ChildCare Education Institute Announces Articulation Agreement with Springfield College School of Human Services

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a nationally accredited institution dedicated to providing online training to the child care industry, is proud to announce an articulation agreement with Springfield College.

Effective immediately, students entering a Springfield College School of Human Services degree program may transfer 130 – 140 hours of CCEI online training as elective credit requirements. Twenty (20) hours of CCEI training are equivalent to one (1) elective credit and can be used at any of Springfield’s eleven (11) campuses located in Massachusetts, Vermont, Delaware, New Hampshire, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Florida, Texas and California. Students must submit an official certificate of completion and official transcript from CCEI when applying to Springfield’s bachelor’s or master’s degree programs.

“As education requirements for today’s early care professionals continue to increase, CCEI remains dedicated to fostering partnerships with higher education institutes. Articulation agreements like these provide additional opportunities for teachers working to meet their annual job training requirements and educational goals, which increasingly include a college degree,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

CCEI graduates wanting to articulate credit into Springfield College’s School of Human Services should contact the Springfield College Office of Admissions at 1.800.343.1257. Students interested in enrolling in CCEI certificate programs or professional development courses should contact the CCEI Admissions Department at 1.800.499.9907.

ChildCare Education Institute Announces Partnership Agreement with Rio Salado College


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) is proud to announce an agreement with Rio Salado College to accept CCEI non-credit coursework through Rio Salado’s Credit by Evaluation for Prior Learning Transcription process.

Effective immediately, students completing the CCEI Director and CDA Certificate Programs may receive six (6) credit hours toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in the Early Learning and Development program or an Academic Certificate (AC) in the Early Childhood Education program at Rio Salado College. Students completing a CCEI CDA Certificate Program may receive three (3) credit hours toward an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) in the Early Childhood Administration and Management program or a Certificate of Completion (CCL) in the Child and Family Organization Management and Administration program. Students must submit an official certificate of completion and transcript from CCEI when applying to Rio Salado’s certificate or degree programs.

“Partnership agreements like these help early childhood practitioners meet their continuing education requirements and educational goals,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

CCEI graduates wanting to transfer credits into Rio Salado College early childhood programs should contact Gidget Poler in the Rio Salado’s Office of Admissions and Records, at gidget.poler@riosalado.edu or 1.800.729.1197. Students interested in enrolling in CCEI’s certificate programs or professional development courses should contact the CCEI Admissions Department at 1.800.499.9907.

About Rio Salado College
Rio Salado College, a Maricopa Community College, is known as “the college within everyone’s reach®” and focuses on the following educational opportunities to the communities it serves. Rio Salado has been providing learning opportunities for over 30 years and is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (The Higher Learning Commission: HLC). For additional information, visit at www.riosalado.edu.

Online Early Childhood Credential Can Help Head Start Staff Meet their Education Qualifications


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an accredited distance learning institution, is pleased to announce that practitioners who complete the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential program are considered qualified by the Office of Head Start to meet formal education requirements for certain positions.

By September 30, 2013, all Head Start assistant teachers are required to have a minimum of at least a Child Development Associate Credential or be enrolled in a credential program to be completed within 2 years, or enrolled in a program leading to an associate or baccalaureate degree. Holders of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that have this requirement, making CCEI’s Online ECC an alternate route to meet the education qualifications in Section 648A of the Head Start Act, as amended in 2007, for the 2013 deadline.

CCEI’s Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) also satisfies the Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential formal training requirements, which include the six CDA Competency Goals and 13 Functional Areas. This 180-hour program is for professionals working with children in the birth to eight-year age range and is designed to provide a basic framework of early childhood education theory and application. In addition, the ECC is recommended by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) for 12 semester hours of college credit in Early Childhood Education (ECE). The National CCRS has over 1,500 higher education institutions willing to consider its college credit recommendations.

The ECC 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 Administrators.

“CCEI is proud to offer this high-quality credential to help early care providers meet their professional development goals,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “Whether it’s the 18 IACET CEUs, college credit eligibility, CDA training requirement fulfillment, or a number of other reasons, the ECC meets a variety of needs in the early care and education market.”

New and returning CCEI users can enroll securely at any time for the Early Childhood Credential through online enrollment on CCEI’s website.

Early Childhood Credential Receives Approval in Florida


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), an online child care training institution, is proud to announce that practitioners who hold the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) meet the Approved Birth Through Five Credential requirement for the Florida Child Care Staff Credential as required by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF).

The Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Care Services, has evaluated CCEI’s ECC and determined that the 180-hour online program satisfies the Approved Birth Through Five Child Care Credential or Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) requirement for a Florida Child Care Staff Credential. CCEI’s ECC is for professionals working with children in the birth to eight year age range. The ECC grants 18 IACET CEUs and is designed to provide a basic framework of early childhood education theory and application. The ECC 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 Administrators, and holders of the ECC can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that require a minimum of a CDA or other certificate.

In addition to the approvals previously mentioned above, the ECC is also recommended by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) for 12 semester hours of college credit in Early Childhood Education (ECE). The National CCRS is conducted by the Board of Regents of The University of the State of New York, which has over 1,500 higher education institutions willing to consider its college credit recommendations.

“We are pleased to add Florida to the list of states that recognize CCEI’s Early Childhood Credential,” said Maria C. Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI. “This quality program is a great starting point for practitioners in the early childhood field.”

The Early Childhood Credential is available for secure online enrollment at any time.

CCEI Individual, Online Child Care Training Subscriptions Receive Year-End Discount!

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, childcare 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.

Currently, CCEI has provided over [courseHourCompletions] hours of online coursework and has graduated more than [studentsGraduated] early childhood professionals from certificate programs. CCEI also maintains excellent student satisfaction scores and 99.4% of students say they would recommend CCEI to others.

CCEI coursework is delivered through an online learning management system that provides students with user-friendly technology, an engaging distance learning environment, and certificates of documentation available immediately upon completion. The system’s self-paced format automatically saves the last point of completion within a course, allowing users to resume where they left off upon login. The 24/7/365 accessibility helps students enjoy a life-work balance while conveniently continuing their education. Coursework is competency-based, which facilitates information retention, and each successfully completed clock hour awards 0.1 IACET Continuing Education Unit (CEU).

Online child care training courses offered by CCEI cover topics applicable to the child care industry. Course categories include Environments and Curriculum, Health and Safety, Family and Parenting, Nutrition and Food Service, Child Development, Inclusion and Special Needs, Guidance and Discipline, Administration and Management, and many others.

CCEI provides several online certificate program options that meet the training requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition’s Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential and CDA Renewal. Additionally, CCEI provides the Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC), Online Director Credentials, several state-specific certificate programs, such as the Florida Child Care Professional’s Credential (FCCPC), Texas Director’s Certificate, and several others. Programs are designed around the diverse needs of students. While certificate programs of study are self-paced, CCEI provides access to an Education Coach and customer support services to deliver assistance, encouragement, and feedback throughout the duration of the program.

Custom course hosting, research-based Pinnacle Curriculum®, and the child care workforce management solution RegistryOne® are also offered through CCEI. For additional information, please call 1.800.499.9907.