ChildCare Education Institute July Newsletter
Making a Difference in the Life of a Child  
In This Issue...
Reporting Child Abuse
Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing and Preventing Child Abuse
Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws
CCEI Has Provided Over $100,000 of In-Kind Benefits for Head Start Staff Professional Development
Learn to Teach Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Child Care Proviers Complete Over 700,000 Hours of Online Professional Development through CCEI
Learn Signs of Child Abuse and Reporting Requirements
Alumni Profile: Sophia Pollard
Annual Professional Development Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

Reporting Child Abuse 


Effective early childhood professionals know that the little things they do every day make a difference in children's lives. Each time you read a book, prepare a healthy meal, or simply have a friendly conversation with a child, you are making a positive difference in that child's life. But this month-perhaps as many of you are beginning to think about a new, upcoming school year-it is important to pause and consider another important way to make a difference: recognizing and reporting potential signs of child abuse.


As a mandated reporter, it is your legal obligation to report any suspected child abuse (usually to a designated state child welfare or law enforcement agency, depending on your state's rules). Hopefully, your training has taught you that, often, the signs of child abuse are invisible. In fact, only about a quarter of reported child maltreatment cases each year involve physical abuse. Sexual and emotional abuse account for significant numbers of cases, as well, but it is child neglect that accounts for over 60 percent of all maltreatment cases.

Statistics also reveal that child abuse in all its forms occurs at all levels of society, regardless of race, ethnicity, financial status, religion, gender, or any other factors. It can even occur in homes where there is no history of abuse, and where everything seems perfectly normal and stable.

Paying attention does not mean that you need to be suspicious and distrustful of every parent. The fact is that most parents will never abuse or neglect their children. But it is important to get to know the families you serve and to try to be aware of any major changes that may occur at home. This does not mean you have to be nosy; it means you need to be aware in order to fulfill your obligation to help safeguard the children in your care.

Abuse is more likely to occur under certain circumstances. Family stress caused by a job loss, substance abuse, divorce, or shifting relationships (e.g., a new step parent or boyfriend) are often cited as underlying factors in child abuse. This does not mean that every parent who loses a job will become abusive; however, this knowledge in addition to a sudden change in a child's behavior could be enough to raise suspicion.

Being a mandated reporter can require courage, too. It is not unusual for teachers to second guess their own suspicions. Perhaps they are afraid of damaging people's reputations if they are wrong. Perhaps they are afraid that revelations of abuse could even cast a shadow over a whole community or institution (such as a church or school with an abusive staff member). Never allow such doubts to override suspicions! Mandated reporter laws are designed to protect the reporter. As a mandated reporter, it is not your job to prove that there is abuse. Nor are you required to discover causes or gather evidence. All you need to do is describe the cause of your suspicion and the relevant state social workers or law enforcement agents will take it from there.

So, please take advantage of this time to refresh your knowledge of the signs and symptoms of child abuse. CCEI offers several courses on the topic, including this month's new user trial course (CCEI112A), in addition to the other resources and links you will find in this newsletter.

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Child Abuse and Neglect: Recognizing and Preventing Child Abuse

By: Joanna Saisan, M.S.W., Melinda Smith, M.A., and Jeanne Segal, Ph.D.


Child abuse is more than bruises and broken bones. While physical abuse might be the most visible, other types of abuse, such as emotional abuse and neglect, also leave deep, lasting scars. The earlier abused children get help, the greater chance they have to heal and break the cycle-rather than perpetuating it. By learning about common signs of abuse and what you can do to intervene, you can make a huge difference in a child's life.


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Mandatory Reporters of Child Abuse and Neglect: Summary of State Laws

By: Child Welfare Information Gateway 


All States, the District of Columbia, American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have statutes identifying persons who are required to report child maltreatment under specific circumstances. Individuals designated as mandatory reporters typically have frequent contact with children. Such individuals may include: social workers, teachers and other school personnel, physicians and other health-care works, mental health professionals, child care providers, medical examiners or coroners, and law enforcement officers.


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CCEI Has Provided Over $100,000 of In-Kind Benefits for Head Start Staff Professional Development


CCEI is proud to announce that over $100,000 of in-kind credit has been provided for Head Start staff training. ChildCare Education Institute has served the Head Start community since CCEI's inception and continues to provide quality online coursework that allows providers to meet multiple training requirements, while contributing to a program's in-kind goals. In addition to using CCEI coursework to fulfill the annual minimum clock hours of professional development, Head Start sites utilize CCEI's online Child Development Associate (CDA) coursework and other programs. The CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) can also be used to meet Head Start requirements for positions that require the minimum of a CDA Credential. Head Start staff members have appreciated the wealth of training topics in CCEI's library, including coursework on inclusion, health and safety, early literacy, family communication, and much more. Coursework is self-paced and competency-based, which facilitates retention, and enrollment is available online at any time.

 Learn to Teach Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder  


New course SPN103: Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder has been added to the online child care training course catalog. Despite the growing diagnoses of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), there are still many misconceptions, including that children with ASD cannot be successfully included in group settings. CCEI's course Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder presents recommended practices and activities for welcoming a child with autism spectrum disorder into the group preschool setting. The course includes strategies for preparing the classroom, preparing the child and family for the classroom experience, transitions between activities, and helping children with autism feel a sense of value and belonging. This course was authored by Clarissa Willis, and is excerpted from her book, Teaching Young Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. SPN103 is a two-hour, intermediate level course available for online purchase, or at no additional cost to current individual or center-based subscription account holders.  

Child Care Providers Complete Over 700,000 Hours of Online Professional Development through CCEI


Students of CCEI have completed more than 700,000 professional development course hours and more than 4,500 certificate programs online. CCEI has provided quality online professional development and certificate programs across the country since 2005, allowing child care professionals to continue their education from anywhere they have web access. CCEI students work in a wide variety of child care settings and appreciate the self-paced, user-friendly coursework that fulfills licensing, Head Start, and other training requirements. Most importantly, CCEI's research and competency-based professional development programs promote high-quality, effective early childhood education practices. All CCEI certificate programs and courses are available for purchase through online enrollment on the CCEI website. Professional development coursework is available as individual courses or as part of an annual, unlimited individual or center-based subscription. 

Learn Signs of Child Abuse and Reporting Requirements with One-Hour Online Training 


New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the course CCEI112A: Child Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Reporting Requirements for Early Childhood Professionals at no cost in July, in recognition of National Make a Difference to Children Month. Course participants will learn about the four major categories of abuse, along with the signs, symptoms, and examples of each type of abuse, as well as basic procedures and responsibilities when a suspicion of abuse arises. CCEI112A is available to new CCEI users as a trial course for the month of July and awards 0.1 CEU upon successful completion. Users with an existing CCEI account who do not have an active, annual subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment. 


Sophia Pollard  

Orlando, FL 


Congratulations to Sophia Pollard for successfully completing CCEI's Child Development Associate (CDA) and Director's Certificate Coursework!


Sophia decided on a career in early childhood education based on her passion for nurturing and caring for young children. She currently operates her own family child care program and the children in her care enjoy spending their time at different activity centers in her home. Sophia loves teaching the children new information and seeing their eager faces while they listen and learn.


In Sophia's free time you can find her visiting patients at nursing homes, mentoring single mothers, and spending time with her grandchildren and other family members. One day she would like to operate her own large child care facility. Sophia has received her national CDA Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition and plans to get her Associate's degree soon. She highly recommends CCEI to others and says, "My experience with CCEI was a great one. I was able to operate my home child care program and work on getting my CDA with no problems. My coach was very helpful and courteous and I met my goal of finishing the CDA course."


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

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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!

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 Online Director's Certificate and Renewal, Georgia Director's Certificate, Texas Director's Certificate and Renewal, and Florida Director's Certificate Renewal. 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) and CCEI's technical support Help Desk.

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 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. Holders of the CCEI Early Childhood Credential can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that require a minimum of a CDA or other certificate.


CCEI coursework is eligible for college credit through articulation with one of CCEI's articulation partners, and has 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 the ChildCare Education Institute website for more information or to enroll online.

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