Volume 4, Issue 1
In This Issue
Sick Child Policy
Sneezes and Sniffles
Professional Development
Online CDA Course of Study Programs
Dates to Remember
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute January Newsletter. This month, CCEI discusses Sick Child Policy.
As an early care director, it is imperative that you provide for the health and safety of the children in your care. A healthy school environment is one that tries to eliminate health related circumstances that might interfere with learning. Illness prevention is a key factor.
The United States Department of Health and Human Services' Healthy Child Care Campaign suggests that each child care center should have a set of health goals and methods
of implementing these goals. In addition to health initiatives sponsored by the federal government, administrators should be aware of state regulations and procedures that must be followed to ensure that everyone in the early childhood setting stays healthy.
State regulations make directors and teachers responsible for the health of the children while they are in the center's care.  These regulations are legal requirements that you assume when you work with children in early childhood settings.  Negligence is a conscious act or decision that endangers the health of a child. The failure to assume liabilities is considered negligence.
Healthy habits reduce the spread of illness.  It is important to:
*  Have a good, enforced center health policy for staff and children
*  Make sure there are no sick children or teachers at the facility
*  Do a morning health check of children
*  Keep a list of substitute teachers on file
*  Educate the children 
If children and adults practice healthy habits, fewer people will become ill.
To learn more ways to prevent illness in the early childhood setting, join the CCEI Discussion Thread and share the strategies for preventing the spread of illness in the classroom . To learn more about health and hygiene in the early classroom, log on to www.cceifame.com and take class CCEI114A, Health and Hygiene in the Early Childhood Center.

Early Childhood Hygiene
Angela Oswalt, MSW, Natalie Staats Reiss, Ph.D and Mark Dombeck, Ph.D.
Children's personal hygiene needs change dramatically during this early childhood stage, from something caregivers do for their children to something children learn to do for themselves.

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Printed Courtesy of Mental Help.Net
Sneezes and Sniffles
By: Linda Tapsell, RN
  Along with colder weather and dreary
winter brings the dreaded cold. And
  because of
parents' busy work schedules, you
  are likely to see many cases of the common
  cold in your child care setting. The common
  cold spreads easily through the air (coughing
  and sneezing) or through physical contact with
  saliva (food sharing or handling). It brings
  about sneezing, nasal congestion and
  discharge, a sore throat, cough, and in some cases can include a headache, fever, and chills. Although there is no vaccine to prevent a cold, proper hand-washing can remove the viruses that cause the common cold. Prevention is the key.

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Article Courtesy of Early Childhood News
ChildCare Education Institute Announces Articulation Agreement with Ashford University Giving College Credit to Child Care Professional Development
ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI), a distance training institution dedicated exclusively to the child care industry, is proud to announce an articulation agreement with Ashford University.

The articulation agreement allows CCEI students the opportunity to transfer credits earned to Ashford University.  CCEI students graduating from the Child Development Associate (CDA) program and CDA-equivalent programs shall be permitted to transfer courses for eight (8) units of credit at Ashford University in the following: three (3) credits for ECE 101, three (3) credits for ECE 214, and two (2) elective credits. In addition, CCEI students completing professional development courses also have the opportunity to transfer credit to Ashford University.  Under the terms of the Ashford University transfer credit policy, fifteen (15) clock hours of completed CCEI professional development coursework translates to one (1) unit of elective credit at Ashford University.

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Annual, unlimited professional development subscriptions, only $99!
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).

Now, with the CCEI and Ashford University articulation agreement, CCEI students completing professional development courses have the opportunity to transfer credit to Ashford University.  Fifteen (15) credit hours of completed CCEI professional development coursework translates to one (1) unit of elective credit at Ashford University.

Contact CCEI Admissions at 888.518.5358
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!

January 31, 2009 - 22nd Annual Southern Conference on Children, Statesboro, GA.

February 2 - 5, 2009 - Region IV Head Start Association 2009 Annual Training Conference, Atlanta, GA.

February 3 - 6, 2009 - National Migrant & Seasonal Head Start Conference, Washington, DC.

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