New Toddler Curriculum Training Course Enhances the Early Care Experience


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to announce the addition of The Toddler Curriculum to the online child care training course catalog.

CCEI’s new online course, The Toddler Curriculum, is designed specifically for early childhood professionals who work with toddlers, a group that typically includes children between twelve and thirty-six months of age. The course covers basic information about appropriate, effective curriculum; recommended guidance and teaching practices; appropriate materials and design elements in the learning environment; and effective strategies for working and communicating with parents.

Toddler Curriculum is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEUs upon successful completion. CCEI professional development courses are available to account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription or can be purchased individually through online enrollment.

“CCEI coursework serves educators in child care centers and schools serving children from birth through age eight,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “With the introduction of so many new Infant and Toddler programs, particularly in Head Start, coursework of this kind can provide key information for those working with children during this particularly formative, and sometimes challenging, developmental phase.”

CCEI Promotes Early Art Education for “Youth Art Month”


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 CCEI690: Rainbows and Rembrandts: Enhancing Art in the Preschool Classroom at no cost in March in recognition of Youth Art Month.

Art programs continue to be reduced or eliminated in school-age curricula despite the research-proven benefits that art education provides young minds. Art education promotes spatial intelligence, creativity, inventiveness, critical thinking, fine motor skills, and more. Rainbows and Rembrandts introduces preschool teachers to the basic concepts of developing and managing art projects within child care settings. Objectives for children’s learning in the art center, appropriate methods of observation, parent involvement, and assessment are also discussed.

“Arts education boosts cognitive skills and other areas of development,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Art projects are a part of most early childhood environments and this course will enhance teacher’s knowledge of how to make them most meaningful.”

CCEI690 is available at no cost to trial users and account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. This course is also available for purchase through online enrollment at www.cceionline.edu.