New Course from CCEI Covers Cultural Competence and Diversity in the Child Care Environment

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, is proud to introduce CUR111: Cultural Competence and Promoting Awareness of Diversity in Child Care to the online child care training course catalog.

This course focuses on essential principles and practices for promoting acceptance of diversity in the early childhood and school-age learning environments. Even if a child grows up in a relatively homogenous neighborhood with little diversity, he or she still needs to be prepared for life in a multicultural society. This course is relevant to all children and teachers, regardless of the cultural, racial, and ethnic demographics in their particular community. Course participants will learn to demonstrate an understanding of differences and connections between race, culture, and ethnicity, identify and define essential practices associated with culturally responsive teaching, and much more.

“It’s crucial that children in America learn to thrive and cooperate in a diverse and multicultural environment,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course focuses on curriculum materials and daily activities, as well as how cultural diversity permeates almost every aspect of teaching.”

This four-hour training course is available for online enrollment now, and awards 0.4 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.

CCEI Promotes Science in the Early Childhood Setting

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, offers CCEI440: Sensational Science as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of June.

There are several reasons to include science activities in the early childhood curriculum. American students continue to lag behind students from other countries in math and science, and research suggests that emphasizing science-related skills and knowledge from a young age can give children an important head-start toward future academic achievement. This course examines age appropriate guidelines and activities for setting up a science center that includes activities that build curiosity. Upon successful completion of this course, participants should be able to define science as it relates to preschool children, identify appropriate materials to include in a science center, identify basic activities for promoting early science skills, and list the main purpose and benefits of science in the early childhood curriculum.

“Introducing science activities in the early childhood setting is a great way to develop critical thinking skills at an early age” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course helps to define science and provides multiple activities that encourage science exploration in young children.”

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

CCEI Offers No-Cost Online Course Examining Inclusion and Children with Special Needs

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI968: Inclusion and Children with Special Needs as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users December 1-31, 2017.

According to the American Heritage dictionary, the term to include means “to take in as a part, element, or member; to consider with or place into a group or class.” In education, inclusion is the practice of placing children with disabilities, or special needs, into educational environments with “typically developing” peers. But inclusion is much more than just the physical placement of children into typical, or mainstream, learning environments. This dictionary definition of include stops short of the actual spirit of inclusion, which is better defined by words such as embrace and involve. The definitions of these three words together—inclusion, embrace, and involve—describe the vision for inclusion in education today. It is not enough that a child with a disability is present in a classroom; he or she must be embraced by others as an active participant. Children with disabilities benefit from interacting with their peers, who model appropriate communication, problem solving, self−help skills, and use of materials.

There are many children enrolled in child care facilities with undiagnosed disabilities. Because children enter child care at such a young age, it is quite common for child care providers to be the first people to notice the possible signs of a disability. For this reason, it is extremely important to create an inclusive environment regardless of whether a child with a diagnosed disability is enrolled in the facility. In inclusive programs, providers consider each child as essential to the classroom community. Providers take the responsibility for ensuring each child can participate in the daily routine, planned activities, and special events. Each family member feels welcomed and respected. Each child knows they are a valued member of the community.

This course provides participants with a greater understanding of the importance of including children with disabilities in the early childhood environment. Participants will learn basic characteristics of various disabilities or conditions, along with strategies for making reasonable accommodations for all children and
their families.

“The inclusive practices listed in this course are beneficial to all students and should be present in all learning environments,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

CCEI968: Inclusion and Children with Special Needs is a one-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion. Current CCEI users with active, unlimited annual subscriptions can register for 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 a.m. – 5 p.m. EST