ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Supporting Children and Families Who Have Experienced Trauma

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers SOC110: Supporting Children and Families Who Have Experienced Trauma as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users June 1-30, 2020.

The CDC has recently called childhood trauma a public health concern for which intentional prevention efforts should be established. A CDC study found that close to 60% of Americans have experienced at least one type of childhood trauma and about 15% have experienced 4 or more types of childhood trauma. Traumatic experiences can have detrimental effects that can impact both mental and physical health well into adulthood, including a higher risk of heart disease, cancer, obesity, and depression.

Traumatic events affect everyone differently. The way individuals react to traumatic events will vary based on the person’s age, developmental level and environmental factors, as well as the degree of exposure to the trauma. Traumatic events can leave psychological symptoms long after any physical injuries have healed. As an early childhood educator, it is your job to support the development of the whole child. It is also your responsibility to offer support to families. Sometimes, this will require you to respond to the stress and emotions children and their families are feeling due to traumatic events in their lives.

According to the study results, people who reported having experienced Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) were more likely to experience the following conditions in adulthood:

  • Chronic health problems
  • Infectious diseases
  • Mental health diagnoses
  • Risky behaviors
  • Injury

There are a number of potentially traumatic events that occur during childhood that can have a detrimental impact on children’s health and wellness and follow them into adulthood. This course examines the impact of different forms of trauma that children may experience and explores ways that child care professionals can support children and families in these situations.

This course explores the developmental impacts of different types of family trauma, from parent incarceration, family separation and military deployment, to domestic violence, addiction, and loss of a loved one. Participants will learn ways, based on current brain research, to structure support for children and families who have experienced trauma. Specific classroom strategies and parent resources are also provided.

“Child care providers work with children and families who have experienced a wide variety of family trauma,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “It is important that providers understand how events in a child’s life will impact a child’s mental health and their day to day interactions and behaviors. With this deeper understanding, teachers will be able to build skills necessary to support children and families who are managing the effects of trauma in their lives.”

SOC110: Supporting Children and Families Who Have Experienced Trauma 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).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Practicing Positive Guidance with Preschool and School-Age Children

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce GUI108: Practicing Positive Guidance with Preschool and School-Age Children to the online child care training course catalog.

During the preschool and school-age stages of development, children should be given many opportunities to make choices and plan their own experiences. Activities and spontaneous conversations focused on children’s plans for their play should occur regularly. It is fine if children’s play shifts away from the original plan; the goal isn’t to hold children to their plans but to get children to explore their ability to take initiative.  Teachers should also be available to guide children through challenging peer interactions, to teach children skills they can use in the future when similar problems arise.  These general approaches align with both the stage of development children are in and positive guidance practices.

When caregivers understand the skills that children are working to develop, they can put in place strategies and learning opportunities that promote those skills. It can also relieve some stress when caregivers understand that many behaviors are linked directly to skills that children are missing, rather than outright “misbehavior” or defiance.  To use positive guidance, caregivers must:

  • Regulate their own emotions.
  • Practice effective communication.
  • Be facilitators and guides, not directors or dictators.
  • Understand the child’s world and developmental appropriateness.
  • Focus on solutions, not punishment.

This course focuses on positive guidance tools that are appropriate for use with preschool and school-age children. Preschool and early elementary school years is typically ages 3–6 years of age and the term “school-age” refers to children between 6 and 12 years of age. In this course, participants will explore the concept of positive guidance and why it is so important to use positive guidance in their work with preschool and school-age children. This course focuses on the use of developmentally appropriate practices as well as the child development theories that support positive guidance practices.

“Positive guidance strategies are designed to give children the tools they need to strengthen their self-esteem and confidence in their skills,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Using the strategies found in this course consistently will create an environment where children can develop self-regulation and problem-solving skills with the guidance of trusted caregivers.”

GUI108: Practicing Positive Guidance with Preschool and School-Age Children is a two-hour, beginner-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 Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Practicing Positive Guidance with Infants and Toddlers

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce GUI107: Practicing Positive Guidance with Infants and Toddlers to the online child care training course catalog.

Positive guidance is an approach to working with children, the goal of which is to teach self-control and good decision making skills. The strategies associated with positive guidance are designed to promote and preserve a child’s self-esteem and self-confidence.  One of the keys to positive guidance is the use of positive language. The teacher encourages, promotes, or guides desired behaviors by focusing on what children can/should do (positive) instead of what they cannot/should not do (negative).

Positive guidance is a teaching tool for social emotional learning.  For early childhood professionals, positive guidance is a beneficial classroom management tool. It takes time for children to learn self-control and decision making skills. In a room full of energetic, curious children who are working to develop these skills, teachers need easy and effective classroom management tools they can use to create an optimal learning environment.  Using positive guidance, teachers can help toddlers:

  • Build a strong sense of self
  • Be self-confident
  • Make good choices
  • Be responsible
  • Learn self-control

Learning opportunities matter. The more opportunities children have to explore, the more knowledge they stand to gain. As knowledge grows, cognition grows, along with the sense of self.  As children begin to see themselves as separate from parents and caregivers, they begin to explore their autonomy and will. This is an important stage of development that must be carefully managed by caregivers in a way that allows for the development of these skills without instilling a sense of shame or doubt.

This course focuses on positive guidance tools that are appropriate for use with infants and toddlers children ages 18 months – 3 years of age. Upon successful completion of this course students will be able to identify strategies for promoting self-identity, self-confidence, and self-control in infants and toddlers. This course also reviews and expands upon theories, theorists, and concepts regarding human behavior and early childhood development.

“By putting the strategies discussed in the course into effect, teachers can promote self-confidence, which in turn promotes exploration and the building of knowledge and skills—and ultimately a greater self-identity,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

GUI107: Practicing Positive Guidance with Infants and Toddlers is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. The course is also offered in Spanish as ESP_GUI107.  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).

In Times of Uncertainty, ChildCare Education Institute Offers a Free Course to All Users on Coping with Crises and Traumatic Events

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers ADM107: Coping With Crises and Traumatic Events as a free course to all CCEI users as a special promotion during these unprecedented times May 1-31, 2020.

ChildCare Aware of America reports that there are nearly 11 million children under the age of five in child care each week. In the event of an emergency or disaster, all child care providers need to have a written plan that is integrated with the community and state’s emergency management plan to ensure the safety of children. This is especially important because children may not be mobile or able to communicate basic information to a rescuer.

After an emergency or disaster occurs, your children, staff, and families may feel overwhelmed and stressed about the events or dangers they have experienced or may anticipate. The actions your program takes to offer relief can reduce the stress and enable individuals to rebuild their lives. Anticipating these needs makes the delivery of food, water, and clothing, as well the identification of shelter more efficient. Systems also need to be in place to deal with mental health needs, such as post−traumatic stress disorder.

Children’s coping with disaster is often tied to the way parents and teachers cope. They detect the fear and sadness from the adult so you can make disasters less traumatic for children by taking steps to manage your own feelings and plans for coping. Encourage children to share feelings about the incident and listen to their concerns. If they have trouble expressing their feelings, allow them to draw a picture or tell a story about what happened. Clarify misunderstandings about the situation, if any, and answer any questions simply without elaboration. You can maintain a sense of calm by validating the children’s concerns and perceptions and by discussing concrete plans for safety.

Emergencies and natural disasters can happen suddenly with little or no warning. This course provides essential information on recommended practices and strategies and other important resources to help guide the process of planning to survive and recover from disasters, emergencies, and other types of potentially traumatic events.  Security and emergency preparedness at home and school is everyone’s responsibility. It requires coordinated prevention, protection, response and recovery actions. Early childhood educators and administrators should be trained to respond appropriately and effectively to a variety of potential crises and disasters.

“Providing information to the ECE community and beyond that will reduce the threat to children, families, and the facility in the event of an incident and other traumatic events in a child’s life such as the current COVID-19 pandemic we are currently experiencing is of the upmost importance to us at ChildCare Education Institute,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “We are happy to give back and provide this course for free during the month of May.”

ADM107: Coping With Crises and Traumatic Events is a three-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.3 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  The course is also offered in Spanish as ESP_ADM107.  New CCEI users can follow simple steps for accessing the free course by visiting https://www.cceionline.com/free-course-instructions/.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses, including this course, at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account.

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 Music in Early Childhood

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CHD100: Music in Early Childhood a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users May 1-31, 2020.

Why is music important to children? Although many teachers and caregivers remain unaware of why they make it part of the curriculum, other than that young children really enjoy it, music is frequently an ingredient in early childhood programs.  There are numerous reasons why children should have frequent and varied musical experiences. Among them is the belief that children exposed to music have a greater motivation to communicate with the world, perhaps because music provides their first exposure to the existence and richness of their own culture, as well as the heritage and cultures of other people and regions. Perhaps it is because music can be a nonverbal form of communication and, therefore, can bridge the gaps among people of different backgrounds.

Music is vital to the development of language and listening skills. Music and the language arts both consist of symbols and, when they are used in combination, abstract concepts become more concrete. Furthermore, music activities can improve attention span and memory and expand vocabulary. The most important role of music in education may be that it helps develop children’s sensitivity to beauty.

Music is mood−altering. Whether a teacher/caregiver is trying to bring peace to overstimulated children, make routine activities more enjoyable, or provide a little extra energy to a low point in the day, music can be the key to altering the mood in the room.  More and more research is being conducted on the power of music to alter moods and even restore and maintain health. Hospitals are using music to hasten the healing process and supplement the use of anesthesia, as music has been found to stimulate the release of endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers. Studies show the body’s rhythms—brain frequencies, heart rate, and respiration—also work in greater harmony when tuned to music. But even without the benefit of research studies, most of us know from experience that music does indeed have the power to energize, soothe, and change moods – an important element to help with coping in today’s current environment.

This course is written by well-known author and national trainer, Rae Pica. The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the importance of music in the early childhood years and the ways in which it can become part of the curriculum and of children’s lives. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to define the role of music in a child’s development, the role of both quality and variety in the selection of music for children, the impact of music on children’s moods and behaviors, the musical elements young children can and should experience, and list appropriate musical activities.

“Benefits of this course include familiarity with the ways in which music contributes to child development, as well as with the elements of music, and suggestions for choosing and using music in an early childhood setting,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Because music enriches children’s lives and contributes to their development, teachers who understand this and who know how to choose and use music for young children will be able to make it a part of their programs, even without previous musical experience.”

CHD100: Music in Early Childhood is a one-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  The course is also offered in Spanish as ESP_CHD100.  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).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Foundations of Positive Guidance

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce GUI106: Foundations of Positive Guidance as a new course to the online child care training course catalog.

Researchers have been recommending a positive approach to child guidance for nearly 100 years.  Positive discipline is a fairly well-known philosophy of parenting and teaching that dates back to the 1920s and the work of Austrian educators Alfred Adler and Rudolf Dreikurs. Since the 1980s, the phrase has gained more prominence thanks to the Positive Discipline book series by Jane Nelsen, ED.D.  Within the field of ECE, it is common to see the word discipline replaced with guidance. This change in language highlights the role of the teacher as a guide; as a person who is available to help children navigate social situations, express big emotions, and learn self-regulation skills.

Positive guidance is an approach to working with children that considers the physical environment, the emotional environment, children’s development, adult expectations, and the learning opportunities that exist within every interaction.  Positive guidance is more than just using positive language, although that is part of it.  Strategies exist to address challenging behaviors as they occur, as well as ways to prevent behaviors from occurring in the first place.

This is an introductory course to positive guidance, a philosophy and strategy for guiding children’s behaviors and learning experiences. The course will explore the elements of child development that influence positive guidance strategies and some basic implementation practices for use in the child care setting. The course will also discuss the importance of working with families to establish consistent positive guidance practices at school and at home.

“Positive guidance is a way of interacting with children that teaches them the skills they need to be successful members of the community,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “As with any set of skills, the development of social and emotional skills is complex and takes time and practice to master.”

GUI106: Foundations of Positive Guidance is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. The course is also offered in Spanish as ESP_GUI106.  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 Building Resilience in Young Children

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers SOC109: Building Resilience in Young Children a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users April 1-30, 2020.

Every day, young children experience stress or trauma. Some children are exposed to crises such as natural disasters, community violence, abuse, neglect, and separation from or death of loved ones or even the current COVID-19 pandemic we are currently experiencing.  Many young children experience the more common stresses of conflicts with siblings, rejection by peers, or adjusting to multiple caregivers.  These events can cause young children to feel vulnerable, worried, fearful, sad, frustrated, or lonely.  How children react to these situations and their ability to “bounce back” is an indicator of their emotional competence and resilience.

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines resilience as the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.  Resilience is the ability to use social emotional skills to overcome the effects of stress or trauma in one’s life.  Researchers have discovered that the development of resilience depends on a number of factors from genetics to the environment to the relationships in the child’s life.  These characteristics develop from a child’s experiences, which means that early care and education professionals have the opportunity to contribute to the development of resilience in the children in their care.

As adults we have established patterns of coping that we use during difficult times. Children do not have these same tools, partly because they are not developmentally capable of engaging in activities such as journaling or talking with friends about their feelings.  For this reason, it is important that we work to instill in children as many traits, attitudes, skills, and coping mechanisms as possible.

This course helps participants understand what resilience is and how it helps children work through difficult and traumatic events in their lives. The course focuses on the role of the early care and education professional in developing a program that promotes resilience. The course explores a wide range of activities and practices suited for infants through school-age children.

“The strategies learned in this course lend themselves to the creation of positive classroom communities, as well as children who are able to problem solve and handle strong emotions,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Children who have developed resilience will be better prepared to handle traumatic situations throughout their lives.”

SOC109: Building Resilience in Young Children 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).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on an Introduction to 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, is proud to introduce SPN106: An Introduction to Inclusion and Children with Special Needs to the online child care training course catalog.

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.

There are many children enrolled in child care facilities with undiagnosed disabilities. 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 nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and is authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990, license number 837.

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Stress Management for Child Care Providers

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers PROF100: Stress Management for Child Care Providers as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users March 1-31, 2020.

Caring for young children can be an extremely fascinating, gratifying career. Child care providers help children grow and develop at a critical time in their lives. They help children master new skills and turn tears to giggles. At the end of the day, they go home knowing they are needed and have made a difference.  On the other hand, the stress associated with this career can be overwhelming and detrimental to one′s health and the well−being of the children, too.

Stress can be defined as the universal human response to the perception of an intense or distressing experience. With all types of stress your body reacts with a release of adrenaline, your heart starts pumping harder and your muscles prepare for immediate action. Your digestive system slows so that all available energy can move to the heart and your breathing speeds up and becomes shallow. Your body works over and above its normal level to allow you to be ready for action.

Unrecognized and unrelieved stress can cause a caregiver to be unresponsive and insensitive to the needs of the children. A lack of enthusiasm can affect the quality and variety of experiences available to the children. It is easy to become distracted and careless about supervision and may bring about safety problems.  This course provides an overview of the effects of stress in the lives of child care professionals and to understand coping techniques to manage stress. Participants will be able to define stress, identify four sources of stress, identify four symptoms of stress, and identify techniques for stress management in four categories.

“Child care quality is affected by the training, skill and experience of providers as well as the continuity of children’s care,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Identifying and developing stress management techniques will decreases worker burn out and turnover rate, and create childcare environments that are calm, relaxed and pleasant for both children and providers.”

PROF100: Stress Management for Child Care Providers 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 Supporting Spiritual Development in Early Learning Environments

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CHD109: Supporting Spiritual Development in Early Learning Environments as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users February 1-29, 2020.

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

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

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

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

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

CHD109: Supporting Spiritual Development in Early Learning Environments is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is 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).