Volume 5, Issue 7
In This Issue
Indoor Safety
Choking Hazards
Poison Proof Your Family Day Care Home
CCEI Radio: Handling Inappropriate Sexual Behavior
Alumni Profile - Linda Collins
Professional Development - Individual Annual Subscriptions only $99 per year
Certificate Programs - CDA, Director's Certificate, FCCPC and more
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute July Newsletter!
This month, CCEI Discusses Indoor Safety!

Ensuring safety is the primary job responsibility for early childhood professionals. Other aspects of the job may seem more interesting, but none are more important! If there is one thing that all child care professionals have in common, it's the fact that everyone has a desire to keep children safe. Unfortunately, the desire is not enough to prevent accidents. If it were, hundreds of children would not die every month and thousands more would not be seriously injured in homes and child care centers across the U.S.
Childcare Facility
Although most childhood accidents occur outdoors (mainly due to falls on playgrounds), there are many more potential hazards indoors. So, how do you help ensure safety inside your center? Here are some basic tips:

1) Familiarize yourself with the risks within specific areas, including:  
  • Classrooms    
  • High foot-traffic areas    
  • Food service areas  
  •  Stairwells    
  • Restrooms    
  • Storage areas

Seek advice from local agencies, like the health department or rescue squad. Performing a walkthrough of your facility with a safety expert could open your eyes to risks you may have overlooked.

2) Develop comprehensive safety checklists for teachers to use every single day! Use separate checklists for indoors and outdoors. Here are some common indoor safety hazards to address with checklists:

  • Strangulation caused by cords on window blinds and electrical appliances
  • Suffocation due to unsafe bedding
  • Electrical shock from outlets and appliances
  • Poisoning (from toxic substances, including cleaning supplies and medications)
  • Falls on stairs, slippery floors, or as a result of unsafe use of cribs, highchairs, and other furniture
  • Collisions with people or obstacles in high-traffic areas or due to unsafe room arrangements
  • Missing children or severed fingers due to improper use of doors and gates
  • Choking hazards (especially small toys and improper foods)
  • Cuts and puncture wounds from sharp edges on furniture, utensils, or broken toys
  • Falling objects, which children pull down from tables or shelves
  • Burns from stoves and radiators

3) Communicate! Discuss safety issues with children, parents, and colleagues. All center staff should work as a team to maximize safety and minimize risks. This includes looking over one another's shoulders to make sure nobody neglects a potential hazard.

4) Supervise! Safety checklists, outlet covers, and other measures mean nothing without adequate supervision. This means maintaining the recommended student-teacher ratios and developing the essential skill of being able to focus on an individual child's needs (whether changing a diaper or reading a book) while keeping a watchful eye on the rest of the room.

Despite all our efforts, we will never be able to prevent all childhood injuries. However, with proper planning and awareness, we can greatly reduce the potential for accidental injuries and deaths, allowing us to focus less time and energy on worrying and more on nurturing and guiding young children.


Choking Hazards
Published by: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Choking child

Some foods are easy for your preschooler to choke on when swallowing them.

These include foods that are round and about the size of the throat-about the size of a nickel. Prevent choking by avoiding these foods or cutting them in small pieces-no larger than one-half inch (½").

Foods that may be choking hazards:

Peanuts                                                                                  

Round slices of hot dogs or sausages                                  

Whole grapes                                                                 

Chewing Gum                                                                   

Carrot sticks or baby carrots                                                

Cherry tomatoes                                             

Popcorn                                                                          

Tough meat       

Chips                                                                                                                                      Hard candy                                                                                                                             Vegetables

Large pieces of raw fruits  

                                                                                                                                               Read Article                                                                                                                          Article Courtesy of U.S. Department of Agriculture

Poison Proof Your Family Day Care Home
By: Polly Spedding, M.S.
Child reaching for medicine
As a family day care provider, you have many responsibilities. A big part of your job is keeping the children in your care safe. Children can be injured in many ways. One threat to young children is poisoning. Take time now to make sure that your home is poison proof.

We all know that young children will eat and drink almost anything. Most of us have medicines, sprays, and cleaning products around the house that could cause accidental poisoning. Here's a checklist to help you reduce this risk:
 
Article Courtesy of National Network for Childcare
CCEI Offers No-Cost Professional Development Classes in  Honor of National Make a Difference for Children Month


National Make a Difference for Children Month was started in 2000 by the Hugs and Hope Foundation with the goal of nurturing children and supporting their families during challenging times.  In support of this, child care teachers and staff can choose 3 hours of coursework, available in English and Spanish, from the CCEI online professional development library to help them 'make a difference in a child's life'. Each completed hour of coursework is awarded 0.1 IACET CEUs and may be eligible for college credit articulation.

Registering for this great opportunity is easy. Log in to CCEI's learning management system at www.cceionline.edu, during the month of July, and use promotion code 070810 when prompted.
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New CCEI Radio! "Handling Inappropriate Sexual Behavior"
This month, CCEI Radio features Rae Pica, Pat Beck, Kevin Alderson and Dr. Meg Meeker discussing how teachers and parents can address sexual behavior in children. For children to develop in a healthy and natural environment, parents must establish themselves as trusted advisors. In turn, teachers must support the guidelines of their school and communicate those guidelines openly and frequently with parents. Appropriate and inappropriate behaviors are discussed.
 
Log on to www.cceionline.edu today to learn practical strategies for handling appropriate and inappropriate behaviors in the classroom, as well as tips for how child care providers can partner with parents to best serve their students.
 
Join CCEI's Online Learning Community!
CCEI's Online Learning Community is a communication forum that allows child care providers to share information and discuss topics pertinent to child care. Each month, CCEI initiates a discussion on a relevant topic such as curriculum, classroom management, child development, health and nutrition, etc. Participants interact by posting comments and feedback for others to review and respond to.
 
Join the CCEI Online Learning Community today! To view posts and for details on how to join, visit www.cceionline.edu and click the link to the "Online Learning Community" in the upper right-hand corner. There is no cost to join.
 
Did You Know?
  • CCEI has graduated over 3,000 students from certificate programs.
  • Students have completed over 321,000 CCEI online professional development courses.
  • In exit surveys, 98% of CCEI students say that they achieved the objectives they set out with when taking CCEI coursework.
Linda Collins
Oneonta, New York

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Congratulations to Linda Collins for completing the CCEI Online Self Study CDA Certificate program of study and being awarded her CDA Credential from the Council of Professional Recognition!
 
Linda launched her career as an Assistant Teacher after volunteering for many years at her children's Head Start center. She enjoys when her students ask her to play and happily shares her pet turtles, ducks and fish with the class. Even more rewarding is her ability to see the children's intellectual and social growth. Knowing she's a part of guiding this growth is infinitely rewarding. Linda sees her position as an opportunity to give back to the community in return for what her children gained as students of the center. She hopes to continue teaching for many years to come.
 
When not working, Linda enjoys gardening and working on house projects with her husband and four children. Currently, they're in the process of building a chicken coop.
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CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs meet the clock-hour training requirement of The Council for Professional Recognition, which is needed in order to apply for the Child Development Associate (CDA) credential. CCEI's CDA Certificate programs focus on the six CDA Competency Standards established by The Council and contain the required hours in each of the eight specified content areas. Each hour of completed coursework is awarded 0.1 IACET CEU.
 
CCEI offers three CDA programs. The CCEI Online Self Study CDA is designed for students who are comfortable with an online learning environment and can successfully complete work independently. The Online Instructor Supported CDA Certificate, available in English and Spanish, provides students with extra support from a CCEI Education Coach (EC). Each EC is an early childhood specialist with previous experience working in a child care center or school. Students seeking college credit should enroll in the College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate program for the opportunity to earn credits at Kendall College.
 
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CCEI offers an Online Director's Certificate that provides professional development for early childhood professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in the management of a child care center. The program is composed of nine instructional units that focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center. Each student in the Online Director's Certificate receives support from an Education Coach.

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