Gender Equality and Stereotypes in Early Childhood Settings


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, online training institution dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to announce the addition of SOC103: Gender Bias and Stereotypes to the child care training online course catalog.

Gender bias and stereotyping are among the primary forms of discrimination reinforced during early childhood. Harmful, yet often unintentional, forms of bias and generalization are transmitted by adults and the media, and can be recognized by children as early as preschool. As a result, children often perceive abilities and hobbies to be gender-specific when in fact they are not.

This course explores how and why gender identity develops and the ways in which gender stereotyping can impact a child’s psychological and social development. Participants will identify the means by which children develop gender identity and the relevance of brain development in relation to gender stereotypes. They will also learn recommended strategies for promoting gender equality and equal opportunity in the classroom, along with strategies for sharing information about gender stereotypes with families. SOC103 is a one-hour, intermediate level course available for purchase through online training enrollment or at no additional cost to current individual or center-based subscription account holders.

“CCEI promotes equal opportunity in all areas. It’s important to teach children not to form or promote stereotypes, as well as to believe their own interests and capabilities should not be limited or unacceptable due to bias,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

Alumni Spotlight – Sharnea Roush

I began my career in early childhood education working as a daycare teacher and department leader, but was promoted to daycare director earlier this year. I am a mother to four children and I have always enjoyed being around children. I spent a little time homeschooling and a lot of time with other moms and their children. As a former stay at home mom, children were my entire life and it’s no different, now! I wouldn’t have it any other way. It has been an exciting ride!

I grew up in Ohio, so now that I’m in Utah, I love to spend time seeing all of the amazing places here. The mountains are beautiful any time of year and I’d like to start hiking more often. I really enjoy road trips, reading, cooking, and fishing. Most of all, I enjoy spending time with my kids and family.

As a daycare director, my direct work with the kids is limited, but I love visiting the rooms around lunch time and I try to sneak in to feed a baby every so often, too! I also enjoy spending time with classes when they are outside on the playgrounds. I think “Fun and Fitness” (the tumbling room upstairs in our arts academy) or being outside is a favorite of every child at our center!

What motivates me to work with children? My own children, really! It’s always been on my heart to know that I am making a difference in our younger generations. People need to feel loved, validated, and cared for through every stage of life, and that starts at birth!

What I enjoy most about my job and educating young children is the fact that I made a child smile, made them feel important, or had a positive impact in their day in any way. It is the most rewarding feeling. I’d like to stay a daycare director FOREVER, but I am open to advancement opportunities in the future once I finish my degree.

The CCEI National Administrator Credential (NAC) helped me so much, professionally and personally, I know there are other classes offered that would benefit me and the people I work with. I am working towards my Bachelor’s Degree in Early Elementary Education. After that, a Master’s Degree is definitely on my radar. I absolutely plan on receiving further CCEI coursework or credentials! I would recommend CCEI to anyone…100% YES!

Learn to Teach Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, online training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care and education workforce, is proud to announce the addition of SPN103: Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder to the online child care training course catalog.

Despite the growing diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there are still many misconceptions, including that children with ASD cannot be successfully included in group settings. CCEI’s course Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder presents recommended practices and activities for welcoming a child with autism spectrum disorder into the group preschool setting. Included in the course is guidance for designing and implementing a developmentally appropriate, safe, effective program, including strategies for readying the child and his or her family for the new environment. The course also includes strategies for preparing the classroom, transitions between activities, and helping children with autism feel a sense of value and belonging. This course was authored by Clarissa Willis, and is excerpted from her book, Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder.

“Recent data on ASD diagnosis rates shows clearly that early childhood educators need to be prepared to welcome young children with ASD into the classroom environment,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “While the causes of autism and treatment methods remain important issues for medical research, there is no question that autism is and will remain a factor in classrooms at all levels.”

SPN103 is a two-hour, intermediate level course available for purchase at cceionline.edu, or at no additional cost to current individual or center-based subscription account holders.

Learn Signs of Child Abuse and Reporting Requirements with One-Hour Online Training


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an IACET approved, nationally accredited, online child care training institution, offers new users the opportunity to try online learning by taking the course CCEI112A: Child Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Reporting Requirements for Early Childhood Professionals at no cost in July, in recognition of National Make a Difference to Children Month.

Child care professionals are mandated reporters, meaning they are legally responsible for identifying and reporting signs of child abuse and neglect. In order to uphold their duties, teachers and caregivers must receive adequate training on appropriate practices for identifying signs of maltreatment. Course participants will learn about the four major categories of abuse, along with the signs, symptoms, and examples of each type of abuse, as well as basic procedures and responsibilities when a suspicion of abuse arises.

“Child abuse is a horrifying issue, but unfortunately it is an issue that many early care providers will have to confront at some point,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Early detection and reporting by responsible, knowledgeable adults can prevent long-term psychological, emotional, and physical damage, and it might even save a child’s life.”

CCEI112A is available to new CCEI users as a trial course for the month of July and awards 0.1 CEU upon successful completion. Users with an existing CCEI account who do not have an active, annual subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment.