EECCP

Early Education and Child Care Professional
(EECCP)

The term early education and child care professionals describes staff members in child care centers, nursery schools, Head Start programs, large and small family child care homes and before and after school programs. Directors, teachers/caregivers and the others who work in group care settings for young children are key contributors to the well-being of children.  Formation of warm, positive, supportive relationships with children and their family members enables children to develop social, emotional and cognitive development as well as resilience to handle life stress. Protecting children from harm and promoting their health so they are healthy and able to learn makes collaboration among health professionals, early education and child care professionals and families essential.

The staff of early education and child care programs interact with children, offer them opportunities to learn and encourage them to use those opportunities. An integral component of their role is to protect children from harm by structuring a safe environment and providing necessary supervision at all times. Staff members must address their own physical and mental health to function as role models and be able to carry out the functions required fortheir jobs. Occupational health, promotion and protection of child health are all key components of early education and child care. Staff should have received pre-service instruction and continue to participate in professional development that enhances competent performance. College level course work is valuable. However, degree-earning college curricula for educators may not include the necessary information about health and safety to competently care for young children. Professional development focused on health and safety must fill those gaps.

News

  • Metals in Baby Food
    There has been information in the news about metals found in baby food. Here’s what you need to know from the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP). The AAP explores the facts in “Metals in Baby Food”. Although some metals can be harmful to one’s health, recent reports are unclear on the types and amounts of metals found in infant and…
  • ECELS Immunization Webinar - January 16, 2020
    ECELS Webinar - Immunization Strategies for Success in Early Care and Education Programs - January 16, 2020. Registration for this webinar is now closed, however the recording will be posted and available for professional development credit.  Click here for details.
  • Influenza (Flu)
    The influenza (flu) virus is common and unpredictable. Plan ahead for this year's flu season.  See ECELS Health Capsule Influenza: Plan Ahead - Flu Season is Here for current information and strategies to support flu vaccination for all staff and children in early care and education programs. 
  • Safe Use of Infant Sitting Devices
    A recent study in Pediatrics, “Infant Deaths in Sitting Devices,” reviewed the safety of infant sitting devices. The study found over 300 sleep-related infant deaths from 2004-2014 happened in car seats, strollers, bouncers, swings, and other infant seats. Most sleep-related infant deaths in sitting devices occurred in car seats. Incorrect use of car seats led to most infant deaths in…
  • Fall Means Cooler Weather - Infant Safe Sleep Reminders
    Now is a good time to remind infant caregivers of safe sleep recommendations and the prohibition of use of blankets.  See the Infant Safe Sleep Recommendations.   11/2019