Take CCEI Course ‘Sudden Infant Death Syndrome’ in September in Support of “National Infant Mortality Awareness Month”


Duluth, GA/ September 1, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care and education workforce, offers new users the trial course CCEI117: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome at no cost for the month of September.

Thanks to determined efforts by regulators and medical professionals, incidents of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have declined sharply since the early 1990s. However, SIDS remains a leading cause of death among children 12 months and younger. Although its exact cause is still unknown, we do know that certain practices can greatly reduce the risk of SIDS, including placing infants to sleep on their backs and keeping plush toys and blankets out of cribs.

“Proper education and risk reduction recommendations are currently our best tools for combating the tragedy of SIDS,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “The information provided within our SIDS course is absolutely essential for early care professionals that care for infants.”

CCEI117 is available to new CCEI users at no cost in September. To take this course as a new user, click on Take a Trial Course and Earn CEU Credit! at www.cceionline.edu. Account holders without an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course through CCEI online

ChildCare Education Institute Launches Enhanced Online Discussion Forum for Early Care Professionals


Duluth, GA/ August 26, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, announces the launch of its enhanced Discussion Forum.

CCEI’s Discussion Forum provides early care educators with a communication forum to share and obtain information on various early care topics such as “Learning to Live a Healthy Lifestyle,” “Handling Inappropriate Behavior” and many more. New topics are posted monthly by CCEI and participants are also able to post topics for discussion within the forum. The Forum allows the participant to subscribe to a particular topic, which notifies the participant when new posts are made to that discussion thread.

“CCEI’s Discussion Forum is designed to be a tool for early childhood educators to share with and obtain information from other educators in the field. This type of sharing benefits practitioners and the field as a whole,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO. “The Online Discussion Forum has proven successful in information sharing thus far, and the more information our caregivers obtain, the better equipped they are to educate and care for our children.”

Students may search, subscribe, comment, and create topics at no charge by selecting Discussion Forum after logging in to their CCEI account. Participants who wish to read posts but not participate directly may do so by clicking the discussion forum link on the CCEI website, www.cceionline.edu.

CCEI Announces New Online ‘Adult Learning’ Professional Development Course


Duluth, GA/ August 10, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce the addition of a new course, PROF101: Adult Learning Theories and Strategies.

In the early care industry, many professional development instructors evolve from administrative positions and have little or no formal training in how to teach adults. Adult learners require different educational strategies and methodologies than children and need to have their differing needs met in order to maintain interest in their studies and accomplish their goals. Adult Learning provides instructors of adults with the ability to identify how teachings should differ for adult instruction and how to implement strategies to satisfy individual adult needs and preferences. Multiple intelligences, learning styles, and adult learning theorists are also covered within this course.

“CCEI is a leader when it comes to continuing education for early care professionals. We are pleased to introduce this course to help practitioners who may be engaged in adult education, but have little or no formal training, become familiar with some of the basics,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO. “The better informed an instructor is about the varying needs of adult learners, the more accommodating that instructor can be to meeting those needs.”

Students may register for PROF101 through their CCEI account. CCEI account holders or new users who do not have an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course through online enrollment.

CCEI’s Trial Course for August is ‘The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom’


Duluth, GA/ August 3, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approvedand nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, offers new users the trial course CCEI350 – The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom at no cost for the month of August.

A developmentally appropriate classroom is one that encourages exploration and offers learning specifically tailored to children’s needs and interests, while maintaining safety and security levels. Knowledge of child development, social and cultural contexts, and other factors are all pertinent when creating an environment to nurture early needs. Upon successful completion of this course, caregivers will be able to identify strategies for creating a developmentally appropriate physical environment, characteristics of effective learning centers, keys for successful activity transitions, teaching practices and much more.

“Providing developmentally appropriate learning experiences is the foundation of effective early childhood education, so it is essential for child care providers to understand practical methods for applying this principle in the classroom,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course provides useful information on creating customized environments to meet individual children’s early learning and developmental needs.”

CCEI350 is available to new CCEI users at no cost in August. To take this course as a new user, click on Take a Trial Course and Earn CEU Credit! at www.cceionline.edu. Existing account holders without an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course through CCEI online enrollment.

San Francisco Human Services Agency Awards ChildCare Education Institute Contract for Early Care and Education Workforce Registry


Duluth, GA/ August 1, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an organization dedicated to providing training and technical assistance solutions to the child care industry, announces that it has been awarded the contract for the Early Care and Education Workforce Registry Pilot for the City/County of San Francisco and Los Angeles County Early Care and Education Workforce Consortium in the state of California.

This contract, awarded by the Human Services Agency of San Francisco, is supported with funding by Los Angeles Universal Preschool through First 5 Los Angeles, the Mimi & Peter Haas Fund and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, to develop and host services for an Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Registry. The ECE Workforce Registry will be used by eligible participants in trainings and programs supported by the City/County of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County ECE Workforce Consortium in coordination with the Office of Quality Improvement at the Child Development Division of the California Department of Education. CCEI was selected for this project based on a number of criteria, including their experience in state workforce registry development for the states of Connecticut and New Jersey.

CCEI’s comprehensive workforce management system, RegistryOne, offers user-specific customized system access to track progress of formal education, eligible training, and work experience. Administrators can manage participant data for verification, management of programs, trainers, scholarships, and more. RegistryOne facilitates reporting based on any database element, and its reports provide data necessary for funding, regulatory, and accrediting agencies, as well as policymakers.

“We look forward to offering the California early care workforce a quality system that will organize their workforce and expedite program improvements,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO.

“The goal of the Collaborative is to create a registry that will track and store professional development information of ECE professionals which is not only critical when making strategic policy decisions, but is essential to ensure the workforce has fulfilled formal education and training requirements,” said Trent Rhorer, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Services Agency.

“LAUP is extremely pleased to be a part of this ground-breaking effort to capture early childhood workforce data. We know this type of information is crucial and will allow us to better support our early educators’ professional development needs and increase the quality of early childhood settings for future generations to come,” said Celia Ayala, PhD., CEO of Los Angeles Universal Preschool.”

CCEI Announces New Online ‘Dual Language Learning’ Professional Development Course


Duluth, GA/ July 22, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce the addition of a new course, Dual Language Learning in the Early Childhood Environment.

Roughly one out of six Americans speaks a language other than English at home, and many early care providers increasingly find themselves serving children and families from a wide variety of language backgrounds. CCEI’s new course, Dual Language Learning, provides early childhood professionals with strategies and tools for helping young children develop language and early literacy skills in English as well as their native language. Participants will learn the benefits of “dual language” learning for young children along with key strategies for increasing family engagement and promoting rich, dual language development in the classroom.

“CCEI continues to expand its Professional Development Library to accommodate for our diverse early care industry needs. The more our educators proactively prepare for meeting each child’s needs, the closer they are to meeting the goal of helping every child meet optimal development goals,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO.

Students may register for this course through their CCEI account. CCEI account holders or new users who do not have an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course through online enrollment.

CCEI Announces Professional Development Partnership with Georgia Child Care Association


Duluth, GA/ July 8, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved and nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, announces a partnership with the Georgia Child Care Association (GCCA) to provide online coursework and certificate programs of study for continuing education.

The partnership with GCCA recognizes CCEI as the preferred provider of online early childhood development programs and facilitates GCCA members’ enrollment in CCEI courses and certificates through a customized GCCA online portal. This portal provides members with user-friendly enrollment, access to competency-based, self-paced, online coursework, and the opportunity to fulfill annual Georgia Bright from the Start requirements.

“The partnership with GCCA was created to encourage the successive career ladder steps for Georgia’s early childhood educators and equip them to provide children with the best developmental and educational support. CCEI is pleased to offer educators and directors quality, convenient professional development online,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO.

“We are excited about this partnership with CCEI to increase professional development opportunities in Georgia with more accessible quality training. The breadth of classes offered provides a multitude of opportunities in early learning domains that will keep educators and administrators coming back for more!” said Carolyn Salvador, Georgia Child Care Association Executive Director.

CCEI’s Trial Course for July is ‘The Professional Portfolio’


Duluth, GA/ July 1, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved and nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, offers new users the trial course CCEI800 – The Professional Portfolio: Fostering and Documenting Professional Development at no cost for the month of July.

A professional portfolio is a tool that benefits administrators, teachers and directors in the child care industry. CCEI800 introduces early childhood professionals to the practice of developing a professional portfolio as a means of enhancing professional growth. The portfolio provides evidence of professional skills and experience. Furthermore, potential employers appreciate and respect the time and effort it takes to develop and maintain a comprehensive portfolio. This course teaches students how to create a portfolio, what to include, and how to arrange it, as well as the purpose and characteristics of an accompanying reflective statement.

“The creation and maintenance of a professional portfolio increases caregivers’ credibility by showcasing their abilities and readiness to nurture and educate young children. This course introduces caregivers to the concept of the professional portfolio to encourage their professional development,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

CCEI800 is available to new CCEI users at no cost in July. To take this course as a new user, click on Take a Trial Course and Earn CEU Credit! at www.cceionline.edu. Existing account holders without an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course for $15.

ChildCare Education Institute Joins the Fight against Childhood Obesity with New Online Course about Healthy Nutrition and Fitness Practices


Duluth, GA/ June 24, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a nationally accredited and IACET approved distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce the addition of a new course, Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices.

CCEI’s new course is focused on developing lifelong nutrition and fitness habits in the child care environment. The Healthy Habits course teaches caregivers why and how to develop a nutrition policy, strategies for working with families to promote proper nutrition practices at home, and curriculum enrichment ideas for increasing healthy lifestyle choices and reducing childhood obesity. USDA nutrition recommendations, healthful snacking, and portion sizes are also discussed.

Students may register for this course through their CCEI account. Existing CCEI account holders who do not have an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course for $15 through online enrollment.

“With childhood obesity continuing to rise, its more important than ever to promote strategies for combating this growing public concern,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI joins this effort with the introduction of this new course designed specifically for the early care workforce.”

ChildCare Education Institute Announces New Early Childhood Credential


Duluth, GA/ June 7, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a nationally accredited and IACET approved distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce the addition of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential.

With eight instructional units covering the major early childhood disciplines, this credential is designed to give a basic framework of early childhood theory and application through online content-based coursework, reading assignments, practical application exercises, essays, parent interviews and classroom observation.

This credential is recognized by NAEYC to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways to Achieve Educational Qualifications for the Designated Program Administrator. The credential awards 18 IACET CEUs and has been recommended for 12 hours of semester credit in Early Childhood Education by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), who has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider National CCRS credit recommendations. View the CCEI Articulation Partners page for details.

“We created the Early Childhood Credential to meet the market need for a standardized, high-quality educational program that moves people toward meeting the higher education requirements that are mandated in Head Start and in many states. The goal is to increase the education level of early childhood educators and this credential not only does that, but it creates a bridge that encourages educators who get the credential to continue up the education ladder toward a degree. This supports CCEI’s goal to improve teacher effectiveness and ultimately raise the quality of care provided to children,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.