ChildCare Education Institute November Newsletter
Promoting Childhood Security
In This Issue...
Promoting Childhood Security
Child Care Safety Tips
Creating an Environment for Emotional and Social Well-Being
Celebrate Child Safety & Protection Month by Taking an Online Course
Alumni Profile: Ana Gandini
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA Coursework, Director's Certificates, & Early Childhood Credential

Promoting Childhood Security


"Child Safety and Protection Month" is about more than avoiding unnecessary hazards. It's not just about playground, transportation, or food safety. It's not just about avoiding allergens or toxins or sharp corners. And it's not just about protecting children from abuse, neglect, exploitation, or all the other potential horrors that could possibly befall them. 


That's all very important, and childcare providers and other caregivers must consider these issues every single day. Hopefully everyone understands that maintaining a safe, healthy environment is Job #1 in the childcare industry. (We have included an article below with information for ensuring a safe, secure, healthy physical environment, so please take this opportunity to brush up on your knowledge and to assess your center's safety strategies!)


As we recognize "Child Safety and Protection Month," it is also important to consider the reason that security is so important during early childhood. Going all the way back to Jean Piaget, early childhood researchers have long recognized the important link between physical security and cognitive, physical, and emotional development. The basic concept boils down to this: when a young child feels secure and confident that his needs will be met then he is more likely to explore the surrounding environment and to trust and bond with other humans. This, in turn, leads to expanded cognitive development and, eventually, lifelong learning skills. The process begins in early infancy, when a child is developing initial bonds with his mother and other caregivers.


All children are unique in certain ways, particularly in terms of the home environment they experience. There are many kinds of security, so you need to consider each individual child's needs and circumstances.


For example, think about food security: are any children in your room hungry? A hungry child struggles to learn or participate in class. But if you can give that child a good breakfast and lunch every single day when she walks into your building, then you have made that child's life a little more secure, and she'll be better for it!


Emotional security is another major issue which is often overlooked or invisible, unless you pay very close attention. A child does not need to be abused directly in order to suffer the consequences of abuse. For example, if one parent is abusing another parent at home, then that child is experiencing an insecure and unpredictable environment. This hampers healthy development.


And what about children whose parents are deployed with the military? This is a sure cause for insecurity and uncertainty, and a time when everyone in a child's community needs to "circle the wagons," as the saying goes, and assure that child that he will always be safe and loved, no matter what happens.


So, as the holidays approach, take a moment to remember that a good fence, a clean room, and well-trained eyes are not always enough to ensure security and protection.

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Child Care Safety Tips   

By: Culture of Safety


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. At West Bend, our child care professionals recognize just how important and difficult caring for children can be.


Helpful links and resources for parents and providers are provided at the link below.

Resource Courtesy of West Bend 

Creating an Environment for Emotional and Social Well-Being


This report, prepared by the World Health Organization and UNICEF, discusses the importance of maintaining a positive social environment in order to ensure emotional security, self-esteem, and self-sufficiency. The report is lengthy but a worthwhile read for dedicated early childhood professionals.


The World Health Organization (WHO), through its Global School Health Initiative, promotes the concept of a Health-Promoting School. A Health-Promoting School can be characterized as a school that is constantly strengthening its capacity as a healthy setting for living, learning and working. 


Read Report 

Report Courtesy of the World Health Organization

Celebrate Child Safety & Protection Month by Taking an Online Training Course

New users have the opportunity to try online learning by taking the trial course CCEI110A: Indoor Safety in the Early Childhood Setting at no cost in November, in recognition of Child Safety and Protection Month. CCEI's Indoor Safety training course covers basic safety standards and practices for the child care environment. Key issues include toy safety, poison control, creating appropriate play spaces, managing high traffic areas, equipment safety hazards, and other safety standards. Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to identify common indoor injuries and identify appropriate methods of prevention. Coursework is self-paced, and accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. CCEI100A is available to new CCEI users as a trial course awarded upon account creation during November. Account holders without an active, annual training subscription may purchase this course through online enrollment.


Ana Gandini

Orlando, FL


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


Ana began her career in early childhood education after moving to the United States from Argentina in 2006. Upon a friend's referral, Ana completed her training and has enjoyed working in child care ever since. She is motivated by children's curiosity and cognitive process. In addition to instructing creative art activities, Ana very much appreciates watching children learn and grow to be healthy and happy.


In her spare time, Ana enjoys painting and drawing. After completing her FCCPC through CCEI, Ana went on to complete her National Administrator Credential (NAC), and earn her Child Development Associate (CDA) Credential from the Council for Professional Recognition. Ana wants to improve relationships between caregivers and parents and plans on pursuing her education with CCEI. She recommends CCEI to others and tells us, "In the field, the courses are extremely useful. They provide me not only tools or knowledge, but a philosophy about early childhood that makes my job more enjoyable. I love and respect children, and the courses help me to be more effective in my daily work with them."


Congratulations, Ana! 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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