ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Building Resilience in Young Children

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers SOC109: Building Resilience in Young Children a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users April 1-30, 2020.

Every day, young children experience stress or trauma. Some children are exposed to crises such as natural disasters, community violence, abuse, neglect, and separation from or death of loved ones or even the current COVID-19 pandemic we are currently experiencing.  Many young children experience the more common stresses of conflicts with siblings, rejection by peers, or adjusting to multiple caregivers.  These events can cause young children to feel vulnerable, worried, fearful, sad, frustrated, or lonely.  How children react to these situations and their ability to “bounce back” is an indicator of their emotional competence and resilience.

The American Psychological Association (APA) defines resilience as the ability to adapt well to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or significant sources of stress.  Resilience is the ability to use social emotional skills to overcome the effects of stress or trauma in one’s life.  Researchers have discovered that the development of resilience depends on a number of factors from genetics to the environment to the relationships in the child’s life.  These characteristics develop from a child’s experiences, which means that early care and education professionals have the opportunity to contribute to the development of resilience in the children in their care.

As adults we have established patterns of coping that we use during difficult times. Children do not have these same tools, partly because they are not developmentally capable of engaging in activities such as journaling or talking with friends about their feelings.  For this reason, it is important that we work to instill in children as many traits, attitudes, skills, and coping mechanisms as possible.

This course helps participants understand what resilience is and how it helps children work through difficult and traumatic events in their lives. The course focuses on the role of the early care and education professional in developing a program that promotes resilience. The course explores a wide range of activities and practices suited for infants through school-age children.

“The strategies learned in this course lend themselves to the creation of positive classroom communities, as well as children who are able to problem solve and handle strong emotions,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Children who have developed resilience will be better prepared to handle traumatic situations throughout their lives.”

SOC109: Building Resilience in Young Children is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on an Introduction to 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, is proud to introduce SPN106: An Introduction to Inclusion and Children with Special Needs to the online child care training course catalog.

According to the American Heritage dictionary, the term to include means “to take in as a part, element, or member; to 13 of 44 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.

According to the inclusion statement from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), there are three important features of high-quality inclusion:

  1. Access refers to simple modifications like rearranging furniture, adjusting learning opportunities so that all children can participate, and removing physical or structural barriers.
  2. Participation refers to using individualized supports and accommodations so that all children can fully play and interact within the environment. It is important for the providers to promote participation and engagement in an inclusive setting in very intentional ways.
  3. Support refers to the collaboration of all of the professionals who are working with a child with special needs. It is important that everyone working with the child use the same strategies and information to help the child develop and make progress.

Inclusion can be seen as a value that educators hold dear. It is a belief that all children belong, regardless of gender, ability, race or ethnic background. Planning needs to be done to make sure that all children are successful. No one can predict every adaptation that will be required to support children′s needs. However, with a belief in inclusion, teachers make an effort to reflect on the typical day to figure out which adaptations could help children to succeed.

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 program. The inclusive practices listed in this course are beneficial to all students and should be present in all learning environments.

“After completing this course, ECE professionals will be able to identify important laws and current “best practices” regarding the inclusion of children with special needs in the classroom,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Participants will also become familiar with different types of special needs and begin to formulate a “vision for inclusion” to support children of all abilities and their families.”

SPN106: An Introduction to Inclusion and Children with Special Needs is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is 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.

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Stress Management for Child Care Providers

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers PROF100: Stress Management for Child Care Providers as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users March 1-31, 2020.

Caring for young children can be an extremely fascinating, gratifying career. Child care providers help children grow and develop at a critical time in their lives. They help children master new skills and turn tears to giggles. At the end of the day, they go home knowing they are needed and have made a difference.  On the other hand, the stress associated with this career can be overwhelming and detrimental to one′s health and the well−being of the children, too.

Stress can be defined as the universal human response to the perception of an intense or distressing experience. With all types of stress your body reacts with a release of adrenaline, your heart starts pumping harder and your muscles prepare for immediate action. Your digestive system slows so that all available energy can move to the heart and your breathing speeds up and becomes shallow. Your body works over and above its normal level to allow you to be ready for action.

Unrecognized and unrelieved stress can cause a caregiver to be unresponsive and insensitive to the needs of the children. A lack of enthusiasm can affect the quality and variety of experiences available to the children. It is easy to become distracted and careless about supervision and may bring about safety problems.  This course provides an overview of the effects of stress in the lives of child care professionals and to understand coping techniques to manage stress. Participants will be able to define stress, identify four sources of stress, identify four symptoms of stress, and identify techniques for stress management in four categories.

“Child care quality is affected by the training, skill and experience of providers as well as the continuity of children’s care,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Identifying and developing stress management techniques will decreases worker burn out and turnover rate, and create childcare environments that are calm, relaxed and pleasant for both children and providers.”

PROF100: Stress Management for Child Care Providers 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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Supporting Spiritual Development in Early Learning Environments

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CHD109: Supporting Spiritual Development in Early Learning Environments as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users February 1-29, 2020.

Research on infant brain development shows that the first few years of life are a time when seeds of trust, hope, and love are planted by positive interactions with caregivers.  This research can help us understand the important role that early childhood educators play in promoting the development of spirituality.  Spiritual development begins when love ignites a child’s spirit. At this point, the infant becomes capable of forming deep connections and meaningful relationships with family members and caregivers. These relationships help the child develop a strong and powerful sense of self.  Meeting infants’ basic needs is a primary way to help them strengthen their self-awareness. The manner in which adults respond to infants’ signals sends a powerful message about their place in the world.

To deepen our understanding of spiritual development, especially outside of the context of religion, it is important to be aware of other theories and concepts that have been studied that are complementary in nature.  There are a number of theories and research studies that support the connection between spiritual development, well-being, and academic success.  Researchers past and present have studied the role of moral development, resilience, and plasticity. Even more recently, educators are using words such as thriving, grit, and flow.  With this deeper understanding, caregivers will be prepared to create experiences in the learning environment that contribute to children’s spiritual development.

Spiritual development can lead to a more socially just world – meaning opportunity and equality for all. By promoting spiritual development, in addition to traditional domains of learning such as literacy and STEM, we are creating a more peaceful and just society while raising children who are prepared to participate in society in positive ways.  Through spiritual development, children learn to be aware of and comfortable with qualities such as respect, responsibility, and reverence for self and others. They learn to be capable of acknowledging differences between people without feeling fear. They develop a love for the earth and take action to protect it.

This course is based upon the work of Deborah Schein, author of the book titled Inspiring Wonder, Awe, and Empathy – Spiritual Development in Young Children. The course explores what spiritual development is and why it is important to overall development. Participants will also learn how to create moments within their learning environments that promote spiritual development in young children.

“A lens on spiritual development is a helpful tool in today’s complex, diverse and sometimes unkind world,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “This knowledge will prepare caregivers to create environments that nurture children spiritually thus offering children opportunity to develop a kinder self.”

CHD109: Supporting Spiritual Development in Early Learning Environments is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Renews its Articulation Agreement with University of Phoenix

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited distance education institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce its newly revised articulation agreement with University of Phoenix.

CCEI students who complete CDA, CDA Renewal, Director’s Certificate or FCCPC Certificate programs may articulate up to four (4) semester hours of Interdisciplinary/Elective Credit to University of Phoenix through the Prior Learning Assessment process. Additionally, students completing CCEI professional development may articulate their training as elective credit. Thirty (30) hours of training is equivalent to one (1) hour of elective credit. Students must submit an official CCEI transcript when applying to University of Phoenix.

To articulate credit into a University of Phoenix degree program, CCEI graduates should contact the Prior Learning Assessment department at 844.937.8679 or visit the University of Phoenix PLA website.   Students interested in CCEI certificate programs or professional development courses should contact CCEI’s Admissions Department at 1.800.499.9907.

“As requirements for childcare staff increase, educational partnerships open up opportunities for early childhood teachers to meet their goals, which increasingly include a college degree,” said Maria Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

About University of Phoenix
John Sperling, PhD, a Cambridge-educated economist, professor and entrepreneur, founded University of Phoenix in 1976 in response to the changing needs of the workplace. It was part of his commitment to provide adults with the higher education they would need to fill those needs and for forty years, that’s exactly what we’ve done.

The times have changed, but our objective has remained the same – to help people enhance their lives through education. Together we will keep working to fulfill Dr. Sperling’s vision, improve the lives of our students and strengthen our communities.

We are proud to provide students access to quality education, ongoing support and a range of resources to help them succeed. Through innovation and dedication, we can continue to work toward a better tomorrow.

We invite you to learn about our University and see how we can help you pursue your education and follow your dreams.

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Loose Parts: Incorporating Found Objects and Open-Ended Materials into the Classroom

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR125: Loose Parts: Incorporating Found Objects and Open-Ended Materials into the Classroom as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users January 1-31, 2020.

According to Lisa Daly and Miriam Beloglovsky, authors of the book Loose Parts: Inspiring Play in Young Children, loose parts are “alluring, beautiful, found objects and materials that children can move, manipulate, control, and change while they play.”  Here are a few additional features of loose parts:

  • They come with no specific set of directions and can be used alone or combined with other materials
  • They can be turned into whatever children desire
  • They promote social competence as they support creativity and innovation

Open-ended loose parts, such as items from nature, have multiple outcomes. They can become anything the child wants them to be. Loose parts can be combined with traditional learning materials to promote a wide variety of developmental skills. The versatility of loose parts provides children with endless ways to create.  Combining loose part materials will expand the learning possibilities of these experiences.

The use of loose parts can support children in their physical development – both in large motor skills (the way they use their arms and legs) and fine motor skills (hands and fingers).  Teachers can help children progress in these skills by giving them plentiful opportunities to use different equipment and materials.  Providing materials that require a child to practice their pincer grasp or adding tree stumps to your outside area gives children a chance to explore new materials and build on physical skills.

Children prefer materials that give them the opportunity to be creative, be curious and be independent. One of the most effective ways to encourage this is to incorporate materials in your classroom that support children’s natural curiosity. In this course, participants will explore theory, implementation and ways to include loose parts into their curriculum in developmentally appropriate ways. After this course, participants will have the tools and strategies to embark on their own loose parts journey that will benefit children’s learning on all levels.

“ECE professionals will benefit from the content of this course as they deepen their understanding of the benefits of loose parts exploration in early learning environments,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “By implementing loose parts exploration in the classroom, teachers will be adding another curriculum and child engagement strategy to their practice. Children will also benefit from these open ended experiences as they strengthen their creativity, problem-solving skills and critical thinking abilities.”

CUR125: Loose Parts: Incorporating Found Objects and Open-Ended Materials into the Classroom to is a two-hour, intermediate-level course and grants 0.2 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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

New Course from ChildCare Education Institute on Birth to Five: Child Development in Young Children

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to introduce CHD110: Birth to Five: Child Development in Young Children to the online child care training course catalog.

Human life span development refers to the changes that occur to each person throughout their life.  People grow and change physically, intellectually, socially, and emotionally.  The term early childhood refers to the first five to eight years of the human lifespan. Your life, as well as the life of every other individual, is filled with growth, change, and development. This course covers important developmental milestones from birth through age five, related to physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development An understanding of major milestones in early childhood development improves the ability of early childhood educators to provide developmentally appropriate activities and to prepare a safe and effective child care environment.

It is very important for young children′s caregivers to understand the processes of child growth and development. With this understanding, caregivers will be able to plan developmentally appropriate activities for children.  This course examines typical growth and development for children in various age ranges. It is important for caregivers to understand that these age ranges are only intended to provide a general idea of when children achieve certain skills.  Each child develops at a unique pace, with some reaching milestones earlier or later than other children of the same age. Caregivers and parents who are concerned that a child is consistently failing to meet developmental milestones should consult with a pediatrician.

“When teachers understand characteristics of child development, they are better prepared to promote development, assess learning, and support individual children,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “This course examines the typical development that occurs within the first five years.”

CHD110: Birth to Five: Child Development in Young Children to is a three-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.3 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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Elements of Program Management

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers ADM113: Elements of Program Management as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users December 1-31, 2019.

Program directors bring a wealth of experience and professionalism to their positions. Some come to the job with a deep interest in early childhood development and a dream of giving every child a proper “head start.” Others may be more focused on the entrepreneurial aspects of the job, inspired above all by the goal of building a successful small business. And some directors may find their calling in the day-to-day managerial tasks, such as maintaining safety and health requirements, curriculum planning, and staff development.  While successful directors bring their own interests and specialties to the job, they must also be competent in multiple areas. This course is designed to provide an overview of all the facets of program management.

While the director may leave the “nuts and bolts” of curriculum and assessment to someone else, they must nevertheless possess enough knowledge and experience to evaluate the staff′s understanding of childhood development. Similarly, a director needs to be competent in the areas of finance and budgeting. However, there may also be a staff accountant. While the accountant keeps the records and does the “number crunching,” the director still needs to be able to supervise the accountant and understand how the budget works.

The basic competency areas for a typical director are as follows:

  • Early Childhood Education
  • Curriculum Development
  • Budgeting
  • Accounting
  • Marketing and Public Relations
  • Staff Development
  • Laws and Regulations (pertaining to child care and small business)
  • Family Involvement
  • Facility Management

Above all, the director must provide solid leadership and perform these duties in keeping with a clear vision and philosophy.  Everything the director does should serve a purpose, as defined in the program’s goals and mission statement.  If an educator is new to the profession, they may feel a little overwhelmed by all the director’s responsibilities. If they are an experienced early childhood education professional, then they are accustomed to having to “wear many hats,” but perhaps they may have realized that they have strengths and weaknesses in certain areas.

This course explains the components of managing a successful early childhood education program. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify the components that are needed for quality programs and strategies for ensuring that these elements are in place and maintained at all times.  Participants will also learn about accreditation processes and quality reports, marketing tools, improving public relations, and promoting positive relationships with families as well as gain an understanding of the details involved in program planning, marketing, public relations, budgeting, and working with boards.

“A director completing this course will have a better understanding of what is involved in running the day to day operations of an early childhood program,” says Maria C. Taylor, President of CCEI.  “A director will also better understand how relationships with parents and the community can have an impact on the overall program.”

ADM113: Elements of Program Management is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Mathematical Talk and Play

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CUR115: Mathematical Talk and Play as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users November 1-30, 2019.

By engaging in math at an early age, children develop critical thinking and problem solving skills which are used in all academic areas. In spite of the fact that research shows a correlation between mathematical competence and academic success, early care and education (ECE) professionals in North America spend more time building literacy skills than math skills. In the United States, children are estimated to receive up to 1,000 hours of literacy education in childcare environments before they start school, whereas, mathematical learning is limited to simple sorting, rote counting, and patterning.

Given that millions of children spend a considerable amount of time in early learning settings, ECE professionals have a tremendous opportunity to support and advance young children’s mathematical development before they start school. Unfortunately, many teachers lack the training and confidence needed to provide high-quality math instruction, so they downplay mathematics. As a result, children receive little or no high-quality math education and, as a result, they begin school catching up on math skills they should already know. For children from disadvantaged backgrounds, playing catch-up when they start school is even more profound, putting these children at risk of persistent low performance throughout their schooling.

This course presents practices and strategies for promoting mathematical talk and play in the early learning environment. Course participants will learn how to expand the early math curriculum beyond rote counting, sorting, and patterning activities by incorporating more advanced concepts such as stable order, one-to-one correspondence, order irrelevance, cardinality, and abstraction into children’s play and routines.

“Early childhood teachers can build basic math skills through mathematical talk, purposeful mathematical play, and by setting up the classroom environment to promote mathematical learning,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “Course participants will learn why math is so important in early childhood and a number of strategies for incorporating more math learning throughout the early childhood curriculum, particularly through informal talk and play.”

CUR115: Mathematical Talk and Play is a two-hour, beginner-level course and grants 0.2 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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

ChildCare Education Institute Offers No-Cost Online Course on Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting

ChildCare Education Institute® (CCEI), an online child care training provider dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, offers CCEI110A: Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users October 1-31, 2019.

According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 300 children under the age of 4 years die every month in the United States because of accidents. Thousands more are injured. Most of these accidents can be prevented, particularly in the child care center, where a strong indoor safety policy and common sense can make all the difference. This course provides practical information and tips for helping to ensure that your center does not add to these unfortunate statistics.

Above all, never leave children unattended. Young children are naturally curious about all sorts of things. They want to touch, taste, and manipulate just about anything they can get their hands on. This curiosity should be encouraged; indeed, curiosity and exploration are important keys to learning and development. However, young children should never be left to explore the environment without close adult supervision.

This course introduces early childhood professionals to indoor safety standards in an early childhood setting. Topics covered include toy safety, poison control, the development of appropriate play space, controlling high traffic areas in the center, and other safety standards. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify common indoor injuries and identify appropriate ways to prevent these injuries. Students will also learn about the basic components of toy safety, potential safety hazards with specific equipment, and ways in which children may be exposed to poisons.

“Some injuries result from young children′s natural curiosity, but more often injuries are caused by simple accidents that could have been avoided,” says Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.  “In this course, ECE professionals will learn how and where typical indoor injuries occur and what can be done to prevent them.”

CCEI110A: Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting 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

ChildCare Education Institute, LLC

ChildCare Education Institute®, a division of Excelligence Learning Corporation, provides high-quality, distance education certificates and child care training programs in an array of child care settings, including preschool centers, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, nanny care, online daycare training and more. Over 150 English and Spanish child care training courses are available online to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials.  CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ training provider, is accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC), is recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).