Online Training Course from CCEI Covers Nutrition and Fitness Practices for Young Children

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, offers NFS100: Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of February.

Good nutrition is an essential component of quality child care. It’s critical for early childhood providers to provide a solid foundation for positive eating habits, and to encourage the children in their care to taste new foods. This course offers ideas for promoting healthy eating and active play in the early childhood environment. Participants will learn why and how to develop a nutrition policy, strategies for working with families to promote proper nutrition practices at home, and curriculum enrichment ideas for increasing healthy lifestyle choices and reducing obesity.

“Physical fitness and healthy eating habits are important for people of all ages, but especially for young children” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course provides useful tips and information for childcare providers to help children develop healthy eating habits at an early age, while also covering the importance of physical activity in the early care environment.”

This beginner-level training course is available as a trial course to new users with CCEI account creation in February. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can enroll in professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information, visit or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.

Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) and CCEI Announce Partnership

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated to the child care industry is proud to announce a new partnership with the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood.

Effective immediately, CCEI will provide early childhood training in English and Spanish to fulfill responsibilities of the Connecticut Office of Early Childhood (OEC) to provide professional development opportunities to all early childhood family-based providers serving families and children receiving subsidies under the OEC’s Care4Kids program. CCEI will provide a range of online CEU-based professional development opportunities for early childhood family-based providers in Connecticut, through annual unlimited online professional development subscriptions to its catalog of professional development courses. Successful completions will be automatically uploaded into user accounts in the Connecticut Early Childhood Professional Registry.

CCEI has online training courses in a wide variety of topics including the pre-service areas required in the federal CCDBG requirements: Infectious Disease Control, SIDS, Medication Administration, Food Allergies, Building and Physical Premises Safety, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Disaster Preparedness, Handling and Storage of Hazardous Materials, Transportation Safety and Mandatory Reporting.

“Training for early childhood family-based providers is critical for the growth and development of young children in their care,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This agreement with the Connecticut OEC offers professional development opportunities to a wider audience of family-based providers in the state of Connecticut, which in turn benefits the education and support of their young children.”

The Connecticut Office of Early Childhood is the state’s leader in providing a comprehensive, collaborative system for delivering improved programs and services to children from birth to five years old and their families. The OEC oversees a coordinated system of early childhood care, education and support, and aims to ensure all young children in Connecticut are safe, healthy, learning, and thriving.