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Safe Baby, Safe Child

5 Clock Hours / 0.5 CEUs

Safe Baby, Safe Child Course Description: 

This course applies to infants, toddlers, and preschoolers. 

Learn to recognize symptoms of and ways to prevent traumatic brain injuries in children, including shaken baby syndrome.See the course topics listed below for more information on what is covered.

Some states have specific Shaken Baby Syndrome requirements, as listed below. Safe Baby, Safe Child certificates are individualized for those states with specific requirements. 

Learning Outcomes: After completing Safe Baby, Safe Child you will be able to explain the types, causes, and symptoms of traumatic brain injuries to infants and young children and ways to prevent such injuries; describe the symptoms and risk factors of shaken baby syndrome; describe the reasons for infants’ crying and ways to soothe infants; identify infants’ and young children’s other difficult developmental phases and strategies for handling their difficult behaviors; and identify strategies for handling and responding to caregiver stress.

Course Formats
Course IDCourse FormatCourse LanguageClock HoursIACET CEUsQuantityTuition 
SBS-13N9 CourseBook English50.5 $34.00
SBS-23R9 Online Course English50.5 $34.00

Please note: You need only ONE of the formats listed above. Choose either CourseBook OR Online Course format.

Attention North Carolina Students: This course is not accepted for your SIDS training.

Attention Maryland Students: This course satisfies your Shaken Baby Syndrome requirement.

Attention Missouri Students: This course is not accepted for your safe sleep training requirement.

Topics Covered in Safe Baby, Safe Child:

  • Results of traumatic brain injury for young children
  • Ways to prevent traumatic brain injury for young children
  • Ways to recognize and prevent shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma 
  • Results of abusive head trauma in infants and young children
  • Major reasons adults shake infants and young children 
  • Risk factors for becoming a victim of shaken baby syndrome/abusive head trauma
  • Ways to soothe crying babies
  • Ways to cope with young children's difficult developmental stages
  • Ways to manage stress as a caregiver

Prerequisites: Must be able to fluently read and write English.

Instructional methodology: Read written material; view videos; listen to audio segments.

Assessment methods: Multiple choice quizzes and written assignments.

Comments on Safe Baby, Safe Child:

This was a very good class to take and I wish everyone could see the video.  - New York, New York

Thank you for your prompt attention in returning my test results and certificate. I loved the convenience of this online class, and the knowledge that I had a number to call in case things did not go well. Fortunately, they could not have gone better!  To get a score of 100 % put an additional smile on my face.  – Burnsville, Minnesota

I truly appreciate your service [Safe Baby, Safe Child]. Being the owner of a 24hr Family Daycare Facility has all types of challenges in today's market; efficient time management being a main one. Being able to educate myself (not only to meet requirements but to truly enhance my development) is essential to maintaining the quality service I hope to provide. Being able to do it, as time allows, is a blessing truly appreciated. Your course-work provides thought provoking insight into the care and nurturing of the little ones that grace my portals and for that I commend you. - Baltimore, Maryland

Completion deadline: This training expires 12 months from the date of purchase. Courses must be successfully completed by their expiration date in order for the student to receive a certificate.
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Care Courses currently offers over 60 professional development courses and one non-credit training tutorial on the CDA process. All courses offer clock hours and an official online certificate of completion. The free CDA tutorial does not offer clock hours or a certificate.

Care Courses' course tuition entitles one person to receive the clock hours granted by a course upon successful completion.  Bundle pricing covers tuition for all the courses included in a bundle.

To receive the CEUs and Clock Hours for a course, you must adhere to and sign our honor code, follow directions on written assignments and show comprehension of the course content. You must make 70% or better on all course quizzes. Less than 70% will result in trainer review and evaluation. If review indicates the need for discussion, you will be informed that you must speak with a trainer. You will be given a second chance to make 70% or better. Should you fail to do so, you will receive a letter indicating that you did not pass the course and may not retake the course for 12 months.

Clock hours and CEUs are documented on official Care Courses certificates of completion which are accessed in the My Courses area of your account.

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