ChildCare Education Institute Launches Enhanced Online Discussion Forum for Early Care Professionals


Duluth, GA/ August 26, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, announces the launch of its enhanced Discussion Forum.

CCEI’s Discussion Forum provides early care educators with a communication forum to share and obtain information on various early care topics such as “Learning to Live a Healthy Lifestyle,” “Handling Inappropriate Behavior” and many more. New topics are posted monthly by CCEI and participants are also able to post topics for discussion within the forum. The Forum allows the participant to subscribe to a particular topic, which notifies the participant when new posts are made to that discussion thread.

“CCEI’s Discussion Forum is designed to be a tool for early childhood educators to share with and obtain information from other educators in the field. This type of sharing benefits practitioners and the field as a whole,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO. “The Online Discussion Forum has proven successful in information sharing thus far, and the more information our caregivers obtain, the better equipped they are to educate and care for our children.”

Students may search, subscribe, comment, and create topics at no charge by selecting Discussion Forum after logging in to their CCEI account. Participants who wish to read posts but not participate directly may do so by clicking the discussion forum link on the CCEI website, www.cceionline.edu.

CCEI Announces New Online ‘Adult Learning’ Professional Development Course


Duluth, GA/ August 10, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce the addition of a new course, PROF101: Adult Learning Theories and Strategies.

In the early care industry, many professional development instructors evolve from administrative positions and have little or no formal training in how to teach adults. Adult learners require different educational strategies and methodologies than children and need to have their differing needs met in order to maintain interest in their studies and accomplish their goals. Adult Learning provides instructors of adults with the ability to identify how teachings should differ for adult instruction and how to implement strategies to satisfy individual adult needs and preferences. Multiple intelligences, learning styles, and adult learning theorists are also covered within this course.

“CCEI is a leader when it comes to continuing education for early care professionals. We are pleased to introduce this course to help practitioners who may be engaged in adult education, but have little or no formal training, become familiar with some of the basics,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO. “The better informed an instructor is about the varying needs of adult learners, the more accommodating that instructor can be to meeting those needs.”

Students may register for PROF101 through their CCEI account. CCEI account holders or new users who do not have an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course through online enrollment.

CCEI’s Trial Course for August is ‘The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom’


Duluth, GA/ August 3, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approvedand nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, offers new users the trial course CCEI350 – The Developmentally Appropriate Classroom at no cost for the month of August.

A developmentally appropriate classroom is one that encourages exploration and offers learning specifically tailored to children’s needs and interests, while maintaining safety and security levels. Knowledge of child development, social and cultural contexts, and other factors are all pertinent when creating an environment to nurture early needs. Upon successful completion of this course, caregivers will be able to identify strategies for creating a developmentally appropriate physical environment, characteristics of effective learning centers, keys for successful activity transitions, teaching practices and much more.

“Providing developmentally appropriate learning experiences is the foundation of effective early childhood education, so it is essential for child care providers to understand practical methods for applying this principle in the classroom,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course provides useful information on creating customized environments to meet individual children’s early learning and developmental needs.”

CCEI350 is available to new CCEI users at no cost in August. To take this course as a new user, click on Take a Trial Course and Earn CEU Credit! at www.cceionline.edu. Existing account holders without an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course through CCEI online enrollment.

San Francisco Human Services Agency Awards ChildCare Education Institute Contract for Early Care and Education Workforce Registry


Duluth, GA/ August 1, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an organization dedicated to providing training and technical assistance solutions to the child care industry, announces that it has been awarded the contract for the Early Care and Education Workforce Registry Pilot for the City/County of San Francisco and Los Angeles County Early Care and Education Workforce Consortium in the state of California.

This contract, awarded by the Human Services Agency of San Francisco, is supported with funding by Los Angeles Universal Preschool through First 5 Los Angeles, the Mimi & Peter Haas Fund and the David & Lucile Packard Foundation, to develop and host services for an Early Care and Education (ECE) Workforce Registry. The ECE Workforce Registry will be used by eligible participants in trainings and programs supported by the City/County of San Francisco and the Los Angeles County ECE Workforce Consortium in coordination with the Office of Quality Improvement at the Child Development Division of the California Department of Education. CCEI was selected for this project based on a number of criteria, including their experience in state workforce registry development for the states of Connecticut and New Jersey.

CCEI’s comprehensive workforce management system, RegistryOne, offers user-specific customized system access to track progress of formal education, eligible training, and work experience. Administrators can manage participant data for verification, management of programs, trainers, scholarships, and more. RegistryOne facilitates reporting based on any database element, and its reports provide data necessary for funding, regulatory, and accrediting agencies, as well as policymakers.

“We look forward to offering the California early care workforce a quality system that will organize their workforce and expedite program improvements,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO.

“The goal of the Collaborative is to create a registry that will track and store professional development information of ECE professionals which is not only critical when making strategic policy decisions, but is essential to ensure the workforce has fulfilled formal education and training requirements,” said Trent Rhorer, Executive Director, San Francisco Human Services Agency.

“LAUP is extremely pleased to be a part of this ground-breaking effort to capture early childhood workforce data. We know this type of information is crucial and will allow us to better support our early educators’ professional development needs and increase the quality of early childhood settings for future generations to come,” said Celia Ayala, PhD., CEO of Los Angeles Universal Preschool.”