Pennsylvania is using a new set of Learning Standards for early learning programs. They align with the state’s Core Standards for education. Safety, physical and social-emotional (behavioral) health are included.
Programs must be sure children feel safe. They must help children develop the skills essential for building respectful relationships. The learning environment must be both physically and emotionally safe. Children must be comfortable and free from danger.
Programs must not only prevent harm. They must promote child safety and health. The learning standards include both physical and social-emotional wellbeing. They specifically target the promotion of a proper diet, exercise and healthy habits.
ECELS offers workshops and self-learning modules that address safety, physical and behavioral health. ECELS contributed to or developed these three health and safety resources used in the learning standards: Caring for Our Children, National Health and Safety Performance Standards, 3rd edition at www.nrckids.org Model Child Care Health Policies, 5th edition found in the Publications tab on the ECELS website at www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org Healthy Young Children, 5th edition, available from the National Association for the Education of Young Children at www.naeyc.org.