ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Storytelling for Enrichment, Early Literacy, and Fun

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

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

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

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

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

LIT100: Storytelling for Enrichment, Early Literacy, and Fun! is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEU upon successful completion.  Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for professional development courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through CCEI online enrollment.

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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

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

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Promoting Empathy and Other “Prosocial” Behavior

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers SOC104: Promoting Empathy and Other “Prosocial” Behavior as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users September 1-30, 2020.

Empathy promotes meaningful relationships and better communication and problem−solving skills. It also promotes greater understanding between people of different backgrounds, and it is an essential building block for a secure, prosperous community.  Empathy and sympathy are both prosocial behaviors and behaviors that benefit other people. Cooperativeness, kindness, trustworthiness, and generosity are also prosocial behaviors. These are all behaviors child care professionals should promote in their classroom.

Some very recent studies suggest that babies have an innate sense of right and wrong. Admittedly, current research in this area is a bit thin, but trends are beginning to develop in the data. Researchers in several studies have shown infants almost invariably favor “characters” that exhibit certain prosocial behaviors.  Babies are just beginning the great developmental process, and so they offer a unique window into the real workings of the human mind. However, studies involving infants and toddlers are notoriously challenging, and certain “findings” must be greeted with some skepticism.

In preschool and kindergarten, children develop basic prosocial behaviors quite readily thanks to basic social pressures, like the simple desire not to be the only one not doing something or the only one to be singled out for correction by the teacher. Some children learn these behaviors only after they have been “called out” for breaking the rules by the teacher; other children learn them because they don’t want to be that child who gets “called out.” There’s some primitive empathy involved in such learning, as children may empathize with their classmate when the teacher corrects him. They remember that feeling, even though they weren’t the ones being corrected, and they try to avoid that consequence for themselves.

This course provides early childhood professionals with strategies and tools for promoting the development of empathy in young children. Participants will learn what empathy is and why it is important, and they will learn about related communication methods and activities.  As language, experience, and skills expand and develop, caregivers should take more explicit actions to promote prosocial behavior. Remember, this isn’t a matter of crafting a few great “empathy” lessons; rather, success in this area requires a consistent approach in all forms of communication and conflict resolution.

“In the process of promoting empathy and other prosocial skills ECE professionals can achieve important goals related to children’s development and enhance their own teaching skills,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “It is important for child care providers to keep up with the latest research, along with relevant responses and recommendations from early childhood experts. This course helps improve and expand practitioners’ understanding of the complex processes involved in socio-emotional development.”

 SOC104: Promoting Empathy and Other “Prosocial” Behavior 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 The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI350: The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users August 1-31, 2020.

The developmentally appropriate classroom is a safe, respectful, stimulating environment in which each child can grow physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. Children learn by interacting with people, ideas, and materials that match their developing interests and abilities. They also learn through exploration and experimentation. Appropriate materials and activities should challenge young children to develop new skills and knowledge. Thus, developmentally appropriate should be challenging, but not too challenging.

Teaching practices in the developmentally appropriate classroom must meet the needs of individual children. Curriculum decisions should not be made based solely on age, gender, or cultural assumptions. Age is especially important, since parents and caregivers sometimes assume that the “manufacturer′s recommended age” on a toy means that the toy is developmentally appropriate for all children that age. It′s not. What is appropriate for one three−year−old may be totally inappropriate for another.

Developing and implementing a curriculum that meets individuals′ needs does not mean that you have to develop a separate curriculum for every individual. As ECE professionals will learn in this course, success in the developmentally appropriate classroom can be achieved—for the most part—through simple adjustments in the things teachers do every day

This course is designed to assist teachers in making appropriate decisions regarding teaching practices and curriculum. With a better understanding of the link between practices and developmental appropriateness, teachers will be able to set realistic expectations and goals and implement effective practices that will help meet the individual developmental needs of all children.

“Early childhood teachers should encourage children′s independence and exploration,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “However, caregivers also have a responsibility to promote appropriate social behavior, which includes maintaining a safe and orderly environment. Children should feel free to explore and experiment in their environments, but they must also understand that there are limits and rules.”

 CCEI350: The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom 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).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce PROF107: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace to the online child care training course catalog.

In this era of “MeToo” and “Time’s Up”, people are becoming increasingly aware of institutionalized sexual harassment. While these two movements helped bring women’s struggles in the workplace to the forefront of people’s thoughts, neither movement pioneered sexual harassment awareness.  The “MeToo” and “Time’s Up” movements brought to light a huge gap in people’s understanding of what exactly is considered sexual harassment. Many things that previously may have been considered commonplace or acceptable are now understood to be inappropriate and a violation of policies against workplace sexual harassment.

There are two forms of unlawful sexual harassment in the workplace. They are quid pro quo and hostile work environment.  Quid pro quo is the most universally recognized form of sexual harassment, however, a hostile work environment occurs the most, often going unreported. This is due to the fact that quid pro quo harassment often feels easier to prove in the eyes of the law, where people may find justifications for actions that create a hostile work environment.

While sexual harassment has two categories under the law, there are five types of conduct that may constitute sexual harassment. They are gender harassment, seductive behavior, sexual bribery or favoritism, sexual coercion, and sexual imposition.  When it comes to conduct that violates policies against workplace sexual harassment, it doesn’t just end at face-to-face interactions. Electronic sexual harassment is becoming increasingly common as technology grows, it currently includes emails, cell phone calls or texts, internet or intranet posts, online comments, blog posts, and social media

This course is designed to help early childhood education staff to better understand conduct that will violate policies against workplace harassment. Participants will learn what sexual harassment is, what some of the laws are, what to do if they feel they are being harassed or witness harassment, and how to prevent such conduct from occurring.

“Sexual harassment affects everyone involved: the victim, the harasser, and the company,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Employees need to be trained in what sexual harassment is, how to avoid it, and how to report it.”

PROF107: Preventing Sexual Harassment in the Workplace 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 Creating a Multicultural Environment

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI640: Creating a Multicultural Environment as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users July 1-31, 2020.

We live in an incredibly diverse society, as well as an increasingly interconnected world. Individual children are influenced by multiple cultures and environments. In the early childhood environment, teachers should place a priority on helping children to develop a strong sense of self, including self−confidence and self−respect. Teachers also need to help children develop respect for people from different background in order that they may cooperate and learn from one another. These goals can be achieved by creating a multicultural classroom environment.

Prejudice and racism are learned; so are tolerance and compassion. While it may be normal and acceptable for children to be curious about people who look or act differently than the people they see at home, the notion that “different” people should receive unequal treatment or be avoided is something children learn from adults. They not only learn from what they are formally taught, they learn from what they see. However, adults can teach children about tolerance just as easily as they can teach them about racism.

Another important element of multicultural education is the principle that all children should feel a sense of belonging and acceptance regardless of their cultural heritage. No child should feel out of place in the classroom due to his or her home culture. As you will learn later in the course, this happens far too often, even in classrooms with the most fair−minded teachers.  Ultimately, the goal of multiculturalism is to help prepare children from different cultures to live together in peace and equality. That is not to say that a multicultural curriculum will erase all disagreements and hostility in the world, but it can certainly help, especially if it is implemented effectively beginning in the early childhood years

According to the National Association for Multicultural Education, “multicultural education is a philosophical concept built on the ideals of freedom, justice, equality, equity, and human dignity.”  These are certainly profound concepts to introduce in the early childhood setting. Teachers are not expected to lecture young children on the history of racial inequality in America or the concept of individual liberty. On the other hand, there are ways to begin introducing young children to the principles of multicultural education without overwhelming or confusing them. This course explains multiculturalism and anti-bias education. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to define the goals of multiculturalism, develop an anti-bias classroom, incorporate multiculturalism into learning centers and other classroom activities, and promote cooperative social skills in diverse classrooms.

“This course provides foundational strategies for developing a multicultural and anti-bias curriculum,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Students will examine the role that culture plays in the classroom, learn about basic goals of multicultural education, and identify strategies and activities for helping young children develop a sense of cultural identity and cooperative social skills.”

 CCEI640: Creating a Multicultural Environment 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_CCEI640.  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 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).