Safe Sleep for Infants

The Safe to Sleep® campaign, formerly known as the Back to Sleep campaign, focuses on actions you and others can take to help your baby sleep safely and to reduce your baby’s risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death.
The term “SIDS” may sound scary, and the death of a baby is always heartbreaking. But there are a number of ways you can lower his or her risk while giving your baby the best care possible.
Learning about SIDS and safe sleep for babies is important for all caregivers, not just for parents. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, babysitters, childcare providers, and anyone else who might care for babies should learn more. Simple actions can make a big difference.

                    

Most Cited Deficiencies in Child Care Homes in 2017

Child care laws and regulations are carefully created with the health and safety of children in mind. Training classes are required during the licensing procedure which give best practices in keeping our children safe and to assist providers in meeting licensing requirements.
Citations for deficiencies can be very costly for child care providers, so don’t come up short at your next visit from licensing. Make sure you put into practice what you have learned. Click this link to see what the most common deficiencies were for last year.

It’s Flu Season

Parents and child care providers can help prevent and slow the spread of the flu. The flu (influenza) is a respiratory illness caused by a virus.

Flu infections are highly contagious. They spread easily when children are in a group with other children such as in a child care center or family child care home.

  • Talking with parents about the importance of influenza vaccination and advising them to take their child to get vaccinated as soon as possible.
  • Implementing a tracking procedure for influenza immunizations. Community Care Licensing requires that facilities maintain confidential records of immunizations, periodic health assessments, and any special health considerations.
  • Inviting a pediatrician or child care health consultant to provide influenza prevention education to parents and staff.

Click Here for “What’s the Latest with the Flu? A Message for Caregivers and Teachers 2017-2018 Influenza Season. 

Click Here for FREE Printable Resources from Center for Disease Control and Prevention 

Adapted from CQEL

Milestones Matter

Milestones matter! Track your child’s milestones from age 2 months to 5 years with CDC’s easy-to-use illustrated checklists; get tips from CDC for encouraging your child’s development; and find out what to do if you are ever concerned about how your child is developing.

From birth to age 5, your child should reach milestones in how he or she plays, learns, speaks, acts, and moves. Photos and videos in this app illustrate each milestone and make tracking them for your child easy and fun!

The use of this app is not a substitute for the use of validated, standardized developmental screening tools as recommended by the American Academy of Pediatrics.

Mandated Training to Recognize and Report Child Abuse for Child Care Providers

Beginning January 1, 2018, all licensees, administrators, or employees of a licensed child care facility, including child care centers and family child care homes will be required to take a training to recognize and report child abuse.

AB 1207 – California Child Care Workers: Mandated Reporter Training Update:
This Child Care Worker Training does satisfy the requirements of AB 1207

This program is self-paced and will provide an overview of the significant definitions, requirements and protections of the California Child Abuse & Neglect Reporting Act (CANRA). You will learn:

  • What the law requires of you as a mandated reporter
  • How to spot indicators of possible child abuse or neglect
  • How to talk to children about suspected abuse
  • How to make a report
  • What happens after a report is filed
  • Special issues related to child abuse reporting for child care providers

The Child Care module includes vignettes and is self-paced. At the conclusion of the training you will take a final test that requires an 80% or higher score to pass.  Upon passing the test you will be e-mailed a Certificate of Completion.

Access the training here