New Course from CCEI Covers Homelessness in the Early Childhood Setting

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, is proud to introduce SOC105: Addressing Homelessness: The Role of the Early Childhood Educator to the online child care training course catalog.

According to the McKinney-Vento Act, a person is considered homeless if they lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. It is important to note that the experience of homelessness is not necessarily confined to urban or rural areas affected by poverty. Since the economic recession of the late 2000’s, many families have experienced loss of employment or under-employment, which has affected their living situations. This course provides participants with an understanding of their role in supporting children and families who experience homelessness. The course explores the prevalence of homelessness as well as its causes and impacts on the developing child. Participants will discover ways they can promote positive outcomes for those who are affected by homelessness through a variety of policies and classroom practices.

“It’s imperative that early childhood professionals understand the prevalence and impact of homelessness on young children,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “We often think of homelessness as only those children living on the streets, but there are many children that change where they sleep frequently. While these children may find shelter within a variety of residences, the effects on development can be the same. This course provides resources and strategies to help children experiencing homelessness.”

This two-hour training course is available for online enrollment now, and awards 0.2 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.

Outdoor Learning Through STEAM Covered in New Course from CCEI

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, is proud to introduce CUR118: Using Project Based Learning to Explore STEAM during Outdoor Learning to the online child care training course catalog.

There are a multitude of studies that document the benefits of spending time outdoors. Some studies cite benefits ranging from reduced stress to improved memory and immunity. Other studies show that spending time outdoors leads to better mental health and vision. Early educators are in a unique position to create a balance between indoor and outdoor experiences. Teachers can begin to prepare children for the jobs of the future by inspiring curiosity and instilling a love of learning. This course explores ways that teachers can enhance outdoor learning experiences through the integration of STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, mathematics) activities and project based learning. The course provides a wide variety of project ideas that are sure to engage and fascinate young learners.

“Childcare professionals play a critical role in helping children establish healthy habits and an appreciation for the outdoors,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “We’re excited to offer this course to inform teachers how they can use STEAM related activities to encourage children to explore elements of nature, and experience the beneficial effects of being outdoors.”

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.

CCEI Covers Assessment Practices in Early Care and Education

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, is proud to introduce CUR117: Authentic Assessment in Early Care and Education to the online child care training course catalog.

Assessment refers to the act of “judging or forming an opinion about somebody/something.” In the classroom, assessment means more than simply judging or forming an opinion. Assessment is the means by which teachers measure student progress, strengths, and needs and the means by which they make informed, evidence-based decisions about curriculum and instruction. This course provides comprehensive, research-based guidance about assessment in early childhood education. Course participants will learn about recommended assessment methods and practices, with emphasis on observation and authentic assessment. This course also provides recommended strategies for analyzing assessment data as a means to individualize instruction and improve the overall early learning environment.

“Authentic assessment plays a critical role in the early childcare environment where individualized learning is so important,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “We’re excited to offer this course to assist childcare professionals in the most useful assessment practices, and thus ensuring the best learning opportunities for the children in their care.”

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.

Music in Early Childhood Covered in Online Course from CCEI

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), a distance learning professional development and certificate provider, offers CHD100: Music in Early Childhood as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of March.

Music is an essential educational tool that can contribute to all learning environments, and the early childhood classroom is no exception. The goal of this course is to provide an understanding of the importance of music in the early childhood years and the ways in which it can become part of the curriculum and of children’s lives. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to define the role of music in a child’s development, the role of both quality and variety in the selection of music for children, the impact of music on children’s moods and behaviors, the musical elements young children can and should experience, and list appropriate musical activities.

“Music is a useful and educational teaching aid for early childcare professionals,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “It’s important to utilize the arts within the classroom, and create a balanced curriculum along with other traditional school subjects. This course provides valuable insight and recommendations on how to incorporate music in the early childhood setting.”

This one-hour 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, call 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3, Monday – Friday, 8 am – 5 pm EST.