CCEI Course Promotes the Latest American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations on Practices to Reduce the Occurrence of SIDS


Duluth, GA/ October 27, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, announces updates to their Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) course in accordance with the new recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP).

CCEI’s SIDS course is designed to inform infant caregivers and other early childhood professionals of risk reduction strategies and best practices. New findings by the AAP to reduce the risk of SIDS include recommendations for breastfeeding, infant immunizations, and removing bumper pads from cribs, which increase the potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment. The report by the AAP also reaffirms recommendations previously in place, such as placing infants on their back for sleep, not placing infants in bed with parents, and not using blankets in the crib.

“CCEI’s course on SIDS has been recommended by numerous childcare professionals as an invaluable tool to reduce occurrences of SIDS, and we encourage infant providers to become aware of the updated recommendations from the American Academy of Pediatrics,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Medical experts still do not know the exact cause or warning signs of SIDS, but years of research have confirmed that certain practices will reduce the risks.”

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. CCEI117: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome is available at no cost to account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. This course may also be purchased through online enrollment at www.cceionline.edu.

CCEI’s Online Early Childhood Credential Receives Recognition in Utah


Duluth, GA/ October 19, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, announces that the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) is now recognized in Utah to meet the state’s formal education requirements for certain positions in the early care and education industry.

The Utah state Bureau of Child Development, Child Care Licensing Administration, has evaluated and determined the CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) to be an accepted certification equivalent to the Child Development Associate (CDA) issued by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CCEI 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), which has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider credit. The Credential is also recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways for directors to meet educational qualifications of the Designated Program Administrator.

“CCEI’s online ECC provides an important option for the early care workforce to fulfill their state’s education and training requirements. These requirements often include obtaining a state or national credential, or its equivalency, demonstrating competence in the care and education of young children,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO. “The ECC credential provides educators with 180 hours of competency-based coursework including practical application exercises that teach the basic competencies needed to work with young children.”

ChildCare Education Institute’s Online Child Care Training Courses Receive Approval in North Dakota


Duluth, GA/ October 7, 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 approval of courses by the Growing Futures Professional Development Registry to provide online child care training to North Dakota’s child care and education professionals.

North Dakota child care professionals are required to take training approved by the Growing Futures Registry in order to meet annual licensing requirements. Training becomes Registry-approved after receiving an approval notification and code from the Registry. The CCEI Professional Development Course Catalog contains courses from all the major early childhood competency areas plus coursework in the following popular training categories: Administration and Management, Eco-friendly Child Care, Early Literacy, Inclusion and Special Needs, Nutrition and Food Service, Social and Emotional Development, and more. In addition to the professional development course library, ChildCare Education Institute’s CDA Certificate program may be used to fulfill the education requirements for the CDA National Credentialing Program required by the Council for Professional Recognition.

“CCEI has applied an immense amount of dedication and persistence to be approved in 48 states for child care training,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “We are very proud to have our first few courses approved in North Dakota and look forward to adding many more to serve early care professionals in North Dakota and, as a result, the children and families who depend on them.”
For additional information on approved CCEI training in North Dakota, view the North Dakota Training Approval page at www.cceionline.edu.

Exploring Diversity through Children’s Literature – School-Age Book Suggestions

Below is a list of books that will add diversity to your bookshelves. These were pulled from a variety of “best books to celebrate diversity” lists. There are many, many other books available. Some authors listed have written multiple books exploring diversity. Reach out to your local librarian for even more suggestions.

  1. I, Too, Am America by Langston Hughes
  2. I Have a Dream by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
  3. I am Jazz by Jessica Herthel and Jazz Jennings
  4. Donovan’s Double Trouble by Melissa DeGross
  5. Cool Salsa: Bilingual Poems on Growing Up Latino in the United States edited by Lori M. Carlson
  6. Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah by Laurie Ann Thompson
  7. The Hundred Dresses by Eleanor Estes
  8. 10,000 Dresses by Marcus Ewert
  9. The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble
  10. El Deafo by CeCe Bell
  11. Drop by Drop by US Conference of Catholic Bishops
  12. Harvesting Hope: The Story of Cesar Chavez by Kathleen Krull
  13. I Dissent: Ruth Bader Ginsburg Makes Her Mark by Debbie Levy
  14. Malala’s Magic Pencil by Malala Yousafzai
  15. This is How We Do It: One Day in the Lives of Seven Kids from Around the World by Matt Lamothe
  16. The Invisible Boy by Trudy Ludwig
  17. We are All Born Free by Amnesty International
  18. Be the Change: A Grandfather Gandhi Story by Arun Gandhi and Bethany Hegedus
  19. The Diwali Gift by Shweta Chopra
  20. A Different Pond by Bao Phi

Exploring Diversity through Children’s Literature – Infant & Toddler Book Suggestions

Below is a list of books that will add diversity to your bookshelves. These were pulled from a variety of “best books to celebrate diversity” lists. There are many, many other books available. Some authors listed have written multiple books exploring diversity. Reach out to your local librarian for even more suggestions.

  1. Babies Around the World by Puck and Violet Lemay
  2. Peekaboo Morning by Rachel Isadora
  3. Dragon Dance: A Chinese New Year by Joan Holub and Benrei Huang
  4. The Family Book by Todd Parr
  5. Mommy, Mama, and Me by Leslea Newman
  6. A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
  7. Whose Toes are Those? By Jabari Asim
  8. Counting on Community by Innosanto Nagara
  9. Round Is a Tortilla: A Book of Shapes by Rosanne Thong
  10. Handa’s Surprise by Eileen Browne
  11. Over the Hills and Far Away: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes edited by Elizabeth Hammill
  12. Mama, Do You Love Me? by Barbara M. Joosse
  13. Full, Full, Full of Love by Trish Cooke
  14. My First Spanish Word Board Book by DK
  15. My Heart Fills with Happiness by Monique Gray Smith
  16. Hugs and Kisses (Babyfaces) by Roberta Grobel Intrater
  17. I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont
  18. Aloha is… by Tammy Paikai
  19. You Are Important Series by Todd Snow
  20. “More, More, More,” Said the Baby by Vera B. Williams

In Support of the President’s Anti-Bullying Campaign and “National Bullying Prevention Month,” CCEI Offers Online Course to Early Care Educators


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.