of focusing on early education, and encourage everyone to learn from our Critical Thinking course at no cost during Week of the Young Child.”

COG101 is available at no-cost to new and returning users of CCEI’s coursework from April 14 – 20, 2013. In order to access this no-cost course, visit the training hour promotion instructions webpage. When enrolling in the promotion users will need to enter the promo code WOYC2013, when prompted. Active individual or center-based subscription holders may enroll in this course at any time without the use of a promotion code.

Penn Foster and ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) Announce Articulation Agreement

Penn Foster, a leader in career-focused online and hybrid education designed to address the skills gap in America, and ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, today announced an articulation agreement that allows students from CCEI to transfer credits toward degrees at Penn Foster.

Students who successfully complete the CCEI Early Childhood Credential, CCEI Online Instructor Supported CDA, or the Online Self-Study CDA certificate programs can articulate three transfer credits toward the Penn Foster College Associate of Science Degree Program in Early Childhood Education. A total of three credits will be awarded toward one core elective.

In addition, students who successfully complete the CCEI Director Certificate, Family Child Care Certificate and the Infant-Toddler Certificate programs of study can articulate three transfer credits toward the Penn Foster College Associate of Science Degree Program in Early Childhood Education. A total of three credits will be awarded toward one core elective.

“In today’s education world, there is an increasing push for early childhood educators to improve their knowledge and skills,” said Maria Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This articulation agreement with Penn Foster College supports educators in their quest for increased knowledge of early childhood development. CCEI and Penn Foster share industry leading accreditations with IACET and DETC, which made an articulation agreement a natural partnership.”

Penn Foster also shares CCEI’s commitment to offering a flexible approach to online education. Through its affordable online programs, Penn Foster students complete their courses on their own time, with 24/7 access to a supportive online community of students and faculty.

“Through this agreement, Penn Foster and CCEI can provide their students with the knowledge they need to enter the growing early childhood education job market,” said Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster. “Penn Foster looks forward to expanding its collaborative online community with the addition of CCEI students, who bring their own unique skills and perspectives to our degree programs.”