CCEI Awards Early Childhood Credentials


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce its first recipients of the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC).

The first recipient to complete CCEI’s online ECC program is Lori Tyner of Montana. Upon completion of her program, Tyner used her ECC to satisfy requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition’s Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program™.

Tyner explains, “The fact that I now have my CDA and can continue to teach my little ones is the most rewarding thing that I have gained from this experience. I did learn a great deal throughout the course that has helped me, especially in my new assistant teacher position. I would recommend this program to other early childhood educators because I feel I have had a very positive experience with it.”

Other recent recipients of CCEI’s ECC include Michele Conklin of New York, two early child care practitioners from Montana, and one from Georgia.

CCEI’s ECC program is designed to give a basic framework of early childhood theory and application of that theory through content-based coursework, reading assignments, practical application exercises, essays and classroom observation. Graduates of CCEI’s Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) meet all training, portfolio, and observation requirements of the national CDA Credential and only need to complete the Council’s exam at a PearsonVue testing center to finalize the CDA Credential application process. The CCEI Early Childhood Credential also gives students the opportunity to articulate college credit toward an early childhood degree with one of CCEI’s college credit partners. Additionally, holders of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential are considered qualified for Head Start positions that require a minimum or a CDA or other certificate.

“The increasing requirements on the child care industry are creating a demand for more thorough, in-depth solutions to education qualifications,” said Maria Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “We’re immensely proud of our graduates, and will continue to expand the skills and potential opportunities of ECE practitioners through CCEI’s online research-based coursework.”

For more information on the Online Early Childhood Credential program, contact a CCEI recruitment coordinator at 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm ET.

Promote Development of Visual Intelligence During Healthy Vision Month


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training provider, offers COG100: Exploring Visual/Spatial Intelligence as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during May in recognition of Healthy Vision Month.

COG100 examines strategies for boosting children’s spatial intelligence, one of the nine intelligences identified by developmental psychologist Howard Gardner in his influential Theory of Multiple Intelligences. Spatial skills, or “picture smarts,” are used by painters, sculptors, photographers, architects, fashion designers, graphic artists, interior designers, movie directors, pilots, navigators, military strategists, engineers, and city planners. These skills help children view the big picture, or finished product, and foster creativity.

“Incorporating spatial intelligence into the curriculum can add a whole new dimension to the learning environment,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course contains information to assist early childhood educators gain the skills to create foundations for spatial intelligence within our young people.”

This course is a one-hour, intermediate-level training, available as a trial course to new users for CCEI account creation in May. 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 or call 1.800.499.9907, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.

The Council for Professional Recognition & CCEI Expand Partnership


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce an expanded partnership with the Council for Professional Recognition, the administrator of the Child Development Associate® (CDA) National Credentialing Program™.

The Council has always recognized the quality of CCEI programs and accepted them toward meeting the coursework requirements of the CDA credentialing program, but the partnership now expands to include a CCEI program that meets more than just the coursework requirements of the Council. Graduates of CCEI’s Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) will have met all training, portfolio, and observation requirements of the national CDA Credential and only need to complete the Council’s exam at a PearsonVue testing center to finalize the CDA Credential application process. The ECC is an expanded program that incorporates the other CDA required elements such as the formal observation and portfolio creation.

CCEI’s 180-hour ECC program is for professionals working with children in the birth to eight-year age range and is designed to provide a basic framework of early childhood education theory and application. The ECC is recommended by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) for 12 semester hours of college credit in Early Childhood Education (ECE). The National CCRS has over 1,500 higher education institutions willing to consider its college credit recommendations.

“This new partnership promotes the transferability of coursework between two industry leaders, something greatly needed in the early childhood industry,” said Maria Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “So many practitioners have to unnecessarily repeat coursework and this partnership demonstrates that organizations can work together to promote quality education that benefits the practitioner.”

For more information about the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential program, contact a CCEI recruitment coordinator at 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm ET.