New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Fostering a Maker Mindset 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 CUR130: Makerspaces: Fostering a Maker Mindset in Young Children to the online child care training course catalog.

Makerspaces and the Maker Movement have been taking the education world by storm in recent years. Maker education fuses the best parts of “DIY” (do-it-yourself) projects, arts and crafts, engineering, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) education to encourage children to learn valuable content and skills through hands-on creating.  Early childhood educators must understand the value of introducing making and makerspaces to their students, both short and long term. Educators should be aware of the skills and concepts (both cognitive and interpersonal) that young children gain through hands-on making projects and experiences.

A makerspace is a place where people can gather to create, problem-solve, develop skills, and learn through hands-on building and making.  Spaces that function as a makerspace may also go by other names such as STEM Labs, Hackerspaces, Maker Studios, and more.  In makerspaces, new technologies such as 3D printing, micro-computing, robotics, and more fuse with traditional “woodshop” processes as well as arts and crafts to form a vast community of people who come together to make just about anything.

One reason that makerspaces are so difficult to define is that a makerspace can take many different forms: from an entire library transformed into an engineering space, a computer lab stocked with tangible materials, to an early learning Atelier (workshop or studio) inspired by Reggio Emilia, or even a cart stocked with tools and materials to form a “mobile makerspace.” This course takes a look at different types of makerspaces for young children for inspiration and learn ways to create our own developmentally appropriate spaces in which young children can learn, play, and grow.

In this course, participants will learn about the growing “maker movement” and what makerspaces are. In addition, participants will examine how children are affected by their environments and explore strategies for designing developmentally appropriate makerspaces for young children (pre-kindergarten through second grade) within classrooms, libraries, or other early learning settings.

“While everyone′s experience is different, something about your favorite play experience resonated with you,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “It is essential to recognize that child care professionals have the power to create learning experiences that will stay with children long into adulthood and why it is so important to create meaningful spaces that promote play, learning, and exploration.”

CUR130: Makerspaces: Fostering a Maker Mindset in Young Children 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®, 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 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 July 1-31, 2021.

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.

A successful director has multiple competencies.  Being competent is not the same as being an expert in a particular area. It does mean, however, that a director must possess certain basic knowledge and skills in order to be able to meet job requirements.  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.

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.

“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 including how relationships with parents and the community can have an impact on the overall program,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Participants will also learn about accreditation processes and quality reports, marketing tools, improving public relations, and promoting positive relationships with families.”

ADM113: Elements of Program Management 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_ADM113.  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).

 

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Transportation and Field Trip Safety for Child Care Centers

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers ADM103: Transportation and Field Trip Safety for Child Care Centers as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users June 1-30, 2021.

Most child care centers transport children for two main reasons:

  • Field trips
  • Picking up school-age children at school and transporting them to the center for after-school care

In some cases, child care centers also transport children to and from home.  Transporting children in a vehicle is a huge responsibility that needs to be taken seriously. In many cases, the time in the center’s vehicle can be considered the most dangerous time during a child’s day.

Child care programs should have a written, comprehensive general transportation policy covering all aspects of program transportation from vehicle maintenance and passenger safety to minimum driver requirements and safe driving practices.  A separate transportation policy should be developed for parents explaining program rules such as pick-up and drop-off procedures at the facility, behavior expectations on program transportation, emergency procedures, and the use of parent vehicles and drivers for field trips (if allowed).  All staff members should be familiar with the general transportation policy in addition to the more concise policy provided to parents. Transportation policies should be reviewed and revised as needed on a regular basis.

It is imperative that child care centers and/or school districts make whatever investments are necessary to ensure compliance with applicable laws. Children’s lives are at stake, and the federal vehicle standards provide important information for ensuring children’s safety.  Ensuring children’s safety requires more than careful driving.  All employees at the center need to be informed and trained on transportation policies and procedures.  Even if child care professionals rarely have to get on a bus with children, the child care provider may still be responsible for monitoring the pick-up/drop-off area, helping parents load and unload car seats, and there is always the chance the child care provider will end up helping to chaperone a field trip or other outing.

This course presents recommended practices and policies for the safe, developmentally appropriate transport of young children to and from child care centers. Information is based primarily on federal safety standards, which are generally used as the basis for state standards, though specific regulations vary from state to state. Topics include staff training and support; recommended vehicle types and maintenance routines; child passenger restraint systems; operating procedures and practices; safe loading and unloading procedures; field trip safety, and more.

“All center staff should learn basic practices for ensuring safe transportation of children,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “It is important to take every precaution to ensure that the children are properly restrained, vehicles were in good working condition, and distractions inside the vehicle are minimized.”

ADM103: Transportation and Field Trip Safety for Child Care Centers 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_ADM103.  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 Cooking in the Classroom

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CUR129: Cooking in the Classroom to the online child care training course catalog.

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 and CEO 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®, 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 CEO featured on Child Care Rockstar Radio

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) CEO Maria Taylor joined The Child Care Success Company’s Kris Murray to talk about everything from industry trends to professional development on the latest episode of Child Care Rockstar Radio.

Taylor, who has over 30 years of experience in the early childhood industry, also talked about the resources that today’s educators should be utilizing.

The podcast episode can be found here, on YouTube or on your favorite podcast app.

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Parent-Teacher Conferences

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI3022: Parent-Teacher Conferences as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users May 1-31, 2021.

Research has shown time and time again that parent involvement is one of the most important factors in a child′s school success. For many parents, the parent−teacher conference is the first contact with the teacher and classroom, other than brief interactions during drop−off and pick−up.

Ideally, the parent−teacher conference will not be the only regular contact the parent has with the teacher and classroom. Hopefully, parents will also be involved as volunteers in the classroom or at school events. But many parents simply won′t ever have time or interest in becoming deeply involved in the classroom. However, all parents should be expected to participate in parent−teacher conferences, and all teachers should be expected to take the conferences seriously and prepare accordingly.

Teachers can learn about children′s personal interests as well as behaviors in the home environment, where children are more likely to express their true personalities, without the diverse social influences of the classroom environment. Parents are also likely to learn a lot they did not know, such as how the child interacts with peers and skills or interests the child does not have an opportunity to exhibit in the home environment.

Both parents and teachers can learn a great deal by sharing and comparing their viewpoints. Ultimately, this exchange benefits the child, as both teachers and parents gain valuable information and can make adjustments in parenting/teaching styles to help meet the child′s specific needs.

This course explores the parent’s role in parent-teacher conferences. Upon successful completion of this course participants should be able to properly prepare for a parent-teacher conference and cultivate a positive relationship between parent and teacher.

“The parent−teacher conference is an opportunity for the teacher to share information and observations regarding the child′s progress in various developmental areas,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “The end goal is for parents and teachers to walk away from the conference with a better understanding of the child′s specific needs and a plan or understanding as to how those needs can be met.”

CCEI3022: Parent-Teacher Conferences 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_CCEI3022.  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 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).