About Franchesca Warren

For fifteen years Franchesca taught English/Language Arts in two urban districts in Atlanta, Georgia, and Memphis, Tennessee. Increasingly frustrated with decisions being made about public education from people who were not in the classroom, in 2012 she decided to start a blog about what it was really like to teach in public schools. In the last four years, The Educator's Room has grown to become the premiere source for resources, tools, and strategies for all things teaching and learning. To learn more about Franchesca Warren's work, please visit www.franchescalanewarren.com.

If you’re anything like me, then you LOVE learning new things. I’ve partnered with ChildCare Education Institute, the industry leader for online professional development, to bring you information about online coursework certifications for center-based preschool teachers, Head Start, afterschool programs, family child care providers, and more. CCEI’s high-quality, flexible, self-paced and affordable courses are great for any early childhood education teacher needing to meet their center or state continuing education requirements!  


I reviewed ChildCare Education Institute’s advanced-level course CUR111: Cultural Competence and Promoting Awareness of Diversity in Child Care and from the moment I logged into the online learning management system, this has been hands down the best professional development I’ve ever participated in – all while I was in my pajamas! It was super easy to find and register for the course and start learning in a few short minutes. I highly recommend CCEI’s courses because they’re efficient and I actually feel like I took away valuable lessons. They have over 150 English and Spanish training courses — who can beat that?


Before we get into the course, here’s the introduction from the beginning slide.

This course begins with the basic premise that children in America need to learn to thrive and cooperate in a diverse, multicultural society. Even if a child grows up in a relatively homogenous neighborhood with little diversity, he or she still needs to be prepared for life in a multicultural society. This course is relevant to all children and teachers, regardless of the cultural, racial, and ethnic demographics in their particular community. The strategies presented in this course are not only focused on curriculum materials and daily activities but also on the way cultural diversity permeates almost every aspect of teaching. Diversity affects a teacher’s interactions with children, parents, and colleagues. When teachers work to develop an environment focused on acceptance of diversity, everyone in that environment operates with the understanding that cultural differences are positive strengths that allow all individuals to make unique contributions.


Good stuff, right? Well, read on to learn more!


Just as any good lesson, the course then started off with clear objectives so that teachers understand what they’ll receive.


By taking notes on the handout and successfully answering assessment questions, participants will meet the following objectives as a result of taking this course:

  • Demonstrate an understanding of differences and connections between race, culture, and ethnicity Identify trends in US population demographics and the impact on schools and child care
  • Demonstrate an understanding of child development principles with regard to development of racial bias and prejudice
  • Define diversity
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the goals of multicultural education
  • Demonstrate an understanding of NAEYC recommendations for promoting acceptance of diversity Define anti-bias education and identify its goals
  • Analyze a case study in order to demonstrate an understanding of culturally responsive teaching practices Identify and define essential practices associated with culturally responsive teaching Identify and define four types of student capital (social, cultural, knowledge, linguistic)
  • Compare your own use of cultural responsiveness and cultural competence to best practice in these areas


Not to be outdone, the course has several cited statistics to help all teachers understand the facts around diversity awareness in childcare. There are even quick formative  assessments to help teachers digest the information and if you miss it takes you directly back to the information for you to quickly study.


As I continued to work through the course, I LOVED how the work took difficult terms for (some) teachers such as: race, ethnicity and culture and not only defined them but gave specific examples for teachers to understand how they impact the classroom.


Here are some additional aspects of the course that I LOVE to help teachers understand cultural competence and diversity in childcare:


  • The course is thorough- there’s enough information that could fill up a four-hour time block, but can also be broken down into manageable pieces according to your time.
  • There are tons of resources (peer reviewed articles, handouts, etc.) to help guide you through the information presented.
  • The course is written in a way that makes it easy to digest and use immediately in the classroom.
  • The course addresses the opposing viewpoint around multicultural education and uses data to debunk several untruths.



I finished the course totally pumped about my work with students and even more importantly, ready to try the hundreds of other courses offered by ChildCare Education Institute! Here’s some tips to get the best experience:

  • Take your time. There’s a lot of great information so take your time and digest the information when you have time to really reflect.
  • Use the handouts given. For my course I had 11 pages of handouts. Use them to help you retain information.
  • Do the supplemental readings. At the beginning of the course, there’s research available to back up the program. Take some time and go through the research to help you further understand the materials.


If you’re still unsure about the trying a course, try ChildCare Education Institute’s monthly free trial course for new CCEI users here:  https://www.cceifame.com/userEnroll.cfm?lng=english&demoReg=1


Here’s some information about how ChildCare Education Institute is changing the landscape for professional learning for teachers.


ChildCare Education Institute® provides high-quality, online training courses and programs, applicable to those who work in an array of child care settings, including center-based care, Head Start, family child care, prekindergarten classrooms, after school environments and more. Over 150 English and Spanish training courses are available to meet licensing, recognition program, and Head Start Requirements. CCEI also has online certification programs that provide the coursework requirement for national credentials including the CDA, Director and Early Childhood Credentials. CCEI, a Council for Professional Recognition CDA Gold Standard™ Comprehensive training provider, is nationally accredited by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) and is accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).


Here are some great statistics that should make you confident that they’re a source of knowledge for teachers:

  • 99 percent of students say they would recommend CCEI to others
  • Over 5 million online course hours completed
  • Graduated over 13,000 early childhood professionals from CDA and other certificate programs
  • Web-based coursework, available 24/7/365
  • 30 hours of new content added each year
  • IACET CEUs awarded for completed coursework at no additional cost

Overall, my experience with ChildCare Education Institute was awesome! I was super impressed by the quality of the courses and how affordable they are for teachers who may not be able to afford costly training. I enjoyed learning about cultural competence and diversity awareness in child care. I suggest you try taking a CCEI course, you won’t be disappointed!

If you’re interested in signing up for courses, please click here and let us know the course that you’re most interested in taking. We’d love to hear about your experience.



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