Volume 6, Issue 2  
In This Issue
Promoting Children's Dental Health
Teaching Dental Hygiene to Preschoolers: Dental Health Activities for Daycare Providers
Taking Your Child to the Dentist: How to Choose a Dentist for Your Child
CCEI News: College Credit Recommendations Awarded by the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction
This month only - Take CCE116A: Oral Health in Early Childhood, at No Cost! If you've never tried online learning, now is a perfect time to start!
Alumni Profile: Theresa Henderson
Professional Development Annual Subscriptions - Individuals only $99 per year + Center-based Options
Certificate Programs - CDA, Director's Certificate, FCCPC and more

Welcome to the ChildCare Education Institute February Newsletter! This Month, CCEI Discusses Promoting Children's Dental Health.


February is National Children's Dental Health Month. Oral hygiene should be encouraged and practiced at all times, but this month gives us further reason to focus on this important health issue in the child care environment. Most children are taught how to take proper care of their teeth and gums by at least one of their care providers, but without continued reinforcement, that diligent care will not continue. Maintaining a focus on oral hygiene in child care environments is crucial for achieving optimal health throughout life.


Numerous techniques are used to motivate young children to practice good oral hygiene, and many of those recommendations involve music. Some caregivers play a certain song when it is time to brush teeth, some sing to them. Either way, songs provide a distraction to entertain children, meet the desire for a dependable, regimented routine, and promote a specified length of time each child is expected to brush. One can find many songs for this activity online. At any age, teeth should be brushed at least twice a day for a minimum of two minutes at a time, which is roughly the length of many children's songs.

Proper brushing technique is very important to ensure that children brush all of their teeth using gentle circular or up-and-down motions that do not harm gums. This requires practice for the children and close supervision for caregivers. Make sure children aren't just sucking the toothpaste off their brushes!

Attractive, fun toothbrush designs can help. Many providers assign toothbrushes for the children in their care and keep them at center wash stations for routine use. Brightly colored and character toothbrushes have proven to be popular with young children. Some toothbrushes light up for the amount of time a child should be brushing. Electric toothbrushes are fun, and they also help ensure proper brushing technique if used properly. Regardless of the tool that is used, abiding by a strict routine is the most important part.

Dental floss should also be introduced in the child care environment, and providers should make flossing a part of the daily oral hygiene routine for children in their care. Flavored, waxed dental floss is generally a big hit with children. A gentle, nonalcoholic mouthwash is also recommended for children that are old enough to gargle, and not swallow, the liquid. These tasks should be monitored closely and proper technique should be modeled.

Proper nutrition is another aspect of care that has significant effects on oral hygiene. Healthy foods, with limited sweet snacks and drinks, will yield best results for oral health. Products high in calcium, such as milk, cheese and yogurt, are recommended, especially during early development. Fruits and vegetables are also beneficial in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. A number of providers also underestimate the power that drinking water has in optimizing oral health. 

In honor of National Children's Dental Health Month, CCEI is offering access to CCEI116A: Oral Health in Early Childhood at no cost for the month of February. This course addresses the importance of early and consistent oral health care for young children and aides caregivers in identifying the causes and characteristics of dental decay, as well as strategies for promoting good oral hygiene in the classroom and home environments. Registration details are available here.

Teaching Dental Hygiene to Preschoolers : Dental Health Activities for Daycare Providers  
By: Carla Snuggs

Good health habits begin at home and a child's daycare or preschool environment should support them.


Daycare providers and preschool teachers can help toddlers maintain good dental hygiene by allowing them to practice brushing while in their care and by providing activities and lesson that focus on dental health.


Basic Toddler Dental Care


Toddlers should have their teeth brushed twice each day using water and a soft-bristled toothbrush until the age of 2 or 3. Fluoridated toothpaste should be introduced when a child is 2-3 years of age, consistent with the guidelines set forth by the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry. In addition, children should have their first visit to the dentist by their first birthday.


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Article Courtesy of Suite101.com Daycare

Taking Your Child to the Dentist: How to Choose a Dentist For Your Child 

By: Shel Franco 

When my son turned 2, I called my family dentist to schedule an appointment.


"How old is your child?" the receptionist asked.

"He's 2-years-old," I replied, feeling a bit guilty.

"Two?" she asked. "Oh, I'm afraid that's a bit too young. Dr. Bruckner doesn't usually see children until they are at least 3."


I hung up the phone in a fit of relief. To be honest, I wasn't ready to deal with a whining toddler in a dentist's chair.


But then, I visited a friend. She filled me in on all the happenings with her 12-month-old. Imagine my surprise when she mentioned their first trip to the dentist.


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Article Courtesy of DisneyFamily.com Parenting Preschoolers

College Credit Recommendations Awarded by the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction Open up 1,500 Higher Education Articulation Opportunities


ChildCare Education Institute (CCEI) is proud to announce College Credit Recommendations of evaluated certificate programs awarded by the National Program on Noncollegiate Sponsored Instruction (NPNSI). NPNSI determined eligibility for College Credit Recommendations in the baccalaureate/associate degree category for the following certificate programs: Online College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate; Online Florida Child Care Professional Credential (FCCPC) Certificate (10 semester hours in Human/Child Development or Early Childhood Education); Online Instructor-Supported CDA Certificate (8 semester hours in Human/Child Development or Early Childhood Education); Online National Administrator Credential Certificate (5 semester hours in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education Administration/Leadership); and Online Director's Certificate (4 semester hours in Early Childhood Education or Early Childhood Education Administration/Leadership). "The receipt of NPNSI College Credit Recommendations on CCEI certificate programs advances opportunities for early childhood teachers. It allows them to articulate credit for CCEI programs into a college degree program, thus improving the qualifications of teaching staff," said Maria Taylor, President and CEO of CCEI.

In February only - CCEI116A: Oral Health in Early Childhood - at no cost!

During the month of February, child care staff can log in to CCEI's learning management system at www.cceionline.edu and take course CCEI116A: Oral Health in Early Childhood, at no cost. The skills taught in CCEI116A provide an understanding of the importance of early and consistent oral health care for young children. It is very simple and costs nothing to set up an account if you don't already have one. Click here for details on the promotion and account set-up instructions.

Theresa Henderson

Gainesville, GA

Congratulations to Theresa Henderson for successfully completing CCEI's Online Director's Certificate!


Twenty-five years ago, Theresa began working to have her two-year-old son taken care of while she worked. Today, Theresa is still working and enjoys teaching children something new everyday. She loves the energy level of young children in the morning, and enjoys teaching art and science. Motivating factors for Theresa include seeing a child's face when they've discovered something new, witnessing their accomplishments and of course, the hugs.


Theresa received her Associates degree from Lanier Tech just last year, and is already planning on getting her Bachelor's degree. One day, she would love to work with special needs children. In her spare time, Theresa enjoys spending time with her family, reading, fishing and attending auctions.


She would recommend ChildCare Education Institute to anyone and says "If you are like me and love to learn new, helpful things, then the training through CCEI is the right thing for you. They cover everything that you will need. I am also a very busy person and it is hard for me to spend my Saturdays at training workshops. With CCEI, I can get my 10 hours and more sitting at home."

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

Individual Professional Development Subscriptions for just $99
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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!
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Complete CDA Coursework Online with CCEI!
CCEI's Online CDA Certificate programs 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. Each hour of completed coursework is awarded 0.1 IACET CEU.

CCEI offers three CDA programs. The CCEI Online Self Study CDA is designed for students who are comfortable with an online learning environment and can successfully complete work independently. The Instructor Supported CDA Certificate, available in English and Spanish, provides students with extra support from a CCEI Education Coach (EC). Each EC is an early childhood specialist with previous experience working in a child care center or school. Students interested in college credit should enroll in the Online College Credit Eligible CDA Certificate program for the opportunity to articulate credit with one of our college partners. CDA renewals are also available.

Online Director's Certificate
CCEI offers an Online Director's Certificate that provides professional development for early childhood professionals seeking to further their skills and knowledge in the management of a child care center. The program is composed of nine instructional units that focus on the core areas of competency required to manage a child care center. Each student in the Online Director's Certificate receives support from an Education Coach. Click here to enroll online and for renewals.
March 4 & 5 - Georgia Preschool Association Conference in Atlanta, GA - Stop by our booth for a GPA-exclusive, no-cost course worth 0.1 IACET CEU!
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