ECELS has many tools to help early care and education programs meet Keystone STARS Standards.  The crosswalk document identifies ECELS resources that relate to specific STARS Standards.   Steps for Early Care and Education Programs to Reduce Illness and Injury address Keystone STARS Standard LM.2.3  9/2019

Prepare now for the unexpected using the Emergency Plan Checklist.You can find other tools on this topic on the ECELS website by putting the term "emergency preparedness" into the search box on the ECELS website.  Updated 9/2018

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The Nutrition and Physical Activity Self-Assessment for Child Care (NAP SACC) project at the UNC Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention is now “Go NAP SACC.” Go NAP SACC features an interactive website. Look there for resources for children from birth – 5 years, a focus on breastfeeding and infant feeding, screen time, and outdoor play. Go NAP SACC can be adapted for different child care settings, including family child care homes. The Go NAP SACC website, found at, gives technical assistance professionals self-assessments and tools. You can follow Go NAP SACC on Facebook ( and Twitter. Reviewed and reaffirmed 3/2018.

This resource list was prepared from questions Child Care Health Consultants received.  The topics align with Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed.    When preparing or revising policies, the resources identifed can be helpful to improve health and safety practices.  6/2018

These excellent state, Head Start and national resources are packed with good ideas about how to foster developmentally-appropriate physical activities for infants and toddlers. Download and explore them to add variety and value to the curriculum for infants and toddlers.

This CDC "flu" website is a good home base for information about influenze. It has handouts, clear explanations about the risks and protections. Reviewed and reaffirmed 3/2018.

This pest control website of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) includes an extensive list of pest management resources, with special materials about Integrated Pest Management in child care as well as handouts to download and distribute to parents and staff about the effect of pesticides on children. Reviewed and reaffirmed 3/2018.

Materials and links to reliable informaton about preventing sleep-related deaths of infants are available on the website of the  National Institute of Child health and Human Development. For more information go to

The federally-funded Healthy Child Care America national resource center at the American Academy of Pediatrics developed a FREE online educational training program for child care providers. To learn more about this program or to take the training for 1 hour of continuing education credit, go to Reviewed and reaffirmed 3/2018.

Several websites offer trustworthy child health information in Spanish. The American Academy of Pediatrics has a Spanish-language website called en Español. This website has several interactive tools and features. It is accessible from the main Healthy Children website at The direct access to the Spanish-language content is:

This resource list contains key tools to plan for and implement active supervision strategies in your program.  2/2018

Many organizations offer suggestions for how to help those who are direct victims or hear about victims of disasters including episodes of interpersonal violence.  See the websites of the American Academy of PediatricsNAEYC and the National Center for Children Exposed to Violence, located at the Yale Child Study Center. Reviewed 3/2018.