CCEI Encourages Music Education in the Early Childhood Environment with Online Training Course for Educators

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, promotes CHD100: Music in Early Childhood, an online child care training course in recognition of National Music in Our Schools Month.

Music is sometimes the first subject to be trimmed from an early childhood curriculum in the hopes of increasing “academic” rigor, but music is very vital to developing a wide range of cognitive, emotional, and social skills. Children exposed to music at a young age are more likely to communicate with others and recognize the aesthetics in their own culture. Furthermore, music activities in the classroom can improve attention span and memory, while also expanding vocabulary. In short, educators should be looking for ways to increase music in the curriculum, not decrease it.

This course promotes an understanding of the importance of music in the early childhood years and the ways in which it can enhance children’s lives. Upon successful completion of this course, participants will be able to define the role of music in a child’s development, identify the impact of music on children’s moods and behaviors, and design appropriate musical activities.

“Music is a great teaching aid for early childhood professionals,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “It’s important to utilize the arts within our schools to forge connections with students and allow them to grow as individuals. This course provides information on just how valuable music can be in an early childhood setting.”

All CCEI coursework is available for purchase through online enrollment now. CCEI students with active, unlimited individual or center-based subscriptions can enroll in training courses anytime at no additional cost when logged in to their account. Once a course is concluded successfully, students will receive IACET CEU credit and have access to the certificate of completion for documentation.

CCEI training coursework is self-paced, which allows students the ability to maintain a work-life balance by completing courses at a time that is most convenient for them. For more information on ChildCare Education Institute, visit www.cceionline.edu or call 1.800.499.9907, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.

Online Mentoring Course from CCEI Delivers Key Practices for Child Care Providers

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, is proud to introduce ADM108 – The Mentoring Process: Developing Professionalism from Within to the online child care training course catalog.

This course examines the many benefits of professional mentoring, which improve teacher effectiveness and overall program quality. The course is intended primarily for directors and administrators but it addresses an important issue for all early childhood professionals. Course participants will learn to recognize important qualities and characteristics of mentors and mentees, define elements of both formal and informal mentoring programs, and identify the benefits of professional mentoring in the childcare environment.

“Mentoring is vital in establishing stability and quality within an early childhood setting,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course provides the tools and resources to help directors and administrators develop and retain highly qualified staff and ensure consistency of mission and philosophy throughout their programs.”

This one-hour training course is available for online enrollmentnow, and awards 0.1 IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs) upon successful completion. Active, unlimited individual or center-based subscription holders may take this course at no additional cost at any time. For more information, call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.

New Course from CCEI Establishing Trauma Informed Practices in Early Learning Environments

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce SOC108: Establishing Trauma Informed Practices in Early Learning Environments to the online child care training course catalog.

Early care and education providers work with diverse groups of students from all walks of life. Statistics show that 26% percent of children living in America will experience some sort of trauma in their life prior to the age of four. Given this fact, adults need to acknowledge that children pick up on positive, enriching experiences as well as experiences that are frightening or threatening. Too often, adults think that children are too young to understand traumatic scenarios that are playing out around them. To a degree, this is true. An infant won’t understand what an earthquake is, but the child will pick up on the fear of others in the environment, in addition to noises and the sight of the damage caused by the event. A preschooler may not fully understand the concept of homelessness, but they will absorb the stress of the situation. A school age child may not understand substance abuse, but will be greatly impacted by the inconsistency of care from a family member who is struggling with addiction. In each case, the children will feel the effects of the breakdown in safety and security. Trauma can be caused by a variety of situations, and each child internalizes and reacts differently to traumatic events.

This course introduces the concept of trauma in the lives of young children and focus on ways to incorporate trauma informed practices into the environment and interactions with children. Teachers will benefit from a greater understanding of trauma, its impact on young children’s development, and ways they can create an environment in which all children can thrive. Families will receive the added benefit of consistent and responsive care for their children. Children will feel supported and secure in their early learning environment, which can lead to better outcomes in the areas of school success and social interactions.

“It is clear that trauma and stress are powerful forces that can greatly affect a young child’s development,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Because all areas of development are intertwined, no area goes untouched by the effects of trauma. It is important that caregivers create environments and provide interactions that are sensitive to the trauma children may have experienced.”

Exploring Diversity through Children’s Literature

Creating early learning environments in which children and their families feel valued and welcome requires thoughtful planning. It is important to take an objective look at the images children see in the pictures and posters that are hanging on the walls. Examine the way the diversity of the world is reflected in the toys that they use in their play and construction. Reflect upon the variety of the music that children hear and the snacks and meals that are provided. Survey your bookshelf for titles, images, and languages that are representative of the children and families in your care, and of the larger community.

Children’s literature can be used to help children gain a broader understanding of themselves, others, and the world around them. Literature inspires empathy and diminishes the fear that is often caused by the unfamiliar.

When considering the books you are presenting to children, ensure that the materials depict a wide variety of experiences, people, and places. The stories should depict differences in a positive and affirming manner. Materials should avoid stereotypes and focus on contributions, collaborations, and understanding that every person brings value to the community.

Here are a few areas where you can focus your attention:

  • Race and ethnicity – stories depicting people from a variety of countries and regions of the world, including families who have immigrated to the United States
  • Religious beliefs – stories depicting different religious traditions and celebrations from around the globe
  • Economic class – stories that explore the lives of those living in different economic conditions
  • Ability – stories that depict people special needs and different abilities living within the community
  • LGBTQ – stories that include same sex parents, or characters who express differences in gender or sexual identify
  • Family dynamics – stories that show different types of family structures, including single parent families, adoption, grandparents as parents, etc.
  • Gender roles – Stories that depict male and female characters in non-stereotypical roles.
  • Anti-bullying/social justice – stories that depict the harmful effects of bullying and oppression and how to stand up for the rights of others

Including a wide variety of books helps to ensure that children see themselves and their families represented in a positive light in your classroom. These books can, but do not have to be, the starting point for important conversations about respect and valuing others. Sometimes, just making these books part of your regular reading rotation can send powerful messages to young children who are forming their earliest opinions of the world.

When having conversations about the stories you are reading it’s important to talk about both the similarities and the differences children notice in the story. For example, after reading a story about a religious celebration, ask children to think about how the celebration is similar to and different from what they have experienced. Maybe the family in the story used unfamiliar materials in their celebration, but they all sat down and ate a meal together. You don’t need to focus on the belief systems represented in the story, but try to find similar traditions that young children can understand, like gathering around the table with family.

It can also be a valuable lesson to reflect with children about how characters in books are feeling. If children are able to identify the emotions of the story, you can follow up with a question such as, “Have you ever felt that way in your life?”

Children may have questions about parts of stories that you will want to answer with honesty. If a tough question comes up and you are unsure how to answer it, say something like, “That’s a great question and I am glad you asked it. I don’t have an answer right now; I need to give it some thought. Can I get back to you tomorrow?” At that point, call on your colleagues, your program director, the child’s family, and reputable social justice resources to help determine what your response to the child’s question will be.

Early Childhood Online Training from CCEI Promotes the Effects of Positive Guidance

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, offers CCEI4001: Positive Guidance, Part 1: What Is Positive Guidance and Why Is It Important? as an online no-cost trial child care training courseto new CCEI users during the month of March.

This is an introductory course to positive guidance, a philosophy and strategy for guiding children’s behaviors and learning experiences. Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to define the term positive guidance and explain why it is valuable during the early childhood years. Students will be introduced to foundational theories behind positive guidance, as well as basic methods for implementing it in the classroom. Defining self-esteem and identifying examples of positive guidance are also covered in this one-hour training. Upon successful completion of the course exam, students will receive 0.1 IACET CEU and immediate, unrestricted access to their certificate of completion.

“Research shows that positive guidance strategies promote healthy social and emotional development and improve educational outcomes,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course and others in our Positive Guidance series provide important information for teachers and parents alike.”

This beginner-level training course is available as a trial course to new users with CCEI account creation in March. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can enroll in professional development 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 CCEI online enrollment.

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

About CCEI

ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, daycare, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, and more online training. Over 100 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start training requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the Online CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. CCEI is nationally accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET), and is authorized under the Nonpublic Postsecondary Educational Institutions Act of 1990, license number 837.