ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Outdoor STEAM Activities and Project-Based Learning

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR118: Outdoor STEAM Activities and Project-Based Learning as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users May 1-31, 2022.

Many studies document the benefits of spending time outdoors. Some studies cite benefits ranging from reduced stress to improved memory and immunity. Other studies show that spending time outdoors leads to better mental health and vision.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) tells us that the rate of childhood obesity has doubled in the last 30 years.  The increased use of technology and television viewing are 2 of the major barriers to participating in outdoor activities.  In addition, a recent study conducted by the National Recreation and Park Association found that:

  • Spending 20 to 30 minutes outside reduces stress levels.
  • 58% of U.S. adults spend more than 30 minutes outdoors daily.
  • Only 1 in 3 U.S. adults spend more than an hour outdoors daily.

At the same time, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reports that the number of jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) related fields are expected to grow by 8% by 2029, compared with 3.7% for all occupations. Some of these jobs will focus on the outdoors and the environment, but others will be in front of a computer or in a lab, classroom, office, or factory. These interconnected areas of learning have transformed the way we live and work, from agriculture to manufacturing, medicine to education, travel to communication, and even shopping.

Early childhood educators are uniquely positioned to create a balance between indoor and outdoor experiences. Teachers can begin to prepare children for the jobs of the future by inspiring curiosity and instilling a love of learning. At the same time, they have the opportunity to help children establish healthy habits and an appreciation of the great outdoors.

This course explores how teachers can enhance outdoor learning experiences by integrating STEAM activities and project based learning. The course provides a wide variety of project ideas that are sure to engage and fascinate young learners.

“Through this course, ECE professionals will learn ways that they can explore outdoor STEAM-related activities using a project based approach as a way to promote the development of important 21st-century skills,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “STEAM represents a large portion of the career opportunities that today′s children will grow up to pursue.” 

CUR118: Outdoor STEAM Activities and Project-Based Learning is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, 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 Hiring and Developing Staff Members

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce ADM117: Hiring and Developing Staff Members to the online child care training course catalog.

With child care teacher shortages and high turnover within the field, many administrators find themselves spending large quantities of their time hiring and training teachers only to hire and train again and again. At the end of the day, employee performance reflects the values of the program. Choosing teachers carefully and providing ongoing training, evaluation, coaching, and counseling can significantly increase the odds of retaining a team that supports the program’s success.

Before you can find the right teachers and staff members for your program, defining the program′s philosophy is essential.  The philosophy is not simply a school motto or slogan. The philosophy is a set of guidelines that reflect the values, beliefs, and needs of the management, teachers, and families involved with the program.  A program′s philosophy should include specific guiding principles relating to the children, parents, employees, and curriculum.

As early childhood educators progress through their teaching experiences, they develop professional beliefs and practices. Individuals are more likely to thrive when goals and philosophies align.  As with most things related to leadership, everything flows from the top. When a director believes in the importance of life-long learning, they are able to instill that in their team. When a director embraces a culture of improvement, they are able to convey that in their interactions with their staff members.

“The information presented in this course highlights ways directors and administrators can build strong teams made up of confident and cooperative teaching staff members,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Owners, directors and administrators will have a greater understanding of appropriate hiring, training, evaluating, coaching, and counseling practices in an early childhood education setting.”

ADM117: Hiring and Developing Staff Members 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. EDT 

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 Outdoor 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 CCEI110B: Outdoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users April 1-30, 2022.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, over 200,000 children visit hospital emergency rooms each year in the United States because of playground injuries.  Most playground injuries are due to falls. A majority of these falls occur when children drop to the ground from a piece of equipment. Children may also injure themselves by falling into or being hit by a piece of equipment. Each year approximately 15 children die due to playground accidents. Most of these deaths are caused by falls or strangulation.

Effective supervision requires constant awareness and keen observation.  It also requires close interaction with children. Children benefit from a caregiver′s attention; by engaging in play with the children, the caregiver can actively model and promote appropriate playground behavior. When it comes to supervising outdoor play, interaction is just as important as observation. Sometimes, teachers get in the habit of gathering together on the playground and chatting with one another while keeping one eye on the children. Outside playtime should not be viewed as “break time” for teachers. Instead, teachers should move around the playground and guide children toward new learning opportunities and safe, developmentally appropriate play.

ECE professionals should be aware of the age−appropriateness of the equipment. Direct children to developmentally appropriate equipment, and remember that not all equipment is age−appropriate for all children. Children should be encouraged to try new activities and take appropriate risks. However, there are major differences in the skill levels of toddlers compared to preschoolers or school−age children, and teachers are responsible for ensuring that young children avoid unnecessary risks and hazards.

This course identifies common outdoor injuries and appropriate ways to prevent them. Student will learn about the various components of playground safety and hazards, as well as the steps that must be taken to prevent accidental poisoning. Upon successful completion of this course students should be able to identify common outdoor-related injuries to children and describe appropriate ways to prevent these injuries, list the four basic components of playground safety, identify playground problems and potential hazards and identify the ways children may be exposed to poisons.

“Children who are participating in meaningful, safe activities are less likely to misbehave and injure themselves and other children,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “By making sure the child is actively engaged in an activity, a teacher can safely provide physical, emotional, social, and cognitive stimulation outdoors while ensuring safety.” 

CCEI110B: Outdoor 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. EDT

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 Explaining Executive Functions

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CHD111: Explaining Executive Functions to the online child care training course catalog.

Executive functions (EFs) are cognitive (or thinking) skills people use to manage their behaviors and responses to everyday situations.  EFs, help us to meet our needs and achieve our goals. EFs can be used when people are with others and when they are alone. They are associated with success in school and work settings. EFs develop as the brain matures and strengthen with repeated use and practice. Sometimes, the term self-regulation is used in place of executive functions.

Executive functions are skills that people use to navigate daily routines, responsibilities, and interactions successfully. When you think about it, both children and adults use several skills to interact with others successfully and accomplish tasks.  Because executive functions are thinking skills, it can be difficult to recognize when children are using them. However, it is quite obvious when a child is not using their EFs.

This course is designed to help participants better understand what executive functions are and how they develop. The course will explore what educators and caregivers can do in early childhood classrooms to promote the development of executive functions. The course also includes guidance on how participants can apply their understanding of executive functions to improve how effectively they work with other adults in early childhood settings.

“Providers will gain a set of tools that they can use when working with children, families, and coworkers, in addition to understanding how their own level of executive functioning impact their interactions and relationships,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “This understanding will help providers create solutions to problems in light of a clear understanding of how executive functioning influences behaviors and emotional responses.”

CHD111: Explaining Executive Functions is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, 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 Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CHD101: Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users March 1-31, 2022.

Speaking and listening skills are not only essential for communication; for young children, oral language forms the foundation of future literacy. In short, the expansion of speaking and listening skills should be among the most important aspects of the early childhood program, second only to providing a safe, healthy environment. In this course, participants will learn many practical methods for promoting oral language development in the classroom, because every day is filled with rich opportunities to help children expand knowledge and skills related to conversation, vocabulary, and listening.

Speaking and listening skills form the foundation of early literacy. Young children learn word meaning (vocabulary) and sentence structure by listening to adults. Through speaking, children put their knowledge of language to use. Therefore, oral language development should be a major focus in any early childhood curriculum.  Research suggests that a child’s ability to use language and to understand the meaning of spoken words is directly related to later literacy development. Therefore, oral language development is a critical foundation for reading and writing.

Infants listen to and become aware of sounds of the words spoken around them. The more their caregivers speak to them, or to other people around them, the more sounds and words infants can understand. Eventually, they begin to communicate their own needs through sounds and gestures.  Toddlers use language to express feelings and ideas and to seek information. They begin to talk in simple sentences, ask questions, and give their opinions about likes and dislikes.  By the preschool age, a typical child has developed a large vocabulary based on the language they have heard from people around them, including ideas conveyed in books. At this age, children like to tell make−believe stories and use language that is more complex, with complete sentences.

This course emphasizes the central role of speaking and listening skills in the development of communication and early literacy skills. Course participants will examine strategies for encouraging young children to express basic needs, ideas, emotions, and questions. Importance is placed on oral language comprehension in conversations and books.

“Literacy experts have determined that one of the most effective ways to increase school readiness is to improve speaking and listening skills, which are the basic building blocks of literacy and future academic achievement,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Of all the skills that classroom teachers teach, listening is one of the most useful, both in school and out of school.”

CHD101: Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills 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_CHD101.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, 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 Developmental Screening Tools in Early Childhood Education

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers PROF109: Developmental Screening Tools in Early Childhood Education as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users February 1-28, 2022.

Early childhood is a critical time in a child′s life. Children are growing and changing rapidly, and teachers need to understand each child′s strengths, challenges, and emerging skills. With this critical information, educators can plan a meaningful curriculum and work with families to support children′s growth and development.  In recent years, there has been a nationwide initiative to ensure that all children enter kindergarten ready to learn. An article by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention states that approximately one in six children (ages 3-17) have one or more behavioral or learning developmental disabilities. Studies such as this prompted most states to take a closer look at the tools and resources used by early childhood educators.

States quickly recognized the importance of the early learning workforce in helping achieve the ambitious goal of preparing every child for kindergarten. A majority of states developed early learning standards. These documents spell out the developmental skills and milestones that young children should be working on during the preschool years.  States also evaluated various curricula and created a list of approved or recommended curriculum resources that programs should use.

Many states created child care workforce competencies that describe skills teachers should use to assess and track children′s learning over time. The idea is that these ongoing assessments become the backbone of curriculum planning and the day-to-day decisions that teachers make in their classrooms.

Furthermore, some states added the use of developmental screening tools to their requirements for early learning programs. The goal is to identify children who may qualify for additional educational supports before they enter kindergarten.  Developmental screening tools and assessments are often confused as the same thing; however, they are used for different purposes.

Developmental milestones act as checkpoints to determine whether children are developing as expected. Therefore, documenting how children navigate these milestones is an important part of understanding their unique needs and behaviors.  One of the most important reasons for monitoring development is determining whether or not a child is on track for success in school. If they are not, it is vital to determine what can be done to help the child build these important skills.

In this course, participants will discover features of some of the more widely used developmental screening tools. The course will also explore how to talk to families about screening results, when to make referrals to early intervention services, and how to adapt the curriculum to support children’s development.

“The screening tools reviewed in this training can assist teachers in identifying possible developmental delays and the need for further evaluation by early intervention professionals,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “In addition, they provide a reliable and valid snapshot of children′s development and help teachers adjust their curriculum planning to meet children′s needs.”

PROF109: Developmental Screening Tools in Early Childhood is a two-hour, intermediate-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 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, offers SOC112: Reducing Exclusionary Discipline in Early Childhood Education as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users January 1-31, 2022.

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 block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, 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 Discovering Life Science with 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 CUR131: Discovering Life Science with Young Children to the online child care training course catalog.

Life science refers to the study of living organisms and life processes. For young children, the study of life science revolves around exploring the natural world, exposure to basic concepts, practicing scientific thinking skills, and developing basic domain-related vocabulary.  Exploration of the life sciences can also promote a lifelong interest in nature and the role of humans as responsible environmental stewards.  Ultimately, science should excite the children′s imagination and leave them wanting to learn more.

As they advance in the academic world, children will encounter increasingly complex, challenging concepts in science classes. That sense of wonder and a desire for the knowledge they developed in early childhood will help them as they learn the more complex concepts taught in high school science classes.  In early childhood education (ECE), words like observe, explore, experiment, and play should drive the science curriculum rather than mastery of specific content or skills.  In many ways, life science in ECE is also about language and vocabulary development.

Along the way, life science also helps children develop a basis of knowledge about the natural world.  From this base, young children can develop the cognitive skills to help them keep pace with the challenging academic content they will face in later grades.  The great thing about life science is that so much of the content is all around us. Teachers can promote that content simply by asking children to observe and describe elements of their natural, everyday surroundings.

This course explores ways that early childhood professionals can create opportunities for children to investigate, observe, and build knowledge through hands-on activities, classroom learning centers, and everyday practices that promote interest in and awareness of the needs and characteristics of living things, patterns and cycles in nature, and human environmental impact.

“CUR131 will prepare teachers to intentionally incorporate life science lessons into early learning environments,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Teachers will gain an understanding of the skills children learn when exploring life science topics so that they can plan appropriate activities for the children in their care.”

CUR131: Discovering Life Science with 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. EDT.

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 Staff Communication: Educational Partnerships

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI960: Staff Communication: Educational Partnerships as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users December 1-31, 2021.

The quality of a relationship between two people is highly dependent on the quality of their communication. The better your communication skills are, the better your relationships will be in your professional as well as personal life. Developing effective communication skills is especially important in a child care environment, where little eyes are watching and learning from your every move. This course is designed to help child care directors, teachers, and staff develop effective communication skills.

While human language is an amazing tool for communication, it can also create barriers. As humans, our minds are naturally wired to begin learning language from the moment we are born.  However, learning effective communication skills takes years of practice and, along the way, all of us make mistakes.  Language is only one part of the communication puzzle. How you choose to say something (tone of voice, body language), when you choose to say it, and why the other person may think you are saying it are all important factors, as well.

Communication between two people is always a two−way street, and if one person does not make a true effort to understand what the other is saying, then the value of the communication begins to slip away. Nearly all experts agree that the single most important aspect of successful communication is the notion that what you say is less important than whether or not you understand what the other person says.

This course provides directors, administrators, and aspiring directors with a greater understanding of the value of good communication skills, as well as various techniques for listening and responding appropriately to staff, parents, and children. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able list key phrases to remember when communicating, identify ways to improve their communication skills, define active listening and explain methods to be used by staff members to effectively communicate among each other.

“All staff members should be encouraged and trained to use good communication techniques,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “This course will help students understand the ways in which effective communication strategies can improve the services and culture within a child care center, boosting employee morale and retention.”

CCEI960: Staff Communication: Educational Partnerships is a one-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion. The course is also offered in Spanish.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, 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 Active Learning Experiences in Early Childhood

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR124: Active Learning Experiences in Early Childhood as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users November 1-30, 2021.

Young children are experiential learners who acquire information with all of their senses. The more senses used in the learning process, the more information children retain.  For young children, movement is their preferred mode of learning. During the early years, the brain is closely tuned to the body′s actions; with each movement and sensation, the brain creates new neural connections and builds on previously acquired skills and knowledge.

Skills developed during early childhood can be separated into distinct developmental domains: physical, cognitive, emotional, and social.  Although the developmental domains are distinct, children learn skills across all domains concurrently; when children learn something in one domain, it impacts the other domains. For example, an improvement in gross motor skills (running, jumping, climbing) can boost a child′s confidence (emotional domain), which in turn can impact his social interactions on the playground.

Active learning involves the use of physical movement and sensory experiences to promote growth across all developmental domains. Active learning promotes skills development and knowledge acquisition through movement, exploration, and discovery.  Rote learning involves memorization through repetition. Rote learning plays an important part in learning certain types of information, and it also provides important “exercise” for the brain. However, rote learning plays a very limited role in early childhood education.  In later years, rote learning will be used to memorize the multiplication tables, tricky spellings, grammar rules, and historical facts, but young children (infant through age 8) do not have the cognitive abilities or the developmental need to engage heavily in rote learning.

Active learning leads to authentic learning, in which the purpose is to demonstrate comprehension and the mastery of skills. Active learning is used when a toddler plays with a shape-sorting toy; using trial and error, he gradually learns where various shapes fit and he becomes more efficient (skilled) each time he plays. Another example involves the child′s acquisition of language; over time, a child learns language by listening to other people speak and, little by little, he puts this knowledge to use.

This course presents practical methods for integrating movement, active involvement, and group games across all curriculum areas, including art, language arts, mathematics, music, science, and social studies. Students will have the chance to discover best practices and effective strategies for engaging in active learning and game play with children of various ages.

“Movement is the preferred mode of learning for young children,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Active learning that combines elements of cognitive, social/emotional, and physical domains builds a bridge between mind and body.”

CUR124: Active Learning Experiences in Early Childhood is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. The course is also offered in Spanish.  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).