Audio-Visual Materials

Observation practice to identify health and safety issues related to food handling in an approximately 3 minute video

The separately posted interactive, multi-media video segments and the 2 DVD set that includes them are resources for a self-learning module to define and illustrate the role and skills for best practice involving a child care health consultant. It includes observation segments to teach recognition of strengths and areas where improvement is needed.The observation segments are excellent learning exercises for staff members in a group care program for children as well as for directors and child care health consultants. They are short and discrete so one or more can be used within a staff meeting as a game to see who sees the greatest number of the items highlighted by the narration that follows each segment. The observation segments and other selected segments are available as separate videos in the Publication category, audio-visual materials section of the ECELS website. The DVD set is free for PA health professionals and early care and education directors from.   The self-learning module is available to health professionals and early education/child care program directors to earn 3 hours of  CME or 0.3 CEU credits from the U of Pittsburgh.  See the attachment for details about the work required to successfully complete the self-learning module using the posted video segments or the DVD set. Contact ECELS by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by phone at 484-446-3003 for more information.

An approximately 4 minute video explains how to use observations, strategic planning, involving other sources of expertise and interpersonal relationships to provide successful child care health consutation. Includes an interview with Fred Citron, who shares the perspective of the early education and child care field related to infusion of health and safety into program operations.

An approximately 7.5 minute video explains the collaborative process to target actions to improve program performance. The planning process involves selection of best practices and then assigning tasks and time lines. Based on effective management principles, the Action Plan provides a concrete tool to guide and promote implementation of best practices.

An approximately 4 minute video explains how to deliver an instructional activity to maximize participant retention and motivation to use the content after they leave the instructional setting. The clip explains Pike's 90-20-8 rule related to how often participants need a break, maximum time intervals for a particular instructional approach, and how often to solicit interaction from the participants.

An approximately 5.5 minute video explains how to make observations in an early education and child care setting without altering what is being observed or causing discomfort for those being observed.

This document helps trainers and users of the observation segments in the video series Health Consultation in Child Care, Part Two.  These segments are posted individually in the Publications category in the Audio-Visual section of the ECELS website.  The crosswalk lists the strengths and weaknesses observable in each segment and the references that support the rationale for each. Download the attachment to view the Cross Walk.

An approximately 1 minute video explains how individuals or instructors of groups can use the observation video segments to practice identifying strengths and areas to improve in early education and child care settings.

Observation practice to identify health and safety issues for older toddlers (toddlers and twos) illustrated in an approximately 2 minute video

An approximately 2 minute video identifies some of the accreditation and credentialing approaches used in the field of early education and child care.