ChildCare Education Institute January Newsletter
Clean Air in Child Care 
In This Issue...
Radon: Why Is This Issue Important?
National Radon Action Month
Radon Level By State
CCEI Early Childhood Credential Receives Approval in Florida
Environmental Health Course Is Offered to New Users During National Radon Action Month
Alumni Profile: Nicole Fonzeno
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

Radon: Why Is This Issue Important? 


Dedicated childcare professionals understand that they are responsible for children's health and safety. And it is perfectly understandable for childcare providers to be most concerned with hazards that are readily apparent and obvious. This is why we pay so much attention to equipment maintenance, hygiene and sanitation practices, dietary guidelines, and the appropriateness of curriculum activities. It is also important for childcare providers to consider potential invisible hazards.


The Environmental Protection Agency has designated January as Radon awareness month precisely because radon is a significant but often overlooked hazard in many environments. It is the second leading cause of lung cancer behind cigarettes and is responsible for some 20,000 deaths every year, so the hazard is very real! Radon is a naturally occurring gas, and it is invisible, odorless, and tasteless. It exists in soil, rocks, and underground water. Radon is radioactive (a natural byproduct of the decay of elements uranium and radium) and it can be anywhere, but it is only really harmful when it is present in high quantities relative to other types of air, such as inside a building.


Children exposed to radon today probably won't develop harmful side effects until they are adults. However, children are also more sensitive to radon because their lungs are smaller and they breathe more than adults. Fortunately, radon is easy to detect using proper radon testing methods. Furthermore, radon can be effectively mitigated once its presence is confirmed.


Radon tests are fairly inexpensive and can be administered by individuals, but it is worthwhile (and affordable) to go ahead and hire a professional radon testing and mitigation service, because children's lives are at stake! Also, it important to educate parents on the issue, because even if your school's air is perfectly clean, children can still be exposed to radon in the home.


So, this January, invest a few dollars in radon testing at your school. And send an informational flyer or email out to parents. There is no reason to cause alarm, because even though it's invisible this hazard is totally avoidable. You might even want to consider contacting a radon service in your area and ask if they will provide a discount on home radon tests for parents at your center. This is good business for the radon tester, and good policy for parents and child care providers!
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National Radon Action Month


The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has designated January as National Radon Protection Month. Learn more about the national effort to take action against radon. During National Radon Action Month, we are all encouraged to learn how to reduce the risk of lung cancer for ourselves and our families, learn four easy things homeowners, renters, and parents can do to take action in January, find links to local radon information, and more. Partners can plan an activity for National Radon Action Month, find opportunities to share activities, find activities happening nearby, get resources and materials, read success stories, download an event planning kit, view results data, and more.

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Resource Courtesy of Environmental Protection Agency  

Radon Levels By State     


This map shows potential radon levels around the United States. Please keep in mind that dangerous radon level can exist anywhere, so even if your state or county has low probability, you should get a radon test. The data presented in the map was collected from Air Chek, Inc., the US EPA, and various state and county health departments.


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Map Courtesy of Air Chek, Inc. 

CCEI Early Childhood Credential Receives New Approval in Florida  

CCEI announces that practitioners who hold the CCEI Online Early Childhood Credential (ECC) meet the formal educational qualification requirement of the Florida Child Care Staff Credential as required by the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF). The Florida Department of Children and Families, Child Care Services, has evaluated CCEI's ECC and determined that the 180-hour online program satisfies the Approved Birth Through Five Child Care Credential or Florida Child Care Provider Credential (FCCPC) requirement for a Florida Child Care Staff Credential. CCEI's ECC is for professionals working with children in the birth to eight year age range. The ECC grants 18 IACET CEUs and is designed to provide a basic framework of early childhood education theory and application. The ECC is also recognized by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) to meet part of the Alternative Pathways for directors working to qualify as Designated Program Administrators, and holders of the ECC can be considered qualified for Head Start positions that require a minimum of a CDA or other certificate. The Early Childhood Credential is available for secure online enrollment at any time.

Environmental Training Course Is Offered to New Users for National Radon Action Month

New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course ADM100: The Eco-Friendly Child Care Center: Green Lifestyle and Environmental Health at no cost in January. Among the numerous environmental hazards within homes and child care facilities, radon exposure is the leading cause of lung cancer deaths among nonsmokers in the U.S. It is also a preventable threat. In CCEI's course on Green Lifestyle and Environmental Health, child care providers receive an overview of what constitutes an eco-friendly child care environment, with a major focus on the hazards of environmental exposure and recommended practices for maintaining a safe, healthy environment for young children. Upon successful completion of the course, students will earn 0.1 IACET CEU and receive a printable Certificate of Completion. ADM100 is available to new CCEI users as a trial course awarded upon account creation during January. Account holders without an active, annual professional development individual or center-based training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment.


Nicole Fonzeno   

Acworth, GA


Congratulations to Nicole Fonzeno for successfully completing CCEI's Online Self-Study Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program of Study!


Nicole began her career in child care and education as an assistant toddler teacher, and worked in an accredited center for several years. In addition to teaching toddlers, Nicole has taught art for children ranging in age from two to fifteen years. She is motivated by watching children grow and learn to have a sense of self. Nicole loves seeing the changes that occur with each child over time and tells us, "It's incredible and makes me feel wonderful that I was a part of that process." The children in Nicole's care very much enjoy art projects, as well as group activities, such as playing with parachutes and puzzles.


In her spare time, Nicole enjoys photography and managing her own side business, Fonzeno's Creative Expressions. Now that her CCEI CDA program has been completed, Nicole is working toward obtaining her CDA Credential from the Council of Professional Recognition. She plans to pursue her education in child care, specifically in art therapy to help children with special needs. Nicole recommends CCEI to anyone and states, "CCEI is a great place to learn about childhood development. Whether one has been teaching for 2 years or 20, CCEI will always bring in new facts and teaching techniques that will help in any classroom."


Congratulations, Nicole! 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!

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 Director's Certificate Renewal, Georgia Director's Certificate, Texas Director's Certificate and Texas Director's Certificate 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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