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, Resource List and Quick Reference Sheets from Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools - A Quick Reference Guide, 2nd Edition.. To open the module online, CLICK SLM Online-Children with Special Needs.  Make sure your computer has a current version of Adobe Flash Player.  Adobe Flash is integrated in Internet Explorer on Windows 10. Download updates of the software for free here. PA early care and education (ECE) providers may submit completed work for review for credit by completing an electronic response form from the link in the Document Packet, by scanning the Response Sheet and Registration Form 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. To 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 6/2019.

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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This module has seven activities described in Items A. through G. below. Items A, B, C, and G must be done individually by each staff member who is seeking professional development credit from ECELS. Items D, E and F may be done by program staff working together.

  • Item A. Read about fire safety measures.
  • Item B. Complete a Fire Safety/Emergency Hazard Checklist (B1) and use it to develop an Action Plan (B2) to make needed improvements.
  • Item C. Report the results of your use of the National Fire Protection Association's Learn Not to Burn Curriculum to teach fire safety skills to children in your care
  • Item D. Use Section 13 and Appendixes EE through GG of Model Child Care Health Policies to write your own policy for handling emergencies and disasters. This publication includes fill-in-the-blank evacuation polices as well as associated forms. It is free online. Hard copy printed versions of this book are available for purchase online from the AAP bookstore or by calling 866-843-2271.
  • Item E. Prepare a diagram that shows two evacuation routes to a safe area from every occupied area of the facility.
  • Item F. Work with a local fire safety professional during an on-site training visit to have the fire safety professional review your evacuation plan, your policy and other aspects of fire safety in your facility according to the PA DPW regulatory requirement 3270.31 (e)(4) (ii).
  • Item G. Complete the Self-Assessment.

Download the instructions you need to do the work. ECELS will grant training credit once per person for successfully completing this module. Completion of Items A, B, C, D, E and G do not count toward the annual Pennsylvania child care regulatory requirement of in-person training by a fire safety professional. Only Item F, the in-person fire safety training component, meets the PA DPW regulatory requirement in 3270.31(e)(4)(ii). Reminder: Staff members must have in-person fire safety training by a paid or volunteer fire safety professional each year.

PA child care practitioners may submit completed work for review for credit by scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., sending them by fax to 484-446-3255 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. To 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-ITERS: Personal Care Routines. K7-C3-82.) Updated 11/5/2013.

 

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This online professional development opportunity is for directors and administrative staff in centers that serve 25 or more children and who are new users (subscribers) using the WellCareTrackerTM Internet application software, available from ECELS. The professional development experience involves working with the user-friendly internet application on any computer connected to the Internet to review children's health records, identify and track gaps in the children's required preventive health services. WellCareTrackerTM software uses the dates of preventive health care services entered for each child at any time thereafter to report whether the child is currently up to date, overdue or will be due in the next three months for specific services. In addition to reports for individual children that can be given to parents, the system produces a report for all the children entered. This report makes it easy to  track needed services and follow-up with families. Currently, the PA Department of Health is doing random audits of the immunization records that state regulations require child care programs keep on file to show children are up to date. The health reports should give information about screening tests and special needs too. WellCareTrackerTM lets staff make sure children have received all the services that they need to be healthy and ready to learn. In addition to being protected against vaccine preventable infectious disease, they need to be free of treatable conditions such as hearing and vision problems, anemia or lead poisoning. Look for the detailed description of the self-learning module on the left pane of the WellCareTracker(TM) home page at www.wellcaretracker.org under "ECELS - Self Learning Module." 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-ITERS: Personal Care Routines, Program Structure. K7-C3-78 or K8-C3-91. 6/2017

Learn how to check immunization records for children in your care. View online videos and learn about vaccines on the website of the Vaccine Education Center of The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The instructions include a link to the website of the National Immunization Program of the Centers for Diseases Control and Prevention (CDC) and CDC's FREE handy software tools to check vaccine records for individual children in your care and adults who care for the children.   Pennsylvania child care practitioners may earn professional development credit by submitting your answers to questions about what you learned with your evaluation of vaccine records for at least 5 children in your care. Follow the instructions in the "Important Reminders" box beside the list of self-learning modules for ECELS to review your work to award professional development credit.  (ECERS-ITERS: Program Structure. K7-C2-78. 6/2017

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Indoor air quality can impact the comfort and health of children and staff.  Using this module will help you learn to assess and improve indoor air quality in early care and education programs.  The module uses the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Tools for Schools Kit to identify and develop an Action Plan for indoor air quality issues.  This module is most appropriate for directors who can make policy decisions.  However, all staff may use the module for education and provide input on policy and practice for indoor air quality management.  We suggest wrtiting your answers on the Self-Assessment document before entering your responses in Survey Monkey.  Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. (ECERS-ITERS: Space and Furnishings, Personal Care Routines, Parents and Staff. K7.1 C3 and K7.2 C3). 6/2017

This module addresses many key aspects of caring for infants and toddlers.  These include:  establishing relationships; developmental milestones; nutrition and feeding; safe sleep; infection control and working with a child care health consultant.  The self-assessment online option is in development.  If you are seeking credit, please send the completed self-assessment to ECELS by email, fax or surface mail.  4/2019