Child Care Training Course Focuses on Gender Bias and Stereotypes

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training institution, offers the trial course SOC103: Gender Bias and Stereotypes in March to provide new users the opportunity to try quality, online child care training at no cost.

From a young age, children are consistently exposed to various forms of bias and stereotyping, usually from their adult role models and from the media. Many forms of gender discrimination are unintentional or easily overlooked because biases are easily passed from one generation to the next.

As a result, children may be reluctant to test certain skills or try new hobbies that they perceive to be gender specific. This month’s trial course explores how and why gender identity develops and the ways in which gender stereotyping can impact a child’s psychological and social development. Students will learn to identify the means by which children develop gender identity and the relevance of brain development in relation to gender stereotypes. They will also learn recommended strategies for promoting gender equality and equal opportunity in the classroom, along with techniques for sharing information about gender stereotypes with families.

“As our society continues to improve the quality of early care and education, it is important to recognize that traditional gender stereotypes limit our children,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Caregivers and teachers may be surprised how many little things they do or say to promote gender stereotypes. This course is designed to shed light on this important subject.”

SOC103 is a one-hour, intermediate level course available to new users as a trial course awarded for CCEI account creation during March. This course is available for purchase through online training enrollment now. Current individual or center-based subscription account holders can enroll in this course at no additional cost.

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