Webinars

ECELS recorded webinars are a convenient way to learn about best practice in health and safety.  View the presentations and use the handouts for reference.  To claim PA Key and Act 48 credit for participating in these webinars, download the evaluation form for the webinar, complete the form and then submit it to ECELS.   Effective January 1, 2017, the fee for recorded webinars is $15.00 per person/per topic.  Use the self-learning module order form button (in the Professional Development section) to submit payment.  

On Thursday, October 30 2014 ECELS presented a webinar about providing safe active play experiences for young children. This recorded webinar is for child care program directors, family child care providers, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, STARS TA Consultants, Head Start Health Coordinators and Teachers, and PSU Extension Educators.  The content covered 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 for this webinar include Dr. Susan S. Aronson, ECELS Pediatric Advisor, Betsy Caesar, MEd, President, Playcare, Inc. and Tyrone Scott, MBA, CPSI, DVAEYC Program Manager, Community Services.  

Participants will 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 presented on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 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 if they were logged on for the full live webinar or use the recorded version. To claim the credit, download, complete and submit the evaluation form to ECELS. CEU credit from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine was only available for those who participated in the live webinar.

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

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. On March 17, 2016 ECELS presented this live webinar. Presenters included: 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 MIECHV and other home visitors, child care program directors, family child care providers, Head Start staff, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, Regional Key staff and instructors.
Participants will receive 1.5 hours of professional development credit for participating and submitting an evaluation. PA Key and Act 48 professional development credit will be available for the recorded version.  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 should 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 research about early brain and child development from ECELS Pediatric Advisor, Beth DelConte, MD, FAAP in this updated webinar. Find out how you can support young children and their families to promote healthy development and reduce toxic stress in this webinar presented on Thursday, September 17, 2015. 

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 participating and submitting an evaluation. PA Key, Act 48 and CEU/CME professional development credit from University of Pittsburgh will be available.  PA Key and Act 48 credit are available for the recorded version.  To listen to the recording, click here.

Flu season is here. Learn what you can do in your program to reduce risk for children and staff this flu season. Dr. Susan Aronson, MD, FAAP, ECELS Founder and Pediatric Advisor presented the current recommendations and shared prevention tips programs can follow. The live webinar was held on Wednesday, November 18, 2015. 

During and after her presentation, Dr. Aronson answered questions about flu posed by participants. The answers to live polling questions are in the updated handout attached to this description. Users of the recorded version of this webinar will hear the results of the live polling. The answers to the questions posed by participants prior to the webinar and via the chat box are inclcuded at the end of the handout.

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 participating and submitting an evaluation. PA Key, Act 48 and CME/CEU professional development credit from University of Pittsburgh will be available.  CME/CEU credit is only available for the live webinar.

Participants will learn how to:
1. Explain recommendations for the 2015-16 influenza season.
2. Discuss why universal influenza immunization is so important.
3. Share flu prevention and control strategies for early education and child care settings.

Follw the instructions offered in the wrap-up slide and explanation during the webinar for how to use participation either live or via the recording to claim credit . To listen to the recording click here

Healthy Child Care America and the Pennsylvania Chapter, American Academy of Pediatrics/Early Childhood Education Linkage System (PA AAP/ECELS) presented a webinar on May 20, 2015 highlighting health and safety resources that can be used by Head Start and other early education and child care programs to improve quality.

Pediatrician Dr. Colleen Kraft from the NCH, Healthy Child Care America (HCCA),  Dr. Susan S. Aronson, Pediatric Advisor from the PA AAP/ ECELS and  Beth Baker, family services director of Children’s Village presented. Participants learned how a Pennsylvania child care center combines Head Start and child care services in everyday routines.

This webinar will benefit many audiences, including: center directors, teachers, Head Start staff, child care health consultants and advocates,  family child care providers,  and Quality Rating Improvement System (QRIS) administrators and technical assistance staff. Users of the recorded webinar who work in Pennsylvania and submit a completed evaluation form to ECELS are eligible for both PA Key and Act 48 credit. Eligibility for both types of credit for use of the recording was confirmed after the live webinar was recorded.

Click here to access the recorded webinar.  Allow 45 seconds for the recording file to load and then click on the file.  

This webinar was prepared for the PA Department of Human Services, Certification Staff and presented in November 2016. The content focuses on ECELS resources for certification staff, playground (active play) safety, safe medication administration, and infant safe sleep practices.  Click here for the recording.  There is a brief pause before the recording begins. 11/2016 

  • Is the Child Health Report (CD 51) just another piece of paper for the child’s file?
  • Why are so many different health screenings required at various ages?
  • How can early care and education professionals partner with health professionals to support children’s health in early care and education settings?

To learn more, listen to a webinar presented by primary care pediatricians Dr. Julie Kardos and Dr. Naline Lai. Doctors Kardos and Lai both practice at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia Care Network in Newtown, Pennsylvania. They are co-founders of the popular pediatric blog www.twopedsinapod.org — “Practical pediatrics for parents on the go.” 

This FREE professional development session is designed for child care program directors, early care and education professionals, family child care providers, MIECHV and other home visitors, Head Start staff, child care health consultants, child care health advocates, Regional Key staff and instructors. Participants will receive 1.5 hours of professional development credit for participating and submitting an evaluation. PA Key, and Act 48 professional development credit will be available for the recorded version. To listen to the recording click here
At the conclusion of this activity, participants should be able to:
• Explain the appropriate ages and purposes for preventive health screenings
• Describe what early care and education professionals can do to collaborate with parents and physicians
• Identify resources related to developmental screening, nutrition and physical activity and oral health

 

Make sure infants in your care are sleeping safely by following current guidelines.
Do you know:
• What is appropriate equipment for infant sleep?
• What is recommended safe sleep clothing for infants?
• The risks of swaddling in child care

On December 10, 2015, ECELS and Cribs for Kids® presented a webinar on how to implement safe sleep practices and policy. Presenters included:
• Eileen Tyrala, MD, FAAP, Medical Director, Cribs for Kids®
• Eileen M. Carlins, MSW, LSW, Director of Support and Education, Cribs for Kids®

Objectives — At the conclusion of this activity, participants will be able to:
1. Describe the relationship between the rate of infant deaths and child care.
2. Explain Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition Standards related to safe sleep in child care.
3. Implement a safe sleep policy to reduce the risk of sleep-related deaths for infants.
4. Identify resources to share with staff and families.

This webinar is designed for Child Care Program Directors and Teachers/Caregivers. Family Child Care Providers, Child Care Health Advocates, Child Care Health Consultants, STARS and Infant Toddler Specialists, Specialty Discipline Instructors, MIECHV Home Visitors and Head Start Health Coordinators and staff. Participants will receive 1.5 hours of professional development credit for participating and completing an evaluation. PA Key and Act 48 credit are available for the recorded webinar.  To view the recorded webinar click here