Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CCEI Mini-Certificates Offer Unique Training Opportunities

CCEI is proud to offer a wide selection of Online Mini-Certificate Programs of Study in the Online Certificate Catalog in order to support the dynamic needs of  the early care and education industry These Mini Certificate Programs are designed to give educators a variety of options to fulfill their professional development needs. Certificate topics include Staff Leadership, Communication, Inclusion, Mandated Reporting, Fitness, Marketing, Curriculum Development, and more!

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Basic Guidelines for a High-Quality Out-of-School Program

CCEI is proud to introduce CUR109:The School-Age Child Care Environment: General Guidelines for a High-QualityOut-of-School Program to the online child care training course catalog. This course provides basic information about school-age child care. This includes recommended practices and guidelines for any type of care for children ages 5–15 outside the regular school setting, but for the most part it focuses on the afterschool environment. This course is designed with early childhood professionals in mind, i.e., people who spend most of their time working with young children but also work with school-age children in the afterschool environment.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Improve Young Children's Speaking and Listening Skills with CCEI Training

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to offer CHD101: Promoting Speaking and Listening Skills as an online no-cost trial child care training course to new CCEI users during the month of August. Literacy experts have determined that one of the most effective ways to increase school readiness is to improve children’s speaking and listening skills, which are the basic building blocks of literacy and future academic achievement. This course emphasizes the central role of speaking and listening skills in the development of communication and early literacy skills. Through successful completion of this course, participants will recognize the direct relationship between a child’s communication skills and the language the child experiences at home and in school.

Monday, August 4, 2014

Creating Foundations in Communication

In many ways, communication skills really present the ultimate product of a child's early learning experiences and upbringing. Language skills, emotional regulation, self-awareness, self-confidence, and social skills all play an important role in communication. Therefore, to promote good overall communication skills, early childhood professionals need to take an "all of the above" approach. Fortunately, educators have access to a wide array of resources to promote good communication skills. In fact, at its core, the majority of everything we do and say in the early childhood environment is really intended to promote development of communication skills. For more information on Creating Foundations in Communication, read CCEI's August Newsletter! 

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

CCEI's National Accreditation is Renewed

CCEI is proud to announce it has been awarded renewal of accreditation by the Distance Education and Training Council (DETC), a U.S. Department of Education and the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) recognized accrediting agency. Following a comprehensive evaluation of CCEI and its programs, which included an extensive Self Evaluation Report, feedback from the Examining Committee’s on-site visit, and evaluation of CCEI’s curriculum by Subject Matter Experts, the Accrediting Commission of the DETC awarded CCEI a renewal of accreditation for a five-year period.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Physical Activity in the Curriculum

It's unclear who initiated National Anti-Boredom Month, but clearly this is a theme to which parents and childcare professionals can relate. In some ways, when you work with young children, every day involves some "anti-boredom" strategizing. However, with a little creativity and a gentle push in the right direction, there is no reason any young child should ever be bored for very long. Childcare professionals and parents should always remember this basic fact about all young children: they are active learners. Their minds and bodies work best when they are playing, exploring, and experimenting. For more information on Physical Activity in the curriculum, read CCEI's July Newsletter!

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

New Turnover Provision from CCEI Accommodates Staff Turnover

CCEI is proud to announce a new Turnover Provision for eligible Center-Based Subscription holders. Effective immediately, all eligible Center-Based Subscription holders will be given an additional 20% in licenses to accommodate staff turnover. This means, a center with an eligible 20-user Center-Based Subscription will be given an additional four (4) licenses for their current subscription year and a center with an eligible 50-user Center-Based Subscription will be given an additional 10 licenses for their current subscription year. Once the original licenses have been allocated, the turnover licenses will be activated and available for assignment by the administrator.