Why is active play so important for young children?  Learn from professionals about the value of active play and reducing risk from hazards.  This webinar content includes:   the importance of active play to support social-emotional, cognitive and physical development of young children;  the leading hazards that cause the most common injuries in active play environments;  and tools to implement a plan for active play area maintenance. Presenters are Dr. Susan S. Aronson, ECELS Pediatric Advisor, Betsy Caesar, MEd, President, Playcare, Inc. and Tyrone Scott, MBA, CPSI. 

Participants receive 1.5 hours of professional development credit for participating and completing the evaluation. PA Key and Act 48 credit are available for this recorded webinar.  To listen to the recording, click here. Download the handouts and evaluation form in the links below.

 

Asthma is one of the most common chronic diseases in children. Use the recorded ECELS webinar to learn more about asthma. In this webinar you will learn about asthma symptoms, resources and tools to care for children with this special need.  Presenters for this webinar include Dr. Susan S. Aronson, MD, FAAP, ECELS Founder and Pediatric Advisor and Zalika Shani, MPH, MCHES - Program Manager, Kids Asthma Management Program, Crozer-Keystone Health System.

This webinar is designed for Child Care Program Directors and Teachers/Caregivers. Family Child Care Providers, Child Care Health Advocates, Child Care Health Consultants, Head Start Coordinators and teachers. Pennsylvania participants can receive 1.5 hours of PA Key and PA Act 48 professional development credit by completing and sending the evaluation form to ECELS. 

To listen to the recording, click here.  There is a 30 second delay before the webinar recording starts.  Download the handouts and evaluation form in the links below. 

Why do children misbehave? What resources are available to prevent suspension or expulsion from child care? Learn about strategies to help manage children with challenging behaviors. Pediatric health expert, Dr. Nathan Blum, Chief of the Division of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia and Julia Slater, MEd, Educational Consultant, Early Intervention Technical Assistance presented this webinar with ECELS on January 14, 2016.

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, Regional Key staff, instructors and MIECHV home visitors.
Participants will receive 1.5 hours of professional development credit for participating and submitting an evaluation. PA Key and Act 48 credit are available for the recorded version. To listen to the recording click here

Participants will learn how to:
1. Explain factors that lead to challenging behaviors
2. Describe resources to use to help families whose children are at risk for suspension or expulsion from child care
3. Identify strategies to help manage children with challenging behaviors
4. Identify policies to promote behavior management

Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018.

Breastfeeding gives infants a healthy start! Learn what you can do to promote and support breastfeeding for families and staff members in early education and child care programs. Presenters for this webinar include: Dr. Debra Bogen, MD, AAP, FABM, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, and Nickki Lee, RN, BSN, IBCLC, CCE, CIMI, ANLC, CKC, Lactation Consultant, Philadelphia Department of Public Health.

This professional development session is designed for child care program directors, family child care providers, Head Start staff, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, home visitors and instructors.  Participants will receive 1.5 hours of professional development credit for viewing the webinar and submitting an evaluation.  To listen to the recording click here There are minor technical issues with a portion of the webinar.

At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
• Identify reasons to support breastfeeding
• Describe the rationale and practice for paced bottle-feeding
• Explain benefits to your program when staff are supported to breastfeed
• Identify breastfeeding resources in your community

Learn the latest on flu prevention.  This webinar was delivered by the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness.   Flor Munoz, MD, MSc, FAAP and Timothy R. Shope, MD, MPH, FAAP presented the webinar in December 2018.  Click here to access the recorded webinar and handouts. Objectives for the webinar:

1. Update on recommendations for this influenza season.
2. Emphasize importance of universal immunization for everyone in child care and school settings.
3. Share strategies for use in early care and education settings to prevent or control the spread of influenza.

4. Review importance of influenza pandemic preparedness. 

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Do you have questions about current immunization requirements? Why are there so many immunizations for children today? Learn what you can do to promote and support immunizations for children and staff in early care and education (child care) programs. 

The PA Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics - ECELS (PA AAP/ECELS), PA Department of Human Services/Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL), PA Department of Health and a pediatrician with expertise in vaccine preventable diseases presented a webinar in January 2020 to address common questions and immunization requirements.  Click here for the webinar recording. Click on the link for the PA Department of Health Immunization Tool shared in the webinar. The online evaluation form can be accessed here.

Presenters include:

  • Libby Ungvary, ECELS Director
  • Diane Michel, Program Executive, PA Department of Human Services (DHS)/Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL)
  • Janine Strick, BSN, RN, Nursing Services Consultant, PA Department of Health (DOH)
  • Kristen Feemster, MD, MPH, MSHP, FAAP, Director of Research for the Vaccine Education Center at Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia / Medical Director – Immunization Program and Acute Communicable Diseases, Philadelphia Department of Public Health/Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine

This professional development session is designed for early care and education (child care) program directors and staff, group and family child care providers, Head Start staff, Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC) Quality Coaches, child care health consultants and child care health advocates.   Participants will receive 1.5 hours of PA Key professional development credit after submitting an evaluation. Act 48 credit is also available. 

At the conclusion of the webinar participants will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of currently recommended immunizations/vaccines
  • Identify resources for accurate information on vaccines and current vaccine schedules
  • Summarize the role of the Department of Health (PA and Philadelphia) during a disease outbreak  
  • Comply with DHS and PA Code Regulations related to children’s immunization records and reporting

 

Do you know how infectious diseases spread?  When is exclusion due to illness appropriate? This webinar covers general infectious disease content.  For specific information about COVIID-19 guidance and implementation, please visit the PA Key Website and the CDC Website.  Learn more about your role in prevention of the spread of infectious diseases in early care and education environments from infectious disease expert Dr. Susan Coffin, MD, MPH, Clinical Director of the Division of Infectious Diseases at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. This webinar was presented on February 9, 2016.

This webinar is designed for child care program directors, family child care providers, health professionals, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, supervisory staff, Regional Key staff, instructors and MIECHV home visitors.
Participants will receive 1.5 hours of professional development credit for viewing the webinar and submitting an evaluation. PA Key and Act 48 professional development credit is available for the recorded version.  To view the recording, click here

As a result of participation in this activity, participants will be able to:
• Identify ways infectious diseases are spread
• Describe steps to reduce the risk of infectious diseases
• List the steps to perform a daily health check
• Identify criteria and rationale for exclusion due to illness

The Pennsylvania Child Care Association (PACCA) and ECELS presented a webinar in June  2015 using the American Academy of Pediatrics Healthy Futures Medication Administration training. In child care, medication can be administered by child care providers to maintain the health of the child, prevent illness, or relieve symptoms. Doing this allows a child who is not acutely ill to attend out-of-home child care. To administer medication, child care providers must comply with laws, regulations, and best practice. This session is designed to educate child care providers who give children medication, but are not licensed health care professionals.
(ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines, Parents and Staff. Meets STAR Level 2 Performance Standard for Health and Safety.)
CKC Code: K7.1 C1, K7.5 C1, K7.5 C2, K7.6 C1

Presenters:
• Susan S. Aronson, MD, FAAP - ECELS Founder and Pediatric Advisor
• Rosemarie Halt, RPh, MPH, BS ECELS Child Care Health Consultant
Objectives — At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Meet the caregiver training requirements from Caring for Our Children: National Health and Safety Performance Standards,3rd ED.
2. Identify different types of medication, why medication is given, and how it is given.
3. Improve medication storage, preparation, administration, and documentation procedures.
4. Recognize and respond to adverse reactions to medication.
5. Develop and implement policies for medication administration.

Participants will receive 3.0 hours of professional development credit for participating in both sessions and completing an evaluation. PA Key and Act 48 credit is available.  Click here to listen to the Part One webinar recording.

Part Two of the Medication Administration webinar presented in June 2015.  To listen to the webinar recording, click here Handouts and evaluation are posted below.  To claim professional development credit for this webinar, download, complete and submit the evaluation form.