ChildCare Education Institute Joins the Fight against Childhood Obesity with New Online Course about Healthy Nutrition and Fitness Practices


Duluth, GA/ June 24, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a nationally accredited and IACET approved distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce the addition of a new course, Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices.

CCEI’s new course is focused on developing lifelong nutrition and fitness habits in the child care environment. The Healthy Habits course teaches caregivers why and how to develop a nutrition policy, strategies for working with families to promote proper nutrition practices at home, and curriculum enrichment ideas for increasing healthy lifestyle choices and reducing childhood obesity. USDA nutrition recommendations, healthful snacking, and portion sizes are also discussed.

Students may register for this course through their CCEI account. Existing CCEI account holders who do not have an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course for $15 through online enrollment.

“With childhood obesity continuing to rise, its more important than ever to promote strategies for combating this growing public concern,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI joins this effort with the introduction of this new course designed specifically for the early care workforce.”

ChildCare Education Institute Announces New Early Childhood Credential


Duluth, GA/ June 7, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a nationally accredited and IACET approved distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce the addition of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential.

With eight instructional units covering the major early childhood disciplines, this credential is designed to give a basic framework of early childhood theory and application through online content-based coursework, reading assignments, practical application exercises, essays, parent interviews and classroom observation.

This credential is recognized by NAEYC to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways to Achieve Educational Qualifications for the Designated Program Administrator. The credential awards 18 IACET CEUs and has been recommended for 12 hours of semester credit in Early Childhood Education by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), who has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider National CCRS credit recommendations. View the CCEI Articulation Partners page for details.

“We created the Early Childhood Credential to meet the market need for a standardized, high-quality educational program that moves people toward meeting the higher education requirements that are mandated in Head Start and in many states. The goal is to increase the education level of early childhood educators and this credential not only does that, but it creates a bridge that encourages educators who get the credential to continue up the education ladder toward a degree. This supports CCEI’s goal to improve teacher effectiveness and ultimately raise the quality of care provided to children,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

CCEI’s Trial Course in June is Preventing Foodborne Illnesses: Sanitation and Hygiene in the Child Care Environment


Duluth, GA/ June 2, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved and nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, offers new users the trial course CCEI540A: Preventing Foodborne Illnesses: Sanitation and Hygiene in the Child Care Environment at no cost for the month of June.

Healthy, safe food is a priority in the early childhood environment, and foodborne illnesses can be spread easily during meals and snacks if effective, thorough hygiene and sanitation policies are not maintained. Through this course, child care professionals will learn about maintaining safe food service and kitchen facilities, no matter the size of the center.

“Those caring for children should be concerned with providing food and snacks that are not only nutritious and delicious but also safe. This course, the first in a comprehensive series on food service and safety in the early care industry, provides practical and important information that will benefit anyone caring for children,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

Online learning has proven successful for busy educators to fulfill their professional development needs. CCEI540A is available to new CCEI users at no cost in June. To take this course as a new user, click on Take a Trial Course and Earn CEU Credit at www.cceionline.edu. This course is also available to users with a current CCEI subscription at no charge. Existing account holders who do not have an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course for $15.