Learn the latest research about early brain and child development from ECELS Pediatric Advisor, Beth DelConte. Find out how you can support young children and their families to promote healthy development and reduce toxic stress.

This professional development session is designed for child care program directors, family child care providers, health professionals, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, supervisory staff, Infant Toddler Specialists, instructors and STARS TA Consultant

The session was presented as an audioconference on April 2, 2014 by Libby Ungvary, ECELS Director and Dr. Beth DelConte. Participants may receive 1.5 hours of PA Key professional development credit for participating and submitting an evaluation. Act 48 professional development credit will be available. 

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Discuss the basic research of Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) and the negative impact of toxic stress.
  2. Understand the lifetime effects of toxic stress on education, health and productivity.
  3. Promote positive parenting and other supports for emerging social, emotional, and language skills which can buffer toxic stress.
  4. Access Pennsylvania - specific early childhood supports which exist in the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to promote optimal EBCD.

To listen to the recording click here.

In partnership with the national American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Child Care America program, ECELS presented a webinar with a simultaneous audio conference, “Using Model Child Care Health Policies to Improve Quality” on February 12, 2014. This event was for early education and child care teachers/caregivers, health professionals, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, technical assistance consultants & child care agency/organization staff members.  Handouts are posted below to download. They include the PowerPoint slides, the evaluation form to submit for CME/CEU, PA Key and Act 48 credit,  a cross-walk of the Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th edition with the high priority national health and safety standards in Stepping Stones 3rd edition, and a list of Environmental Rating Scale items with health and safety content. The recording of this audio conference and webinar is with the archived webinars on the Healthy Child Care America website.

On December 6, 2012 ECELS presented an audio conference for Pennsylvania Child Care Health Consultants, Oral Health Professionals, Specialty Discipline Instructors, Head Start Health Coordinators and other professionals working on quallity improvement in early care and education. This audioconference, Prevention is Best: Promoting New and Effective Oral Health Habits in Early Childhood was presented by C. Eve J. Kimball, MD, PA AAP Pediatric Oral Health Advocate, Amy Requa, MSN, CRNP, Pennsylvania Head Start State Oral Health Coordinator, and Libby Ungvary, ECELS Director. To listen to the audioconference recording, click here. Open the attachments for Dr. Kimball's Handouts, and for Oral Health posters in English and Spanish. The attachments also include the Caring for Our Children-ECELS Handouts presented by Libby Ungvary, the Head Start presentation by Amy Requa and the UPMC Evaluation Form. Although UPMC CEU/CME is no longer available for listing to the audio conference, PA Key Professional Development credit is available by listening to the recording and submitting the UPMC Evaluation Form to ECELS. 12/2012

On June 20, 2012, ECELS presented an audio conference about the use of care plans, electronic medical records and tools to meet the needs of children with special needs.  The audioconference featured a co-editor of the American Academy of Pediatric's manual, Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, Dr. Elaine Donoghue and Beth DelConte, ECELS Pediatric Advisor.  A child care health consultant from the south east region shared examples of inclusion and use of care plans.  To listen to the recording of the audio conference and receive state-authorized training credit, contact ECELS for the mp3 file and instructions for completing and submitting the registration and evaluation forms.  Open the attachments for handouts provided by Dr. Donoghue, Dr. DelConte and Laurie Grant for this audio conference.   For questions, contact ECELS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  800-24-ECELS. 6/2012.