Go to the now functioning “Health Insurance Marketplace” to apply for coverage. Many early educators are eligible for reduced cost insurance. The options include subsidized private insurance, Medicaid, the state’s Child Health Insurance Plan as well as unsubsidized plans.

Easter Seals is offering a free online version of the Ages and Stages Questionnaire (ASQ) developmental screening tool. Both parents and child care providers can use the ASQ to track children's development through age five. The tool can identify concerns for which children should receive appropriate services to be ready to enter K-12 school. The ASQ online does not include the component that evaluates behavior. However, it is widely accepted for basic screening. Many Keystone STARS programs are using a version of the ASQ now.

Asthma is among the most common chronic health conditions of childhood. Untreated asthma can make it difficult to play, learn, and grow. Warning signs include coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, and tightness in the chest. An asthma trigger is anything that causes an asthma episode. Common triggers include allergies, illness, exercise, chemicals, and smoke. Consistent care of children with asthma at home and in the child care setting is critical to their wellbeing.

General information for parents and caregivers about asthma, the most frequently occurring chronic illness in children. See Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2nd Edition available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at https://shop.aap.org or search www.healthychildren.org for more information. In PA, please send your health and safety request with your name and phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

General information for parents and caregivers about the adverse effects of indoor pollutants on children with asthma. See Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools, 2nd Edition available from the bookstore of the American Academy of Pediatrics at https://shop.aap.org or search www.healthychildren.org, "Role of Indoor Environmental Exposure in Childhood Asthma", for more information. In PA, please send your health and safety request with your name and phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Click here for asthma information available from this U.S. Government website. You will find information sheets and forms to help child care providers care for children with asthma as well as information about other lung diseases. These include emergency protocols, guidance for handling physical activity for children with asthma, and a checklist of environmental factors that child care providers can remove to decrease illness among children with asthma . Many of the materials are in English and Spanish. 12/2012

This workshop uses interactive discussion, visual aids and hands-on demonstrations to address the causes, symptoms, bodily responses, and current prevention and management for asthma episodes. 

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disability. ASD causes social, communication and behavioral difficulties. Children with ASD can be diagnosed and start to receive services as early as 2 years of age. Children with ASD can receive free services that help minimize their disability. These services can be provided at home, in a child care center, nursery school, play group, Head Start program, early childhood special education classroom or other settings.  

Early education and child care providers can help identify children who might have ASD. Observations of a child's behavior and development are essential. Early diagnosis and intervention can make a big difference. With therapy, many children with ASD can significantly reduce their disability. Learn about the signs and common symptoms of ASD on the CDC website at http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/signs.html.

See Managing Infectious Diseases in Child Care and Schools, 4th Edition available at https://shop.aap.org or search www.healthychildren.org for more information. In PA, please send your health and safety request with your name and phone number to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

ECELS-Healthy Child Care PA has prepared a Care Plan form to gather key information to provide care for children with special health needs.The majority of early care and education programs enroll children with special health needs. The most common chronic medical conditions among children are allergy and asthma. Teachers/caregivers need to know the specific details about each enrolled child with a medical or other special condition. These forms explain the process and documentation needed to enroll a child with special needs.

The Process to Support Enrollment of a Child with a Special Need form is an algorithm or map that describes the steps to follow to obtain and use a care plan. The Care Plan is a form to gather key information to provide care for children with special health needs. The form collects the essential information. It includes how to care for a child's daily needs and to handle an emergency. Early learning practitioners should arrange for parents and health professionals to complete the form when the child is first considered for enrollment and anytime a new medical condition develops. Download all four forms in the links below. Reviewed and updated 5-2019