Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Introducing the Infant-Toddler Certificate



CCEI is proud to announce the introduction of the Infant-Toddler Certificate to the catalog of online certificate programs of study. The CCEI Infant-Toddler Certificate program of study provides 45 clock-hours of professional development needed for early childhood professionals providing care for infants and toddlers. The program focuses on the core knowledge areas of Health and Safety, Language Development, Child Development, Assessment, Guidance, and Developmentally Appropriate Practices. Upon successful completion of this program, participants will be able to identify recommended health and safety policies for the infant-toddler environment, demonstrate understanding of basic strategies and practices for assessing young children’s growth and development, and much more.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

New Federal Law Brings Important Changes

If you follow any political news in the U.S., you've probably heard the word "gridlock"mentioned with reference to Congress. In other words, not a lot gets done in D.C. these days, or at least that is the perception. Occasionally, though, bipartisan bills do actually pass through both the House and Senate and get signed into law by the President! It just so happens that a very recent one, the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDBG) Act of 2014, will have a substantial impact on access to quality care for millions of working families across the country. For more information on the impact of this new law, read CCEI's December Newsletter!

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Online Course Promotes Sensory Learning in Early Childhood

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to offer CCEI967: Sensory Learning for All Ages as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of November. In the early childhood environment, sensory activities require or encourage children to think deliberately about and discuss what they see, hear, smell, touch, or taste. Sensory activities are primary tools for building vocabulary and encouraging experimentation, exploration, and discovery. This course examines sensory experiences in the early childhood classroom and the benefits of these activities for young children.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Family Child Care Programs Outlined in November Newsletter

Everyone in the early childhood education industry, from early care providers and elementary school teachers to researchers and policymakers, should be aware of the major role family child care plays in America's educational landscape. Furthermore, it is important for early childhood educators to consider family care providers as partners rather than competitors. For more information on the Importance of Family Child Care Programs, read CCEI's November Newsletter!

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Spanish CDA Credential Renewal Certificate Now Available

CCEI is proud to announce the introduction of the Spanish version of the CDA Credential Renewal Certificate to the catalog of online certificate programs of study. The CCEI CDA Credential Renewal Certificate provides 45 clock-hours of professional development required by the Council for Professional Recognition in order to renew the National CDA Credential. The program focuses on the six CDA Competency Standards established by The Council for Professional Recognition. In addition, the CDA Credential Renewal Certificate features updated coursework in environment and curriculum, guidance and discipline, professionalism, and more. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

CCEI Training Promotes Empathy and Positive Behavior

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to offer SOC104: Promoting Empathy and Other "Prosocial" Behaviors as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of October in recognition of Global Diversity Awareness Month.  Empathy promotes meaningful relationships and better communication and problem-solving skills. It also promotes greater understanding between people of different backgrounds. This course examines recent social research into empathy and other "prosocial" behaviors, as well as recommended strategies and practices for guiding young children through the early phases of empathy's long development process. 

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

The Flu and Early Childcare

For most young and middle-aged adults, the flu is a serious annoyance, but not a life threatening condition. This is not true for people over 65. And it's not true for young children, either! The flu can wreak havoc on a small body. Over 20,000 children under the age of 5 will be hospitalized this year with complications from influenza. Nearly 100 children died from it in the 2013-14 season. As a childcare provider, you cannot force any child to be vaccinated, but you can do a lot to educate and encourage parents to have their children vaccinated! Promoting vaccinations in your child care center is important not only for children's health and happiness but also for overall community health! For more information on The Flu and Early Childhood, read CCEI's October Newsletter!