PEMA has planning guidelines specific to child care found by clicking here, and then putting "child care" in the PEMA website search box. This site has the Child Care Emergency Planning Guide, a set of supporting forms and checklists as well as a fill-in-the-blank basic emergency plan. Other good information is available at  Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018.

  • Promoting Social-Emotional Health 
  • Developmental Screening 
  • Playground Safety: Professional Development and CPSI Inspections 
  • Protective Play Surfacing Regulation 
  • Child Care Health Advocates Share Great Ideas 
  • Use Car Seats Only for Vehicular Travel 
  • Peanut Allergy and Cleaning 
  • Food Allergy Action Plan and Form 
  • Medication Administration: PA Child Care Facility Survey
  • Bottles, Pacifiers and Sippy Cups Cause Many Injuries 
  • 2012-2013 Flu Vaccine Recommendations 
  • Violence: How to reduce its impact on children 
  • Let’s Move! Child Care Activity Calendar 
  • Asthma Devices 
  • Insect Bites and Stings in the Fall 
  • Special Care Plans—Braedon’s Story 
  • ADHD Treatment for Preschoolers 
  • Emergency Preparedness Manual
  • Influenza Vaccine for 2015-2016
  • Screen Time, Child Development and Nutrition
  • Organic Food – Is It Healthier?
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  • Oral Health Screening Added to Routine Well-Child Visit Schedule
  • National Center on Health—Materials All Early Educators Can Use
  • Increasing Physical Activity in Afterschool Programs
  • Three Newly Revised and a List of All ECELS Self-Learning Modules
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The Emergency Management Institute of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) offers a 2 hour online course called Multihazard Planning for Child Care that FEMA posted on March 13, 2012. Successful completion earns 0.2 CEUs. Click here to access the course. Many helpful emergency planning tools, suggested activities and games to teach children about emergency preparedness are at   4/2013

This module has seven activities described in Items A. through G. below. Items A, B, C, and G must be done individually by each staff member who is seeking professional development credit from ECELS. Items D, E and F may be done by program staff working together.

  • Item A. Read about fire safety measures.
  • Item B. Complete a Fire Safety/Emergency Hazard Checklist (B1) and use it to develop an Action Plan (B2) to make needed improvements.
  • Item C. Report the results of your use of the National Fire Protection Association's Learn Not to Burn Curriculum to teach fire safety skills to children in your care
  • Item D. Use Section 13 and Appendixes EE through GG of Model Child Care Health Policies to write your own policy for handling emergencies and disasters. This publication includes fill-in-the-blank evacuation polices as well as associated forms. It is free online. Hard copy printed versions of this book are available for purchase online from the AAP bookstore or by calling 866-843-2271.
  • Item E. Prepare a diagram that shows two evacuation routes to a safe area from every occupied area of the facility.
  • Item F. Work with a local fire safety professional during an on-site training visit to have the fire safety professional review your evacuation plan, your policy and other aspects of fire safety in your facility according to the PA DPW regulatory requirement 3270.31 (e)(4) (ii).
  • Item G. Complete the Self-Assessment.

Download the instructions you need to do the work. ECELS will grant training credit once per person for successfully completing this module. Completion of Items A, B, C, D, E and G do not count toward the annual Pennsylvania child care regulatory requirement of in-person training by a fire safety professional. Only Item F, the in-person fire safety training component, meets the PA DPW regulatory requirement in 3270.31(e)(4)(ii). Reminder: Staff members must have in-person fire safety training by a paid or volunteer fire safety professional each year.

PA child care practitioners may submit completed work for review for credit by scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., sending them by fax to 484-446-3255 or by surface mail to ECELS. Be sure to follow the instructions in the “Important Reminders” box next to the list of self-learning modules on this webpage. To have ECELS review your work for state-authorized training credit, select the button that says "Click Here to Order SLM Reviews." Follow the instructions and pay for the review of your work. (ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines. K7-C3-82.) Updated 11/5/2013.


No Joke, No Soap

Advice about using soap to wash dirty wounds differs among otherwise reliable sources. Some first aid instructions say to wash with soap and water. However, emergency room physicians and surgeons do not use soap to clean dirty wounds unless the dirt is oily. Soap further injures open wound tissues, delaying healing.

In Emergency Rooms, physicians gently wash most wounds with lots of water, and no soap.


 1. Apply cold with cloth between an ice or cold pack and the source of cold and the injury for up to 30 minutes at a time, then remove briefly to allow better circulation to the area before applying cold again.

2. Put pressure on a bruised or swollen area with a stretchy roll of bandage. Make it only tight enough to press on the swollen area, but not cut off blood flow to the injured area. Check the color of tissue below the site of injury to be sure it remains pink, and not pale or blue.

3. Elevate the injured part except when the injured part should not be moved because you suspect a broken bone or spinal injury. Elevation helps to reduce and prevent swelling.

FARE is an organization that offers helpful decoding of food labels and strategies for preventing serious reactions for individuals allergic to specific types of foods. Publications include training kits, handouts, lists of hidden ingredients in many foods.

This workshop uses the interactive curriculum from the Food Allergy Network. It includes a video and mock epinephrine (EpiPen) demonstration. Participants practice reading food labels to find hidden ingredients that are the same as common food allergens and learn the basics of food allergy and allergen types in foods. The group discusses how to modify the child care setting for a child with a food allergy, and a plan for handling a food allergy response.