ChildCare Education Institute August Newsletter
The Invisible Threats Around Us     
In This Issue...
Invisible Threats
Why Immunize?
12 Myths and Facts About Vaccines
Infectious Diseases & Immunization Schedules
Learn How to Handle Trauma and Crises
Accept CCEI's National Make a Difference to Children Month Challenge!
Learn How to Prevent the Spread of Bloodborne Pathogens
Alumni Profile: Kristen Azar
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

Invisible Threats  


It's a dangerous world. We all know that. Nobody wants to sit and worry all the time about all the potential threats and risks out there, but early childhood professionals don't have much of a choice. No, you don't need to worry all the time. In fact, worry and fear needn't be involved at all. The key to avoiding all those hazards and the accompanying fear is to be aware, educated, and prepared.


As you know, not all dangers are visible. That's why you have strict health, hygiene, and sanitation policies - to fight all those pathogens (bacteria, viruses, and fungi) that may lurk in the air, water, and body fluids or on various surfaces. We cannot ignore these invisible threats, especially where young children are involved.


This month is National Immunization Awareness Month, a very important topic for early childhood professionals as well as parents. If you work in a licensed child care center then surely you are no stranger to immunizations. In most places, children and staff are required to have them. And although some people may be exempt from such requirements for personal or medical reasons, they'll likely still have to get clearance from the health department before setting foot in a child care center.


What should you do if you encounter a parent or fellow child care professional who doesn't think immunizations are necessary or safe? Maybe, like most of us, you are inclined to let other people believe what they want to believe. Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, right? Well, not so when it comes to immunizations.  


The science and the facts are clear: immunizations save lives and help give millions of children better odds on enjoying long, healthy lives. It is true that some people continue to tout a connection between childhood vaccines and autism, but there are simply no facts to support this notion. Ask any halfway reputable doctor or medical researcher and they will tell you the same thing. Also, it is true that all vaccines carry some risk of side effects. Normally, the effects are minor and temporary. Serious complications are very rare and, once again, medical professionals agree that those risks pale in comparison to the risks of not being vaccinated.


It is also true that, thanks to vaccinations, the risks are pretty small that a single unimmunized child will catch a preventable disease. After all, such diseases have trouble spreading among immunized populations. However, many would argue that this is an altogether irresponsible and selfish argument, and just the sort of thinking that enables these diseases to persist.

Please read the accompanying articles in this newsletter for more information on risks, myths, and recommendations regarding immunizations. You have little reason to fear a vaccines but every reason to fear the diseases they prevent.

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Why Immunize?


Childhood immunization has been called our society's greatest health care achievement. The development and widespread use of vaccines has led to the reduction or eradication of once common childhood diseases. However, the viruses and bacteria that cause vaccine-preventable disease and death still exist and can be passed on to people who are not protected by vaccines.

See the chart at the link to get a brief understanding of how dangerous these diseases can be, and how immunizing against them protects children and saves lives. For more information about each disease, please click on the disease name.

12 Myths and Facts About Vaccines 
By: Tammy Worth 


When it comes to the history of vaccines, it's been a long, bumpy ride. Once hailed as lifesaving wonders of modern technology, vaccines are now more likely to be a source of suspicion and angry playground debate.

Will we ever agree on the risk and benefits of vaccines? Probably not.

But to sort out fact from fiction, took a look at the scientific research to date on vaccines.


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Article Courtesy of Health

Infectious Diseases & Immunization Schedules
Take some time to read the following excerpt on immunizations from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards: Guidelines for Out-of-Home Child Care Programs (3ed.). Also, you can download and save the Recommended Childhood Immunization Schedule and the Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule from the appendices of the same resource.


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Learn How to Handle Trauma and Crises with Child Care Training

CCEI announces ADM107: Coping with Crises and Traumatic Events as the newest addition to the CCEI professional development catalog of 100+ online child care training courses. This course is intended to provide information that will reduce the impact to children, families, and the facility in the event of a crisis or traumatic event (emergency or disaster) inside or immediately surrounding the facility, as well as strategies to help children and families recover and cope after an emergency, disaster or traumatic event. Throughout this course, participants will be presented with recommended practices for emergency and disaster planning and preparedness, and policies for responding to various types of disasters and security threats. Identifying typical responses of children, disaster mitigation, and strategies for helping children and adults cope with a variety of misfortunes are also covered within the online course. This three-hour beginner level training course is available for enrollment at any time and grants 0.3 IACET CEU upon successful completion.
Accept CCEI's 'National Make a Difference to Children Month' Challenge!

CCEI challenges all early childhood educators and caregivers to complete CCEI online child care training courses dedicated to nutrition and food service in celebration of National Make a Difference to Children Month. In order to reduce the risks of obese and overweight children and adults, early care and education programs should promote healthy lifelong habits which include positive learning experiences and nutritious meals and snacks, provided in a safe, allergen-free environment. CCEI offers the following nutrition and food service courses: Food Allergies in the Early Care Setting; The USDA Food Program and Meal Planning; Nutrition and Food Service in the Childcare Setting; Preventing Foodborne Illnesses: Sanitation and Hygiene in the Child Care Environment; Reducing Risks through Food Selection and Storage; Safe Food Preparation and Handling; Early Childhood Obesity; and Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices. CCEI online certificate programs of study dedicated specifically to nutrition include Nutrition and Food Service Certificate and Nutrition and Health in an Early Childhood Setting Certificate.

Learn How to Prevent the Spread of Bloodborne Pathogens with Online Child Care Training

Online child care training course HLTH102: Preventing the Spread of Bloodborne Pathogens as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during August in recognition of National Immunization Awareness Month (NIAM). The online CCEI course Preventing the Spread of Bloodborne Pathogens presents best practices for preventing the spread of bloodborne diseases in the child care setting and is based on Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standards. Major topics covered include common bloodborne diseases, universal precautions, and other safety practices. This one-hour, beginner-level training is available as a trial course to new users for CCEI account creation in August and grants 0.1 IACET CEU upon successful completion. Current students with active, unlimited subscriptions can enroll in this course at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account. Users without subscriptions can purchase this child care training course online anytime. 

Kristen Azar

Parkland, Florida

Congratulations to Kristen Azar for successfully completing CCEI's Online Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certificate (FCCPC) Program of Study!

Kristen initiated her career in early childhood education by training at a vocational school during her senior year of high school, and later became a nanny. She currently works in a preschool center, and loves teaching children new things and watching them grow. The children under Kristen's care enjoy making art and playing outside among their favorite activities.


For her in-service training requirements, Kristen continues to use CCEI online training courses. Kristen plans to always work with children, and will one day use her training from her CCEI FCCPC program to obtain her national CDA Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition. When Kristen has free time, she enjoys spending it with family and friends, watching movies or shows, and going shopping. She recommends CCEI to others and explains, "Thank you CCEI for all your help. I would also like to thank my education coach for all her help. I recommend this site for in-service hours or furthering your education. Thanks again!"


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

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CCEI Early Childhood Credential

The CCEI Early Childhood Credential (ECC) 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. Graduates of CCEI's Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) will have met all training, portfolio, and observation requirements of the national CDA Credential and only need to complete the Council's exam at a PearsonVue testing center to finalize the CDA Credential application process.The ECC is an expanded program that incorporates the other CDA required elements such as the formal observation and portfolio creation.


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