“Vaccines and Your Baby” is a 28-minute video that explains the basics of vaccines. You’ll learn about vaccines and how they work, the science behind vaccines, immunity, and the 11 diseases that vaccines prevent. Parents of children who suffered vaccine-preventable diseases tell their stories. You may watch the video on line. Go to www.vaccine.chop.edu. To watch the video, just click on any section you wish to view. To watch the video from beginning to end, click on the first section and follow the prompts to each section that follows. If you prefer, you can download the entire video to your computer link on the webpage of the Vaccine Information Center. 

Water play offers wonderful developmental learning opportunities.  However, early educators must control the risks of drowning and spread of infection from contaminated water. It takes less than 30 seconds for a young child to begin to drown. More than 250 children less than 5 years of age drown each year. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that most children age 4 and older should learn to swim. Children between 1 and 4 years of age may benefit from formal swimming lessons. However, nobody should rely on a child’s swimming skills to become less vigilant about supervising a child in the water.  To learn more about how to reduce the risk of drowning, go to the websites of the Consumer Product Safety Commission at www.cpsc.gov and the AAP at www.aap.org. Search for “drowning” on both sites. Preventing bad germs from spreading through contact with water requires vigilance too. Early learning practitioners must pay attention to controlling both of these risks. 

ECELS offers many live and recorded webinars available to use for PA Key and Act 48 credit. The recordings are on the ECELS website a week or so after the live webinar. “Managing Challenging Behaviors” was the first ECELS webinar for 2016. It was presented live on 1/14/2016.

Food-borne illness is very common. Every year, one of every 6 people get sick from “something they ate.” In warm weather, food brought from home and food out of refrigeration may reach temperatures in the danger zone for bacterial growth. Bacteria can multiply more easily when the temperature is more than 40 degrees F. and less than 140 degrees F. In a 2011 study, only 1.6% of the lunches with perishable items that children brought from home were at a safe temperature. Even when sent with ice packs, the temperature of most of the lunches was in the danger zone for over an hour before it was time to serve the food.

Post and distribute this flyer that explains why all child care providers and other adults who have contact with young children should get Tdap and annual influenza vaccine. Tdap vaccine is recommended for all adults, those who care for young children need the vaccine to protect themselves and the children in their care. Also see the Health Capsule about whooping cough (pertussis) for more information and Internet links. 11/3/2010

Pertussis, commonly known as whooping cough, is on the rise.  Whooping cough can kill infants who are too young to have received all of their pertussis vaccine doses. Infants and young children routinely receive a vaccine called DTaP. The letters stand for diphtheria, tetanus and acellular pertussis.  

  • Noise and Management of Sound
  • Are Disinfectant/Sanitizer Wipes OK?
  • Promote 60 Minutes of Moderate to Strenuous Physical Activity Daily
  • Animals in Child Care
  • Upright Seating Lowers Oxygen of Young Infants
  • Check Out New AAP Web Site for Reliable Pediatric Information
  • Managing Chronic Health Needs in Child Care and Schools—A Quick Reference Guide
  • Vaccine News 
  • Reportable Illness
  • Start Safe: A Fire and Burn Safety Program for Preschoolers and Their Families—Free Materials 
  • Acidic Foods, Drinks, Candy Linked with Dentall Enamel Erosion
  • Preventing Childhood Obesity 
  • First Aid Corner: Nosebleeds
  • Hand Sanitizers 
  • New Recommendations for  Fluoride and Oral Health
  • Crib Mobiles and Crib Safety in Child Care
  • CFOC Standard of the Month 
  • Nutrition in the Kitchen 
  • How to Find a Dentist 
  • Crib Safety News from CPSC
  • Stop Fever Phobia 
  • Be Active in All Seasons 
  • Asthma 
  • Consent for Emergency or Urgent Medical Care 
  • Sanitizers and Disinfectants 
  • Free Updated Hand Washing Posters in English and Spanish 
  • A Medical Home Benefits All Children 
  • Kids and Fiber - a video 
  • Videos: The Value of Early Childhood Experiences 
  • Promoting Oral Health 
  • ECELS - 23 Years of Service


  • Cold Weather Safety Tips
  • First Aid Instruction - Updates & New Online Course Option
  • Tooth Brushing in Child Care
  • Infant Swings - New Standards
  • Immunization Scheduler - A Tool to Do Free Checks
  • Violence - Chidlren as Witnesses & Victims
  • Playground Signs
  • Child Care Health Consulation - Dr. Philip Siu, an Excellent Role Model
  • Obesity Pevention - Nutrition and Physical Actgivity Checklists