June is National Safety Month
Learn More About How to Protect Children from Accidents!
National Safety month brings awareness to preventing all kinds of accidents including common accidents at home and in the workplace. There are also many ways to prevent life threatening injuries or death from accidents to children.
NSC, along with window and door industry professionals and other safety advocates, formed the
Window Safety Task Force
in 1997 to educate caregivers about window safety. The Task Force offers these suggestions to help protect children:
- Always supervise children and keep their play area away from windows
- Keep windows closed and locked when children are present
- If windows are open, make sure children can't reach them
- For a double-hung window on an upper floor, open the top sash for ventilation and keep the bottom sash closed
- Screens keep bugs out, but they do not keep children in
- Keep furniture away from windows as they could tempt a curious child to climb and potentially fall
- Don't allow children to jump on beds or other furniture
- If there are young children in the home, install ASTM-approved limited-opening hardware, which only allows a window to open a few inches
Window Cords can Cause Strangulation
About one child per month dies
from window cord strangulation, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Another will be treated following a near strangulation.
Parents and caregivers are urged to check their window coverings for exposed or dangling cords, and every year in October, the Window Covering Safety Council and CPSC sponsor
National Window Covering Safety Month
to remind caregivers of the risks.
Safety experts recommend only cordless window coverings or those with inaccessible cords be used in homes with young children. If you can't replace your window coverings with today's safer products,
free retrofit kits
are available through the Window Covering Safety Council.
Suffocation is the Leading Cause of Death in Infants
Water Safety- Indoors + Outdoors!
Whether you live in a climate that's warm year-round or you mainly enjoy outdoor activities during the summer, swimming and water are likely to be a big part of family fun. But the importance of safety cannot be overstated.
Drowning is the leading cause of death in children ages 1 to 2 and it's the second leading cause of death for children ages 3 to 6.
While many are aware of the importance of safety around pools and at the beach, parents also need to supervise their children near bathtubs. Most drowning and near-drowning incidents happen when a child falls into a pool or is left alone in the bathtub.
Tips to Remember to keep Kids Safe Around Water:
- Always watch your child while he or she is bathing, swimming or around water
- Gather everything needed (towel, bath toys, sunscreen) before the child enters the water; if you must leave the area, take the child with you
- Empty all buckets, bathtubs and kiddie pools of water immediately after use and store them upside down and out of your child's reach
- Do not allow your child to play or swim in canals or streams
- Install a 5-foot-tall fence with self-closing gate latches around your pool or hot tub
- Consider installing door alarms to alert adults when a child has unexpectedly opened a door leading to a pool or hot tub
- Keep a phone and life preserver near the pool or hot tub in case of emergency
- Use snug-fitting life jackets instead of "floaties," but remember that a child can still drown with a life jacket on if not carefully watched
- Become certified in first aid and CPR
- Find age-appropriate swim lessons for your child, but keep in mind that lessons do not make your child "drown-proof"
Click Here to visit the National Safety Council website
Safe Sleep for Baby & Dads On Duty!
Sleep related deaths, such as accidental suffocation and SIDs, are the leading cause of preventable death in babies 1-12 months old. Babies who are 2-4 months of age are at the highest risk of sleep related deaths. Dads today spend triple the time caring for their children as dads 50 years ago did. You, as the Dad on Duty, have the chance to make a real difference in keeping your baby safe. Dads on Duty Practice Safe Sleep
1 out of 2 Metro Denver babies who died while sleeping were sharing an adult bed, couch or chair*.A safe sleep environment can help protect your baby from sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related deaths. Put your baby to sleep safely for naps and at night time with the following recommendations from
The American Academy of Pediatrics
:SHARE THE ROOM, NOT THE BED
Don't sleep with baby in a bed, couch, chair or futon. Place baby in a separate sleep area in the same room. If you are feeding your baby and think you may fall asleep, feed your baby on your bed rather than a sofa or cushioned chair. If you do fall asleep, move the baby to a firm and flat surface as soon as you wake up.
FIRM & FLAT SURFACE
Place baby on a firm and flat sleep surface like a crib, bassinet or Pack 'n Play. Swings and car seats are not safe for sleeping because they are not flat. The baby's head can fall forward and the wind pipe can be closed off.
Remove all soft objects like toys and pillows, bumpers and loose bedding from sleep area. They put your baby in danger of getting trapped, strangled or of suffocating.
Dress baby in a sleep sack or footed pajamas instead of using blankets. This helps keep your baby warm without covering his head or face.
BACK TO SLEEP
Place baby on his or her back to sleep every time. This decreases the chance of SIDS.
NO STRINGS ATTACHED
Give baby a dry pacifier not attached by a string. It's okay if the pacifier falls out of your baby's mouth during sleep as long as it's not attached to your baby's clothing.
KEEP IT COOL
Avoid overheating with a room temperature between 68 and 72 degrees. Keep baby's head uncovered. Baby needs only 1 more layer of clothing than you.
BABY IS SMOKE-FREE
Don't smoke around baby or in their environment.
Professional Development and Training
Look here each month to find the latest training opportunities available with ACECC and our partners in childcare professional development.
You can also
Visit our Website
and check out
the Calendar page, use the Register for Classes button to sign up for a class and go to the Professional Development page to download our Spring Training Calendar.
The Early Learning
Leadership Institute- June 21, 22, July 12 and August 23, 24.
Dynamic Leadership Training and Credential for:
Administrators, Owners, Directors, Board Members, and Supervisors of Early Care and Education Programs. Please visit their website for more information Early Learning Leadership or click below to download more about this great program.
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ELLI Administrative Training
CCAP Quarterly Training Class- June 17, 2017 from 9:00 am-12:00 pm. Arapahoe County Dept. of Human Services building14980 E. Alameda Drive
Aurora, CO 80012. Free.
A Care Giver Network Family Provider Training
ACGN Membership Meeting-
June 15th from 7:00-9:00 pm
Members are welcome to attend our membership meeting and workshop
held the 3rd Thursday of each month except for the months of July,
October (Membership Appreciation Dinner), and December.
These courses are taught by a variety of speakers from month to month.
Colorado Child Care Market Rate Survey
2017 Market Rate Survey Opens June 5th!
The Office of Early Childhood will request your participation in the 2017 Market Rate Survey. The survey will be posted on the Colorado Office of Early Childhood website starting June 5, 2017 through September 5, 2017.
State and federal legislation requires the Office of Early Childhood to conduct a child care market rate survey every two years in order to receive federal funding from the Child Care and Development Fund.
The market rate survey helps Colorado establish child care provider reimbursement rates that are high enough to allow low-income working families to enter the child care market and afford equal access to a range of care.
Mark your calendar for these Upcoming Events:
Developmental Pathways 5th Annual Spanish Resource Fair -Saturday, June 10th from 10:00 am-1:00 pm at the Aurora Public Schools Learning and Conference Center at 15771 E. 1st Ave. Aurora, CO 80011.
Metro Community Provider Network - Community Health & Resource Event. Connecting families to medical care and sustainable support. Tuesday, June 13, 2017 2:00-4:00 PM at 10680 Del Mar Pkwy., Aurora 80010. MCPN Website
Event Flyer Click Here
June Family Fun Calendar-Things to do with Kids Around Town this Month! Download Below and Find Fun Every Day:
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