Child care providers have a responsibility to advise their paid and volunteer female staff members about occupational health risks. One of these risks is the likely exposure to infections that can damage a fetus if the worker becomes pregnant. These infections include rubella, measles, mumps, chicken pox, hepatitis B, cytomegalovirus (CMV), herpes, parvovirus and HIV.

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  • New Meningitis Vaccine 
  • Asthma Care Training 
  • Stinging Insects 
  • Healthful Eating 
  • Infant Equipment Safety 
  • New Pediatric First Aid Course 
  • Storing Human Breast Milk 
  • Keystone STARS 
  • Water Safety 
  • Revised Dietary Guidelines 
  • Handy Resources 
  • Why Are Babies So Adorable?

 

  • Diaper/Underwear Changing
  • Pedestrian Safety 2010
  • Medication Administration News
  • Safe Medication Administration Instructor— Pharmacist Rosemarie Halt
  • Who to Contact to Report a Communicable Disease
  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM)
  • Book Reviews: e-book & hard copy
  • Children Left in Vehicles 
  • First Aid Corner 
  • New Choking & CPR Guidelines for Children 
  • Sun Protection—Use the UV Index 
  • Caring for Our Children, 3rd Edition 
  • Nutrition: MyPlate Replaces MyPyramid 
  • Food-borne Illness 
  • Using Online Professional Development 
  • Head Bumps Matter-Protecting Young Brains 
  • Insect Bites & Stings: 2011 Advice 
  • Swimming & Water Safety 
  • New Seat Restraint Recommendations

 

  • Animal Visits
  • Transitions: Hand Washing to Eating
  • Autism Resources
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  • Toddlers and Preschoolers: Help parents form positive parent-child relationships
  • Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-Are We Doing All We Can?
  • Food Preparation Techniques for Tasty & Healthful School Meals
  • Diaper Rash Prevention and Management
  • Staff Health Risk in Pregnancy

Early educators have a vital role in the lives of children. What teachers/caregivers do can directly impact each child’s health and wellbeing. Teachers need the knowledge, skills and tools to meet this awesome responsibility! ECELS recently revised three self-learning modules so they are now updated and easy-to-use in online or print formats:

Each module meets STAR Level 2 Performance Standards for Health and Safety and provides 2 hours of professional development credit. See the brief overview of each module below, click on the active link above or go to the ECELS website at www.ecels-healthychildcarepa.org Select the Professional Development/Training tab at the top of the page, then Self-Learning Modules. Find the one you want to use in the alphabetical listing of the more than 30 Self-Learning Modules that ECELS offers.

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ECELS is collecting transition ideas. How do you get all the children's hands washed, and keep their hands clean until they sit together to eat? Without a sink for every child to wash at the same time, what activities do you use for children who wash first to wait for those who wash last? Send your favorite ideas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or fax them to 484-446-3255. We hope to collect good ideas to share in an upcoming issue of Health Link Online or as a Health Capsule.

The approaches you use are likely to differ for toddlers, preschoolers and school age children. You may have a routine transition or a collection of different approaches you use.

This fact sheet describes Universal, Standard and Transmission-based Precautions as they apply to the child care setting.  It includes information for caregivers about exposure to blood.  Revised 4/2017

Common myths and scientific evidence about currently recommended vaccines are discussed on the website of the Vaccine Education Center of the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia. The Vaccine Education Center is funded by civic-minded donors, not pharmaceutical companies. View the facts about vaccines. Download information sheets for staff and parents, including one about common vaccine myths.  12/4/2012

Common myths about vaccines are discussed on the website of the Vaccine Education Center of the Childrens Hospital of Philadelphia. The VaccineEducation Center is funded by civic-minded donors, not pharmaceutical companies. To view this and the many other excellent resources on the website of  the Vaccine Education Center, click here or put the url in your browser http://www.chop.edu/service/vaccine-education-center.  6/25/2010