ChildCare Education Institute November Newsletter
Nutrition In the Early Care Curriculum
In This Issue...
What Do Child Care Providers Need to Know about Diabetes?
Diabetes in Children: Types 1 and 2
Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents and Caretakers
Children with Diabetes: Info for School & Child Care Providers
CCEI is Reaccredited as an Authorized Provider of IACET CEUs
Online Child Care Certificates Continue to Improve Early Childhood Educational Experiences
Join the Fight against Diabetes with CCEI Online Child Care Training
Alumni Profile: Stephanie Douglas
Annual Training Subscriptions - Individual + Center-Based Options
CDA, Director, & Early Childhood Credential Coursework

What Do Child Care Providers Need to Know about Diabetes?


For some teachers, the topic of diabetes is very familiar because they have direct contact with a child who has been diagnosed with it. Typically, this means dietary restrictions and blood sugar tests, as well as a wide range potentially serious health issues that may arise.


From a societal perspective, diabetes is definitely a big problem, with total estimated costs in the United States of  nearly $250 billion in direct medical expenses and lost productivity in 2012 alone. Diabetes is clearly a major public health concern, but its actual diagnosis is still fairly uncommon among children, with about 1-in-400 people under age 20 receiving a diagnosis for it, and very few under the age of 7.


So how important is this issue, really, for early childhood professionals? Don't be fooled by the seemingly low numbers of childhood diagnosis. Knowledge of diabetes and its causes are extremely important for anyone who cares for young children. That's because roughly 1-in-4 Americans are considered to be pre-diabetic, meaning that some 80 million children and adults are on the road to developing diabetes!


The fact of the matter is that knowledgeable, caring, well-trained early childhood professionals are absolutely essential in the fight to reduce the impact of diabetes on individuals, families, and society as a whole.


Whether it's type 1 or type 2 diabetes, we are talking about a complicated disorder caused by a combination of genetic and environmental factors. Scientists still are not entirely sure why some people develop it while others do not. Beyond family history and various ethnic factors, however, there is at least one major risk factor that binds most cases: obesity.  


Generally speaking, childhood obesity can usually be blamed on diet and lack of exercise. Children need to consume lots of calories in order to achieve optimal growth and maintain good health, but those calories need to come from a balanced diet, including fruits, veggies, proteins, and the right kinds of carbohydrates. The carbs tend to be the worst culprits in childhood obesity, with children consuming too many "empty calories" not only from sugary snacks but also from a wide range of popular foods made of heavily refined grains, including many types of chips, crackers, cereals, breads, pastas and all sorts of other processed foods that act like sugar in the body, triggering weight gain and satisfying nothing beyond the taste buds.


Early childhood professionals can be very influential in helping children develop healthy lifelong dietary and exercise habits. Of course, you cannot control everything that happens in a child's life, but you can make an effort to provide parents with advice and helpful resources. More importantly, since you probably have children in your care for at least one meal and snack per day, you have ample opportunities to provide healthy choices and be a good role model. As for exercise, young children are naturally very active, and they learn best when they are on the move, so there is really no excuse for not ensuring that they are engaged in plenty of light, moderate, and vigorous play every single day.


Please see the other articles and links in this newsletter for more information on diabetes and its causes, as well as strategies and guidance for preventing childhood obesity. In addition, check out CCEI's professional development library, where you will find many courses about healthy eating and exercise in the early childhood environment.
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Diabetes in Children: Types 1 and 2

Type 1 Diabetes in Children


Type 1 diabetes in children is a condition in which your child's pancreas no longer produces the insulin your child needs to survive, and you'll need to replace the missing insulin. Type 1 diabetes in children used to be known as juvenile diabetes or insulin-dependent diabetes. View resource on type 1 diabetes. 


Type 2 Diabetes in Children

Type 2 diabetes in children is a chronic condition that affects the way your child's body metabolizes sugar (glucose). View resource on type 2 diabetes.

Preventing Childhood Obesity: Tips for Parents and Caretakers

Balance is key in helping your child maintain a healthy weight. Balance the calories your child eats and drinks with the calories used through physical activity and normal growth.


Overweight and obese children and teens should reduce the rate of weight gain while allowing normal growth and development. Don't put your child on a weight-reduction diet without talking to your health care provider.


Article courtesy of the American Heart Association

Children with Diabetes: Information for School and Child Care Providers
Please read this downloadable, printable brochure and share it with colleagues in your center.

If you work with children, it is likely that at some point you will have a child with diabetes in your care. Nearly one child in every 400-500 develops diabetes. This brochure provides caregivers and school personnel with a basic understanding of the key components of diabetes care.


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Article Courtesy of Zero to Three: National Center for Infants, Toddlers and Families  

CCEI is Reaccredited as an Authorized Provider of IACET CEUs 

International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET) Authorized Providers are the only organizations approved to offer IACET Continuing Education Units (CEUs). The accreditation period extends for five years, and includes all programs offered or created during that time. In order to renew Authorized Provider accreditation, CCEI completed a rigorous application process, including a review by an IACET site visitor, and successfully demonstrated adherence to the ANSI/IACET 1-2007 Standard addressing the design, development, administration, and evaluation of its programs. ChildCare Education Institute has pledged its continued compliance with the Standard, and is reauthorized to use the IACET name and Authorized Provider logo on promotional course material. In addition, IACET authorization means that CCEI is recognized internationally as offering quality continuing education and training programs.

Online Child Care Certificates Continue to Improve Early Childhood Educational Experiences

CCEI is proud to announce that its students have completed over 5,400 certificate programs of study online. For nearly nine years, CCEI has provided quality online child care training coursework to the early childhood education industry. Year after year, users appreciate the continuing education resources conveniently available from anywhere they have Internet access. Certificate programs of study are available for purchase through online enrollment.


For a limited time only, the providers enrolling in the CCEI Family Child Care Certificate can save $100! Upon program enrollment use promotion code FCC010 to take advantage of the savings. This offer is valid through November 30, 2013. The program provides 45 clock-hours of online training and grants 4.5 IACET CEUs upon successful completion.

For additional information, call CCEI at 1.800.499.9907, prompt 3!

Join the Fight against Diabetes with CCEI Online Child Care Training
Online child care training course NFS100: Healthy Habits: Nutrition and Fitness Practices is available as a no-cost trial course to new CCEI users during the month of November in recognition of American Diabetes Month (ADM). According to the American Diabetes Association, nearly 26 million U.S. children and adults have diabetes and another 79 million are pre-diabetic and are at risk for developing type 2 diabetes. CCEI's Healthy Habits course is focused on developing lifelong nutrition and fitness habits, which can help prevent adult health problems such as type 2 diabetes, obesity, heart disease, stroke, cancers, and osteoarthritis. This course offers guidance on why and how to develop a nutrition policy, strategies for working with families to promote proper nutrition practices at home, and curriculum enrichment ideas for increasing healthy lifestyle choices and reducing childhood obesity. USDA nutrition recommendations, healthful snacking, and portion sizes are also discussed within the one clock-hour course.

This beginner-level training course is available as a trial course to new users for CCEI account creation in November. Current students with active, unlimited subscriptions can enroll in courses at no additional cost when logged in to their CCEI account.


Stephanie Douglas

St. Augustine, FL


Congratulations to Stephanie for successfully completing the Online Florida Child Care Professional Credential Certificate (FCCPC) Program of Study!

Stephanie has always loved children, and gained much experience in child care from being the oldest of her five siblings. She decided to pursue teaching preschool after her son was born, and began her career as a two-year-old teacher. Stephanie enjoys being a constant in her students' daily lives, and hearing their stories during circle time. She is motivated by the opportunity to provide the children in her care with education, love, compassion, and the freedom to be creative. Stephanie's students especially enjoy art projects and story time.


Stephanie likes to spend her spare time with her husband and two active children, and also loves to go to the beach. She plans to earn associates degrees in Early Childhood Education and Criminal Justice. One day Stephanie would also like to teach for Florida's Voluntary Prekindergarten Education Program (VPK). She recommends CCEI and elaborates, "As a mother of two and working full-time, I honestly didn't think I would ever have time to go back to school. It has been such an amazing opportunity to be able to accomplish this without having to take time away from my family!"


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