Volume 5, Issue 9

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SIDS in the Childcare Setting
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Definition and Causes
Wakefulness Not to Blame for Higher SIDS Death in Boys
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Alumni Profile: Susanne Barfield
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Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute September Newsletter!
This month, CCEI Discusses Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the Baby with Pacifier
third leading cause of death among newborn infants in the United States. More alarmingly, SIDS is the leading cause of death among otherwise healthy infants between the ages of     2 and 4 months.

At least 1 out of 5 cases of SIDS in the U.S. occur in child care centers. Center directors   have been held liable in court, and no caregiver wants to discover a SIDS case in the crib,        so steps must be taken to ensure that all   caregivers receive proper, ongoing SIDS training.

Amazingly, the exact cause of SIDS, or crib death, remains unknown. We do know that SIDS causes the sudden death of an infant, which remains unexplained through autopsy. It occurs without warning, usually in infants who are otherwise healthy. It is always sudden and tragic.

Parents and caregivers can take steps to reduce the risk. We know SIDS can be prevented, mostly through vigilance and awareness on the part of caregivers. SIDS rates have fallen dramatically during the past decade, from nearly 12 deaths for every 1,000 live births in 1998 to just over 6 for every 1,000 births in 2005. The number is still too high, but progress has been made, thanks to education.

Medical professionals have identified a number of common SIDS risk factors. There are prenatal factors (such as drug use and low maternal age) over which professional caregivers have no control. And there are postnatal risk factors, the most prominent of which are sleeping position and bedding.

All child care professionals should receive comprehensive SIDS training, and centers should implement strict anti-SIDS policies. Aside from helping to prevent tragedy, nearly all practices designed to prevent SIDS are also helpful for promoting overall health and preventing other types of injuries.

CCEI offers an online training course on SIDS for those who want more information on the subject.
Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: Definition and Causes
Published by: The Mayo Clinic staff

Sleeping babySudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) is the unexplained death, usually during sleep, of a seemingly healthy baby. For parents, it's a devastating and shocking childhood illness - there's no warning and there's no definitive cause.

Most SIDS deaths occur in children between      2 months and 4 months of age. Sudden infant death syndrome rarely occurs before 1 month    of age or after 6 months.

Researchers have discovered some factors that may put babies at risk for sudden infant death syndrome. They've also identified some measures you can take to help protect your child from sudden infant death syndrome.

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Article Courtesy of The Mayo Clinic

Wakefulness Not to Blame for Higher SIDs Death in Boys
Published by: American Academy of Sleep Medicine

Sleeping Baby BoyExperts have long known that sudden infant  death syndrome (SIDS) is more common in   boys than  girls, but a new study suggests     that gender differences in levels of wakefulness are not to blame.

In fact, the researchers found that infant boys   are more easily aroused from sleep than girls.

"Since the incidence of SIDS is increased in  male infants, we had expected the male infants   to be more difficult to arouse from sleep and to have fewer full arousals than the female infants," senior author Rosemary S.C. Horne, a senior research fellow at the National Health and Medical Research Council of Australia, said in a news release. "In fact, we found the opposite when infants were younger at two to four weeks of age, and we were surprised to find that any differences between the male and female infants were resolved by the age of two to three months, which is the most vulnerable age for SIDS," Horne said.

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Article Courtesy of American Academy of Sleep Medicine 

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Every Child Deserves a Well-Trained TeacherIn today's economic climate, paying for training can often be a challenge. That's why CCEI is committed to providing today's educators with increased accesibility to training, by offering it  
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We need your to vote today and every day this month to help us  win September's Pepsi Refresh grant contest, so we can provide 6 hours of free training to teacher nationwide. To win, we must get to #1 or #2 by September 30, 2010.

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Together, we can increase the level of training that teachers receive!

CCEI Offers No-Cost Professional Development Class to Early Care Teachers in Honor of  Baby Safety Month

Hundreds of deaths occur each year when infants are placed in improper sleeping environments. Baby Safety Month was created to educate parents and caregivers on the safe selection and use of juvenile products. This year's theme highlights the importance of creating a safe sleep environment for infants and toddlers and the role that parents and caregivers take in doing so.

Early care educators play a critical role in ensuring infants and toddlers sleeping and play areas are both safe and secure. Therefore, CCEI is providing child care teachers and staff with no-cost access to the online course, Safety in the Infant/Toddler Classroom, throughout the month of September in order to increase their knowledge about this important topic. This one-clock-hour course is awarded 0.1 IACET CEU. 

Registering for this great opportunity is easy. Log in to CCEI's learning management system at www.cceionline.edu during the month of September, and use promotion code 090110 when prompted. Click here for detailed registration instructions.

Susanne Barfield
Watkinsville, GA

CCEI AlumniCongratulations to Susanne Barfield for completing the CCEI Online Director's
Certificate Program!

Susanne began her early child care career in Tarpon Springs, FL, where she led a three-year-old classroom at her children's faith-based preschools. She enjoyed teaching so much
that she continued after relocating to Georgia. Susanne was employed as a Director at a
local center when she approached her pastor about opening a Christian-based preschool in
one of the buildings of her church's property.
Little did she know at the time, but the building had already been selected to house a preschool, just like the one she proposed!

The school currently cares for 140 children, ranging in age from 21/2 to 5. As Director of the school, Susanne enjoys seeing each child's smiling face as they greet her every morning in the car rider lane. It has been four years since the school opened, and Susanne is looking forward to many more years to come.

In her free time, Susanne enjoys spending time with her family and attending her children's club and soccer activities. She is extremely proud of her two highschoolers, as well as her eldest son, who begins his first year of college at The University of Georgia in January of next year.  

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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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September 15 - 17, NACCRA Professional Development Institute, Minneapolis, MN
September 20 -23, The National Registry Alliance Annual Conference, Norman, OK
September 30 - October 2, Texas AEYC 46th Annual Conference, Austin, TX

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