New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Understanding and Promoting Development in the Preschool Years

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CHD108: Understanding and Promoting Development in the Preschool Years to the online child care training course catalog.

Whether a child attends an official preschool or not, the term preschooler is used to describe children between the ages of three and five—the developmental stage before kindergarten.  Preschoolers have advanced past the toddler stage, which was an exciting time full of developmental milestones. As preschoolers, children have far more confidence and skills when it comes to moving, thinking, and communicating. They are more eager to help and often imitate adults and other children.

As in all early childhood stages, the minds and bodies of preschoolers are constantly developing. However, as children age, the changes are more gradual. By age four, children have well-developed muscles and advanced motor skills.  Older preschoolers are gaining a firm grasp on their place in the family and in society. They are aware of life’s ups and downs but they still have difficulty dealing with their emotions sometimes. They also tend to be more self-conscious and more afraid of making mistakes or being embarrassed.

This course explores the developmental milestones that children experience at 3, 4, and 5 years of age.  The course will explore growth across all areas of development. The goal of the course is to provide early childhood educators with a basic understanding of child development so that they can create realistic expectations, appropriate learning environments, and engaging curriculum for all of the children in their care.

“All providers need to be aware of current research and best practices in promoting development to ensure children are socially, emotionally and cognitively ready for kindergarten,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “The topics covered in this course are frequently cited as both essential and neglected in professional development for early childhood education.”

CHD108: Understanding and Promoting Development in the Preschool Years is a two-hour, beginner-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.

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ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute® 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 nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and is authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990, license number 837.