Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Celebrating Earth Day

On April 22 of each year we celebrate Earth Day in order to raise awareness and demonstrate support for environmental protection. Whether or not your early childhood program is planning Earth Day events this year, it is important for all early childhood professionals to take some time to reflect on environmental issues as they pertain to young children. Earth Day comes once a year, but those who respect the environment and accept the responsibility of environmental stewardship know that the principles and values of Earth Day must be present every day.  For more information on Earth Day in the Early Childhood Setting, read CCEI's April Newsletter! 

Monday, April 7, 2014

Classroom Management Strategies

CCEI is proud to introduce GUI101: Classroom Management Strategies to the online child care training course catalog. The goal of this course is to provide teachers with systems and strategies to manage the classroom effectively, and optimize student learning. Effective classroom management requires use of many tools and methods, including positive guidance strategies for promoting appropriate individual behavior and a range of methods for maintaining a good group-learning environment. Course participants will learn to define mutual interaction as it pertains to children’s behavior in the classroom, identify aspects of effective praise and encouragement, and demonstrate an understanding of the importance of routines for early childhood development.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

CCEI Recognizes Math Awareness Month

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to offer CCEI430: Math Madness as an online no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during the month of April in recognition of Math Awareness Month. Given adequate materials, time, and a teacher to facilitate activities, children can develop the early cognitive skills necessary for learning and applying complex mathematical concepts. Developing these skills at an early age helps to develop the foundation for abstract and logical thought. This course ensures participants will be able to identify the activities that help children develop math skills. Upon successful completion of the course exam, participants will receive 0.1 IACET CEU and immediate, unrestricted access to their certificate of completion.

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

National Music in Our Schools Month

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to promote a one-hour online childcare training course in recognition of National Music in Our Schools Month. CHD100: Music in Early Childhood promotes an understanding of the importance of music in the early childhood years and the ways in which it can enhance children’s lives. Children exposed to music at a young age are more likely to communicate with others and recognize the aesthetics in their own culture. Furthermore, music activities in the classroom can improve attention span and memory, while also expanding vocabulary. Participants will be able to define the role of music in a child’s development, identify the impact of music on children’s moods and behaviors, and design appropriate musical activities.   

Friday, March 21, 2014

Train With CCEI and Choose From More Than 100 Courses in English and Spanish

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) specializes in providing online training and certificates, child care registry development, and administrative solutions for the early care and education industry. As a leading distance training provider in child care, CCEI offers professionals 100+ online child care training courses in English and Spanish to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. Coursework offered by CCEI is used to meet the education needs of practitioners in a range of settings, including family child care, preschool, prekindergarten, nanny care, “daycare” centers, and more. In addition to professional development, CCEI offers online certificate programs that help meet the coursework requirements for national credentials, such as the Child Development Associate, Online Director Credentials, Early Childhood Credential, renewals, custom programs, and other continuing education options.

Monday, March 17, 2014

Role Modeling for Healthy Development

Children are naturally curious, but mere curiosity is not the only reason they are so observant. In fact, observation and imitation are the main ways by which children learn language, social skills and all kinds of other habits, including those related to diet and exercise. Children are naturally inclined to imitate the actions of the adults in their lives, no matter what the adults say to the contrary. In this regard, humans are not unlike any other kind of animal: we all learn by observing and mimicking the grownups in our lives. This is why it is important for adults (especially teachers and parents) to remember that they are role modeling all the time, not just when they choose to do so! For more information on Role Modeling for Healthy Development and what it means for educators, read CCEI’s March Newsletter!  

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Mentoring in Early Childhood Education Enviornments

Mentoring is key in establishing consistency and professionalism within an early childhood setting. CCEI is pleased to introduce ADM108 - The Mentoring Process: developing Professionalism from Within to the online course catalog. This course examines the many benefits of professional mentoring, which improve teacher effectiveness and overall program quality. Course participants will learn to recognize important qualities and characteristics of mentors and mentees, define elements of both formal and informal mentoring programs, and identify the benefits of professional mentoring in the childcare environment. This one-hour training course is available for online enrollment now!