June 2013

1. Message from the Chairperson Danette Glassy, MD, FAAP

2. Get to Know Dr

3. New Reports

4. New Resources

5. New Articles

6. Chapter Child Care Contact Corner

7. Upcoming Events


1. Message from the Chairperson Danette Glassy, MD, FAAP:

Dear Early Learning Advocates:

There continues to be increased momentum toward improved access to quality child care for all children. Many new tools have become available in the last couple of months to help you in your work to advocate for this improved quality.  One of the most important is Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition.  As you know, Stepping Stones is the abridged form of Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition, that went through a rigorous new process for selection of the most important standards.  In the past, this guide has been a favorite of Licensing Professionals and Policy Makers.  Please promote the use of Stepping Stones and Caring for Our Children.  Stepping Stones is available in full text and searchable at www.nrckids.org.

Another AAP resource that has just undergone a full revision is PedFACTS: Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers, www.pedfactsonline.com.  This is a pediatric first aid course organized to make it easier to teach child care providers and K-12 teachers. 

The AAP is fully committed to the improved access to quality child care.  One of the ways the SOEECC executive committee has decided that the our work on this can be better facilitated is through a merger with the Committee on Early Childhood.  Thanks to those who completed our survey asking for your input.  Over the next year, the Section and the Committee will be meeting to organize how the new council will function, keeping our child care momentum moving forward.  If you have questions about this process, please contact Jeanne VanOrsdal at jvanorsdal@aap.org.

The other part of our survey revealed that you like our membership recruitment and retention ideas.  Thank you also for your additional suggestions.  If you have any further suggestions about membership recruitment or retention, please contact Jeanne VanOrsdal at jvanorsdal@aap.org.

Thank you for all of your work and expertise promoting quality in child care and early learning settings. Please don’t hesitate to contact me at dsglassy@aap.net or Jeanne VanOrsdal at jvanorsdal@aap.org with comments or questions. 

Danette Glassy, MD, FAAP Chairperson
AAP Section on Early Education and Child Care

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2. Get to Know Andrew Hashikawa, MD, FAAP!

Dr. Andrew Hashikawa is a pediatric emergency medicine (PEM) physician at Mott Children’s Hospital the University of Michigan.  He completed his general pediatrics training at the Mayo Clinic and a pediatric emergency medicine fellowship at the Medical College of Wisconsin.  During fellowship, Dr. Hashikawa was awarded the National Institutes of Health loan repayment and AAP resident CATCH grant for child care related research.  He has been the Chapter Child Care Contact (CCCC) for the Michigan AAP since January 2011 but has been working with local child care agencies since moving to Michigan in 2010.

He has established excellent working relationships with representatives from the Early Childhood Investment Corporation, Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children, Head Start, community college child care educators, and local public health departments.  He also served as the state’s child care representative for the AAP and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Pandemic Preparedness Meeting in 2011. 

His main research interest is acute illness in child care settings.  He has published research related to child care illness in Pediatrics (May 2010) and (December 2012) and was the lead author on the most recent C.S. Mott National Poll on Children’s Health’s survey that asked parents with children less than 6 years old in child care about their opinions on the impact of child care illness on their work and medical care seeking behavior (http://mottnpch.org).  Over the past two years, he has been involved with the implementation of both the AAP’s Healthy Future’s Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and the Medication Administration in Child Care Curriculum thoughout the state.  Currently, Dr. Hashikawa and state early child care representatives, as a result of the Building Bridges Among Health & Early Childhood Systems project, are looking to develop and establish a statewide health and early childhood consortium of Michigan AAP health care professionals and state early learning representatives.


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3. New Reports:

Modifying Media Content for Preschool Children: A Randomized Controlled Trial
Limiting preschool children's exposure to violent TV programs and increasing their time watching educational programs resulted in significant improvements in behavior after six months, according to a study in the journal Pediatrics. Researchers noted that those who were encouraged to watch positive programs were less aggressive and showed healthier social behavior.

Maternal Alcohol Use and Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and Infant Mortality Excluding SIDS
Babies born to mothers who were diagnosed with an alcohol-use disorder while pregnant or during the baby's first year were at least seven times more likely to die from sudden infant death syndrome than those born to nonalcoholic mothers, Australian researchers found. They reported in the journal Pediatrics that babies of alcoholic mothers were also at greater risk of dying from causes other than SIDS.

Prevalence and Reasons for Introducing Infants Early to Solid Foods: Variations by Milk Feeding Type
The AAP recommends exclusive breast-feeding for about the first six months of life, but CDC researchers found that 40% of 1,334 mothers said they started introducing solid food to their babies before they were 4 months old. The researchers found that formula-fed babies were twice as likely as breast-fed babies to be given solids early. Almost 90% of mothers who introduced solids early said they thought their babies were old enough to eat such food, according to the study in the journal Pediatrics.

 


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4. New Resources:

Oral Health in Child Care and Early Education
This document is a compilation of 37 nationally recognized health and safety standards and 1 Appendix from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards; Guidelines for Early Care and Education Programs, 3rd Edition, 2011 (CFOC3)* on oral health in child care and early education settings.

Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children
The National Resource Center for Health and Safety in Child Care and Early Education (NRC) is pleased to announce the release of Stepping Stones to Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition (SS3). SS3 presents 138 essential standards intended to reduce the rate of morbidity and mortality in child care and early education settings.

Healthy Futures Curricula PediaLink online learning modules
Two modules designed to allow participants to learn independently in a web-based format:
-Preventing and Managing Infectious Diseases in Early Education and Child Care
-Medication Administration in Early Education and Child Care


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5. New Articles:

Repetetive Reading Helps Toddlers Learn New Words
Three-year-olds who were read the same story several times in a week remembered more new words than those who heard three different stories, a study showed. The learning ability of children improves when information is repeated, an expert said.

Drinking skim milk may not help fight childhood obesity
Children who drank 1% or skim milk had a higher risk of being overweight and obese between ages 2 and 4 compared with children who drank 2% or whole milk, U.S. researchers found. The findings, published in the Archives of Disease in Childhood, may be due to parents deciding to give overweight children low-fat and skim milk, the researchers said.

Most toddler meals are high in sodium, CDC says
CDC researchers looked at 1,115 food products for babies and toddlers and found that more than 75% of packaged meals and snacks for toddlers had high sodium content. The lead author said parents need to be aware of the risks of too much sodium and to read package labels. The report was presented at an American Heart Association meeting.

Pesticides, disinfectants should be kept out of children's reach
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency urged parents and caregivers to keep pesticides and other household chemicals in locked cabinets to lower the incidence of accidental poisonings involving children. In a news release for National Poison Prevention Week, officials reported that approximately 65,000 children aged 5 and younger are accidentally exposed to pesticides annually.

Chickenpox can be fatal, CDC says

In 2009, chickenpox claimed the life of a 15-year-old girl from Ohio three weeks after she was admitted to a hospital for serious complications, CDC officials reported on Thursday. The report found that most hospitalizations and deaths related to chickenpox happened among healthy individuals younger than 20 before the vaccine was introduced in 1995. The findings appear in the agency's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

Physical activity may not be a key factor in childhood obesity
Data on 119 preschool students ages 3 to 6 revealed that normal-weight and overweight participants did not show significant differences in physical-activity levels, suggesting that exercise rates may not be a key factor in childhood obesity. However, researchers found that children with lower socioeconomic status had greater body mass and media consumption. The findings were published in PLoS ONE.

Longer screen time may put children at risk for heart disease
Spending too many hours watching TV or playing video games was associated with reduced levels of HDL cholesterol among children, possibly putting them at greater risk for heart problems, Canadian researchers found. They noted that children who had more than two hours of screen time a day also had higher caloric intake than peers who had less screen time.

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6. Chapter Child Care Contact Corner:

Recruiting:

Are you looking to become more involved in early education and child care?  If so, we have an opportunity for you! We are looking for an AAP Chapter Child Care Contact (CCCC) in the following states:

  • California 1
  • California 4
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Indiana
  • Mississippi
  • Montana
  • Nevada
  • New Hampshire
  • New York 1
  • New York 3
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Puerto Rico
  • South Dakota
  • Wyoming

Around the Corner:

If you or someone you know is interested in this position, please contact Jill Hernandez at jhernandez@aap.org.  A job description is available at http://www.healthychildcare.org/pdf/CCCCJobDescription.pdf.   

If you are not in one of the states listed above, but are interested in getting involved with early education and child care, contact your CCCC.  http://www.healthychildcare.org/pdf/CCCCFlyer.pdf

We are working on scheduling CCCC Webinars on the following topics for 2013:

  • Strengthening Standards in Early Education & Child Care
  • Mental Health
  • Pediatric Obesity

Dates and times for these webinars will be sent out on the CCCC email listserv. 
If you are interested in providing a brief overview of a success story from your state on one of these topics, please contact Jill Hernandez at jhernandez@aap.org.


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7. Upcoming Events:

NAEYC

NAEYC's 2013 National Institute for Early Childhood Professional Development
June 9-12, 2013, San Francisco, CA

The 2013 Institute theme focuses on the principles and guidelines of Developmentally Appropriate Practice—with a focus on the degree to which teachers and family childcare providers are implementing these practices in their work with children and families.
NAFCC Conference

NAFCC Conference 2013
July 18-20, 2013, Scottsdale, AZ

Our national conference offers providers, and people who work in support of family child care, an opportunity for professional development, networking, and resources to improve educational opportunities they provide to children and families.

NCE2013

AAP National Confernece & Exhibition
October 26-29, 2013, Orlando, FL

The AAP National Conference & Exhibition, October 26–29 at the Orange County Convention Center, is the hottest spot for the latest best practices and pharmacological and technical advances brought to you by the leaders in pediatrics.

NAEYC Annual

NAEYC's 2013 Annual Conference & Expo
November 20-23, 2013, Washington, DC

In November 2013, educators will come from across the country and around the world to Washington, DC, to participate in hundreds of well-planned workshops, seminars, and presentations on the latest research and information on early childhood development.


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