Over 150 English and Spanish language courses are provided online as well as computer-based training courses for certificate requirements. They also offer a National Certification in Early Childhood Development (ECCD) as well as two national licenses – one for Certified Family Day Care (CFC) and one for Daycare Provider (DCP). CCEI is accredited by the Council on Accreditation for Child Care Education Programs (CAFCP) and the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
The CHEA is the largest accrediting body of child care education institutes and is recognized by states throughout the United States. Its mission is to assure students meet certain standards of quality while providing them with the skills and knowledge they need to be successful in their careers and later, in life, to be a great example to others. CHEA accredits programs based upon set criteria. Among those standards are: academic excellence, current licensure, evidence of qualified professional development, and involvement in ongoing professional development.
The Council Of Higher Education Accreditation
C CEI is accredited by the CHEA and has also received accreditation by the Council of Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA – 2021). According to CHEA – “In order to provide children in low-income and minority families’ access to quality early childhood professional acts instruction and services, C CEI developed a system that trains teachers and other primary care caregivers in child development, early childhood education, and special education. This program supports family-centered care that respects the rights and limitations of children in families with low-income and children who have specific needs, including those with disabilities. By working with families and children, C CEI contributes to the achievement of these goals.” (Office of Special Education Programs, U.S. Department of Education, 2021).
The early childhood professionals provided by C CEI include: child development specialists, licensed child care educators and qualified Early Childhood Educators (ECE’s). The Professional Development curriculum encompasses a large range of subject matter and includes related instructional components such as: child safety and welfare, child awareness, child psychology, social and emotional aspects of development and education. Other curriculum components include: cognitive and education skills, individualized education plans (IPs), health and nutritional concerns, and physical activity and nutritional concerns. Other coursework may include: family planning, parental orientations, occupational and substance abuse, and risk management.
National Association Of School Psychologists
According to the National Association of School Psychologists, “There are many ways to measure the success of an educational program… Unfortunately, there is no one method that can provide a definitive definition of effective childhood education and practice. There are several quality indicators, however, that provide important insights into how schools are preparing their students for tomorrow’s work.” Among these indicators are NCLEX-approved core competencies in basic and preschool education, parent/child relationships, parent and child education, knowledge construction, and self-led learning. According to the aforementioned source, “The key to successful child well-being is education about children at both the personal and developmental levels… There must be a significant focus on the development of children at all stages from birth through early adolescence.” (NASS, 2021).
In order for C CEI to achieve its educational vision, it must take a holistic approach to teaching and learning. The goal is to create well-rounded and responsible young adults by equipping them with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in the workforce and society. In doing so, child care education strengthens the foundations of responsible childhood development. It instills in students essential life skills such as responsibility, teamwork, communication, and teamwork; facilitates their natural curiosity and promotes their natural curiosity and creativity; and builds upon their individual strengths to create the individual who is well-rounded, capable, and resilient.
A C CEI-approved child care education curriculum should include instruction on nutrition and child development, emotional intelligence, physical intelligence, and environmental awareness. A well-rounded C CEI program incorporates instruction on the different areas of science related to child development. They also need to include instruction on the different skills needed for work and life, such as self-directed learning, Montessori, Whole Language, E-Learning, and technology-based learning. The program should also incorporate work-related skills, such as leadership, teamwork, self-direction, self-control, risk management, and problem solving skills. Lastly, the program needs to include training on effective communication and problem solving techniques.
Child care education institutes understand the importance of child development in today’s society. They work to ensure that all children get the best possible start in life by fostering an environment that fosters child development, from early childhood to adolescence and beyond. Child care education ensures that children grow up healthy, happy and well-adjusted.