Duluth, GA/ October 3, 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 GUI100: Bullying in the Preschool Environment at no cost in October.

Educators, policymakers, social workers, parents, and victims continue to speak out against the detrimental effects of bullying, and the President has joined in by launching the federal Stop Bullying campaign. While sincere, public efforts to curtail bullying have been launched in schools from the elementary to the college level, many experts have pointed to the fact that bullying can begin in early childhood. Early childhood educators have an important opportunity and responsibility to create a positive social environment that teaches children appropriate social interactions. CCEI’s course GUI100 identifies types of bullying, along with its signs and effects, and strategies for creating a bully-free environment.

“In early childhood, kids are learning critical social skills that shape how they treat others,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course is designed to give educators information and strategies to prevent bullying. The sooner this concern is properly addressed, the sooner we can take steps to prevent its long-term impacts.”

Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive 0.1 CEUs and the ability to print and/or save their certificate of completion immediately. GUI100 is available at no cost to account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. Without a subscription, this course may be purchased individually through online enrollment at www.cceionline.edu.