New Online Course on Infant Care Can Benefit Anyone Who Cares for Infants


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, online training institution, is proud to announce the addition of CUR105: Infant Care to the online child care training course catalog.

It is essential for infant caregivers to understand the specific needs and developmental characteristics of children between birth and 12 months of age. While the course is geared toward practitioners who are either new to the child care industry or inexperienced in working with infants, it can also provide valuable information for experienced providers seeking to improve practices or refresh skills. Participants will learn about infant development and typical developmental milestones; essential practices for maintaining a safe, healthy environment; and strategies for promoting optimal growth across all developmental domains

CUR105 is available for online enrollment anytime and awards 0.2 IACET CEUs upon successful completion. Users with an active, annual training subscription may register for this course when logged in to their account.

“Often, people don’t realize how important the first three years are in the brain development of a child,” says Maria C. Taylor, CCEI President and CEO. “Knowing how to positively affect this development, even during tasks like feeding and diapering, can make all the difference in a child’s development.”

Early Childhood Credential Holders Considered Qualified for Child Care Positions in Wisconsin


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, online training institution dedicated exclusively to the early care and education workforce, is proud to announce that practitioners who hold the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) meet the education components required for directors of small centers and child care teachers in early childhood settings in the state of Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Professional Early Childhood Registry and the Bureau of Early Care Regulation have evaluated the CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) and determined that it is an accepted certification equivalent to the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential issued by the Council for Professional Recognition. CCEI’s ECC credential awards 18 IACET CEUs and has been recommended for 12 hours of semester credit in early childhood education by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), which has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider credit. The Credential is also recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to meet part of the Alternative Pathways for directors working to qualify as Designated Program Administrator and holders of the Credential can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that require a minimum of a CDA or other certificate.

“CCEI’s Early Childhood Credential provides a high-quality, self-paced path to fulfilling training requirements and improving practices in the child care environment,” said Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO. “We are pleased to see Wisconsin join the child care associations and states that recognize CCEI’s Early Childhood Credential.”

Multiage Training Improves Overall Child Care Experience

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ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, online training institution is proud to announce the addition of CLM100: Teaching Multiage Groups to the online child care training course catalog.

Child care programs comprised of children of different ages are more common than many people realize, and could include a wide variety of programs. CCEI’s Teaching Multiage Groups course provides a guide to managing a multiage environment, in which students of different ages and skill levels share a classroom as well as a basic curriculum. The multiage classroom is not simply a miniature school in which various children work independently at different grade levels within one room. Rather, multiage education encourages children of different ages and skill levels to share in aspects of the learning environment. This three-hour course provides a comprehensive examination of the potential benefits of multiage education, plus recommended activities and strategies for organizing, managing, and continuously improving the multiage environment.

“This course can be valuable for any teacher in the preschool or school-age environment, and it’s not just for teachers in a dedicated multiage program,” says Maria C. Taylor, ChildCare Education Institute President and CEO. “These strategies are useful for many professionals in mixed-age after-school programs, private and parochial schools, Montessori schools, home-schools, and family child care programs.”

CLM100 is available anytime through online enrollment for individuals who do not have an active, annual training subscription, and awards 0.3 IACET CEUs upon successful completion.

Literacy Gains Momentum through Family Reinforcement


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited, online training institution, offers new users the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course CCEI3024: Supporting Family Literacy at no cost in August, in recognition of Family Fun Month.

The basis of Family Literacy is simple: outcomes improve when families work together to improve literacy and reading proficiency. Attaining a high level of reading proficiency, as well as highly developed speaking and listening skills, requires exposure to many kinds of learning experiences. The road to “literacy” is a long, complex process, and teachers cannot carry children down that road alone. Outside the classroom, a child’s home environment must also offer experiences that promote the development of early literacy skills.

This course explains the benefits of Family Literacy and presents ways that parents and teachers can work together to promote reading and writing skills. Course participants will learn ways to help parents establish developmentally appropriate practices at home in order to build a lifelong love of reading and knowledge. Phonemic awareness, verbal communication skills, vocabulary building, and reading fluency are among the major topics covered in this one-hour course. CCEI3024 is available to new CCEI users as a trial course during August, and users who do not have an active, annual training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment.

“Literacy and language skills open doors for learning and are absolutely indispensable,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This course will help early childhood professionals understand the importance of involving parents directly in the curriculum.”