Audio Conferences

ECELS periodically organizes audio conferences as professional development opportunities accessed by telephone with handouts posted on the ECELS website a few days before the live event. Many of these are recorded and remian posted with the handouts on this website for access by those who could not participate at the date and time of the live event.

This audioconference was conducted from 9:00 to 10:30 AM on May 27, 2010.  The attached handout summarizes many of the topics covered in the audio conference for Child Care Health Consultants. This information is appropriate for Child Care Health Advocates too. The discussion included: updates and issues raised by the online CCHC survey, Keystone Babies, STARS and STARS Awards. Child Care Health Consultant Checklist Reference Document, Child Care Health Consultant Business Aspects, PA Facility Regulations, National Accreditation Systems, Child Care Health Advocate Course, ECELS Health Capsules, Social Emotional Health, Environmental Rating Scales (ERS) Scores, Obesity Risk Reduction, Staff Health, Healthy Futures Medication Administration, and Children with Special Health Care Needs. 5/27/10

Learn the latest research about early brain and child development from ECELS Pediatric Advisor, Beth DelConte. Find out how you can support young children and their families to promote healthy development and reduce toxic stress.

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, Infant Toddler Specialists, instructors and STARS TA Consultant

The session was presented as an audioconference on April 2, 2014 by Libby Ungvary, ECELS Director and Dr. Beth DelConte. Participants may receive 1.5 hours of PA Key professional development credit for participating and submitting an evaluation. Act 48 professional development credit will be available. 

Participants will learn how to:

  1. Discuss the basic research of Early Brain and Child Development (EBCD) and the negative impact of toxic stress.
  2. Understand the lifetime effects of toxic stress on education, health and productivity.
  3. Promote positive parenting and other supports for emerging social, emotional, and language skills which can buffer toxic stress.
  4. Access Pennsylvania - specific early childhood supports which exist in the Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL) to promote optimal EBCD.

To listen to the recording click here.

These are the handouts of the PowerPoint slides from the ECELS  audio conference on Emergency Preparedness in Early Education and Child Care Programs held in September 2003. The speakers were Debi Mathias, BS, Jamie Calabrese, MD, FAAP and Linda Harwanko (U.S.DOD). The handouts were reviewed and reaffirmed as relevant 11/2012.

ECELS Pediatric Advisor, Beth DelConte, MD, FAAP presented an audio conference on Wednesday, October 26, 2011 from 9 to 10:30 am for Pennsylvania Child Care Health Consultants, Child Care Health Advocates, STARS TA Consultants, STARS Specialists/Managers, ERS Assessors, Certification Representatives, and Specialty Discipline Instructors. Giving medication in early education and child care is common and poses significant risks. Frequently, program staff are unaware of and fail to perform correct procedures to minimize the risks when giving medication. Act 48 and PA Keys to Professional Development credit is availble from ECELS for listening to the audio conference and then completing and submitting the Evaluation Form.  Open the attachments for the Healthy Futures Module handouts (allow for brief loading time), Supplemental Handouts and the Evaluation Form. For questions, contact ECELS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 484-446-3003. 10/2011

In partnership with the national American Academy of Pediatrics, Healthy Child Care America program, ECELS presented a webinar with a simultaneous audio conference, “Using Model Child Care Health Policies to Improve Quality” on February 12, 2014. This event was for early education and child care teachers/caregivers, health professionals, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, technical assistance consultants & child care agency/organization staff members.  Handouts are posted below to download. They include the PowerPoint slides, the evaluation form to submit for CME/CEU, PA Key and Act 48 credit,  a cross-walk of the Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th edition with the high priority national health and safety standards in Stepping Stones 3rd edition, and a list of Environmental Rating Scale items with health and safety content. The recording of this audio conference and webinar is with the archived webinars on the Healthy Child Care America website.

On December 6, 2012 ECELS presented an audio conference for Pennsylvania Child Care Health Consultants, Oral Health Professionals, Specialty Discipline Instructors, Head Start Health Coordinators and other professionals working on quallity improvement in early care and education. This audioconference, Prevention is Best: Promoting New and Effective Oral Health Habits in Early Childhood was presented by C. Eve J. Kimball, MD, PA AAP Pediatric Oral Health Advocate, Amy Requa, MSN, CRNP, Pennsylvania Head Start State Oral Health Coordinator, and Libby Ungvary, ECELS Director. To listen to the audioconference recording, click here. Open the attachments for Dr. Kimball's Handouts, and for Oral Health posters in English and Spanish. The attachments also include the Caring for Our Children-ECELS Handouts presented by Libby Ungvary, the Head Start presentation by Amy Requa and the UPMC Evaluation Form. Although UPMC CEU/CME is no longer available for listing to the audio conference, PA Key Professional Development credit is available by listening to the recording and submitting the UPMC Evaluation Form to ECELS. 12/2012

On December 4, 2013 ECELS and Cribs for Kids presented an audioconference on the latest safe sleep recommendations. This audioconference is designed for caregivers/teachers serving infants, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, supervisory staff, Infant-Toddler Specialists and STARS TA Consultants. PA Keys professional development credit and Act 48  will be available for this audioconference. Click here to listen to the recorded version. 

Participants will learn how to:

1. Describe the relationship between the rate of infant deaths and child care.
2. Explain Caring for Our Children, 3rd Ed. Standards related to safe sleep in child care.
3. Implement a safe sleep policy to reduce the risk of sleep-related death risks for infants.
4. Identify resources to learn more about safe sleep measures.

Presenters include Eileen Carlins, MSW, LSW, DIrector of Support and Education, Cribs for Kids and Beth DelConte, MD, ECELS Pediatric Advisor.

On June 20, 2012, ECELS presented an audio conference about the use of care plans, electronic medical records and tools to meet the needs of children with special needs.  The audioconference featured a co-editor of the American Academy of Pediatric's manual, Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, Dr. Elaine Donoghue and Beth DelConte, ECELS Pediatric Advisor.  A child care health consultant from the south east region shared examples of inclusion and use of care plans.  To listen to the recording of the audio conference and receive state-authorized training credit, contact ECELS for the mp3 file and instructions for completing and submitting the registration and evaluation forms.  Open the attachments for handouts provided by Dr. Donoghue, Dr. DelConte and Laurie Grant for this audio conference.   For questions, contact ECELS at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call  800-24-ECELS. 6/2012.