‘Expressive Play’ Online Child Care Training Course Helps Teachers Support Children’s Development Across All Domains


ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training course and certificate provider, is proud to announce the introduction of CHD105: Focusing on Expressive Play and Artistic Development to the catalog of online professional development courses.

This new CCEI course focuses on the importance various forms of play have on the development of the whole child, with emphasis on expressive play, which can be incorporated throughout most activities in the early childhood environment. Because drawing is an important element of expressive play, this course explores the typical development of drawing skills in children and how those skills relate to other areas of development. With a better understanding of the expressive play needs of young children, early childhood professionals can support children’s healthy, optimal development across all developmental domains.

“Expressive play helps children learn about the world around them and about their own minds and bodies. At the same time, it gives educators a unique opportunity to address a child’s individual needs,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI’s expressive play course explains the importance of all kinds of art-based activities and guides educators on how to incorporate more expressive play throughout the curriculum.”

This intermediate-level two-hour training course grants 0.2 IACET CEUs upon successful completion. Current CCEI students with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can enroll in all courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses as block hours through online enrollment.

For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.

Custom Child Care Training Programs for New York


ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training course and certificate provider, is proud to announce the introduction of two online professional development programs approved by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services (NYS OCFS) to fulfill annual training requirements.

The CCEI Online NY Professional Development Certificate I and Online NY Professional Development Certificate II programs of study each provide 15 clock hours of approved training required by employees and those responsible for developing, directing and supervising the daily activity programs for children in registered or group family day care, school-age child care and day care centers in the state of New York. The two online programs correlate to New York Training Topic Areas for Professional Development. Those who complete NY Professional Development Certificates I and II will satisfy the 30-hour New York mandated training requirement that must be completed every two (2) years. Both of these CCEI training programs are available through online enrollment at any time and grant IACET CEU credit upon successful completion.

“The feedback from these two new programs shows New York child care professionals are excited to have a convenient, affordable option to meet training requirements,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “CCEI looks forward to maintaining a close relationship with New York in order to best satisfy their needs for high-quality, custom course online training.”

For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.

Learn to Teach Critical Thinking Skills in Preschool with CCEI Online Training


ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training courses and certificate provider, offers COG101: Critical Thinking Skills in the Preschool Environment as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during the month of September.

Critical Thinking is the ability to use information and skills in a variety of ways in order to solve problems. The development of critical thinking skills is intended to build high-level skills involving analysis, evaluation, and creation. However, children need to build a strong foundation of skills and knowledge beginning in early childhood. The Critical Thinking course focuses on Bloom’s Taxonomy of Learning Domains and includes relevant classroom activities to administer these concepts. Understanding the role of open-ended questions, developmentally appropriate practices, and strategies for incorporating critical thinking into the classroom are also covered within this one-hour online course.

“Critical thinking is essential in order to perform complex functions such as analyzing data, evaluating children, or improving the quality of one’s own thoughts,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Early childhood is the essential time to initiate the teaching of critical thinking skills for best long-term results. The preschool years also tend to be before the challenges that technological devices, programs, and apps create by diminishing the desire and frequency of thinking critically.”

This beginner-level training is available as a trial course to new users for CCEI account creation in September. All CCEI training courses are available for enrollment at any time and grant IACET CEU credit upon successful completion. Current students with active, unlimited subscriptions can enroll in courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase child care training courses anytime through online enrollment.

For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.