Volume 3, Issue 11
In This Issue
Child Safety and Protection
Only You Can Prevent Childhood Accidents! A Quiz...
Preparing Your Child for Today's World
Professional Development
Online CDA Course of Study Programs
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute November Newsletter. 
This month, CCEI discusses Child Safety and Protection.
According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, nearly 300 children under 4 years old die every month in the United States because of accidents - most of which can be prevented.  Children injure themselves in a variety of ways including in play spaces, on doors and gates, in kitchen and cooking areas and on inappropriate toys or broken toys to name just a few.

Play space injuries can be avoided in a classroom by making sure toys are properly stored when not in use and the room arrangement is designed to include a variety of activity centers with adequate space for children to explore.

Many children are injured each year because of the careless use of doors and gates.  To avoid these injuries, make sure that doors and gates are kept closed.  Never leave an open door unattended, remind parents and teach children to open doors carefully and slowly to avoid injuring a child playing on the other side.
To prevent injuries in cooking areas, it is best to restrict access to adults only, few things are safe for young children in the kitchen area.
Toys play a major role in the early childhood setting.  Children love toys.  However, many children are injured each year by toys.  There are four major factors affecting toy safety: toy selection, toy maintenance, toy storage, and supervision and interaction.

Some toys can pose a risk if precautions are not taken. Select good quality toys that promote safe play.  Consider the children's age, interests, and skill level when selecting toys.  Follow age and safety recommendations on toy labels and read the label, as it contains important play guidelines.
Toys go through a lot of wear and tear in the early childhood setting.  Proper maintenance of toys can prevent and reduce injuries.  Inspect toys on a regular basis for damage or potential hazards and repair or discard damaged toys immediately.
Teach children to put toys away safely on shelves after playing.  Proper storage will ensure that toys intended for older children will be stored separately from toys for younger children and reduce the number of injuries to children.
Supervising children while they play is essential to avoiding injuries. Never hesitate to stop reckless or improper play behavior.  Always let the children know when their play is dangerous and demonstrate or discuss the proper play behavior.

These are just a few ways to prevent injuries to young children.  Join the CCEI Discussion Thread and share the strategies you use to keep children safe in your classroom.  To learn more about ways to provide a safe play environment for your early childhood classroom, log on to www.cceifame.com and take class CCEI110A, Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting.

Only You Can Prevent Childhood Accidents!  A Quiz...
Written By: Marilyn Lopes

November is Child Safety and Protection Month! Learning to foresee accidents is the best way to
prevent them. Child-proofing your home can reduce
the risk of injury to children. Check your safety knowledge with the following quiz:
1. True or false: Safety caps on drug containers are childproof.
2. Which of these foods are often responsible for childhood choking? (a) hot dogs, (b) hard candies, (c) grapes, (d) nuts.
3. In recent years, the use of car safety seats for children has (a) dropped slightly, (b) stayed the same, (c) increased slightly, (d) risen dramatically.
4. True or false: An infant car seat should be used in the front seat so you can keep an eye on the child.

To find the answers to this quiz, click here.

Printed Courtesy of National Network for Child Care
Preparing Your Child for Today's World: 10 Tips for Teaching and
  Protecting Your Child
  By: Paula Statman, M.S.S.W.

  How do you prepare your child to navigate
  safely and onfidently in the world, ready to
  deal with situations and people he or she may
  encounter?  Here are 10 parenting tips from
  Raising Careful, Confident Kids in a Crazy
  World by Paula Statman, M.S.S.W.

10 Tips for Teaching and Protecting Your Child
1.    Accept your role as your child's protector and teacher.  The kinds of issues our children are expected to deal with today are complex and often dangerous. Problems like violence, bullying, and online predators are commonplace in their world.  To protect your son or daughter's emotional and physical well-being, you must learn about these and other tough issues and develop the skills to discuss them effectively. (See related article "Make It Easy for Your Kids to Talk to You.")
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Article Courtesy of KidWise
CCEI Announces the Winners from the NAEYC 2008 Booth Drawing!
Thank you to everyone that visited CCEI at NAEYC 2008!  Congratulations to the following attendees who are the CCEI drawing winners!
  • Misty G, Texas won a Dell ® computer and printer.
  • Kim M, Maryland won a CCEI Center-Based Professional Development Subscription.
  • Kara R, Bermuda won an annual, Individual Professional Development Subscription.
See you at NAEYC 2009, November 18 -21, in Washington, DC!

CCEI's Online Coursework is eligible for IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  CCEI is approved by the International Association for
  Continuing Education and Training (IACET) to award IACET
  Continuing Education Units (CEUs).  The International
  Association for Continuing Education and Training is a
  non-profit association dedicated to quality continuing
  education and training programs.
To Celebrate November's Child Safety and Protection Month, CCEI Invites All Child Care Staff to Take a Free Online Course in Child Safety.
Are you up to date on your safety courses?  SIDS, Shaken Baby Syndrome, Indoor or Outdoor Safety and Child Abuse are just a few of the course topics available online at www.cceionline.com.  Click on the FREE COURSE icon and get a 1 clock hour/.1 CEU value course at no charge.  You'll be able to print your certificate upon completion.  If you like the convenience of online learning and want to take more courses, individual and center-based subscriptions are available.

ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution, offers over 100 online, CEU eligible professional development courses that meet continuing education requirements. Courses are offered in English and Spanish and are accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a week from any computer with Internet access.  CCEI is approved by the International Association for Continuing Education Training (IACET) to award IACET Continuing Education Units (CEU's).

For a limited time, individual professional development subscriptions are just $69*.  Go to www.cceionline.com for details.

Directors, center-based subscriptions are a great way to manage and administer continuing education.  Purchase a 50-user center-based subscription at regular price, $999, gain immediate access to courses but delay the start date until 1/1/2009, giving you the remainder of 2008 for free.  In addition, you'll get guaranteed Self-Study CDA pricing at $299 until 12/31/2009.

* Offer expires December 31, 2008. Promotion Code FAMEID01-P.

Child Development Associate Certificate
Meet the coursework requirements of the Council for Professional Recognition with 120 hours in formal child care training from CCEI!  CCEI is a distance training institution dedicated to providing online professional development for early childhood professionals.  CCEI offers online course of study options that allow you to work independently and at your convenience with access to courses 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  CCEI offers three online CDA program options, depending on your needs.  For those seeking college credit, the College Credit Eligible CDA is a great choice.  Students successfully completing all requirements of this program not only meet the CDA coursework requirement, but are also eligible to receive up to 26 quarter-hour credits from Kendall College.  This is an instructor supported program.  CCEI also offers a non college credit instructor supported program and a self-study CDA program.  The Online Self Study CDA is designed for students who can successfully work independently. 

Call CCEI today at 888.418.5358 to speak to an Admissions Representative for information and enrollment!

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