Online Mini-Certificates from CCEI Offer Unique Training Opportunities

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, is proud to offer a wide selection of Online Mini-Certificate Programs of Study in the Online Certificate Catalog in order to support the dynamic needs of the early care and education industry.

Online Mini Certificate Programs are unique in that they offer deep information on one topic, instead of top level information on many topics. These Mini Certificate Programs are designed to give educators a variety of options to fulfill their professional development needs. Certificate topics include Staff Leadership, Communication, Inclusion, Mandated Reporting, Fitness, Marketing, Curriculum Development, and more! Mini Certificates contain practical application exercises courses, which require participants to apply and demonstrate understanding of new knowledge. Mini Certificates range from five to twelve clock-hours, and each clock-hour awards 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion.

“Our Mini Certificates are another great tool for providing professional development training to educators throughout the country,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “These programs are perfect for users seeking focused training and practical application in a particular area.”

Mini Certificate training programs are available for online enrollment now. For more information, call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 4, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.

Basic Guidelines for a High-Quality Out-of-School Program Outlined in New Course from CCEI

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, is proud to introduce CUR109: The School-Age Child Care Environment: General Guidelines for a High-Quality Out-of-School Program to the online child care training course catalog.

This course provides basic information about school-age child care. This includes recommended practices and guidelines for any type of care for children ages 5–15 outside the regular school setting, but for the most part it focuses on the afterschool environment. This course is designed with early childhood professionals in mind, i.e., people who spend most of their time working with young children but also work with school-age children in the afterschool environment. Course participants will learn to define school-age child care and identify recommended guidance principles and strategies for working with school-age children as promoted by School-Age Care Environment Rating Scales (SACERS).

“Afterschool programs are extremely important in the development and growth of children outside the classroom,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course offers strategies and guidelines to help create successful afterschool programs, while also providing key practices for relating to school-age children.”

This three-hour training course is available for online enrollment now, and awards 0.3 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.

Learn How to Improve Young Children’s Speaking and Listening Skills with CCEI

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, offers CHD101: Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of August.

Literacy experts have determined that one of the most effective ways to increase school readiness is to improve children’s speaking and listening skills, which are the basic building blocks of literacy and future academic achievement. This course emphasizes the central role of speaking and listening skills in the development of communication and early literacy skills. Through successful completion of this course, participants will recognize the direct relationship between a child’s communication skills and the language the child experiences at home and in school.

“Listening plays an essential role in learning, but simply expecting children to listen more will not achieve the best results. Teaching them how to listen better will,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course addresses an essential topic, and it is no coincidence that it is among the most popular courses in the CCEI library.”

This beginner-level training course is available as a trial course to new users with CCEI account creation in August. 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.