Volume 6, Issue 12        
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute December Newsletter!

This month, CCEI discusses Promoting Wellness in Early Child Care.

In This Issue
Should You Use Anti-Bacterial Soap?
CDC Features: Handwashing
Is antibacterial soap any better than regular soap?
Improve Educator Effectiveness with 'Stress Management' Training from CCEI
Learn How to Create Healthier Environments with CCEI's 'Infectious Diseases' Training
Alumni Profile: Karla Kelley
Professional Development Annual Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
Certificate Programs - CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, NAC, ECC and more
Should You Use Anti-Bacterial Soap?   

December is National Hand Washing Awareness Month. It also happens to be the official kickoff of cold and flu season!


If you are a child care professional, hand washing is imbedded in the daily routine for you and your children. And whether you ask your local family physician or a researcher from the national Centers for Disease Control, any health professional will tell you that good hand-washing habits and practices are essential for reducing the spread of infectious diseases. So, hopefully, you and the children in your care wash your hands regularly throughout the day.


In recent years, antibacterial hand soaps have come to dominate the market. Does your center use them? Scientists and medical professionals have raised legitimate concerns about the potential negative effects of using antibacterial soaps. Although research is ongoing as to whether these "potential" negative effects are truly serious, studies definitely show that using antibacterial soap instead of regular soap does NOT significantly reduce the spread of disease.

Most harmful bacteria are killed with regular soap, warm water, and proper hand-washing technique. Antibacterial soap kills bacteria, too, but many scientists believe that these soaps also promote the development of "superbugs," or bacteria that are resistant to conventional antibiotics. Moreover, no soap kills viruses that cause colds, the flu, or other diseases, whether or not you use antibacterial soap. The act of rubbing or scrubbing your hands and fingers under water removes most harmful pathogens. Some viruses die as a result of hand washing, and others just get washed down the drain. But it all comes down to proper technique, not the type of soap you use.

Scientists and medical professionals are also researching potential adverse health effects, including a compromised immune system and other problems, as well as potential ecological harm caused when antibacterial agents drain into the environment. Results are not yet clear, and soap manufacturers insist their products are safe and effective. However, since research does show that regular soap is just as effective at disease control as antibacterial soap, it may be worth considering a change.

CDC Features: Handwashing

Refer to the CDC website to help refresh your hand-washing skills and make sure your center is following recommended best practices. This page illustrates recommended techniques and includes excellent resource links for hand-washing and other hygiene issues.


Handwashing Saves Lives:  

Did you know that the very simple activity of frequent handwashing has the potential to save more lives than any single vaccine or medical intervention?  It is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to prevent diarrheal diseases and pneumonia, which cause more than 3.5 million deaths worldwide in children under the age of 5 every year. Although people around the world clean their hands with water, very few use soap to wash their hands.


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Feature courtesy of The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Features

Is antibacterial soap any better than regular soap?
It seems like everything is "antibacterial" these days. About 75 percent of liquid soaps currently on shelves in American grocery stores display that word on their labels, and we are constantly adding new antibacterial products to our cleansing arsenals. So are we cleaner now than ever before? Some experts say no.

First let's take a look at how soap works on a chemical level. To make soap, you need to combine an acid and a base (or alkali). The acid is fat (fatty acids and triglycerides), and the base is sodium hydroxide (NaOH). The mixture causes the fatty acids to separate from the triglycerides and fuse with the hydroxide ions, forming a salt that we call "soap." Soap has two main functions: 


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Article courtesy of Discovery Fit & Health, a division of Discover Communications, LLC

Improve Educator Effectiveness with 'Stress Management' Training from CCEI
ChildCare Education Institute offers educators the course PROF100: Stress Management for Child Care Providers to teach educators how to improve patience, organization and responsiveness in the early education environment. Research indicates that the potential negative effects of stress in child care providers include, but are not limited to, poor judgment, irritability, insensitivity, impatience, forgetfulness, and overall lower quality experiences offered to children in their care. CCEI's course provides an overview of the effects of stress on child care providers and recommends techniques for coping with and managing stress to improve professionalism and jobsatisfaction. Participants will learn to define stress, identify sources and symptoms of different types of stress, and identify a variety of stress management techniques.

PROF100 is available at no cost to account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. Without a subscription, this course may be purchased individually through online enrollment at www.cceionline.edu.
Learn How to Create Healthier Environments with CCEI's 'Infectious Diseases' Training  

CCEI offers new users the trial course CCEI114B: Recognizing Infectious Diseases in the Early Childhood Setting at no cost in December. Caregivers cannot prevent all infectious diseases from entering a child care environment. However, caregivers can certainly help control the spread of disease through preventive measures, by following center policy and state health regulations, and by learning to recognize and respond effectively to the signs and symptoms of infectious diseases. With CCEI's course, CCEI114B, participants learn about the most common causes of infectious diseases, effective methods for preventing the spread of infectious diseases, the circumstances under which a sick child should be excluded from group care, the purpose of the daily health check, and basic symptoms, characteristics, and reporting requirements for common early childhood diseases. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive 0.1 CEUs and the ability to print and/or save their certificate of completion immediately.  


CCEI114B is available at no cost to account holders with an active, annual individual or center-based subscription. Without a subscription, this course may be purchased individually through online enrollment at www.cceionline.edu. 

Karla Kelley
Houston, TX 

Congratulations to Karla Kelley for successfully completing several CCEI Mini-Certificate Programs of Study!


Karla began her career in early childhood by volunteering in public schools as a motivational speaker and Junior Achievement Presenter. After resigning from her position in banking, she started her own home child care. Karla enjoys morning time with the children the most, as they are full of energy and ready to learn. She loves seeing the "light bulb" come on when they truly understand what is being taught. Karla also ensures the children in her care have at least one hour of physical activity each day, and has everyone work with a fitness coach.


Being the mother of six children, and having raised seven others in addition to her own, Karla is motivated to continue to learn to improve the knowledge base that serves the children in her care. Karla is currently working on her CDA program and considers herself a life-long student. In her limited spare time, she enjoys traveling to small villages in Africa and Asia to introduce leaders to educational concepts foreign to their regions.


Karla would recommend CCEI's coursework because it is convenient, self-paced, relevant and the information can be immediately applied. Karla leaves us with the quote: "Never allow income or life's situations to hinder you from moving forward toward your fabulous future. You have the power within to change the world - begin by changing yourself."


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

Individual Professional Development Subscriptions for only $99 per year!
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.

Online CDA Coursework
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.

Online Director Programs
CCEI offers several online programs for directors including the CCEI Director's Certificate, the Online National Administrator Credential (NAC) Certificate approved by the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation (NECPA), and the Texas Director's Certificate. These programs provide the professional development required for early childhood professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in the management of a child care center. Each student receives support from an Education Coach (EC).

CCEI Early Childhood Credential

The CCEI Early Childhood Credential is designed to give a basic framework of early childhood theory and application through online content-based coursework, reading assignments, practical application exercises, essays, parent interviews, classroom observation and oral and written exams. The instructional units and the 180 hours of coursework cover major topics in early childhood education including the Principles of Child Growth and Development; Safe, Healthy Environments; Social and Emotional Development; Motor, Language, and Cognitive Development; Principles of Child Assessment; Program Management, Families, and Professionalism. The self-paced program allows enrollees up to one year to complete the requirements and can be completed more quickly when concentrated time is devoted. The credential awards 18 IACET CEUs, and is recognized by NAEYC to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways for directors to achieve educational qualifications. The ECC is a clear pathway toward higher education and raising the knowledge and skills of the early education workforce.


Each clock hour of CCEI coursework is awarded 0.1 Continuing Education Units (CEUs). Several of CCEI's certificate programs of study are eligible for college credit through articulation with one of CCEI's articulation partners, and have received college credit recommendations by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), which has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider credit. Contact Admissions at 1.800.499.9907, or visit www.cceionline.edu for more information or to enroll online.
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