ChildCare Education Institute Announces New Online Professional Development Course, SPN101: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders

Duluth, GA/ October 19, 2010 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, announces the addition of SPN101: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders to its catalog of online professional development courses.

Roughly 1 out of 110 children in the United States are diagnosed with one of several conditions labeled as autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Specific ASD conditions include autism, Asperger’s syndrome, Rett’s syndrome, childhood disintegrative disorder, and pervasive developmental disorder. In nearly all cases, symptoms—which range from mild to severe across all developmental domains—appear in early childhood, before the age of three. Therefore, it is imperative that child care professionals learn the basic facts about ASD, as well as common practices for meeting individual children’s developmental needs and helping them adapt to the classroom setting.

“This new course is another example of CCEI offering relevant and current courses to our students. The more educators know about the children in their care, the better equipped they are to address their developmental needs,” said Maria Taylor, President and CEO.

ChildCare Education Institute is Approved by Missouri to Provide Online Training to Child Care Professionals

Duluth, GA/ October 4, 2010 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) is approved by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Child Care Regulation, to provide online child care training to the state’s early childhood professionals. Missouri currently requires child care staff to earn a minimum of 12 professional development clock hours per calendar year. Now, six (6) of those hours may be earned by taking CCEI’s online coursework. Additionally, ChildCare Education Institute’s CDA Program may be used to fulfill the education requirements for the CDA National Credentialing Program required by the Council for Professional Recognition.

CCEI professional development courses cover topics pertinent to the child care industry. Course categories include Health and Safety, Nutrition and Food Service, Child Development, Classroom Management, Guidance and Discipline, and more. For those who have never tried online learning, CCEI offers a trial course at no charge. This is a one clock-hour course that awards 0.1 IACET CEU.

“CCEI is now approved to provide online child care training in 47 states and the District of Columbia,” said Maria Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI is committed to providing high-quality online training to early care and education professionals who make a difference every day in the lives of young children in Missouri.”