ChildCare Education Institute May Newsletter
Transportation Safety for Child Caregivers 
In This Issue...
Safe Summer Travels
Guideline for the Safe Transportation of Pre-School Age Children in School Buses
Car and Road Safety
Creative Car Games for Summer Road Journeys
CCEI Center-Based Subscriptions Provide Quality Professional Development at an Economical Price
Understanding the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS)
Alumni Profile: Margarita Cortez
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CDA, Director, & Early Childhood Credential Coursework

Safe Summer Travels   

 

Summer is approaching, so this is a good time to remind everyone in the childcare industry about a critical transportation safety issue.

 

Of course, childcare professionals have a wide array of responsibilities regarding children's health and safety, so it is impossible to say that one safety/health issue is more important than any other. The same is true when it comes to transportation safety: there are many important points to consider, and if any one point is neglected then an avoidable tragedy may follow. So, please take some time this month to review all of your program's transportation safety policies. Be sure you are current on your state's latest safety requirements, as well!

 

Now, about that critical safety issue...Every year, young children die after being left in closed vehicles on warm days. Sometimes, these tragedies occur when adults intentionally leave children unattended in parked vehicles to run an errand. Other times, children are left inside accidentally because the driver mistakenly thought the vehicle was empty. This happens every year to children in childcare, so it is something everyone reading this article needs to think about!  

 

The adults involved in these tragedies are not willfully malicious, uncaring, or incompetent. Rather, they simply make a mistake because they are busy or tired. We all make mistakes from time to time, but this is one mistake nobody can afford to make, because death comes quickly to a young child in a hot car. Fortunately, though, this tragedy is absolutely, 100 percent avoidable.

 

To avoid it, responsible adults need to be armed with knowledge, and programs need to have clear, simple policies in place.

 

A vehicle acts as a greenhouse on a hot day. Outside heat penetrates the vehicle's roof and windows but it does not leave. It only takes about 10 minutes for the temperature inside to rise to dangerous levels, even when the outside temperature is relatively mild. This is true whether it is a car, van, or big bus, and it does not matter if the windows are cracked. For example, on a 90 day, the temperature inside a car can rise to a deadly 115 within a matter of minutes. Even on a relatively mild 80 day, the temperature in the vehicle will quickly rise above 100. Young children cannot survive very long in such conditions. Heat stroke, organ damage, and death can ensue before an adult realizes the child is in the car!

 

To avoid this disaster, childcare programs need to have strict, no-nonsense rules in place to ensure children are NEVER left in parked vehicles. Many states have licensing standards to ensure programs have specific policies in place, so be sure to check with your relevant state agency.

 

The most effective policies always involve two adults. One adult (usually a chaperone or transportation monitor) is responsible for a face-to-name count as children exit the vehicle. This means that every child on the vehicle should be on a list; as they get off the vehicle, the adult acknowledges each child and checks his/her name off the list. Then, before locking the vehicle or leaving the area, the driver needs to check every single seat. A child may be curled up taking a nap or even hiding under a seat (thinking it's a fun game), so it is essential that the adult casts more than a cursory glance. Look on and under every seat, every day, every time children exit the vehicle! It only takes a minute and it can save a life.

 

Be sure to share information with parents in your program, as well. They need to know that it is NEVER okay to leave a child in a vehicle, even to run into the store for a quick errand and even on a mild day. Serious injury and death can come in minutes!

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Guideline for the Safe Transportation of Pre-School Age Children in School Buses

As more pre-school age children are transported to school programs, often in school buses, the public is increasingly asking the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) about how to safely transport them.  

 

To help answer these questions, NHTSA conducted crash testing of pre-school age size dummies in school bus seats. The test results showed that pre-school age children in school buses are safest when transported in child safety restraint systems (CSRSs) that meets FMVSS 213, Child Restraint Systems, and are correctly attached to the seats.

 

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Car and Road Safety  
  

Some of our best memories with our kids take place while traveling. It might be those crazy summer road trips, or walking to and from school every day. But either way, we're here to help make sure you have all the information you need to keep your kids safe in and around cars, on the bus or on the sidewalk.

 

    

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Creative Car Games for Summer Road Journeys
By: Jessica Elfrid

Road trips are as integral to summer as barbecues, camp and swimming. But if a long car drive is all about getting from Point A to Point B, why not plan your next family road trip as a road journey instead? A journey suggests new experiences, exploration and learning, all of which are possible during family travel.

Use any of these creative car games or curiosity questions to make your next journey more enjoyable without having to pack any extra supplies!

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CCEI is proud to introduce CUR108: Understanding the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS-R) to the online child care training course catalog. 

 

This course provides an introduction to the Early Childhood Environment Rating Scale (ECERS) and is intended primarily for childcare practitioners. This course presents essential information to teachers and administrators about what ECERS observers are looking for and how the ECERS can be used as a guide to help improve the quality and effectiveness of a program. Course participants will learn to identify strategies and methods for improving the quality of care in every aspect of the learning environment, such as promoting early literacy and reasoning skills, maintaining developmentally appropriate play spaces, and ensuring high-quality supervision, discipline & guidance, and staff-child interactions.

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Margarita Cortez  

Lamesa, TX   

 

Congratulations to Margarita for successfully completing the Online Child Development Associate (CDA) Certificate Program of Study!

 

Margarita began her career in childcare 22 years ago by babysitting her younger siblings. She enjoys spending time with the children in her care during the morning hours, while the children's favorite time of day is art time. Margarita is motivated by seeing the children in her care smile. She says, "I enjoy watching each child individually grow as they learn new things. I like to hear them talk. I get excited when they say their first word. Each child is unique in their special own way. Each child is different. Each child grows at their pace."

 

In her free time, Margarita enjoys doing crafts, going for walks, bike riding and writing poetry. She plans to take more courses with CCEI, and hopes to earn a Master's degree to attain a higher level of work within the childcare industry. Margarita recommends CCEI to everyone and exclaims, "CCEI gives you an early head start in Early Childhood Education. It also takes you to a whole new level on how to work with children and how important it is to have respect to those children under your care".

 

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

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