ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Orientation to Child Care: Roles and Responsibilities for Teachers

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI680A: Orientation to Child Care: Roles and Responsibilities for Teachers as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users December 1-31, 2022.

Early childhood education professionals must wear many hats.  ECE providers are caregivers as well as teachers.  They are a guide, a friend, a counselor, and a manager. Each day has certain routines, but providers will also step into different roles and face new challenges on a daily basis.  This course offers a general foundation of the background knowledge, practices, and procedures common in the early childhood environment. Each child care setting is different, and laws and regulations vary from state to state. Employers or a state agencies should provide their own detailed orientation in addition to this course.

Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to identify five or more roles a preschool teacher fulfills, name three ways to prevent and reduce injuries in the classroom, name three appropriate guidance techniques, learn how to communicate clearly and professionally with parents and other caregivers, and describe ways to create an engaging developmentally appropriate environment that encourages learning through play.

“One important purpose of this course is to help students identify areas where they know they will need additional training,” says Maria C. Taylor, President of CCEI. “For example, ECE providers may have plenty of experience handling and caring for infants, but they may need extra training to become familiar with designing a developmentally appropriate learning environment.”

CCEI680A: Orientation to Child Care: Roles and Responsibilities for Teachers is a one-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as individual or block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Methods of Assessment in Early Childhood Education

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CUR136: Methods of Assessment in Early Childhood Education to the online child care training course catalog.

Observation is a systematic, planned study of children′s behaviors in various settings and situations. It is an ongoing, continuous process that begins when the child enters the classroom and only ends when they move on to another classroom or school.  Observation is the basis of effective assessment systems in the early childhood environment. Teachers can learn almost everything they need to know about a child′s needs and skills by observing them at play and in interactions with other children. Also, a teacher can form an assessment based on a child′s responses to the teacher′s prompts.  Well-planned, careful observation can provide tremendous insight into a child′s physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development.

Teachers must use various assessment methods to identify what children know and to determine each child′s individual needs. Assessment should drive important decisions regarding curriculum and classroom environment. Additionally, assessment can help identify children who may have developmental delays.  Besides maintaining a safe, nurturing environment and providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities, assessing children′s skills and needs is a top job responsibility for early childhood professionals.  Assessment is an ongoing process that requires a multipronged approach, flexibility, and close attention to detail. It should be tied directly to the child care center′s curriculum goals and is used to determine whether children are reaching those goals or whether the curriculum should be modified.

In this course, participants will have the chance to learn about numerous methods of child assessment that are commonly used in early learning environments. Topics such as proper observation practices, compiling portfolios, and completing developmental checklists will be covered. Participants will also have the chance to learn about other forms of assessment, such as child self-assessments, frequency counts, and learning stories.

“It takes time and practice to develop strong observation skills, so new teachers should collaborate with experienced teachers whenever possible,” says Maria C. Taylor, President of CCEI.  “Sharing assessment responsibilities ensures that everyone works as a team to maintain a rich, manageable assessment system.”

CUR136: Methods of Assessment in Early Childhood Education is a three-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.3 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for 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 www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Strategies for Success in Challenging Conversations

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers PROF103: Strategies for Success in Challenging Conversations as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users November 1-30, 2022.

Communication is one of the biggest parts of the job of being an educator and caregiver. Each day we communicate with the children, family members, coworkers, people we manage, and individuals who manage us. Many of these conversations are pleasant, social interactions, or general requests for information or assistance.

However, there are times throughout the day when we may need to communicate a more serious need or share information that is less than pleasing. Perhaps you have to talk with a coworker about the tone of voice they use with children. Maybe a parent makes a complaint about something that happened to their child. You may need to deliver concerning results of a developmental screening to a family or tell your employer that you are not happy in your position.

All of these situations would fall under the category of challenging conversations for most of us. Not many people are comfortable delivering bad news, sharing concerning details, or being caught off guard by confrontation.  Everyone is different; some conversations may be easier for you than others. You may hate direct confrontation, but your coworker seems to handle those situations effectively.  Even though challenging conversations are probably not our most preferred interactions, there are ways that we can become more skilled in managing these conversations.  Doing so can reduce our level of discomfort and make us better communicators.

“The topics covered in this course are frequently cited as both essential and neglected in professional development for Early Childhood Education,” says Maria C. Taylor, President of CCEI.  “All providers need to be aware of current research and best practices in the area of effective communication in order to create appropriate environments for young children and build strong working relationships with coworkers and families.”

PROF103: Strategies for Success in Challenging Conversations is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as individual or block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Introduction to Assessment

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CUR135: Introduction to Assessment to the online child care training course catalog.

Humans are constantly collecting information from the environment, making judgments, forming opinions, and basing their decisions on that information.  In the early childhood environment, assessment is the ongoing process of gathering and documenting evidence of learning.  Assessment is not synonymous with testing. Instead, assessment is closer in meaning to the word measurement.

At its best, assessment refers to the way teachers measure student progress, strengths, and needs. With this knowledge, teachers can make informed, evidence-based decisions about curriculum and instruction. In the early care and education (ECE) environment, effective assessment is not about giving a final grade or determining whether a child can recall information. Assessment plays an essential and distinct role in ECE, where individualized learning is the focus.  Assessment is a long-term and ongoing process. In other words, a single assessment activity or observation tells us very little. Instead, observing and tracking progress, bit by bit, over time, creates a meaningful picture of a child′s developmental journey.

Early childhood is a challenging period to assess because the rate of growth is quite rapid. Children of the same age can exhibit wide variations in development. Also, growth is highly influenced by environmental factors, such as health and nutrition, prior experiences, family interactions, culture, and access to quality child care.  The value of assessment extends beyond simply knowing what children can and cannot do. That is incredibly important information, but it is what educators do with this information that is the most valuable aspect of assessment in early learning.

The main goal of assessment is to inform decisions related to teaching practices, classroom environments, and curriculum planning. There may be some value to designing and implementing an activity without considering the needs and abilities of the children. But consider how much more valuable the activity would be if teachers could tailor expectations, interactions, and materials based on the needs of the children in the group.

In this course, participants will be introduced to elements of effective assessment in early childhood education. Participants will gain an understanding of what early childhood assessment looks like and why it is so important for promoting development and curriculum planning. Best practices related to gathering assessment data will be covered, as well as recommendations for implementing a comprehensive assessment system.

“Assessment is an ongoing process that requires a multipronged approach, flexibility, and close attention to detail,” says Maria C. Taylor, President of CCEI.  “Besides maintaining a safe, nurturing environment and providing developmentally appropriate learning opportunities, assessing children′s skills and needs is a top job responsibility for early childhood professionals.”

CUR135: Introduction to Assessment is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for 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 www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Cooking in the Classroom

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR129: Cooking in the Classroom as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users October 1-31, 2022.

Cooking with children is an engaging activity that most children enjoy for its novelty and empowering characteristics.  Cooking can promote a sense of independence and control that is sometimes missing from early learning environments.  Cooking activities also teach skills across the developmental spectrum, including social, physical, and sensory skills along with fundamental skills in science, math, and early literacy.  Exposing children to new foods and teaching them basic cooking skills is also an important step in promoting healthy eating habits.

Planning and helping children prepare simple recipes is worth the effort because cooking is one of the few activities that allow children to do the same things that adults do, increasing their self-esteem and providing them with a fun sensory learning experience.  Unfortunately, concerns about safety, messes, and unappetizing results often prevent educators from including cooking activities into curriculum planning.  The goal of this course is to explore the benefits of cooking with children and provide several simple, no-heat recipes that can be implemented in most early learning environments.

Cooking activities provide a wealth of possibilities for learning and exploration in the early childhood setting. Cooking helps children develop their five senses as well as a sense of independence and confidence. Additionally, cooking activities can be used to target skills and concepts across the entire curriculum, including math, science, early literacy, cultural studies, and social skills.

“Cooking activities provide limitless opportunities for hands-on exploration and experimentation, which is essential in any early childhood curriculum,” says Maria C. Taylor, President of CCEI.  “Age appropriate cooking activities should be considered as part of the regular classroom curriculum.”

Teachers should evaluate classroom cooking activities on an ongoing basis.  It is important to know whether activities and supplies continue to be developmentally appropriate and that children continue to have new opportunities to explore and experiment.  ECE professionals should encourage children to develop a love for trying new flavors, recipes, and cooking techniques.

CUR129: Cooking in the Classroom is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEUs upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as individual or block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Online Learning Pioneer Acquires Leading Training Provider for the Early Childhood Education Workforce

StraighterLine expands its focus on flexible, career-aligned credentials with the acquisition of ChildCare Education Institute

StraighterLine, a creator of affordable,flexible and career-aligned postsecondary courses, today announced the acquisition of ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), one of the largest online training providers for early childhood education professionals. The addition of the early childhood education learning platform, which served more than 87,000 teachers and staff across more than 6,200 childcare centers in 2021, reflects StraighterLine’s commitment to expanding access to training that closes persistent talent gaps and creates pathways to economic mobility.

“As the pace of change in the labor market continues to accelerate, employers in fast-growing fields – from early childhood education to healthcare – are in search of new approaches to talent development that bridge the gap between learning and work,” said Heather Combs, CEO of StraighterLine. “This acquisition is about helping to further the promise of flexible, affordable education to both meet the needs of employers and help more people chart a path to rewarding careers.”

Even before the COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated staffing challenges, the nation’s childcare programs had long struggled with a shortage of qualified early childhood education and care professionals and high turnover rates. A 2021 study from the National Association for the Education of Young Children found that more than eight in 10 early childhood providers were experiencing staffing shortages, and half were serving fewer children as a result of hiring problems. Just this month, the Center for the Study of Child Care Employment reported that childcare employment is still down more than 8% since the start of the pandemic, even as the broader economy recovers.

Since its founding in 2005, CCEI has launched more than 500 online childcare training courses to meet state licensure and Head Start requirements, as well as online certificate programs for nationally recognized credentials, including the Child Development Associate (CDA), Director Certificate, Early Childhood Credential, and other continuing education options. CCEI also manages the RegistryOne workforce management system, which helps state agencies and regulators collect and maintain data around early childhood education.  “There is an urgent need for qualified early care and education workers across the nation,” said Maria Taylor, president of CCEI. “This acquisition is about building more lifelong learning opportunities that give passionate individuals flexible pathways to careers. We are excited to join the StraighterLine family and further expand the potential entry points into this meaningful profession.”

The continued evolution of StraighterLine’s offerings comes as most Americans continue to be skeptical about the value of postsecondary education and its alignment with jobs. Best known for its low-cost, competency-based courses that are recommended by ACE Learning Evaluations, StraighterLine supports learners by providing flexible and affordable pathways to their career goals. Through its partnerships with employers, including through Bright Horizons FastTrack, learners can upskill while working on a schedule and at a pace that meets their needs.

This acquisition is a first step in StraighterLine’s plan to expand its course offerings, building on a significant investment by BV Investment Partners in April 2020. District Capital Partners served as the financial advisor and Ropes & Gray LLP served as the legal advisor to StraighterLine for this transaction.

To learn more about StraighterLine’s courses and pathways, visit https://www.straighterline.com/.

About StraighterLine

StraighterLine is the leading provider of high-quality, affordable, online courses that help learners earn college credit and meet their professional goals. Each year, 150,000 learners take one of StraighterLine’s 215 courses to upskill into new careers or earn credit from over 2,000 colleges and universities worldwide. StraighterLine works with institutions and corporate partners to provide their students and employees with flexible education options that allow them to work and learn at their own pace. Visit https://www.straighterline.com for more information.

About ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 500 hours of English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Engineering Explorations in Early Childhood

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR128: Engineering Explorations in Early Childhood as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users September 1-30, 2022.

Young children are naturally curious about the world around them.  Educators often focus on exploring children′s questions about the natural environment in preschool and early childhood science curricula that explores plants, animals, and the weather.  Today, the environment that surrounds children represents a mix of natural and human-made elements.  This natural inclination for curiosity, inquiry, and investigation is not only the cornerstone of early childhood development but is also a key component of thinking like an engineer.

It is helpful for children to know about the many opportunities that exist in the field of science.  In addition to teaching children about community helpers, it is important for educators to tell them about jobs they could pursue in different areas like civil engineer, structural engineer, electrical engineer, and environmental engineer.  To be a successful engineer, one must adopt a particular way of thinking about the world. Thinking like an engineer requires people to truly understand others′ needs and seek solutions to meet those needs.  With practice, children can learn to apply design thinking to different areas of their lives.

The pillars of empathy, ideation, and experimentation are perfectly aligned with children′s skills in early childhood.  Thinking about others′ needs, coming up with new ideas, and experimenting with materials are key features of early learning curricula.  Some may say that being an engineer is similar to the way young children interact with the world. However, these skills are immature and require lots of practice to develop fully. Teaching children how to think and work like an engineer can be a valuable strategy that will prepare them for the workforce and help them become better members of the broader community.

One of the significant long-term benefits of early exposure to engineering is to ensure that groups underrepresented in engineering fields get equal access to this content and equal opportunities to gain confidence and interest in these fields beginning in early childhood.  Early exposure can negate stereotypes and provide children with equal opportunities.  Research has shown that boys and girls develop different occupational orientations during early childhood, influencing their later career choices.

Basic stereotypes begin to develop in children around two to three years of age.  Despite this, most STEM interventions for engaging girls and young women in engineering happen in middle and high school, often after many girls and young women have decided they aren′t interested in these fields.

This course provides participants with an understanding of how to support young children’s (PreK-2nd grade) learning of engineering and the engineering design process in hands-on, playful, and creative ways. Participants will explore foundational facts about different types of engineers and engineering and learn the Engineering Design Process steps. It will provide examples of teaching and pedagogical approaches, materials, and tools that can be used to foster fun and engaging engineering explorations in early childhood. Participants will also explore best practices for teaching engineering, where to find engineering curriculum resources, and strategies for developing an engineering curriculum for young children.

“An early introduction to engineering can encourage all students, especially girls and minorities typically underrepresented in engineering, to consider engineering as a career,” says Maria C. Taylor, President of CCEI.  “There are so many foundational elements that can be learned in early childhood that encourage an interest in engineering principles.”

CUR128: Engineering Explorations in Early Childhood is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  This course is also offered in Spanish as ESP_CUR128.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as individual or block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

For more information, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

 ChildCare Education Institute

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Making the Most of Read-Alouds

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce LIT103: Making the Most of Read-Alouds to the online child care training course catalog.

There are many theories related to effective ways to build literacy and reading skills, and we learn more through research and practice every day. One thing we know for sure is that not all children come to Kindergarten with the same skills, experiences, or background knowledge.  Early childhood educators have the opportunity to create rich language environments to help level the playing field for all children.

Technically, any time a caregiver reads a story aloud to children, a read-aloud is conducted.  However, in the early learning environment (birth-age 8), the term read-aloud includes more than just reading the words on the pages of a book out loud.  Read-alouds, and the activities and conversations that accompany them, should be at the center of a program′s early literacy approach.

In early childhood education, read-aloud strategies are used to promote essential literacy skills long before children learn to decode the written word.  A high quality read-aloud process includes pre-reading, during-reading, and after-reading strategies that promote comprehension and interpretation.  Effective read-aloud activities help children engage with the text, build literary language and background knowledge, and make meaningful connections with content. Along the way, quality read-aloud strategies promote oral communication skills and an appreciation for learning and exploring all that books have to offer.

During early childhood, it is important to focus on the characteristics of fluent readers, not just which letters make which sounds. With that in mind, read-alouds provide a developmentally appropriate opportunity to promote essential literacy skills.  Children benefit from read-alouds from infancy through elementary school. Indeed, many experts believe that students should continue “shared readings” throughout their middle school and high school years.

Reading to children is a daily occurrence in early childhood environments. This course outlines the preparation and skills required to ensure that read-alouds are engaging and promote important early literacy skills. The course covers the process of conducting effective, meaningful read-alouds that build foundational literacy skills that children will use for the rest of their lives.

“Engaging in read-alouds can help children build bonds with their caregivers through positive interactions,” says Maria C. Taylor, President of CCEI. “Read-alouds can also build a sense of classroom community and most of all, read-alouds are joyful experiences.”

 LIT103: Making the Most of Read-Alouds is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for 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 www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on An Introduction to Learning Stories

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CUR134: An Introduction to Learning Stories to the online child care training course catalog.

A Learning Story is a record of what a caregiver has observed about a child or group of children.  Learning Stories can use text, images, or videos in any combination. They usually focus on a specific moment in time but may also include an accumulation of a child′s experiences over an extended period. They can also focus on a group experience or a moment when children were engaged in learning experiences together.

Learning Stories highlight children′s thinking skills, approaches to learning, and dispositions.  Dispositions are described as characteristics or attitudes toward learning that children demonstrate.  The retelling of an event becomes a Learning Story when the teacher adds their perspective or feedback about the child′s learning and development. This might include a description of the concrete skills the child demonstrated or a more theoretical perspective such as the child′s approach to learning.

Learning Stories help teachers connect to the aspects of early education that bring them joy and fulfillment. Using Learning Stories can also help teachers nurture their love of teaching.  The first-person format makes the documentation personal. The narrative format gives educators a chance to share their feelings about the steps in a child′s unique developmental journey.  Rather than spending time identifying what children cannot do, teachers focus on documenting children′s success stories. This focus on success creates a positive mindset for both the children and the teacher.  Reviewing Learning Stories with children helps teachers build emotional connections with children, which creates a nurturing, curious, and supportive learning environment.

This course will introduce participants to Learning Stories, a powerful assessment tool in early childhood education. When fully embraced by educators, directors, and families, Learning Stories are a transformative approach to assessment. They deepen connections between teachers, families, children, and the broader community. Participants will discover the essential components of Learning Stories and how to develop each component.

“Learning Stories create an understanding of both children and adults in a way that promotes further discussion and ongoing learning,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “They provide educators with a chance to share ideas, plan for future learning, and reflect on their practice.”

CUR134: An Introduction to Learning Stories is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for 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 www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Character Education in the School-Age Child Care Environment

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers SCH106: Character Education in the School-Age Child Care Environment as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users August 1-31, 2022.

Character education teaches the habits of thought and deed that help people live and work together as families, friends, neighbors, communities, and nations.  Character education is a learning process that enables students and adults in a school community to understand, care about, and act on core ethical values such as respect, justice, civic virtue and citizenship, and responsibility for self and others. Upon such core values, we form the attitudes and actions that are the hallmark of safe, healthy, and informed communities that serve as the foundation of our society.

As children grow through adolescence, their social and emotional skills become more solidified. Bad decisions evolve to have serious consequences related to fighting, bullying, stealing, lying, substance abuse, and other risky or antisocial behaviors. These behaviors are part of the reality of working with young people, whether in the regular classroom or the out-of-school-time (OST) program.

This course is not only about preventing violent or other antisocial behaviors. There is much more to character education than that. Character education is really about how to help young people learn to make the right choices about all kinds of things, not just socially but also personally. It is not just about teaching them to follow the rules or understand the consequences; it is about teaching them to do the right thing for themselves and their community.

Today′s young people are developing in a society unlike any other in history, thanks in no small part to the internet and social media. Character education is becoming more challenging as new technologies add new layers to young people′s social lives.  With or without the internet and social media, young people need the same basic skills necessary to make the right choices for their futures and the well-being of those around them.

This course explores the importance of character education in schools and out-of-school programs, focusing on environments for school-age children and adolescents. There are many possible approaches to character education, and no single approach is definitively better than another. Character education must involve all stakeholders in the school community to be truly effective; however, this course focuses primarily on practices and strategies for teachers, whether they are looking to supplement or improve an existing character education program or start a new one.

“Character education programs are designed with the whole community in mind and the assumption that adults must work together to help children develop good character,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “When families and schools play their part in the process, better outcomes can be expected.”   

SCH106: Character Education in the School-Age Child Care Environment is a three-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.3 IACET CEU upon successful completion. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for 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 www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. EDT

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).