New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Reducing Exclusionary Discipline 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 SOC112: Reducing Exclusionary Discipline in Early Childhood Education to the online child care training course catalog.

It has been well established for many years that quality early childhood education benefits young children′s cognitive (thinking), social (human relationships), and emotional (feelings) development. However, sometimes young children in child care and preschool programs behave in ways that are difficult for educators to manage. These behaviors may even be unsafe to the student and others.  Disciplining young students and improving their behavior requires specialized training and skills.

Exclusionary discipline refers to common practices in early childhood education, such as removing children from their classrooms, sending them home from school early, suspension, and expulsion. This course will explore the harmful nature of these practices and explore how exclusionary discipline impacts different populations of students. The course will also identify strategies early childhood professionals can take to reduce the incidence of exclusionary discipline within early learning environments.

Years of research have shown that early childhood education helps students to reach critical developmental milestones.  High-quality early childhood education also helps to prepare young students to begin their elementary education years ready to learn.  This belief is especially true for students who experience poverty. With students of color being more likely to live in poverty than their white peers, students of color are also most likely to need and benefit from early childhood education yet lack access to it.  Exclusionary discipline further prevents access to education.

Reduced access to education means less access to the additional support services schools offer and how educators refer to students and families in need. Examples include mental health services and social services (e.g., assistance with meeting food security, housing, and medical needs).  Students with disabilities and developmental delays are more likely to receive the services they need while in school.

Services such as speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy are often performed in early learning environments as part of early intervention services.  When families in need receive these types of services, children experience more success in school as the challenges they are facing can be addressed before growing into more significant issues.

“When schools exclude students, even in the name of discipline, they send the message to students that they are not wanted,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Having a deep understanding of child development provides teachers with the capacity to plan how they can effectively respond to children′s behaviors, for instance, by using language they will understand.”

It may seem overwhelming for individual teachers to carry out effective, unbiased discipline given all the systemic challenges. Indeed, when an entire school works cooperatively to support student behavior in unbiased ways, the best outcomes for students occur. And, teachers are an essential part of these efforts.  Even if a school has not committed to this work school-wide, teachers can do much to make their classrooms more supportive of all students, including those who struggle with undesirable or unsafe behaviors.

 SOC112: Reducing Exclusionary Discipline in Early Childhood Education 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 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®, 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 Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Sensational Science

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI440: Sensational Science as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users April 1-30, 2021.

There are several reasons to include science activities in the early childhood curriculum. American students continue to lag behind students from other countries in math and science, and research suggests that emphasizing science−related skills and knowledge from a young age can give children an important head start toward future academic achievement. Just as importantly, engagement in science activities can boost skills and knowledge in most other areas of development.

Early childhood science activities are not focused on academic achievement. Children are not expected to learn scientific theories and laws. They are not expected to understand formulas to memorize periodic tables. Instead, the early childhood curriculum should focus on building the inquiry skills, or simply sparking young children’s curiosity about the natural world. Science activities help children understand that it is possible to find answers to their many questions.

Preschool science focuses on exploration and discovery, not definitions and formulas. Appropriate science activities help young children develop problem−solving and critical thinking skills. More importantly, science activities spark curiosity and imagination by introducing children to the wonders and mysteries of the natural world.

Developmentally appropriate science activities teach young children to inspect and observe, to ask questions, to experiment, to research, and to analyze information. As we know from the current research on brain development, such skills are crucial for maximizing each individual’s potential for logical thought. A young child who enters elementary school with basic knowledge of the natural environment and a desire to learn more will have a head start on the road to academic achievement.

This course examines age appropriate guidelines and activities for setting up a science center that includes activities that build curiosity. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to define science as it relates to preschool children, identify appropriate materials to include in a science center, and identify basic activities for promoting early science skills.

“By focusing on observation, exploration, questioning, and testing with real materials, teachers can present many opportunities for science that capture children’s curiosity and encourage active learning,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “The main goal is to encourage children to be curious and inquisitive.”

CCEI440: Sensational Science is a one-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  This course is also offered in Spanish as ESP_CCEI440.  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 Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Preventing Foodborne Illnesses

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce NFS102: Preventing Foodborne Illnesses to the online child care training course catalog.

Foodservice managers and others tasked with preparing meals for children enjoy creating delicious and nutritious options for the children in their care. Those who prepare food in the early childhood environment are eager to prepare tasty, nutritious meals because they know how important good nutrition is for young bodies and minds.

Foodborne illnesses are infectious or toxic diseases caused by bacteria or other agents that enter the body through contaminated food.  Every person is at risk of contracting a foodborne illness. Foodborne illnesses are prevented by combining good hygiene and sanitation, safe storage, and proper preparation and handling.

According to FoodSafety.gov: “Children younger than five years are at an increased risk for foodborne illness and related health complications because their immune systems are still developing. Young children with developing immune systems cannot fight off infections as well as adults can. In addition, young children produce less stomach acid that kills harmful bacteria, making it easier for them to get sick.”  This information reinforces the need for proper food service policies in child care centers.

To prevent the spread of foodborne illness, all staff members should follow the general cleanliness procedures outlined in their child care center′s policies and practice good personal hygiene at home and work. Foodservice staff members need to excel in this area and act as positive role models for other employees and children.  The center should have a policy regarding staff members′ health and exclusion for illness. Staff members may have to undergo periodic physical examinations to verify that they are in good general health.

This course is designed to help child care professionals understand how to reduce the risk of foodborne illnesses by following food safety, personal hygiene, and sanitation guidelines. This course examines ways to reduce risk and promote health and nutrition in early childhood foodservice.  Additionally, this course will explore the methods to be used to prevent cross-contamination of food.

“Nutrition and taste are important, but these are not the only things food preparers should have in mind as they work in the kitchen,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Food safety should be a priority.”

NFS102: Preventing Foodborne Illnesses is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  It is also offered in Spanish as ESP_NFS102.  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®, 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).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute 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, is proud to introduce CUR128: Engineering Explorations in Early Childhood to the online child care training course catalog.

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 and CEO 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. EST

 ChildCare Education Institute

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 Inclusion and Children with Special Needs

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers SPN106: An Introduction to Inclusion and Children with Special Needs as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users March 1-31, 2021.

According to the American Heritage dictionary, the term to include means “to take in as a part, element, or member; to 13 of 44 consider with or place into a group or class.” In education, inclusion is the practice of placing children with disabilities, or special needs, into educational environments with “typically developing” peers. But inclusion is much more than just the physical placement of children into typical, or mainstream, learning environments.

According to the inclusion statement from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), there are three important features of high-quality inclusion:

  1. Access refers to simple modifications like rearranging furniture, adjusting learning opportunities so that all children can participate, and removing physical or structural barriers.
  2. Participation refers to using individualized supports and accommodations so that all children can fully play and interact within the environment. It is important for the providers to promote participation and engagement in an inclusive setting in very intentional ways.
  3. Support refers to the collaboration of all of the professionals who are working with a child with special needs. It is important that everyone working with the child use the same strategies and information to help the child develop and make progress.

Inclusion can be seen as a value that educators hold dear. It is a belief that all children belong, regardless of gender, ability, race or ethnic background. Planning needs to be done to make sure that all children are successful. No one can predict every adaptation that will be required to support children′s needs. However, with a belief in inclusion, teachers make an effort to reflect on the typical day to figure out which adaptations could help children to succeed.

Because children enter child care at such a young age, it is quite common for child care providers to be the first people to notice the possible signs of a disability. For this reason, it is extremely important to create an inclusive environment regardless of whether a child with a diagnosed disability is enrolled in the program. The inclusive practices listed in this course are beneficial to all students and should be present in all learning environments.

“After completing this course, ECE professionals will be able to identify important laws and current “best practices” regarding the inclusion of children with special needs in the classroom,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Participants will also become familiar with different types of special needs and begin to formulate a “vision for inclusion” to support children of all abilities and their families.”

SPN106: An Introduction to Inclusion and Children with Special Needs 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 Trouble-Free Transitions that Teach

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR120: Trouble-Free Transitions that Teach as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users February 1-28, 2021.

No matter how early childhood professionals structure the day, transitions are an inevitable part of working with young children. There is always somewhere to get to next, another activity to begin, or an activity to clean up.  Typical transitions in an early childhood setting include arrival, moving to snacks and lunch, cleanup, rest or naptime, moving to outside the classroom, and departure. Any time the class moves from one activity to another, there is a transition. And with each transition, there is a valuable learning opportunity that can be benefited from.

Brain research tells us that there are things that young children aren’t suited (or developmentally ready) to do. Near the top of that list would be being still and being quiet. Yet those are the two requirements traditionally imposed on young children during transitions.  Imaginative and developmentally appropriate transitions provide the children practice with following directions. Because they will be engaging and fun – two components that foster intrinsic motivation in children – the directions early childhood professionals offer will be those that the children want to follow.  These are important teaching opportunities that create situations where children practice following fun directions as a means of introducing and reinforcing the skill. They will feel more successful and confident, which fosters further practice of the skill in other areas of their lives.

The author of this course, Rae Pica, has been an education consultant, specializing in the development and education of the whole child and children’s physical activity, since 1980. Rae is one of the foremost child development experts in education. She is the founder and director of Moving & Learning (now Rae Pica Keynotes & Consulting) and the author of 19 books, including Teachable Transitions, which is the foundation for this course.

This course is designed to help early childhood professionals create realistic expectations for transitions. It will also provide a variety of developmentally appropriate transition activities that can be used in early learning environments. This course presents practical and fun methods for reducing the stress of daily classroom transitions. It explores effective transition strategies that ensure smooth progression through the daily schedule. The course also promotes the use of transitions as valuable learning opportunities that exist throughout the day.

“When teachers have a clear understanding of child development, they can create realistic expectations for children’s abilities and behaviors,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Applying this knowledge directly to the planning of transition activities is the first step to addressing the challenges of transitions in the classroom.”

CUR120: Trouble-Free Transitions that Teach is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. This course is also offered in Spanish as ESP_CUR120.  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 Managing Stress in the Classroom

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers SOC102: From Chaotic to Calm: Managing Stress in the Classroom as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users January 1-31, 2021.

Stress is a natural, normal part of everyone′s lives, including young children. Moreover, stress can be contagious. If one infant or toddler is having a stressful day, the symptoms can spread to other children and caregivers, making everyone′s day tough. This course is designed to help teachers understand the sources and symptoms of childhood stresses and to provide tools for helping children cope.

Stress is a function of the demands placed on a child and his or her ability to meet those demands. The more the child′s abilities cannot meet those demands, the greater potential there is for stress. Pressure can come from outside sources, such as family, friends, or school, or it can come from within, such as feeling frustrated by an inability to communicate or accomplish something.

For most children the holidays are happy, fun, and exciting. There may be special food, music, and family traditions. At the school you may have additional activities and events planned. However, for some children, the holidays can be stressful and confusing. Family plans and celebrations may be complicated by divorce, separation, or remarriage. The holidays can be an even more difficult time for children who have lost a parent, sibling, or close relative.

The seeds of adult anxiety are sown in childhood. Parents and teachers have a window of opportunity to help children learn to recover from their stress factors. Early recognition and intervention can reduce anxiety and increase self−confidence, optimism, and the chances for children to reach their highest potential.

The environment is a powerful contributor to children’s learning. By developing a nurturing and supportive environment you can make your classroom as stress−free as possible. With a calming environment and appropriate activities and materials, you and your children can use techniques proactively to release stress and emotions.

This course will provide an understanding of childhood stress and will give information, activity ideas, and tools for easing children’s anxieties and worries in the classroom. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to define various sources of stress, identify symptoms, and various methods to help children cope.

“The goal of this course is to provide tools and techniques to manage the inevitable stresses in children’s lives, to help children so that they may be more resilient, and ultimately to create a more positive atmosphere in the classroom,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Teachers may benefit personally by using these techniques throughout the day to manage their own stress.”

SOC102: From Chaotic to Calm: Managing Stress in the Classroom is a one-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  This course is also offered in Spanish as ESP_SOC102.  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 Supporting Fathers and Promoting Father Involvement in the ECE Program

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers FAM101: Supporting Fathers and Promoting Father Involvement in the ECE Program as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users December 1-31, 2020.

Many professionals in education, counseling, law enforcement, child protective services, and other fields will agree that there is a fathering crisis in many American communities today. Simply put, too many children are growing up without consistent, positive male role models; too many children are fatherless and the results show in the crime, health, and poverty statistics.

ECE professionals are concerned first and foremost with ensuring a child’s wellbeing. Research shows unequivocally that children benefit from having highly involved mothers and fathers; therefore, ECE professionals should do what they can to get both parents involved in the program whenever possible and appropriate, whether or not the parents live together or even communicate regularly with one another.

Today, an average father in a two-parent household is spending 250 percent more time on child care and household chores.  It is also interesting to note that the share of “stay-at-home” fathers has nearly doubled just since 1989. Today, 7 percent of fathers report that they care for house and children at home full-time according to statistics gathered from various sources such as Pew Research Center, Father Involvement Research Alliance (FIRA), and the National Center for Fathering (NCF).

What impact does a father have, exactly? Research shows that the presence of an involved, positive father in the home reduces risks related to:

  • Infant mortality
  • Emotional and behavioral issues
  • Incarceration
  • Teen pregnancy
  • Drug use and obesity
  • Poor academic performance

“This course presents the latest research on a number of topics concerning fathers and fatherhood, along with pertinent recommended practices for childcare providers,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Course participants will learn about the importance of dad-style play, strategies for promoting more father involvement in the ECE program, and tips for supporting children without a father living in the home.”

FAM101:  Supporting Fathers and Promoting Father Involvement in the ECE Program 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 Brain Development and Learning: What Every Early Care and Education Professional Should Know

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI810: Brain Development and Learning: What Every Early Care and Education Professional Should Know as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users November 1-30, 2020.

The human brain is a remarkable organ. It controls all of our bodily processes, including basic functions (like breathing and digestion), automatic processes (reflexes), and conscious processes (including thinking, language, memory, movements, and coordination).  In recent years there has been increased interest in brain development during the early childhood years, not only in terms of how it happens but also in terms of why it happens differently in some people than in others.  Changes in the economy and society have led to increased demand for child care and preschool. As a result, parents have become more concerned with what children do during their time in child care centers and preschools, and attention has focused on defining what children need during early childhood. Specifically, parents and educators want to know what kinds of experiences a child needs from birth onward to help ensure healthy, positive brain development.

Young children learn best when they have a chance to use their hands, experiment, and explore. The brain is very good at remembering and coordinating movements. When movement is related to a concept, then the brain is more likely to commit that concept to memory and be prepared, next time, to recall and build on that concept.  Every time a teacher or caregiver offers some sort of stimulation to a child, whether they are introducing a new word, toy, or food, millions of neurons in the child’s brain are firing off signals and making new connections and figuring out what to do with this new knowledge.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, young brains are very sensitive to the consistency and quality of personal interactions. From the time they are infants, young children need to be acknowledged and feel secure in their relationships. Responsiveness by caregivers is critical. Every time a child care provider acknowledges a child or responds to his attempt to communicate, they help build more connections in his brain.

This course explores the areas of the brain as they relate to learning, and how nature and nurture affect brain development. Upon successful completion of this course, a student should be able to identify three protective factors or strategies for reducing a child’s stress, describe an incident in which a child has made an important connection that furthers their learning and select factors related to the nature vs. nurture debate.

“There is still a great deal of mystery regarding the human brain,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “By combining data from medical research, modern technology, classroom observation, standardized testing, and other kinds of studies, educators have gained a much greater understanding of what happens in a young child’s brain, and what that mind needs or does not need, during early development.”

CCEI810: Brain Development and Learning: What Every Early Care and Education Professional Should Know 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 Storytelling for Enrichment, Early Literacy, and Fun

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers LIT100: Storytelling for Enrichment, Early Literacy, and Fun! as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users October 1-31, 2020.

Storytelling and dramatic play are often overlooked in terms of their importance for building early literacy skills.  In fact, storytelling is one of the most important tools available to early childhood educators for a variety of reasons.  However, many educators shy away from storytelling or consider it a special treat, rather than an integral part of the curriculum.  The Storytelling for Enrichment, Early Literacy, and Fun! course provides comprehensive guidance for incorporating storytelling into the early childhood environment. Participants will learn why storytelling is important for young children, as well as strategies for effective storytelling and rich follow-up activities such as group discussion and playacting. Through storytelling, educators can forge strong bonds with their students while promoting essential early literacy and communication skills.

Aside from fueling the imagination, there are concrete, practical reasons for sharing fairytales, folktales, and other stories with children. For instance, stories can help children understand other cultures, including values, beliefs, and customs. Classic tales, such as Aesop’s Fables or Grimm’s fairytales, provide an extra boost of relevance with regard to early literacy. That’s because, as readers, children will often encounter references to these classic tales in conversation and in other writings, whether they are reading a novel or a newspaper article. Stories build what educator E.D. Hirsch refers to as “cultural literacy,” which is essentially the background knowledge a person needs in order to be a fluent reader and a productive, active citizen. Many fairytales, folktales, myths, legends, fables, and other stories are deeply embedded in the English language and American culture. The ability to understand references to these stories is essential for becoming a fluent, fully literate reader.

Any high−quality early childhood program includes reading aloud in its curriculum. There is absolutely no question among researchers and educators that reading to children is essential for language and early literacy development. The only debate revolves around how much and what to read to children, and the general consensus is that we should read to children as much as possible from as wide a variety of appropriate high−quality texts as possible. Reading aloud to children is essential for building early literacy skills, but there is another activity of equal value for young children: storytelling. It is no secret that children enjoy storytelling—both as givers and as receivers—but it is often overlooked as a valuable component in an effective early childhood curriculum.

“Storytelling in the early childhood environment inspires purposeful talking, raises enthusiasm for reading, initiates writing, and improves listening skills among other important developmental factors,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI .  “This course helps educators learn how to incorporate language skills, cultural knowledge, and creativity into the daily curriculum.”

LIT100: Storytelling for Enrichment, Early Literacy, and Fun! 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).