Volume 6, Issue 11        
Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute November Newsletter!

This Month, CCEI Discusses Creating Safe Child Care Environments.

In This Issue
Health and Safety
Daycare Safety - National Child Care Safety Study Reveals Truth
Child Care Safety Tips
CCEI Early Childhood Credential Receives Recognition in Utah
CCEI Course Promotes the Latest American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations on Practices to Reduce the Occurrence of SIDS
Online Indoor Safety Child Care Training Course In Support of "Child Safety and Protection Month"
Alumni Profile: Linda Reetz
Professional Development Annual Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
Certificate Programs - CDA Coursework, Director's Certificate, NAC, ECC and more
Health and Safety  

A wide variety of needs and expectations can influence parents' child care choices. Some choose a center based on its curriculum and some choose based on religion. Others may place priority on a center's location, price, or overall reputation within the community. But there is one factor on which all parents can agree: when they pick their children up in the afternoon, they expect them to be just as healthy as they were when they dropped them off that morning.


In fact, most injuries and accidental deaths of children occur at home or elsewhere in the care of a family member. However, each year, an average of more than 30,000 children under age four end up in hospitals as a result of accidents in child care centers. It is worthwhile to note that many of these accidents occur in the family-care or home-based setting, which is far less regulated than the commercial child care industry.


Still, many avoidable accidents occur in commercial centers each year, as well. Furthermore, the causes of injury are the same no matter where the center is based. And, often, the causes of injury are easy to overlook, like the drawstrings on a child's sweatshirt or a fluffy blanket in a crib. Later in this newsletter you will find a link to an article on statistics to learn about the most common health hazards in the child care setting. Think about your own center as you read that article.

Sometimes, the number of potential hazards may seem overwhelming, and some regulations may even seem burdensome or overreaching. But whether your center undergoes regular state inspections or it is based in a home where inspectors are unlikely to visit, it is important to take all regulations seriously, because children's health and safety are at the core of those state rules.

For Child Safety and Protection Month the following CCEI courses are recommended for all child-care providers, regardless of setting:

  • CCEI110A Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting
  • CCEI110B Outdoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting
  • CCEI110C Transportation and Field Trip Safety
  • CCEI114A Health and Hygiene in the Early Childhood Setting
  • CCEI114B Recognizing Infectious Diseases in the Early Childhood Setting
  • CCEI117 Sudden Infant Death Syndrome
  • ADM100 The Eco-Friendly Child Care Center, Part 1: Green Lifestyle and Environmental Health
  • CCEI112A Child Abuse: Signs of Abuse and Reporting Requirements for Early Childhood Professionals

In addition, the following NAEYC resource would make a good investment as a supplement to state regulations or for a family-care provider who understands that safety is the top priority: Caring for Our Children-National Health & Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Early Care & Education Programs (3d ed.)

Daycare Safety - National Child Care Safety Study Reveals Truth
By: Jason Koeppe    

Ask any parent what their top concern is for enrolling their children in daycare and they'll answer "health and safety."  In the United States today, over 13 million children under age six are being cared for during the day by someone other than their parents.  So it would seem that the health and safety concerns in licensed daycare facilities are being actively monitored and controlled.


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Article Courtesy of Intellicorp In Touch

Child Care Safety Tips

By: West Bend Mutual Insurance Company   

Kids are fast, curious and unpredictable. Whether they're in a small in-home daycare or a large child care center, countless dangers can be found around every corner. This resource provides information on child, employee, and operational safety, in addition to burn prevention tips.


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Resource Courtesy of Child Care Center Safety

CCEI Early Childhood Credential Receives Recognition in Utah 

ChildCare Education Institute is proud to announce

that the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) is now recognized in Utah to meet the state's formal education requirements for certain positions in the early care and education industry. The Utah state Bureau of Child Development, Child Care Licensing Administration, has evaluated and determined the CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) to be an accepted certification equivalent to the Child Development Associate (CDA) issued by the Council for Early Childhood Professional Recognition. The CCEI credential awards 18 IACET CEUs and has been recommended for 12 hours of semester credit in early childhood education by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS), which has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider credit. The Credential is also recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways for directors to meet educational qualifications of the Designated Program Administrator.

CCEI Course Promotes the Latest American Academy of Pediatrics Recommendations on Practices to Reduce the Occurrence of SIDS 

CCEI announces updates to their Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) course in accordance with the new recommendations of the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). CCEI's SIDS course is designed to inform infant caregivers and other early childhood professionals of risk reduction strategies and best practices. New findings by the AAP to reduce the risk of SIDS include recommendations for breastfeeding, infant immunizations, and removing bumper pads from cribs, which increase the potential risk of suffocation, strangulation or entrapment. The report by the AAP also reaffirms recommendations previously in place, such as placing infants on their back for sleep, not placing infants in bed with parents, and not using blankets in the crib.

Online Indoor Safety Child Care Training Course In Support of "Child Safety and Protection Month"    

CCEI offers new users the trial course CCEI110A: Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting at no cost in November. Safety in all settings is always a top priority among child care providers, educators and administrators, and CCEI's course CCEI110A introduces early childhood professionals to common indoor safety standards and best practices in the early childhood setting. Topics covered include toy safety, poison control, play space design, and other essential safety topics. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify common indoor injuries and identify appropriate ways to prevent these injuries. CCEI110A 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.  

Linda Reetz 

Wauseon, OH 

Congratulations to Linda Reetz for successfully completing CCEI Professional Development to benefit her home-based child care center!


Linda started working in child care nearly five years ago after applying for her license through the Northwest Ohio Community Action Commission, Inc. Linda's favorite time of day with the children is story time, and she enjoys watching their confidence, intelligence and compassion grow. The preschoolers in her care love to play school and focus on activities involving shapes, numbers, ABC's, and dot-to-dot exercises. Their enthusiasm motivates her to make learning fun.


Linda finds CCEI coursework very enjoyable and helpful to her business, and recommends CCEI's coursework to her friends as "informative, interesting, and educational courses." At first, she found growing her clientele difficult due to her location, and she now has a waiting list! CCEI has helped Linda's business by making her "an enthusiastic and happy child care provider."


Congratulations, Linda! CCEI is proud to call you an alumnus!

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. Continuing Education Units (CEUs), college credit through articulation and renewals are also available!

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 Child Care Association (NCCA), 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). College credit through articulation and renewals are also available!

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 has been recommended for 12 hours of semester credit in early childhood education by the National College Credit Recommendation Service (National CCRS) who has more than 1,500 schools willing to consider credit, and the Credential is recognized by NAEYC to meet a part of the Alternative Pathways for directors to achieve educational qualifications. These things make the credential a clear pathway toward higher education and raising the knowledge and skills of the early education workforce. 

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