In Celebration of Week of the Young Child, Take an Online Child Care Training Course at No Cost!


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers new and existing users access to LIT100: Storytelling for Enrichment, Early Literacy, and Fun! at no cost during the Week of the Young Child (WOYC).

The Week of the Young Child was introduced by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in 1971. This year’s theme is “Early Years are Learning Years.” WOYC is celebrated for one week each April to focus on bettering young children’s lives and learning experiences. CCEI supports WOYC by offering a new course, LIT100, at no cost. Through storytelling, educators can forge strong bonds with their students while promoting essential early literacy and communication skills.

“We’re pleased to provide this training at no-cost during the Week of the Young Child in order to inspire richer learning environments for our children. Stories build cultural knowledge and language skills, along with critical thinking, creativity, and self-expression,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “It is also a good opportunity for those who haven’t tried online learning to do so, and experience its benefits.”

Storytelling is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 IACET CEUs upon successful completion. In order to access this course at no cost, “Like” ChildCare Education Institute on Facebook and locate the WOYC promotion code during the week of April 22 – 28, 2012. Enter the promo code when creating an account on CCEI’s website or by selecting Promotion Registration once logged in to your account.

Storytelling Course Provides Enrichment, Early Literacy Skills, and Fun!


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 LIT100: Storytelling for Enrichment, Early Literacy, and Fun! to the child care training course catalog.

The new online Storytelling course provides comprehensive guidance for incorporating storytelling into the early childhood environment. Participants will learn why storytelling is important for young children, as well as strategies for effective storytelling and rich follow-up activities such as group discussion and playacting to promote self-expression and critical thinking skills. Different forms of storytelling, essential story elements, and ways to improve children’s vocabulary and language skills are also covered within the course.

Storytelling is a two-hour, intermediate-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.

“Storytelling is often viewed as a special treat for young children, but it can be a highly effective tool for building early literacy,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Storytelling can have a tremendous impact on language skills, cultural knowledge, and creativity, and this course helps educators learn how to incorporate it into the daily curriculum.”

Take Autism Training in Support of National Autism Awareness Month


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers new users the trial course SPN101: Understanding Autism Spectrum Disorders at no cost during April, in recognition of “National Autism Awareness Month.”

The term autism spectrum disorder (ASD) refers to a group of developmental brain disorders exhibiting a variety of symptoms and levels of impairment. ASD can affect a child’s ability to learn, socialize, and communicate with others. SPN101 introduces ASD and the characteristics of children who are diagnosed with various disorders within this group. The course also offers classroom strategies that support students with various types of ASD, as well as ways in which educators can support and work with families.

“Given the increasing rate of ASD diagnosis, this training provides tremendous benefits to child care professionals by better preparing them to include and accommodate all children in their care,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

SPN101 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 cceionline.edu.