Accept CCEI’s ‘National Make a Difference to Children Month’ Challenge!

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an industry-leading distance training provider, challenges all early childhood educators and caregivers to complete CCEI online child care training courses dedicated to nutrition and food service during the month of July in celebration of National Make a Difference to Children Month.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), more than a third of children and adolescents are overweight or obese. These health issues are often the result of caloric imbalance-too few calories expended for the amount of calories consumed-and are affected by various genetic, behavioral, and environmental factors. Children and adolescents who are obese are at greater risk for bone and joint problems, sleep apnea, and social and psychological problems such as stigmatization and poor self-esteem. They are also more at risk for adult health problems such as heart disease, type 2 diabetes, stroke, cancers, and osteoarthritis.

In order to reduce the risks of obese and overweight children and adults, early care and education programs should promote healthy lifelong habits which include positive learning experiences and nutritious meals and snacks, provided in a safe, allergen-free environment. CCEI offers the following nutrition and food service courses: Food Allergies in the Early Care Setting; The USDA Food Program and Meal Planning; Nutrition and Food Service in the Childcare Setting; Preventing Foodborne Illnesses: Sanitation and Hygiene in the Child Care Environment; Reducing Risks through Food Selection and Storage; Safe Food Preparation and Handling; Early Childhood Obesity; and Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices. Online certificate programs of study dedicated specifically to nutrition include Nutrition and Food Service Certificate and Nutrition and Health in an Early Childhood Setting Certificate.

“We can all do more to promote children’s long-term health, and caregivers need to be trained in numerous food-related areas, including nutritious values, portion sizes, sanitation issues, allergy hazards, and strategies for encouraging good decision-making,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI continues to offer online solutions for the early childhood education industry, and nutrition and food service training is an essential part of our coursework.”

All CCEI coursework is available for purchase through online enrollment now. CCEI students with active, unlimited individual or center-based subscriptions can enroll in training courses anytime at no additional cost when logged in to their account. Once a course is concluded successfully, students will receive IACET CEU credit and have access to the certificate of completion for documentation.

CCEI training coursework is self-paced, which allows students the ability to resume courses at the exact point where they signed off previously. For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit or call 1.800.499.9907, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.

What are CCEI Students Saying? Take a Look!

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training course and certificate program provider, has received the testimonials below from child care professionals in a variety of roles. Please know that CCEI fully appreciates you all and your feedback!

CCEI has made a huge difference for me and allowed me the opportunity to obtain a credential that I had wanted for many years. The courses were always too far away and required me to travel. CCEI’s online program allowed me to study at my own pace from the convenience of my own home…Thank you!!

~Budd Lake, NJ

CCEI gave me the flexibility to complete my CDA on my schedule. My education coach was fantastic and helped me every step of the way! Thank You CCEI! I will be back to take more classes.

~Granby, CT

As assigned online administrator of the CCEI system, I am able to closely monitor the progress and work completed for each and every team member. This affords me the ability to ensure selected topics are done and that over time, the learning anticipated begins to unfold. With the knowledge most appropriate to the teacher’s designated age group, its specific challenges and with great accuracy, I am now able to deliberately and carefully plan professional development at this very high level. I am confident that this new system for the staff will considerably improve the outcomes and delivery of our program.

~Tucker, GA

This program was a good and rich experience because it refreshed so many things that we studied long ago, like the theorists and brain development, which is information that we don’t use in our day-to-day routines.

~Humacao, PR

I really enjoyed my experience with CCEI. I am able to bring more knowledge into the child care field. I feel better prepared to handle conflicts with peers and parents. I definitely enjoyed taking advantage of this program and I will be referring my friends to CCEI.

~Baltimore, MD

I am so happy that I found this. CCEI thank you for helping me achieve my goal of becoming a director and I am so proud of myself. Thank you.

~Nolanville, TX

My experience with CCEI was wonderful! My instructor was phenomenal, always available, and extremely supportive. The compliance department was always there to let my director know of any documentation that was needed. I was very happy with my coursework and I would recommend this institution to all my friends in the field. Thank you!

~Boca Raton, FL

I had an excellent experience. I learned a lot of new and interesting things about childcare that I did not know before. I have shared a lot of it with my parents in my classroom and they were thankful to know these things. I would definitely recommend this course to someone who wanted to work with children.

~Derby, NY

View CCEI’s testimonials webpage for additional student feedback! For more information on CCEI call 1.800.499.9907, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.

Include Culinary Education in Child Care with CCEI Online Training

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training course and certificate provider, offers CCEI550: Cool Cooking as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during July in recognition of National Culinary Arts Month.

This month, the art of food preparation is celebrated and encouraged as a focus in the child care setting. Teaching children about cooking can promote healthier eating, as well as a number of the activities important to children’s education, such as gathering needed materials and measuring ingredients accurately. Additionally, preparing one’s own food promotes self-sufficiency and the desire to try new things. Cool Cooking explores preparing food as a classroom activity and focuses on activities that require little to no heat. Upon successful completion, participants should be able to describe objectives for cooking activities and identify appropriate methods for integrating cooking activities in the preschool classroom.

“Teaching children how to prepare food should begin as early as possible in hopes of getting young ones accustomed to healthier eating habits and assisting with the feeding process,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI’s Cool Cooking course shows educators how to safely instruct children with simple and healthy food preparation.”

This one-hour, beginner-level training is available as a trial course to new users for CCEI account creation in July. Current students with active, unlimited subscriptions can enroll in this course at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Returning users without subscriptions can purchase this child care training course anytime through online enrollment.

For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit or call 1.800.499.9907, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.