New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Birth to Five: Child Development in Young Children

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CHD110: Birth to Five: Child Development in Young Children to the online child care training course catalog.

Human life span development refers to the changes that occur to each person throughout their life.  People grow and change physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.  The term early childhood refers to the first five to eight years of the human lifespan. Your life, as well as the life of every other individual, is filled with growth, change, and development. This course covers important developmental milestones from birth through age five, related to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development An understanding of major milestones in early childhood development improves the ability of early childhood educators to provide developmentally appropriate activities and to prepare a safe and effective child care environment.

It is very important for young children′s caregivers to understand the processes of child growth and development. With this understanding, caregivers will be able to plan developmentally appropriate activities for children.  This course examines typical growth and development for children in various age ranges. It is important for caregivers to understand that these age ranges are only intended to provide a general idea of when children achieve certain skills.  Each child develops at a unique pace, with some reaching milestones earlier or later than other children of the same age. Caregivers and parents who are concerned that a child is consistently failing to meet developmental milestones should consult with a pediatrician.

“When teachers understand characteristics of child development, they are better prepared to promote development, assess learning, and support individual children,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “This course examines the typical development that occurs within the first five years.”

CHD110: Birth to Five: Child Development in Young Children to is a three-hour, beginner-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®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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 Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Elements of Program Management

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers ADM113: Elements of Program Management as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users December 1-31, 2019.

Program directors bring a wealth of experience and professionalism to their positions. Some come to the job with a deep interest in early childhood development and a dream of giving every child a proper “head start.” Others may be more focused on the entrepreneurial aspects of the job, inspired above all by the goal of building a successful small business. And some directors may find their calling in the day-to-day managerial tasks, such as maintaining safety and health requirements, curriculum planning, and staff development.  While successful directors bring their own interests and specialties to the job, they must also be competent in multiple areas. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the facets of program management.

While the director may leave the “nuts and bolts” of curriculum and assessment to someone else, they must nevertheless possess enough knowledge and experience to evaluate the staff′s understanding of childhood development. Similarly, a director needs to be competent in the areas of finance and budgeting. However, there may also be a staff accountant. While the accountant keeps the records and does the “number crunching,” the director still needs to be able to supervise the accountant and understand how the budget works.

The basic competency areas for a typical director are as follows:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Budgeting
  • Accounting
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Staff Development
  • Laws and Regulations (pertaining to child care and small business)
  • Family Involvement
  • Facility Management

Above all, the director must provide solid leadership and perform these duties in keeping with a clear vision and philosophy.  Everything the director does should serve a purpose, as defined in the program’s goals and mission statement.  If an educator is new to the profession, they may feel a little overwhelmed by all the director’s responsibilities. If they are an experienced early childhood education professional, then they are accustomed to having to “wear many hats,” but perhaps they may have realized that they have strengths and weaknesses in certain areas.

This course explains the components of managing a successful early childhood education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify the components that are needed for quality programs and strategies for ensuring that these elements are in place and maintained at all times.  Participants will also learn about accreditation processes and quality reports, marketing tools, improving public relations, and promoting positive relationships with families as well as gain an understanding of the details involved in program planning, marketing, public relations, budgeting, and working with boards.

“A director completing this course will have a better understanding of what is involved in running the day to day operations of an early childhood program,” says Maria C. Taylor, President of CCEI.  “A director will also better understand how relationships with parents and the community can have an impact on the overall program.”

ADM113: Elements of Program Management 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. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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 Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Mathematical Talk and Play

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR115: Mathematical Talk and Play as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users November 1-30, 2019.

By engaging in math at an early age, children develop critical thinking and problem solving skills which are used in all academic areas. In spite of the fact that research shows a correlation between mathematical competence and academic success, early care and education (ECE) professionals in North America spend more time building literacy skills than math skills. In the United States, children are estimated to receive up to 1,000 hours of literacy education in childcare environments before they start school, whereas, mathematical learning is limited to simple sorting, rote counting, and patterning.

Given that millions of children spend a considerable amount of time in early learning settings, ECE professionals have a tremendous opportunity to support and advance young children’s mathematical development before they start school. Unfortunately, many teachers lack the training and confidence needed to provide high-quality math instruction, so they downplay mathematics. As a result, children receive little or no high-quality math education and, as a result, they begin school catching up on math skills they should already know. For children from disadvantaged backgrounds, playing catch-up when they start school is even more profound, putting these children at risk of persistent low performance throughout their schooling.

This course presents practices and strategies for promoting mathematical talk and play in the early learning environment. Course participants will learn how to expand the early math curriculum beyond rote counting, sorting, and patterning activities by incorporating more advanced concepts such as stable order, one-to-one correspondence, order irrelevance, cardinality, and abstraction into children’s play and routines.

“Early childhood teachers can build basic math skills through mathematical talk, purposeful mathematical play, and by setting up the classroom environment to promote mathematical learning,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Course participants will learn why math is so important in early childhood and a number of strategies for incorporating more math learning throughout the early childhood curriculum, particularly through informal talk and play.”

CUR115: Mathematical Talk and Play 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. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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 Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI110A: Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users October 1-31, 2019.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 300 children under the age of 4 years die every month in the United States because of accidents. Thousands more are injured. Most of these accidents can be prevented, particularly in the child care center, where a strong indoor safety policy and common sense can make all the difference. This course provides practical information and tips for helping to ensure that your center does not add to these unfortunate statistics.

Above all, never leave children unattended. Young children are naturally curious about all sorts of things. They want to touch, taste, and manipulate just about anything they can get their hands on. This curiosity should be encouraged; indeed, curiosity and exploration are important keys to learning and development. However, young children should never be left to explore the environment without close adult supervision.

This course introduces early childhood professionals to indoor safety standards in an early childhood setting. Topics covered include toy safety, poison control, the development of appropriate play space, controlling high traffic areas in the center, and other safety standards. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify common indoor injuries and identify appropriate ways to prevent these injuries. Students will also learn about the basic components of toy safety, potential safety hazards with specific equipment, and ways in which children may be exposed to poisons.

“Some injuries result from young children′s natural curiosity, but more often injuries are caused by simple accidents that could have been avoided,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “In this course, ECE professionals will learn how and where typical indoor injuries occur and what can be done to prevent them.”

CCEI110A: Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting 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 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®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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 Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Program Leadership: Staff Retention and Motivation

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers ADM112: Program Leadership: Staff Retention and Motivation as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users September 1-30, 2019.

Employees are much more likely to feel motivated when they are part of an organization with effective, dedicated leadership.  An organization’s success begins with its leadership.  But success is produced and maintained by the staff as they bring leadership’s vision and policies to reality.  As an organization’s leadership improves, so does the sense of unity and common purpose among staff members.  This course discusses the role that effective leadership has on staff retention and motivation.

Staff retention is one of the most troublesome issues facing child care centers and education related facilities today. In fact, child care centers have some of the highest employee turnover rates of any industry in the Unites States.  A high employee turnover rate can add layers of stress to a manager’s job.  Rather than focusing on improving your education program, you could end up spending too many hours on recruiting, interviewing, and training staff, not to mention dealing with personnel issues that arise when your staff members are not used to working together. 

Quality leadership plays a critical role in the creation of an environment where employees are motivated and invested.  Strong leaders purposefully focus on the needs of employees to ensure retention and consistent caregiving for the children enrolled in the program.  Strong leaders purposefully focus on the needs of employees to ensure retention and consistent caregiving for the children enrolled in the program.  Effective leader are able to enrich program quality and increase teachers’ motivation promoting a culture of improvement.

“Benefits of this course to managers include less time focused on hiring and training new employees, team cohesiveness, and parent satisfaction, which can lead to strong program enrollment,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Employee retention also has proven positive outcomes for young children who are able to create bonded relationships with consistent caregivers.”

ADM112: Program Leadership: Staff Retention and Motivation 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. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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), and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Establishing Growth Mindset Practices in Early Learning Environments

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR121: Establishing Growth Mindset Practices in Early Learning Environments as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users August 1-31, 2019.

According to Carol Dweck, who first coined these terms in her research and subsequent book, Mindset: A New Psychology of Success, fixed mindset refers to the belief that we are born with a set amount of intelligence and ability.  In contrast, growth mindset is the belief that with practice, perseverance, and effort, people have limitless potential to learn and grow.  Fixed or growth mindset can be associated with academic achievements, as well as approaches to physical, social/emotional, and creative endeavors.  Research shows that these beliefs have a strong impact on student achievement, confidence, and attitudes toward school.

Mindsets can also be impacted by labels that children receive as they move through their education. These labels are powerful contributors to the development of a fixed or a growth mindset.  The more children can strengthen and solidify a growth mindset in their early years, the better the chances that they will retain this approach to learning as they age. Early childhood is the perfect time to establish positive patterns of thinking about learning, success, challenges, and failures.  Early childhood professionals’ work in the early years can have an enormous impact on the achievement gap between children from low income families, children of color, and their Caucasian, middle and upper class peers.

This course provides early childhood educators with a deeper understanding of the concept of growth mindset. The course discusses the importance of establishing a growth mindset approach to learning at a young age. Throughout the course, participants are presented with practical strategies they can implement immediately, and over the long term, that will support children as they form growth mindset beliefs and skills. The ideas shared in this course will be particularly valuable for individuals who work in preschool and before and after school programs.

“Early childhood professionals are in a position to prevent children from forming self-limiting beliefs,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Applying the tools learned in the CUR121 course can help young children establish a more positive approach to learning before factors such as test scores and grade point averages come into play.”

CUR121: Establishing Growth Mindset Practices in Early Learning Environments 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. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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 Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Focusing on Expressive Play and Artistic Development

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CHD105: Focusing on Expressive Play and Artistic Development as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users July 1-31, 2019.

It is important for teachers to understand the stages of play in order to put the right materials or supports in place in the classroom. For instance, if a teacher expects two−year−olds to engage in cooperative play, she or he will face frustration because that is not a developmentally appropriate skill to expect from very young children. Instead, the teacher can promote the transition from parallel to associative play by encouraging and modeling language and social skills during children’s play.  It is also important for teachers to understand that by the age of four, children should begin to play cooperatively, at least for parts of the day. A lack of cooperative play by a four−year−old may be an indication that further supports are needed for that child. 

In early childhood education, all areas of development are closely linked. In addition to fine motor skills and cognition being linked to expressive play, here are a few other examples

  • When children engage in forms of expressive play, they are also building communication skills and language acquisition.
  • When children talk about their drawings and creations, they are practicing putting thoughts into words and demonstrating their own thought processes.
  • When teachers comment positively about what they notice in a child’s drawing, the child feels good about his or her skills and safe in the expressive environment, which builds confidence and leads for future explorations with art materials.

Teachers should have a goal of incorporating multiple areas of development into single activities.  This type of integration builds skills and supports learning better than isolating skills and activities. This section of the course will discuss ways in which teachers can add more opportunities for expressive play and drawing into daily activities.

This course focuses on the importance various forms of play have on the development of the whole child, with emphasis on expressive play, which can be incorporated throughout most activities in the early childhood environment. Because drawing is an important element of expressive play, this course explores the typical development of drawing skills in children and how those skills relate to other areas of development. With a better understanding of the expressive play needs of young children, early childhood professionals can support children’s healthy, optimal development across all developmental domains.

“Not only can teachers get to know children on a personal level and make them feel safe in the environment, but teachers can also discern information about children’s physical and cognitive development,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “The goal is to put in place the materials and supports necessary to move the children along the developmental spectrum, at the pace that is most suitable for each individual child.”

CHD105: Focusing on Expressive Play and Artistic Development 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. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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 Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Advocacy for the Center, Parents, Children and Staff

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI963: Advocacy for the Center, Parents, Children and Staff as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users June 1-30, 2019.

In the early childhood education industry, advocacy means supporting and campaigning for issues that will improve the lives of young children and their families. Such issues can include improving access to preschool for low income families, improving special needs services, preventing child abuse and neglect, promoting toy safety, increasing access to healthcare, or a host of other essential issues.  According to many educators, including members of one of the best known children’s advocacy groups in the United States—The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC)—all early childhood educators and caretakers should accept advocacy as a part of the job.

Much of the growth in the early childhood industry is a direct result of advocates. Major legislation, including the formation of Head Start, was advanced for the purpose of improving children’s lives. Such legislation never would have passed without the work of advocates at all levels, from the researchers who proved the importance of quality early childhood programs to the organizational contributors who rolled up their sleeves to stuff countless envelopes and make countless phone calls, to the leaders who kept everyone focused on the ultimate goal.

As a result of advocacy over the past couple of decades, the importance for early childhood education has moved from an idea on the fringes to a mainstream movement. Today, early childhood education is a standard part of many public school systems. As a result, there is demand for higher professional standards.  No longer is child care considered “babysitting.” Rather, in most states, caregivers are required to be trained and able to demonstrate basic knowledge of early childhood development and “best practices.”

This course examines the many reasons educators should advocate for their center, parents, children and staff and effective ways of doing so. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to define the role of an early childhood advocate; the steps required for successful advocacy and list the requirements to organize a successful advocacy campaign.

“Through various forms of advocacy, early childhood professionals help ensure that a society is always working to improve the lives of children,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Effective advocacy can make a tremendous impact on the lives of children, as well as teachers, families, and society as a whole.”

CCEI963: Advocacy for the Center, Parents, Children and Staff 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 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®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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 Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Constructivist Learning Theory and Approaches to Hands-On Learning

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR112: Constructivist Learning Theory and Approaches to Hands-On Learning as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users May 1-31, 2019.

It sounds very simple, and in some ways it is, but there is much more to hands−on learning than merely using one’s hands to manipulate objects. In the early childhood environment, the hands themselves are certainly central to the definition and implementation of “hands−on activities.” However, ECE professionals should apply a far more expansive definition when considering curriculum and the overall classroom environment.

The importance of hands−on learning in the early childhood environment is certainly nothing new; it is based on the work of researchers and educators going back at least to the late 1800s. And yet, even today in the 21st Century, there is still uncertainty and debate as to what exactly it means and how to apply it in the classroom.

In this course, participants will learn that “hands-on” involves a lot more than mere use of the hands to manipulate objects. Course participants will gain understanding of Constructivist Learning Theory, which forms the foundation of modern approaches to early childhood education. In addition to theoretical background, participants will learn practical tips for applying methods from Montessori, Reggio, and other approaches, regardless of program philosophy or approach.

“To the informed ECE professional, the term “hands−on” should automatically trigger a century’s worth of understanding into how the human brain develops and blossoms,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “The hands play their part, but the mind is what matters, and if the mind is not engaged and constructing knowledge and meaning, then the activity may not be worthy of the child’s time.” 

CUR112: Constructivist Learning Theory and Approaches to Hands-On Learning 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®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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 nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Supporting Spiritual Development in Early Learning Environments

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CHD109: Supporting Spiritual Development in Early Learning Environments to the online child care training course catalog.

Research on infant brain development shows that the first few years of life are a time when seeds of trust, hope, and love are planted by positive interactions with caregivers.  This research can help us understand the important role that early childhood educators play in promoting the development of spirituality.  Spiritual development begins when love ignites a child’s spirit. At this point, the infant becomes capable of forming deep connections and meaningful relationships with family members and caregivers. These relationships help the child develop a strong and powerful sense of self.  Meeting infants’ basic needs is a primary way to help them strengthen their self-awareness. The manner in which adults respond to infants’ signals sends a powerful message about their place in the world. 

To deepen our understanding of spiritual development, especially outside of the context of religion, it is important to be aware of other theories and concepts that have been studied that are complementary in nature.  There are a number of theories and research studies that support the connection between spiritual development, well-being, and academic success.  Researchers past and present have studied the role of moral development, resilience, and plasticity. Even more recently, educators are using words such as thriving, grit, and flow.  With this deeper understanding, caregivers will be prepared to create experiences in the learning environment that contribute to children’s spiritual development.

Spiritual development can lead to a more socially just world – meaning opportunity and equality for all. By promoting spiritual development, in addition to traditional domains of learning such as literacy and STEM, we are creating a more peaceful and just society while raising children who are prepared to participate in society in positive ways.  Through spiritual development, children learn to be aware of and comfortable with qualities such as respect, responsibility, and reverence for self and others. They learn to be capable of acknowledging differences between people without feeling fear. They develop a love for the earth and take action to protect it.

This course is based upon the work of Deborah Schein, author of the book titled Inspiring Wonder, Awe, and Empathy – Spiritual Development in Young Children. The course explores what spiritual development is and why it is important to overall development. Participants will also learn how to create moments within their learning environments that promote spiritual development in young children.

“A lens on spiritual development is a helpful tool in today’s complex, diverse and sometimes unkind world,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “This knowledge will prepare caregivers to create environments that nurture children spiritually thus offering children opportunity to develop a kinder self.”

CHD109: Supporting Spiritual Development in Early Learning Environments 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. EST

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, 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 nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).