Volume 6, Issue 9       
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute September Newsletter!

This Month, CCEI Discusses Safe Nurseries for Safe Infants.

In This Issue
Safe Nurseries for Safe Infants: Infant Safety Basics
Infant Safety Hazards
Updated: The New Crib Standard: Questions and Answers
New Online 'Adult Learning' Professional Development Course
CCEI Launches Enhanced Online Discussion Forum for Early Care Professionals
Take CCEI Course 'Sudden Infant Death Syndrome' in September in Support of "National Infant Mortality Awareness Month"
Alumni Profile: Lindsey Miller
Professional Development Annual Subscriptions - Individuals only $99 per year + Center-based Options
Certificate Programs - CDA Coursework, Director's Certificate, NAC and more
Dates to Remember
Infant Safety Basics

Every year, hundreds of young children die and thousands more are seriously injured while in the care of child care providers. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is one of the biggest causes, with roughly 20 percent of all SIDS cases occurring in the child care setting. Choking on food or small objects, strangulation by cords, electrocution, drowning, falls, and severe burns also occur in the child care setting year after year.

 

While accidents can and do happen, nearly every one of these deaths and injuries was totally preventable. Staff training is the single most effective and essential means for maintaining safety, but even the best-trained staff members can make mistakes. It only takes a moment for tragedy to strike, so vigilance--close, tireless supervision--is the only sure way to keep infants safe.

 

To ensure appropriate levels of supervision, child care providers must adhere to state regulations regarding child-to-adult ratios. This is especially true in the home or family care setting, in which a single provider may be responsible for multiple children of diverse ages and developmental abilities. Many family care or home-based arrangements are informal and unregulated as compared to child care centers, so it often falls on parents to determine whether the provider has taken on too many children to ensure safety.

But the overall dangers remain the same regardless of the setting. When it comes to infant safety, a few factors usually jump to mind:

  • Child-proofing: Ensuring little fingers don't get smashed in doors or electrified in outlets; keeping medications and chemicals out of reach; removing tablecloths and other objects that babies can pull down on themselves are some of the major things to consider when child-proofing.
  • SIDS: Unfortunately, SIDS is not always preventable no matter what we do. That's because we do not know its exact causes. However, incidents of SIDS have been greatly reduced since training and education efforts began in earnest in the 1990s.
  • Choking hazards: Infants like to put things in their mouths. Inappropriate toys, as well as inappropriate foods like whole grapes and popcorn, are serious choking hazards.
  • Cribs: Cribs are frequent culprits in infant death and injury statistics. Note that crib standards have been updated recently. There's a link to valuable Q&As on crib safety later in this newsletter.

Here are a few other safety factors people often overlook:

  • Ambulatory walkers: These devices are deadly and NOT developmentally appropriate. They should be banned in all child care settings and discouraged in the home, as well.
  • Drowning: Dozens of infants and toddlers drown in child care settings every year, not in tubs or pools but in buckets and toilets! A curious infant can easily pull himself up to the rim of a toilet or bucket, fall in headfirst, and drown in a matter of moments while the caregiver is distracted.
  • Burns: Any water over 120°F poses a hazard. Tubs and coffee cause thousands of severe injuries and even deaths every year. Easily prevented!
  • Remember: Most accidental injuries and deaths occur while the caregiver is absent or distracted. Safety is the child care provider's most important responsibility!

Infant Safety Hazards
By: Hallie Levine Sklar  

Leah McCammon was just five days shy of her first birthday when she was severely burned in her grandmother's bathtub. "My mother stepped out for just thirty seconds to get my other daughter from the living room," recalls Leah's mom, Shelly McCammon, an Atlanta interior designer. "In that time, Leah pulled herself up by grabbing the faucet and turned it on, sending 128-degree water splashing down." Three days later, Leah died.

 

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Article Courtesy of Parenting

Updated: The New Crib Standard: Questions and Answers   

Since CPSC approved a new crib rule, your questions have been flowing into us. While most questions have revolved around the drop side, it's important for you to know that the new standard affects far more than the drop side. A crib's mattress support, slats, and hardware are now required to be more durable and manufacturers will have to test to new more stringent requirements to prove compliance.

 

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Article Courtesy of OnSafety - official blog site of the U.S. CPSC

New Online 'Adult Learning' Professional Development Course    

CCEI is proud to announce the addition of a new course, PROF101: Adult Learning Theories and Strategies. In the early care industry, many professional development instructors evolve from administrative positions and have little or no formal training in how to teach adults. Adult learners require different educational strategies and methodologies than children and need to have their differing needs met in order to maintain interest in their studies and accomplish their goals. Adult Learning provides instructors of adults with the ability to identify how teachings should differ for adult instruction and how to implement strategies to satisfy individual adult needs and preferences. Multiple intelligences, learning styles, and adult learning theorists are also covered within this course. 

CCEI Launches Enhanced Online Discussion Forum for Early Care Professionals

CCEI announces the launch of its enhanced Discussion Forum. CCEI's Discussion Forum provides early care educators with a communication forum to share and obtain information on various early care topics such as "Learning to Live a Healthy Lifestyle," "Handling Inappropriate Behavior" and many more. New topics are posted monthly by CCEI and participants are also able to post topics for discussion within the forum. The Forum allows the participant to subscribe to a particular topic, which notifies the participant when new posts are made to that discussion thread.

Take CCEI Course 'Sudden Infant Death Syndrome' in September in Support of "National Infant Mortality Awareness Month"     

CCEI offers new users the trial course CCEI117: Sudden Infant Death Syndrome at no cost for the month of September. Thanks to determined efforts by regulators and medical professionals, incidents of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) have declined sharply since the early 1990s. However, SIDS remains a leading cause of death among children 12 months and younger. Although its exact cause is still unknown, we do know that certain practices can greatly reduce the risk of SIDS, including placing infants to sleep on their backs and keeping plush toys and blankets out of cribs. CCEI117 is available to new CCEI users at no cost in September. To take this course as a new user, click on Take a Trial Course and Earn CEU Credit! at www.cceionline.edu. Account holders without an active, annual individual or center-based subscription may purchase this one-hour 0.1 IACET CEU course through CCEI online enrollment.

Lindsey Miller 

Washington, DC

Congratulations to Lindsey Miller for successfully completing CCEI's Child Development Associate Certificate program of study!


Lindsey began working with young children in high school as a children's choir director and Girl Scout leader. She continued working with children throughout college while obtaining bachelor's degrees in English/Theater and Music. After college, Lindsey spent a year running a children's English program in Japan and then worked as a reading therapist in public school before becoming an assistant preschool teacher.

 

Playing outside and going for walks in the city are activities Lindsey's class very much enjoys. She loves working with children because of "Their smiles, their energy and their love of learning. They are always so excited to try something new and so happy to be with their friends and teachers. Young children have a zest for life and everlasting energy. I love how much they teach me and how they are always challenging me to learn new things." One day, Lindsey would like to move to a lead teacher position with a four-year-old or kindergarten class.

 

Lindsey received her CDA from the Council for Professional Recognition after completing her CDA coursework with CCEI, and is currently more than halfway through a Master's degree program for Early Childhood Education. In her free time, she loves to read, do community theater, go for walks, and visit museums. She recommends CCEI to others and appreciates the quote, "Children have to be educated, but they have also to be left to educate themselves." (Ernest Dimnet)

 

Congratulations, Lindsey! CCEI is proud to call you a graduate!

Individual Professional Development Subscriptions for just $99
CCEI offers over 100 IACET CEU-awarded online child care training courses that meet continuing education requirements. CCEI has professional development offerings in English and Spanish, and courses are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year from any computer with Internet access.

Center-Based Subscriptions
Center-Based Subscriptions are a great way for directors to manage and administer continuing education for staff members. CCEI's Center-Based Subscriptions, available for small and large centers, allow directors to provide training for as little as $20 per teacher for the entire year!
 
For more information, contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907 or enroll with CCEI at www.cceionline.edu.

Complete CDA Coursework Online with CCEI!
CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs of study 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 Goals 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 CEUs.

CCEI offers several 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 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 interested in college credit should enroll in the Online College Credit Eligible CDA certificate program for the opportunity to articulate credit with one of our college credit partners. CDA Renewals are also available.

Online Director Programs
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 five instructional units that focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center. Each student receives support from an Education Coach (EC). Director's Certificate Renewals are also available.

CCEI offers an
Online National Administrator Credential (NAC) Certificate as well, which is approved to provide the required clock hours of business and administrative training required for early childhood professionals seeking their National Administrator Credential. The program is composed of seven instructional units that focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center, and is approved by the National Child Care Association (NCCA). Each student receives support from an Education Coach (EC). NAC Renewals are also available.
September 19 - 22 - National Registry Alliance Conference in Lake Geneva, WI - CCEI will attend as an active member of the National Registry Alliance and a specialist in Early Care and Education Registries.

September 20 - 2nd Annual GCCA Owner's Conference in Duluth, GA - Stop by CCEI's exhibitor table and ask about our Administrator programs and Center-Based Subscriptions!

October 14 - 15 - 45th Annual GAYC Conference - "Together for Children" - Check in at our table and ask about our courses that meet Georgia Bright from the Start requirements! 
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