The mission of this Harvard University-based center is to leverage scientific evidence to enhance child well-being. The center's website has a series of easily understood short videos and longer well-referenced policy papers. These tools have excellent graphics to explain how both positive and negative early influences on the young child affect the development of the child's brain and life-long health. The evidence discussed in the website materials clearly indicate the economic, social and community benefits of investment in quality experiences from the prenatal period onward.

The CDC is a comprehensive source of information on public health issues, including immunization, sanitation, and infectious disease. The CDC provides a large library of information to the public on many topics. Some of the categories include: Diseases and Conditions; Emergency Preparedness & Response; Environmental Health; Life Stages & Populations; Healthy Living, Injury, Violence & Safety; Traveler's Health; Workplace Safety & Health. The CDC website includes a powerful search engine as well as alphabetical listings. Users will find fact sheets, videos, photos, posters, and other useful materials to download.

This is a list of documents, forms and organizations with reliable information about child abuse and neglect as a problem as well as proven approaches to prevent and manage child maltreatment. Reviewed and reaffirmed 3/2018.

Learn how to protect children in your early care and education (ECE) program from abuse and neglect. This module addresses how to prevent, identify and report child abuse and neglect. It describes your responsibilities as a mandated reporter as required by the Child Protective Services Law (CPSL). By using the recommended practices, you will help ensure the safety of children in your care.

To complete this module, view the online videos here and explore the links at the end of each topic. If you are using Google Chrome, be sure the Flash Video function is enabled.  Use the resources in the document packet, and complete the Assessment and Reporting Scenarios Packet. You may either download the Assessment and Reporting Scenarios Packet or complete it online at Follow the instructions in the “Friendly Reminders Box” when you submit your work for ECELS for review for professional development credit.
Document Packet

This module is approved for Act 31 credit.

This module addresses the following Core Knowledge Competencies:
• K7.10 C1 Identify the signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect.
• K7.10 C2 Interpret the differences between physical, sexual, and emotional abuse and neglect.
• K7.11 C1 Name and adhere to the laws and responsibilities associated with being a mandated reporter for suspected child abuse and neglect.
• K7.11 C2 Relate the challenges associated with being a mandated reporter for suspected child abuse and neglect.

Users who complete this module will be able to:
• Apply child abuse and neglect prevention efforts within families and among early care and education professionals
• Identify signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect (maltreatment)
• Demonstrate knowledge of PA reporting requirements for mandated reporters
• Identify and outline the process of supporting those involved with an abused or neglected child
• Demonstrate the use of nationally recognized resources in the development of policies and procedures

ECELS Child Abuse and Neglect Workshop meets the Child Protective Services law requirements for mandated reporters.  In this workshop you will learn about prevention efforts, recognizing signs and symptoms of child maltreatment, reporting requirements and the process for reporting.  

This entirely online updated guide on the federally supported Child Welfare Information Gateway supports working with parents, caregivers and children to prevent child abuse and neglect. The guide describes protective factors that reduce the risk of child maltreatment, as well as strategies and practices for supporting families. In addition to a directory of national organizations, the guide offers tip sheets on parenting topics in English and in Spanish. Go to the website, and then search for or select the title "Strengthening Families" to access these materials.

This  online self-learning module uses an interactive format with embedded video, case studies, and questions for the user to answer. Learn key strategies for inclusion of children with special needs.  Download the Document Packet and Children with Special Needs-Resources and References document that has links to many useful resources. To open the module online, CLICK SLM Online-Children with Special Needs.  Make sure your computer has a current version of Adobe Flash Player.  You can download updates of the software for free at PA child care practitioners may submit completed work for review for credit by completing an electronic response form via a link in the Document Packet, or by scanning the pages and attaching them to an e-mail, or by 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. have ECELS review your work for state-authorized training credit, select the button that says "Click Here to Order SLM Reviews." Follow the instructions and pay for the review of your work. (ECERS-R, ITERS-R Program Structure, Personal Care Routines. K7-C2-84.) Updated 3/13/2018.

Learn reasons and rationale for arranging for the services of a Child Care Health Consultant (CCHC). Explain the role of the CCHC and identify resources for help in locating a CCHC. View video segments accessible online. If you are unable to view the segments online, you can request a DVD that includes them by contacting ECELS.

To celebrate the 10th birthday of Learn the Signs, Act Early, the Centers for Disease Control is offering free online materials for parents, and credit-bearing professional development for early educators and health professionals. These gifts are on the Act Early website at

For Parents in Spanish and English: Amazing Me—It’s Busy Being 3! This book is for children two to four years of age. It is about Joey, an amazing 3-year-old kangaroo. Joey is very excited about all that he can do now that he is three. As parents read this book to their children, they will learn about what to look for as the child grows and develops. Parents can read this story to their child online or have a hard copy of the book. Each page with a koala bear has a star and developmental milestone at the bottom. Parents should see if their 3-year-old is able to do what Joey does.

Download the FREE iBook or PDF version or order a FREE print copy at

For Early Educators: Watch Me! Celebrating Milestones and Sharing Concerns FREE VIDEO TRAINING IS AVAILABLE FOR CREDIT! Early care and education providers can access a FREE, 1-hour online continuing education course. The Watch Me! videos are in 4 modules that engage the viewer in child care scenes. The modules take a total of an hour to view. They show how teachers/caregivers monitor the development of the children in their care and talk with parents about developmental concerns. For continuing education credit,  complete all 4 modules, each quiz and a final evaluation.

Access this free video training at

For Health Professionals – Autism Case Training (ACT) Online CE Course

This free, web-based, continuing education course consists of three modules with PowerPoint and video components. Users can view and complete all the materials online. The modules have facilitator guides for using the modules in a group. The content focuses on how health professionals and future health professionals can identify, diagnose, and care for children with autism spectrum disorder. 

Early educators can use the free, online access to this module to explore what is known about the symptoms and treatment of autism too. Go to The training is approved for health professionals to earn credit for: CME, CNE, CEU and American Board of Pediatrics’ MOC (Part 2; 20pts).

Devereux Center for Resilient Children is part of a large non-profit educational and behavioral health organization. Their activities include providing behavioral health and rehabilitation services, special education support as well as promoting resilience of children and adults. Reviewed and reaffirmed 4/2018.