Online “Outdoor Learning” Child Care Training Course Improves Early Childhood Development


Duluth, GA/ December 26, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care and early education workforce, is proud to announce the addition of CUR103: Outdoor Learning to the online child care training course catalog.

Outdoor experiences are essential in early childhood. Nothing engages the five senses and a child’s natural curiosity like a walk in the woods or a tour through the garden. In addition to promoting learning across all developmental domains and core academic subjects, outdoor play and exploration can help ensure overall health, fitness, environmental awareness, positive social relationships, and emotional wellbeing. This three-hour course provides recommended strategies for planning and incorporating Outdoor Learning in the curriculum, with a focus on nature walks, gardening, and designing and maintaining outdoor learning space.

“Outdoor learning is good for the mind and body, providing exercise along with intellectual and sensory stimulation,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI’s new course was created to show the benefits and possibilities of moving the classroom outdoors.”

Outdoor Learning is an intermediate level course and students will receive 0.3 CEUs and the ability to print or save their course certificate immediately upon course completion. Outdoor Learning is available at no cost to students with an active, annual subscription. Without a subscription, this course may be purchased individually through online enrollment at www.cceionline.edu.

Holders of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential Considered Qualified for Head Start Positions that Require a Minimum of a CDA or Other Certificate


Duluth, GA/ December 9, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care and education workforce, announces that the Office of Head Start will consider holders of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) as qualified to meet formal education requirements for certain positions.

Holders of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that require a minimum of a CDA or other certificate. For assistant teachers, obtaining the CCEI Early Childhood Credential is an alternate route to meet Section 648A of the Head Start Act, as amended in 2007, which, by 2013, requires Head Start teaching assistants to have a minimum of at least a Child Development Associate credential or be enrolled in a Child Development Associate credential program to be completed within 2 years, or enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree. The content of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential is also appropriate to qualify infant-toddler teachers.

The CCEI credential awards 18 IACET CEUs and is 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 another educational option for the early childhood workforce, including those in and seeking to work in Head Start,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO. “We have developed relationships with many higher education articulation partners so that ECC graduates can continue their education in early childhood degree programs.”

Special Needs Child Care Training at No Cost for “Inclusive Schools Week”


Duluth, GA/ December 5, 2011 – ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care and education workforce, offers the online course CCEI968: “Inclusion and Children with Special Needs” at no cost for the week of December 5 – 9, 2011, in support of Inclusive Schools Week.

In the past decade, issues surrounding inclusion and special needs have become more of a focus in the early childhood environment. This is due in part to the fact that more children are now enrolled in preschool than ever before, especially through publicly funded programs such as Head Start, which by law must be inclusionary. Increased awareness of special needs also increases as research into the benefits of early intervention and individualized strategies becomes clearer and more persuasive.

Participants will identify several types of common potential developmental delays or other signs that may warrant professional referrals, and participants will examine basic strategies for adapting classrooms and learning centers in order to accommodate children with diverse needs. This no-cost course is extended to all in order to promote widespread education on Inclusion and Children with Special Needs. There is no cost to set up a CCEI account and instructions are provided by clicking here.

“CCEI has introduced several courses on inclusion in response to demand from educators and families,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Research has proven there are important, straightforward strategies for helping young children with diverse needs to maximize their potential. We are honored to promote inclusiveness in our online courses and hope everyone has the opportunity to take advantage of this invaluable course offering.”

‘Infectious Diseases’ Training Creates Healthier Child Care Environments


Duluth, GA/ December 1, 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 CCEI114B: Recognizing Infectious Diseases in the Early Childhood Setting at no cost in December.

Caregivers cannot prevent all infectious diseases from entering a child care environment. However, caregivers can certainly help control the spread of disease through preventive measures, by following center policy and state health regulations, and by learning to recognize and respond effectively to the signs and symptoms of infectious diseases. With CCEI’s course, CCEI114B, participants learn about the most common causes of infectious diseases, effective methods for preventing the spread of infectious diseases, the circumstances under which a sick child should be excluded from group care, the purpose of the daily health check, and basic symptoms, characteristics, and reporting requirements for common early childhood diseases. 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.

“Child care professionals are gatekeepers when it comes to preventing the spread of disease,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI’s Infectious Diseases online course aids recognition of the symptoms of infectious diseases, and it outlines the necessary steps to prevent the spread of disease in an early childhood setting.”

CCEI114B 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.