This post is a paid partnership with ChildCare Education Institute. My experience and opinions are my own.
Teaching preschool is hard, but you probably know that already. One of the things that makes teaching preschool easier is having access to fantastic professional development. I’ll be really honest with you, I haven’t had access to much of this over the years. I would seek it out on my own, buy textbooks, and eventually enroll and graduate school seeking more training and knowledge about early childhood education. Graduate school isn’t the easiest way of staying up to date on best practices, and trust me it’s not budget friendly.
What is accessible to everyone and surprisingly affordable are the online professional development and certificate courses from ChildCare Education Institute. They are nationally accredited. I have to admit I was skeptical about the quality of the courses, but I was blown away. The information and experience I had with the trauma-informed course was not only great quality, it was rigorous.
Finding The Right Professional Development
When I was a center director many moons ago, finding the right professional development for my staff was tricky. They needed the hours, but I didn’t want some fluff course that wouldn’t improve their practices. I can say without a doubt that the course I took will make me a better teacher. I chose the topic because I had spent most of this summer reading about it and I wanted to test the quality. The course from ChildCare Education Institute exceeded my expectations. It covered the basics thoroughly, offered links for students to go deeper, used various media to learn, including some video and had real-world scenarios for students to relate to. I appreciated the pdf handouts because now I have notes to refer back to when I need to.
Professional Development When You Want It
As a busy teacher, having the flexibility to complete professional development from my own home or a local coffee shop is a must. Finding 2, 5 or 10 hours to go to training is a struggle, but training with ChildCare Education Institute allowed me to learn no matter where or how busy I was.
Although I am not a Spanish speaker, there are also many course offerings in Spanish as well.
Here are a few courses offered, you can check out all of the course offerings here –> ChildCare Education Institute
- Launching Learning Centers in Your Classroom
- Creating a Multicultural Environment
- Bullying in the Preschool Environment
- Inclusive Literacy Lessons
Budget-Friendly Professional Development
It’s no secret that preschool teachers are underpaid but being a professional means we must continually educate ourselves about best practices. That is why budget-friendly professional development is a must. Not only does ChildCare Education Institute offer inexpensive credit hours and subscription payment options, but they also offer center-based subscriptions for staffs up to 50 people. That combined with the fact, I don’t have to pay for a babysitter because I can take this course wherever and whenever I want – saving me money and stress.
Professional development shouldn’t be hard to find, hard to understand, or hard to make time for. I am so excited to share this option with you because my experience with ChildCare Education Institute made professional development accessible so I could focus on learning and improving my teaching practice.