Learn How to Better Manage Early Childhood Classroom Stress During National Stress Awareness Month


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training provider, offers the course SOC102: From Chaotic to Calm: Managing Stress in the Classroom as a no-cost trial to new CCEI users during April in recognition of National Stress Awareness Month.

Infants begin experiencing negative stress while still in the womb and require guidance on how to cope with stress throughout their lifetimes. It’s critical for early childhood educators to be aware of the signs and symptoms of stress in children, and to understand how to help children cope with stress. Excess stress can be detrimental to cognition, social interaction, and physical health. This early childhood stress management training offers recommended strategies and practices, activities, and other tools for easing children’s anxieties and worries inside (and outside) the classroom.

“It is easy for adults to underestimate the effects of stress in young children, but the fact is that stress is something we experience throughout life,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Early care providers have an opportunity not only to help children cope with stress right now but also to help them develop a foundation of healthy emotional skills and coping strategies for later life.”

SOC102 is a one-hour, beginner level course available to new users as a trial course awarded for CCEI account creation during April. This course is available for purchase through online enrollment now. CCEI students with active, unlimited subscriptions can enroll in this course at no additional cost when logged in to their account.

For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit www.cceionline.edu.

Professional Development Partnership with Missouri’s Opportunities in a Professional Education Network (OPEN)


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited distance learning institution, is pleased to announce electronic verification of individual practitioner’s online child care training via the Missouri Professional Development ID (MOPD ID) tracking system.

CCEI is approved by Missouri’s Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Child Care Regulation, to provide online child care training to the state’s early childhood professionals to fulfill their annual continuing education requirements. Until now, Missouri’s child care workforce has been responsible for submitting physical documentation of completed CCEI online coursework to local licensing representatives. With the new partnership in place between CCEI, Child Care Regulation, and the Opportunities in a Professional Education Network (OPEN) Initiative, Missouri child care professionals can now submit their MOPD ID, also known as their Missouri workforce ID, to CCEI when logged in to their account in order to track CCEI training completions electronically.

The goal of this partnership is to enable convenient reporting of training course completions to OPEN so that the data is available to program directors, Registry members, and licensing staff. Upon initially submitting their MOPD ID, CCEI students living in Missouri will no longer have a need to maintain paper certificates of CCEI course completions for their annual professional development documentation.

Missouri educators who need to obtain their MOPD ID can visit www.mopdid.org. Once a user’s MOPD ID has been entered in CCEI’s system, all 2012 and 2013 CCEI trainings will be transferred to the OPEN automatically. Any future training completions will be included in the regularly scheduled data transfers.

“CCEI is proud to partner with Missouri in order to enhance professional development opportunities for the state’s child care workforce,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI continues to enjoy serving Missouri with approved child care training and we look forward to making online professional development and its verification process more convenient.”

New and returning CCEI users can enroll securely at any time through online enrollment on CCEI’s website.

Technology and Digital Media in Early Childhood Training Course – New From CCEI


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training institution, announces the addition of its newest course, The Child’s Digital Universe: Technology and Digital Media in Early Childhood to the CCEI online child care training course catalog.

CCEI’s new Digital Universe course presents the latest research and recommendations regarding the ever-evolving world of technology and digital media usage, and the ways in which digital devices are reshaping modern childhood and early childhood education.

This course presents top findings and statistical trends regarding children’s habits and effects of media usage on development, health, and behavior. Course participants will learn recommended practices from child development experts regarding media usage in the classroom and key NAEYC recommendations regarding technology users in the early childhood environment. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will gain an understanding of the developmental differences affecting young children’s responses to media compared to those of older children or adults, what it means to be a good “digital citizen,” and appropriate uses of various technologies, and the so-called “digital divide” between various socio-economic groups.

“As we become an ever increasingly technological society, it is important to consider the effects of technology on early childhood development,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Technology is a great thing that has helped us to advance in many ways. But, it also takes away opportunities to use critical thinking skills and encourages a less active lifestyle. By understanding the technology trends and the effects they have on our children, we can be proactive and create a good technology plan for our children.

CHD103, a three-hour, intermediate level course, is available for purchase through online training enrollment now. Current individual or center-based subscription account holders can enroll in this course at no additional cost.

For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5pm ET.

Child Care Training Course Focuses on Gender Bias and Stereotypes


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training institution, offers the trial course SOC103: Gender Bias and Stereotypes in March to provide new users the opportunity to try quality, online child care training at no cost.

From a young age, children are consistently exposed to various forms of bias and stereotyping, usually from their adult role models and from the media. Many forms of gender discrimination are unintentional or easily overlooked because biases are easily passed from one generation to the next.

As a result, children may be reluctant to test certain skills or try new hobbies that they perceive to be gender specific. This month’s trial course explores how and why gender identity develops and the ways in which gender stereotyping can impact a child’s psychological and social development. Students will learn to 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 techniques for sharing information about gender stereotypes with families.

“As our society continues to improve the quality of early care and education, it is important to recognize that traditional gender stereotypes limit our children,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Caregivers and teachers may be surprised how many little things they do or say to promote gender stereotypes. This course is designed to shed light on this important subject.”

SOC103 is a one-hour, intermediate level course available to new users as a trial course awarded for CCEI account creation during March. This course is available for purchase through online training enrollment now. Current individual or center-based subscription account holders can enroll in this course at no additional cost.

For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5pm ET.