CCEI Is an Approved Provider of Continuing Professional Education (CPE) Credit in Texas


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, distance learning institution, announces that the Texas Education Agency (TEA), Division of Educator Standards, and State Board for Educator Certification (SBEC) have approved CCEI to provide Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit for educators in the state of Texas.

Public school educators employed in the state of Texas are required to fulfill a minimum number of CPE training clock hours from an approved CPE provider in order to renew their standard educator certificate every five years. CCEI allows educators in a variety of roles to obtain CPE training online and meets all of the provider documentation and reporting requirements of the Texas Administrative Code (TAC) Rule §232.872. The approvals and registration with the TEA and SBEC ensure that activities offered for CPE credit support the professional growth of educators in the knowledge and skills necessary to improve student achievement in Texas public schools. Only CPE activities from approved registered providers, such as CCEI, will be recognized for certificate renewals.

CCEI offers a variety of online certificate programs of study and 100+ online child care training courses to help educators meet CPE requirements. Training hours are available for individual purchase, or through an individual, annual online training subscription that provides unlimited access for one full year. Contact CCEI for details.

“It’s been a common goal of ours to raise standards of quality in continuing education for child care staff, and Texas is considered a leader in this ongoing effort,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “For many years, CCEI has proudly served Texas early care providers, and we are delighted to be approved to serve the training needs of public school professionals as well.”

Give the Gift of Training this Holiday Season with Black Friday Special Pricing!


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, distance learning institution, offers its individual, annual online child care training subscriptions for only $79 (a $20 savings) on Friday, November 23, 2012, to celebrate the official beginning of the holiday shopping season.

The day following Thanksgiving is an annual tradition in the United States that kicks off the holiday shopping season. For years now, this day brings promotional sales to shoppers and is considered by many to be the biggest shopping day of the year. CCEI is joining the fun this year by offering individual, annual training subscriptions at a discounted price of $79, which includes unlimited access to the online professional development library of 100+ child care training courses. Students enjoy CCEI because the courses are self-paced, available in English and Spanish, and cover a range of applicable child care topics. Each course hour grants 0.1 IACET CEU, and CEU credit is included in the cost of the program.

This limited time offer is available to anyone without a current annual subscription. Existing account holders may purchase a subscription when they log in to their account, select Professional Development along the left navigation bar, enter the promo code BLACKFRIDAY, and follow the onscreen prompts to complete their purchase. New users will need to create an account with CCEI and verify their account through their email before purchasing the discounted subscription with the instructions above.

“We hope this promotional price will assist child care providers, whether center-based or home-based, with meeting their training requirements for the year,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI is proud to offer our high quality online training at an affordable price.”

Complete Online Training In Celebration of National Distance Learning Week


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) encourages all professionals in the child care industry to complete quality, online child care professional development training in celebration of National Distance Learning Week, a nationwide event to promote and appreciate the exponential growth of distance learning programs and the many standards of quality they are able to uphold.

CCEI’s online child care training course catalog includes over 100 self-paced, user-friendly courses in English and Spanish, covering topics such as: Cognitive, Social and Emotional Development, Literacy, Guidance and Discipline, Health and Safety, Administration and Management, Inclusion and Special Needs, and other essential child care and education topics. Certificates of documentation are available online immediately upon course completion and students can easily access their own certificates at anytime.

All coursework offered by CCEI is available for online purchase by course hour, or through enrollment with an annual individual or center-based subscription; both of which provide unlimited access to the entire course catalog for one full year.

“CCEI is proud to provide online training that is high quality, research-based, affordable, and convenient for our hardworking educators,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “We always provide new users a useful course as a no-cost trial, and hope that our existing students share that benefit with other child care professionals and parents.”

Exploring Diversity through Children’s Literature – Preschool 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. Strictly No Elephants by Lisa Mantchev
  2. The Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña
  3. The Name Jar by Yangsook Choi
  4. Heather Has Two Mommies by Leslea Newman
  5. King For a Day by Rukhsana Khan
  6. Fly Away Home by Eve Bunting
  7. Susan Laughs by Jeanne Willis
  8. Ferdinand by Munro Leaf
  9. Chocolate Me by Taye Diggs
  10. The Sneetches and Other Stories by Dr. Seuss
  11. Ganesha’s Sweet Tooth by Sanjay Patel
  12. My Brother Charlie by Holly Robinson Peete and Ryan Elizabeth Peete
  13. Chrysanthemum by Keven Henkes
  14. The Sandwich Swap by Queen Rania of Jordan Al Abdullah
  15. Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle
  16. One Family by George Shannon
  17. Same, Same but Different by Jenny Sue Kostecki-Shaw
  18. Raven: A Trickster Tale from the Pacific Northwest by Gerald McDermott
  19. One by Kathryn Otoshi
  20. Ada Twist, Scientist by Andrea Beaty

Celebrate Child Safety & Protection Month by Taking an Online Training Course


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, distance learning institution, offers new users the opportunity to try quality, online child care professional development training with the trial course CCEI110A: Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting at no cost in November, in recognition of Child Safety and Protection Month.

CCEI’s Indoor Safety training course covers basic safety standards and practices for the child care environment. Key issues include toy safety, poison control, creating appropriate play spaces, managing high traffic areas, equipment safety hazards, and other safety standards. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify common indoor injuries and identify appropriate methods of prevention.

CCEI110A is available to new CCEI users as a trial course awarded upon account creation during November. Account holders without an active, annual professional development training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment.

“Indoor safety is a useful training topic for even the most seasoned professionals,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI is proud to offer this and other coursework with immediately applicable information for childhood educators to improve their skills.”