Between 2008 and 2013, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) received 1,300 reports of stroller and carriage injuries. These reports included 4 deaths. ASTM International* brings manufacturers and consumers together to develop standards. In 2013 ASTM updated the voluntary safety stroller and carriage standard. The new ASTM standard is ASTM F833-13b.

In March 2014, the CPSC approved a mandatory standard. The new federal standard incorporates by reference the ASTM voluntary standard. After September 10, 2015, nearly all strollers and carriages sold will have to meet the mandatory requirements.

The new standard governs full-size strollers that fold up. Also, it covers travel systems (including car seats), tandem, side-by-side, multi-occupant and jogging strollers. It adds to the ASTM standard requirements to prevent head entrapment and addresses the following hazards:

  • Hinge issues that have resulted in pinched, cut, or amputated fingers or arms
  • Broken and detached wheels
  • Parking brake failures
  • Locking mechanism problems
  • Restraint issues, such as a child unbuckling the restraint and restraint breakage or detachment
  • Structural integrity
  • Stability

Many early education programs transport older infants, toddlers and young preschool age children in strollers. For risk reduction and liability protection, the best practice is to purchase strollers that meet the new standard as soon as they are available.

*ASTM International was formerly known as the American Society for Testing and Materials and is commonly called ASTM.

  • Summer Safety Tips
  • Child Health Insurance Program
  • Mouth Injuries
  • Quitting Smoking
  • Latex vs. Vinyl Gloves


  • Heat-Related Illness
  • More Sun Safety Resources
  • Playground Supervision Online Course
  • Promote Influenza Vaccine for 2008
  • ECELS and Keystone STARS
  • Oral Health Resource
  • 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


  •  Heat-related illness
  • Healthful Snacks
  • Vinegar as a Cleaning Solution
  • EPA Healthy Child Care Information
  • A New Website for ECELS
  • Drink Fluoridated Water
  • ECELS Technical Assistance & Professional Development Team
  • Tick Bites
  • Art Products Need the AP Seal


  • Animal Visits
  • Transitions: Hand Washing to Eating
  • Autism Resources
  • Mold and Moisture
  • 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

This professional development module will help educators develop a Sun Safety Policy and provide reading materials to teach young children and parents the importance of skin protection. Download and follow the instructions to complete a Self-Assessment and document your implementation activities. If unable to print out the module, PA early learning and/or school-age practitioners may request the hard copy materials for this module (at the cost of printing and mailing) by contacting ECELS. 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. Instructions updated 7/19/2013. (ECERS-ITERS: Personal Care Routines. K7-C3-84. 6/2017

Go to the ECELS Sun Safety Online Self-Learning Modulec. Scroll to pages 40-43 of the module for a list of links to credentialed sources of sun safety information. 12/2012

The attached document provides helpful tips to support the child, parents and early care and education staff when there is child abuse and neglect. For more information and professional development about child abuse and neglect (child maltreatment,) see the online ECELS Child Abuse and Neglect Self-Learning Module. 5/2012