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Register for the Fall 2018 online Child Care Health Advocate Course at Northampton Community College (NCC).The course runs from August 20, 2018 through December 15 2018. Directors, lead teachers and others in the early education field learn to assess, identify, and prioritize health and safety needs of children and staff, and to collaborate with a nurse or physician child care health consultant. The course provides 15 health and safety modules and 7 web-based live interactive sessions with instructors and classmates.  It involves participants in implementation of learning experiences at their own facilities or, for those who are not working in an early education and child care facility, via simulated case studies. The PA Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics authors and updates the curriculum. Susan Aronson, MD, FAAP participates in teaching the course as a NCC volunteer faculty member.  Participants who currently work in a child care facility should ask their program to support their implementation of the child care health advocate role for their program. The course offers 3 hours of college credit and credit toward renewal of the Director Credential, School-age Credential and CDA.  Download the file below that lists the "CCHA course class topics" covered in the 15 sessions.

All early childhood staff including directors, teachers, assistant teachers and family child care home providers are eligible to enroll if they meet NCC registration requirements.  Early care and education providers in the following Pennsylvania counties will be given priority to register in the southwest region funded course (EARL 160-WB):  Butler; Beaver; Lawrence; Indiana; Armstrong; Allegheny; Somerset: Bedford; Franklin; Fulton; Huntingdon; Blair and Cambria counties.  Staff from other counties are pemitted to enroll as space permits. Download and follow the instructions in the SW Funded Flyer to register for EARL 160-WB. Students may register for the public section, EARL 160-WA, from any location with internet service.  Download and follow the instructions in the Fall 2018 Course Flyer.  Questions? Email: Early Childhood Education, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.Updated 7/23/2018.

Sign-up on this website to receive E-Mail Alerts from ECELS about news or key new postings on this website. Please click on the orange button on the home page to access this function. In addition, child care health consultants have an opportunity to request access to a password-protected site where ECELS is posting lesson plans for qualified instructors. To access this function, select the role "Health Professional, Child Care Health Consultant, Child Care Health Advocate" at the bottom left of the home page, and then click on the button "Health Consultant Registration" for the log-in request. Updated 4/8/14.

Immunization is a key component of early childhood development and health. Remember – early childhood and school readiness begin with good health! It is important for early childhood education staff to make immunization a priority. Foster an environment of health with:
• Immunization tracking
• Staff education and adult vaccination as needed
• Parent education
Early childhood education (ECE) programs are prone to disease outbreaks. Recent outbreaks of measles, flu and pertussis (whooping cough) have occurred in ECE settings.

Did you know…
ECELS has valuable tools to help you meet the new STARS Standard LM.2.5 Program uses Caring for Our Children to establish policies and practices regarding care plans for children with special needs, asthma, medical needs, food allergies, and medication administration. 

1. Use Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed. form-field version to adapt a policy for your program.  See Section 10-Health Plan, items E, F, and Appendix X - Medication Administration Packet.  Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th Ed. is consistent with Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed. online (CFOC3).
2. Use the ECELS Care Plan for Children with Special Needs and Process to Enroll documents.  
3. Use the ECELS Self-Learning Module, Children with Medical and Developmental Special Needs, Inclusive Practices to educate staff about caring for children with special needs,  using care plans and making adaptations. (2 hours credit)

If you have questions about these tools, please send an email with your contact information to Sandy Sandos This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . We will respond as soon as possible.