Using the new, 5th Edition of Model Child Care Health Policies, develop customized health and safety policies for your center or home-based program. Complete self-assessment questions and review selected policies.  Submit one policy of your choice to ECELS for review. PA child care practitioners may submit completed work for review for credit by scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail, sending them by fax 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. K7-C3-76 or K8-C3-92. Meets STAR 2 Performance Standard for Health and Safety.  Instructions updated 1/15/14.

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.

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 that Pennsylvania users may submit for 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 webinar is with the archived webinars on the Healthy Child Care America website.

Managing peanut allergy is challenging for child care providers and families who use child care. Peanut butter and products that contain peanuts are among the easiest and most tasty lunch and snack foods. Peanut allergy only occurs in 1-4% of the population. However, reactions to peanuts can be severe.

In 2013, a Princeton researcher, Miranda Waggoner studied the emergence of what some have called an “epidemic” of peanut allergy. She found that the publicity about peanut allergy has overstated the risk significantly.

Have you ever taken the Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers (PedFACTs) workshop? The 2nd edition course content has excellent updated information provided by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP.) The PedFACTs course meets PA Facility Licensing Regulations and Keystone STARS requirements. In addition to updated content, the procedures for using PedFACTs have changed. You can no longer use the PedFACTs, 1st Edition content and procedures to take the course.

You can still take a 4-hour in-person PedFACTs workshop course. Now, you have a new option. You can take a “hybrid” course with two components. The first is entirely online. It consists of three self-directed modules and a final exam. The second component is a 2-hour in-person session. You can use either option for your first PedFACTs course, or to renew any previous pediatric first aid certification. Successful completion of the online component generates a Final Examination Certificate. Both the onsite and hybrid courses include an instructor-led hands-on station to practice CPR and management of choking on manikins.

The procedures for any PedFACTs course are:

Register at the PedFACTs website: www.pedfactsonline.com. This is a new step. Each person must register. On the registration pages, select a course by location or instructor. Choose the type of course as either onsite or “hybrid”. If more than one person is taking the course at the same time and same place, be sure to select the same instructor for everyone. After the registration is complete on the PedFACTs website, the instructor will send an e-mail to the registrant’s e-mail address to confirm the registration and give additional instructions.

This interactive first aid instruction workshop uses PedFACTs (Pediatric First Aid for Caregivers and Teachers) a manual developed by the American Academy of Pediatrics. Upon successful completion, participants receive a card. The workshop content includes management of common injuries as well as care for life-threatening conditions such as a blocked airway.  Soon there will be both a 4 hour in-person version and an online/ 1.5 to 2 hour in-person hybrid version available. 

This one page fact sheet gives general information about managing poison ivy, poison oak and poison sumac in young children for parents and caregivers. Updated 2004. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012

This fact sheet reviews general information about seizures in children appropriate for parents and caregivers of children attending early education and care programs. Updated 2004. Reviewed and reaffirmed 11/2012. For more detailed information about this condition, see Managing Children with Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2010, available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at www.aap.org.

 

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