ChildCare Education Institute to be featured on The Balancing Act 

The company’s director of early childhood education shares insights on empowering teachers, career advancement

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), the leading provider of online professional development for early childhood educators, announces its feature on the award-winning daily show The Balancing Act. This segment, airing on December 16 at 10 a.m. on Atlanta 69 (WUPA) and December 17 at 10:30 a.m. on The ATL (WATL), will showcase CCEI’s pivotal role in advancing early childhood education.

Hosted by Montel Williams and Olga Villaverde, The Balancing Act features informative and entertaining segments with expert guests discussing a wide range of topics from lifestyle tips to community stories.

This special segment will explore how CCEI is equipping child care professionals with training for career advancement. Melissa Thomas, director of early childhood education at CCEI, was interviewed highlighting the importance of CCEI’s offerings in a sector where the demand for skilled teachers is skyrocketing.

“Our research-backed training gives teachers the skills they need to excel and progress in their careers,” says Thomas. “With the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicting a nearly 20% increase in preschool teacher jobs over the next decade, CCEI’s role becomes even more pivotal.”

This growth can be attributed to several factors, including increasing awareness among parents about the benefits of early education and population growth, necessitating more educators in this field. CCEI stands at the forefront of addressing this need by providing a flexible solution for educators balancing career and family responsibilities, helping them meet professional development goals.

“CCEI’s accredited child care courses offer a viable solution for students with busy schedules who cannot attend traditional in-person trainings,” says Jeff Mutimer, chief growth officer at StraighterLine. “We provide a pathway for our students, enabling them to reach their full potential and career objectives.”

Earlier this year, CCEI and its parent company, StraighterLine, unveiled a groundbreaking partnership specifically designed to provide early childhood educators with a streamlined pathway that connects state-required professional development hours directly to earning a college degree.

CCEI specializes in providing online child care training and certificates, child care registry development and administrative solutions for the early care and education industry. To date, early childhood educators have completed more than 9,883,000 professional development hours and over 53,000 have graduated from CCEI’s CDA and other certification programs.

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About ChildCare Education Institute

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a StraighterLine Company, 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. CCEI offers 200+ online child care training courses in English and Spanish 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, an approved partner of the Council for Professional Recognition, 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 Accreditors for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). For more information, visit: