Learn how to make active play areas safe, fun places for children and their teachers/caregivers. In this module, you will learn how to assess play areas for hazards and make corrections.  View four online videos and review forms, guides and other materials. Use tools to plan for supervision and maintenance of indoor and outdoor active play areas. When you have completed this module, follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. (ECERS-ITERS: Space and Furnishings, Activities, Interaction. K7.3 C3. 6/2017

Asthma is one of the most common chronic illnesses of childhood. Learn about asthma and how early care and education staff can take care of young children with asthma. This module includes easy-to-understand information about asthma and a link to an on-line video to view. PA early care and education staff may submit completed work for review for credit by completing an electronic response form via a link in the module, scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail, or sending them by fax or by surface mail to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. Reaffirmed 5-2019

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This online self-learning module includes reviewing examples of school-age children with challenging behavior. Learn about tools recommended to sort out the motives behind such behavior. By understanding these motives, practitioners can give children socially acceptable alternatives to their challenging behavior. PA child care practitioners may submit completed work for review for credit by scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail, sending them by fax or by surface mail to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. (ECERS: Interaction. K7-C2-84.) Instructions 2009.

This online self-leaning module will help you to promote mental health in young children. Learn about biological and environmental risk factors for challenging behaviors. Use tools to review for behaviors related to childhood development. Find out strategies to help manage children with challenging behaviors and identify policies to help prevent suspension and expulsion of children. Understand the importance of open communication with parents and use resources to help children with challenging behaviors and their families. (ECERS-ITERS: Interaction0. 6/2017

By using the information in this self-learning module to perform the required activities, you can help give children and their mothers a life-long health benefit! This Self Learning Module is based on an online resource kit developed by the Wisconsin Partnership for Activity and Nutrition. This kit contains two important tools that centers can use to become breastfeeding friendly. To earn Professional Development credit for this module from ECELS, follow these instructions:

Learn how to protect children in your early care and education (ECE) program from abuse and neglect. This module addresses how to prevent, identify and report child abuse and neglect. It describes your responsibilities as a mandated reporter as required by the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). By using the recommended practices, you will help ensure the safety of children in your care.

To complete this module, view the online videos here and explore the links at the end of each topic. If you are using Google Chrome, be sure the Flash Video function is enabled.  Use the resources in the document packet, and complete the Assessment and Reporting Scenarios Packet. You may either download the Assessment and Reporting Scenarios Packet or complete it online at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/KQ8L9WG. Follow the instructions in the “Friendly Reminders Box” when you submit your work for ECELS for review for professional development credit.
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This module is approved for Act 31 credit.

This module addresses the following Core Knowledge Competencies:
• K7.10 C1 Identify the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect.
• K7.10 C2 Interpret the differences between physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect.
• K7.11 C1 Name and adhere to the laws and responsibilities associated with being a mandated reporter for suspected child abuse and neglect.
• K7.11 C2 Relate the challenges associated with being a mandated reporter for suspected child abuse and neglect.

Users who complete this module will be able to:
• Apply child abuse and neglect prevention efforts within families and among early care and education professionals
• Identify signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect (maltreatment)
• Demonstrate knowledge of PA reporting requirements for mandated reporters
• Identify and outline the process of supporting those involved with an abused or neglected child
• Demonstrate the use of nationally recognized resources in the development of policies and procedures

This  online self-learning module uses an interactive format with embedded video, case studies, and questions for the user to answer. Learn key strategies for inclusion of children with special needs.  Download the Document Packet and Children with Special Needs-Resources and References document that has links to many useful resources. To open the module online, CLICK SLM Online-Children with Special Needs.  Make sure your computer has a current version of Adobe Flash Player.  You can download updates of the software for free at www.adobe.com. PA child care practitioners may submit completed work for review for credit by completing an electronic response form via a link in the Document Packet, or by scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail, or by sending them by fax or by surface mail to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. have ECELS review your work for state-authorized training credit, select the button that says "Click Here to Order SLM Reviews." Follow the instructions and pay for the review of your work. (ECERS-R, ITERS-R Program Structure, Personal Care Routines. K7-C2-84.) Updated 3/13/2018.

Learn reasons and rationale for arranging for the services of a Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC). Explain the role of the CCHC and identify resources for help in locating a CCHC. View video segments accessible online. If you are unable to view the segments online, you can request a DVD that includes them by contacting ECELS.

This module provides an overview of common illnesses that children experience. The most common illnesses are conditions and symptoms caused by infectious diseases. Some examples are: colds, fever, sore throat, cough, pink eye, ear infections, diarrhea, impetigo and ringworm, lice and vaccine-preventable infections. A few non-infectious conditions are common also. Examples of these are: constipation, allergies to any substance or food, eczema and asthma.

This module uses frequently updated content from websites supported by widely recognized national experts. It includes online videos and downloadable documents. Each person seeking PA Key credit must independently perform the learning activities and then complete the Self-Assessment. The completed self-assessment can be submitted on-line, or by sending it to ECELS as a scan attached to an email, or as a paper copy mailed to ECELS. The details are described in the instructions in the document packet for the module. Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders" box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. (ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines, Parents and Staff. Keystone STARS Core Knowledge Competencies K7.1 C3, K7.2 C1, K7.4 C3, K7.5 C1, K7.6 C1.  Updated 6/2017.

ECELS recognizes the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) Multi-hazard Planning for Child Care course as a quality learning experience for emergency planning. It has many worksheets and suggestions from experts that help child care providers make effective plans.

Section 13 of Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th edition includes polices that early educators can use to write "best practice" emergency plans. The Appendixes of Model Child Care Health Policies include some documents that every program should have on hand: Appendix I, Emergency Information Form for Children with Special Health Care Needs, Appendix CC. Incident Report Form, Appendix DD. Child Care Initial Rapid Damage Assessment, Appendix EE. Sample Letter of Agreement with Emergency Evacuation Site, Appendix FF. Sample Letter to Parents About Evacuation Arrangements, Appendix GG. Evacuation Drill Long.  If you prefer to purchase the hard copy of Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th edition, it is available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics order it online or call 888-227-1770.

For state-authorized training credit: Download the Emergency Plan Checklist that follows this description of the self-learning module. Identify the places where your emergency plan needs to be improved. Scan and e-mail or fax the following three documents to ECELS for 2 hours of state-authorized professional development credit that ECELS to review and approve:

  1. Your certificate of successful completion of the FEMA course
  2. A copy of your facility's updated Emergency Plan
  3. A copy of your completed Emergency Plan Checklist showing your plans for improvement. ECELS T/TA staff will review your work and, if needed, give you feedback you can use to further improve your plan

Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage to submit your work for review by ECELS. (K7-C3-84). Instructions updated 6/2017.

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